DRDO’s Fuel Cell-based AIP to be fitted on INS Kalvari

DRDO’s Fuel Cell-based AIP to be fitted on INS Kalvari

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 22:42
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New Delhi, Jan 23

In a major boost to ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Fuel Cell-based Air Independent Propulsion (AIP)  system of DRDO’s Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) will soon be fitted onboard INS  Kalvari. An agreement was signed between senior officials of NMRL and Naval Group France in  Mumbai on January 23, 2023 to extend cooperation to enter into the detailed design phase for  integration of indigenous AIP in the Kalvari class submarines. As part of the agreement, Naval  Group France will certify the AIP design for integration in the submarines.  

The AIP has a force multiplier effect on lethality of a diesel electric submarine as it enhances the  submerged endurance by several folds. It has merits in performance compared to other  technologies and is unique as the hydrogen is generated onboard. This technology has been  successfully developed by NMRL with the support of Indian industry partners. The technology has  now reached the stage of maturity for industrialisation.  

It is worth mentioning that the land-based prototype of the NMRL’s AIP has been tested  successfully. This new endeavour will be a significant step towards the detailed design  certification of the energy module, which will be performed by NMRL along with Indian industry  and design of the platforms impacted by the integration of the indigenous AIP inside the Indian  submarine by Naval Group. These actions will seamlessly lead the way to start of localisation and  industrialization of AIP including the hull fabrication by the Indian industry for future fitment on 

board the submarines.  

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman & CEO at Naval Group France Mr Pierre Eric Pommellet said,  they are proud to cooperate with Indian stakeholders to safely integrate the AIP in the Kalvari  class submarines, which have been built by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited. This is a natural  extension of strategic bilateral cooperation shared between India and France in the field of  underwater defence & deterrence and in line with Naval Group’s continued commitment towards  the Government’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ policy.  

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has complimented DRDO, Indian Navy and MDL for taking  Aatmanirbhar Bharat initiative forward in underwater domain. Secretary Department of Defence  R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr Samir V Kamat also congratulated NMRL, Indian Navy, MDL and Naval  Group France for this strategic partnership.