OSINT Report : Indian Navy to Finally Field Submarine Rescue System in 2018

With 13 conventional and two nuclear powered submarines, the Indian Navy required a reliable submarine rescue vehicle. The two nuclear powered subs are presently in varied state of repairs but the damages were while they were in harbour and thus not a major cause of concern from the point of rescue. The INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo Class submarine suffered a major fire and explosion on 14 August 2013 and sank at Mumbai's naval dockyard with the death of 18 crew members. This possibly led to accelerating the proposal for induction of a submarine rescue vehicle, though Security Risks Asia had in the past many queries from relevant companies on the possibility pathways to provide the same to the Indian Navy.With most of the diesel electric submarines 20 to 30 years old the Indian Navy seriously considered acquisition of a submarine rescue vehicles -----------The NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) consists of two sub-systems that can be mobilised independently of each other much like the one being developed for the Indian Navy. Intervention is a smaller sub-system focused around the Intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (IROV) that can be rapidly mobilised to a distressed submarine (DISSUB) in order to prepare the site for the Rescue System, and to provide life support.-----------

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