SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
According to a report by Veteran journalist ” Sandeep Unnithan”, Indian Navy’s plans to procure six next-generation nuclear attack submarine might get principal approval initially only for three submarines as plans to procure six submarines in the first lot has been scrapped due to high procurement costs.
The Navy got principal approval for the development of nuclear attack submarines in 2016 and in 2019 it was decided only three submarines will be developed under Project-77. but after the initial investment of 100 crores for research and development, more funds for the program were not allocated and the project still waits for clearance.
idrw.org had reported that the Navy is considering the French offer of developing an indigenized nuclear attack submarine based on the Barracuda-class submarine design but no major decision has been taken on this yet while work on indigenous design also is going on in parallel.
idrw.org has been told that they were also disagreements on who will fund the development of a new 190MW pressurized water reactor (PWR) by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) that will be used to power nuclear attack submarine program and variant of the same reactor was to be developed for the S5 Class of Boombers, a naval slang used for ballistic missile submarines. BARC completed the initial design for the 190MW PWR in 2018 but still has not developed a land-based prototype for the program to test its design.
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