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Warship Design Bureau (WDB) to design Project-76 Next Generation Indigenous Submarines instead of MDL, a departure from previous projects

Source : IgMp Bureau

Warship Design Bureau (WDB) to design Project-76 Next Generation Indigenous Submarines instead of MDL, a departure from previous projects

India’s pursuit of self-reliance in underwater warfare reaches a new milestone with Project-76, an initiative aimed at designing and constructing next-generation conventional AIP powered diesel submarines. Unlike previous projects, the Warship Design Bureau (WDB) will spearhead the design phase, marking a departure from the involvement of Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL), the country’s premier submarine builder.

Exclusive Role of Warship Design Bureau

In a significant shift from the initial expectations, the Warship Design Bureau will solely handle the design phase of Project-76. Despite MDL’s extensive experience in constructing over 8 submarines, officials have confirmed their exclusion from this phase. However, MDL remains eager to participate in the manufacturing process once the design is finalized by the WDB.

Project-76 Objectives and Features

Project-76 aims to develop 3,000-ton submarines in two phases, with each phase comprising six vessels. These submarines will incorporate advanced features, including:

  1. Indigenous Technology: Inspired by India’s successful nuclear submarine program, Project-76 will leverage domestic expertise and technology, emphasizing self-reliance.
  2. Pump-Jet Propulsion: Embracing cutting-edge technology, these submarines will utilize pump-jet propulsion systems, offering enhanced stealth and maneuverability compared to traditional propellers.

Strategic Implications

Following the ongoing Project-75I, which involves the acquisition of six submarines through a global tender, Project-76 represents a long-term vision for India’s self-reliance in submarine design and construction. While Project-75I provides immediate access to advanced technology, Project-76 underscores India’s commitment to developing indigenous capabilities in maritime defense.

Opportunity for India

Project-76 presents a significant opportunity for India to emerge as a major player in submarine design and construction on the global stage. Successfully overcoming challenges and capitalizing on opportunities will be instrumental in achieving self-reliance in this critical domain, thereby strengthening India’s maritime defense capabilities and bolstering its strategic position in the region.

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