India has successfully operationalised a land-based prototype (LBP) of an indigenously developed air independent propulsion (AIP) system, the country's defence ministry announced on 30 October.
The LBP, which has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL), would eventually be incorporated on the Indian Navy's future submarines.
The NMRL was tasked to develop a fuel cell-based AIP system for India's Project 75 (Scorpene) submarines. This system is intended to match the form and fit of the AIP plug for these submarines, which has been catered into the vessel's design. French shipbuilder Naval Group will design the support for this integration.
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