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India moving ahead to build 6 Project75Alpha SSN and 12 Project-76 Conventional Submarines with pumpjet propulsion

Source : IgMp Bureau

India is propelling itself into the future of naval dominance with plans to construct 6 Project75Alpha SSNs and 12 Project-76 Conventional Submarines, all equipped with cutting-edge pumpjet propulsion.

India moving ahead to build 6 Project75Alpha SSN and 12 Project-76 Conventional Submarines with pumpjet propulsion

Project-76: A Game-Changer for India’s Underwater Might

Confirmed by the Indian Navy, Project-76 envisions the development of 12 conventional diesel submarines, set for production in two batches before 2030. This ambitious initiative is poised to significantly enhance India’s underwater capabilities, marking a crucial milestone in its naval strength.

The Top Secret and Mighty Project75Alpha SSN Nuclear Attack Submarines Program

Simultaneously, the Navy is delving into the clandestine realm of a 6,000-ton Nuclear Attack Submarine (SSN) program, wrapped in secrecy. The upcoming SSN is anticipated to leverage a state-of-the-art pumpjet propulsor, promising superior stealth and performance.

The Navy’s strategic roadmap involves the domestic construction of three SSNs initially, followed by an additional three. However, the integration of pumpjet technology may necessitate collaboration with an international partner.

Strategic Partnerships: France’s Offer with condition and India’s Solution

France, recognizing India’s aspirations, has generously extended an offer to share sovereign control and use of its advanced pumpjet technology. However, this proposal comes with a condition – a commitment to building more than six submarines. This condition has prompted the Navy to contemplate adopting pumpjet propulsion for both the SSN and Project-76 programs, ensuring optimal returns on investment.

Pumpjet Technology: A Unifying Force Across Submarine Programs

While the specific design of the pumpjet propulsor will be tailored to each submarine’s unique hull, the core technology remains consistent. The decision to apply pumpjet technology to both the SSN and conventional diesel submarine programs is driven by the promise of substantial economic benefits and technological synergy.

Beyond Boundaries: Pumpjet Technology in the SSBN Program

In a forward-looking move, the incorporation of pumpjet technology into the 13,000-ton ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) program is actively under consideration. This strategic move would further fortify India’s underwater deterrence capabilities, ensuring a formidable presence on the global maritime stage.

The Silent Advantages of Pumpjet Propulsion

The adoption of pumpjet propulsors offers a myriad of advantages, including:

  1. Reduced Noise: Significantly enhancing stealth, making detection by enemy sonar a formidable challenge.
  2. Avoiding Cavitation: Preventing the formation of cavitation bubbles, which can generate noise and decrease operational efficiency.
  3. Improved Efficiency of Hydrodynamic: Translating to greater fuel efficiency and an extended operational range.

In conclusion, India’s pursuit of advanced naval capabilities through the Project-76 and Project75Alpha SSN programs, coupled with the integration of pumpjet propulsion, marks a paradigm shift in the country’s maritime prowess. As these initiatives unfold, India’s naval strength is set to reach unprecedented heights, securing its position as a dominant force in the underwater domain.

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