How the DRDO is Developing the Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) System for Indian Navy?

Basic R&D on fuel cell technology was started at Naval Materials Research  Laboratory (NMRL), Ambernath, a marine materials laboratory of DRDO, in early 1990s. The focus has been always on phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) owing to its long operational life with fault tolerant characteristics. Besides, indigenous material development provides complete control over technology with minimum dependency on foreign countries. Unlike the development projects where a  system is developed, proven, subjected to trials and then inducted and then installed on platforms, AIP system forms an integral part of the main platform itself. System development is of no practical relevance unless the user is fully convinced and confident. Therefore, the Indian Navy was approached at the highest levels right at the beginning............................

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