Indigenous module for submarines undergoing trials

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Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Air Independent Propulsion, Scorpène submarines, DRDO

Mains level: Defense technologies and Make in India


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AIP technology for submarines

  1. The indigenous Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) module is in an advanced stage of trials
  2. It enhances the ability of submarines to stay underwater
  3. It is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
  4. All Scorpène submarines will be equipped with it in due course

Procedure for fitting module on submarines

  1. The AIP module will be installed on the submarines during upgrades
  2. Six Scorpene submarines are being made at Mazagon Dock Limited under technology transfer from France

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Scorpène submarines

  1. The Scorpène-class submarines are a class of diesel-electric attack submarines
  2. In 2005, the Indian Navy ordered six Scorpène-class submarines
  3. All the Indian boats will be built in India
  4. The first Scorpène submarine, named INS Kalvari, was undocked for the purpose of starting sea trials in April 2015
  5. After extensive sea trials, Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 14 December 2017
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