DRDO’s fuel cell-based AIP system crosses important milestone
On 8th March, Defence Research and
Development Organisation (DRDO) have achieved an important milestone in the
development of Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System by proving the land-based
prototype. The plant was operated in endurance mode and max power mode as per
the user requirements. The system is being developed by Naval Materials
Research Laboratory (NMRL) of DRDO.
AIP has a force multiplier effect on
lethality of a diesel electric submarine as it enhances the submerged endurance
of the boat, several folds. Fuel cell-based AIP has merits in performance
compared to other technologies.
While there are different types of AIP
systems being pursued internationally, fuel cell-based AIP of NMRL is unique as
the hydrogen is generated onboard.
The technology has been successfully
developed with the support of industry partners L&T and Thermax. It has now
reached the stage of maturity for fitment into target vessels.
Raksha Mantri Mr Rajnath Singh congratulated
DRDO, Indian Navy and industry for the achievement.
Secretary DDR&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr G
Satheesh Reddy appreciated the efforts of the teams involved in the successful
development. He called upon the DRDO fraternity to come up with more such
advanced technological achievements by putting extraordinary efforts.