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The Indian Navy (IN), along with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL), signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) on July 10, 2023. The MoU aims to facilitate the indigenous development and production of various control systems and multifunctional display/control consoles for the IN’s projected fleet of six nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs).

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Vice Admiral Dinesh K Tripathi, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, and Dr Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy. The collaboration seeks to enhance self-reliance and support the indigenous manufacturing of 11 types of control systems, including those used by the 90mWt pressurized water nuclear reactors, which were previously imported from Russia’s JSC Concern Avrora SPA for the IN’s S-2, S-3, and S-4 SSGNs.

Under the agreement, trial batches of the indigenously developed control systems will be delivered to the IN’s Defence Machinery Design Establishment (DMDE) in Hyderabad for type certification. Following successful certification, formal procurement contracts will be signed, marking a significant milestone in the IN’s journey towards self-reliance and indigenous production capabilities.

The development of indigenous control systems for the projected SSNs will significantly contribute to strengthening India’s naval fleet. By reducing reliance on imports and fostering indigenous manufacturing capabilities, the collaboration between BARC, ECIL, and the IN aims to augment self-sufficiency and further India’s strategic objectives.

The successful development and production of these control systems will not only enhance the operational capabilities of the IN’s nuclear-powered submarines but also contribute to India’s technological advancements in the defence sector. This collaborative effort aligns with the country’s broader vision of achieving self-reliance in defence manufacturing and bolstering its defence industrial base.

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