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In a significant development for India’s naval capabilities, Dr. SV Kamat, Secretary of Defense Research and Development (DD R&D), and Chairman of the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), recently paid a visit to the Naval Materials Research Laboratory (NMRL) in Ambernath. The primary purpose of this visit was to assess the progress of various projects undertaken by NMRL, with a particular focus on the ‘Fuel Cell-Based Air Independent Propulsion System (AIP) for Indian Naval Submarines.’

Dr. Kamat was warmly welcomed by Shri PT Rojatkar, OS & Director of NMRL, and the visit began with a comprehensive briefing on the status of the AIP program, as well as updates on other ongoing projects. The respective project teams provided detailed presentations, shedding light on the significant milestones achieved in these vital defence initiatives.

Furthermore, the visit included presentations by two key contributors, M/s L&T and R&DE (E), who shared valuable insights into various aspects of the AIP technology. These presentations offered an in-depth understanding of the collaborative efforts and expertise that have gone into the development of the Fuel Cell-Based AIP system.

One of the notable highlights of the visit was the unveiling of a road map for future research activities, outlining the ambitious plans NMRL intends to pursue. These planned endeavours reflect the organization’s commitment to advancing India’s naval capabilities and its ongoing research and development efforts.

To provide a practical demonstration of their progress, Dr. Kamat visited the Land-based Prototype (LBP) site of NMRL, where derisking trials of the AIP system were underway. This visit provided an opportunity to witness firsthand the cutting-edge technology and systems being developed for the Indian Navy. Dr. Kamat commended the diligent efforts made by NMRL’s dedicated team and emphasized the importance of ongoing research and development activities, particularly in the domain of advanced and niche technologies.

The visit by Dr SV Kamat underscores the nation’s commitment to enhancing its naval capabilities, with a specific focus on AIP technology that promises to bolster the Indian Navy’s submarine fleet. As India continues to invest in indigenous research and development, the future of its naval defence capabilities appears brighter than ever.

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