- Mar 6, 2022
I don't understand why govt stressing on foreign vendors must offer Air Independent Propulsion (AIP).
DRDO already developing AIP for subs and it will be installed in all submarines by 2024-25.
Why can't we install our AIP in foreign subs? or our babus underestimate DRDO.The AIP system, once ready, will from 2024-25 onwards, be "retrofitted" into six Scorpene submarines that are being built in India under Project 75www.business-standard.com
Still a mystery to me. Initially DRDO said they are ready to upgrade the Kalvari class with AIP but suddenly this project went down and now we are hearing they will get AIP in 1st refit. Either Navy should tell whether DRDO AIP ready or not. Also Navy agreed to transfer Kilo class sub for AIP testing. If navy is already on board with DRDO AIP then they can modify P75I RFI with some changes. (Provision for integration of AIP in future)
Looks the deal is becoming too muddy.