Indian Navy might procure six next-generation conventional attack submarines without a vertical launching system (VLS) plug added to the OEM submarines that are on offer under Project-75-I tender as the focus now shifts to the development of nuclear attack submarines that are already under design and development by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND).

While there is no clear official reasoning behind this decision but most of the submarines other than South Korea’s KSS-3 submarine didn’t have a vertical launching system (VLS) section and adding a plug to the existing design might have complicated center of buoyancy and could have required re-designing of the submarine.

Project-75-I submarines originally were to have a VLS section from where Submarines launched Cruise missile-like BrahMos and Naval variant of ITCM/Nirbhay were planned, but now DRDO and Navy have agreed to instead develop Long-range land-attack cruise missiles (LACMs) and Anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCMs) that can be launched from torpedo tubes of the conventional attack submarines.

Development of Submarines torpedo launched LACM and ASCM variants of the Long-range sub-sonic cruise missiles have already started and developmental trials might commence in the next two years said sources close to BrahMos, ITCM SLCM, and Hypersonic Cruise missile that can be Vertically launched from vertical launch tubes will find their way in the Six nuclear attack submarines that are in work.

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