Explained : How Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) Works!


INTRODUCTION Ever since submarines become the principal weapon of naval warfare, designers have focused on making them quieter and increasing their underwater endurance. Traditional diesel-electric submarines need to surface frequently to charge their batteries and have an underwater endurance of only a few days. As battery technology improved, the endurance of these submarines increased proportionally. …

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Dragon vs elephant (Part-1): Indian Navy’s massive modernization drive


INTRODUCTION The Indian Ocean is fast turning into one of the busiest oceans in the world. Most of the world's oil supply passes through this region which makes secure sea lines very vital. Who will play a major role in the Indian Ocean is often a topic of debate. India has a large responsibility in …

Top 10 Most Powerful Weapons of The Indian Military


INTRODUCTION India is one of the most rapidly growing militaries in the world. They have evolved from a regional force with tactical capabilities to a growing strategic force with global reach. They are heavily dependent on foreign suppliers for equipment as their local industry hasn't quite delivered as promised. But the ones in service are …

Littoral Warfare : Part 3 : Russia’s Deadly Fleet


ORIGINS Russia has the world's largest coastline to defend and when you have to guard such a huge area, numbers become very important. That's the reason Russia has maintained a large fleet of fast, well-armed missile boats and corvettes to complement its powerful surface fleet from the 1960’s. They also have a large number of …

The Truth Behind The Chinese ‘Supersonic Submarine’ Report!


A few days ago, I came across an article titled “New Chinese Supersonic Submarine could travel from China to San Francisco in less than 2 hours" or something like that. It sounded ridiculous. I read the news reports and found them to be highly fanatical and full of imagination. The statements of the scientists have …

The Rise of the Chinese Navy


INTRODUCTION 25 years ago, the Chinese Navy or the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) as it is officially known as, was virtually a military branch which no country took seriously. It consisted of a handful of destroyers which were equipped with short range and almost obsolete weapons compared to the West or the Soviet Union. …

The Great Indian Nuclear Submarine Saga


On 4th April 2012 , The Indian Navy commissioned the INS Chakra , an Akula II class nuclear submarine into their submarine fleet . It's their only nuclear submarine in service . But that's not what makes it special , nor does the fact that it's the most advanced and powerful submarine in Asia , …