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Indian Navy affirms shopping list for AUVs

27th July 2021 - 00:03 GMT | by Neelam Mathews in Delhi

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The Adamya from Larsen & Toubro is an AUV designed to be launched from a submarine torpedo tube. (Gordon Arthur)

India does not have a large number of AUVs in service, but it now has a road map to change that situation.

Maritime security threats in the Indian Ocean, humanitarian missions and a steady move towards augmenting its blue-water navy role is pushing the Indian Navy (IN) towards procuring autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) from technology-challenged domestic industry, with possible collaboration with the US.

Adm Karambir Singh, Chief of Naval Staff, said at a virtual seminar, ‘The US has given us some exposure to their systems that we would [want] to pursue.’

Considerable performance enhancements are required for things such as underwater weapons and sensors, since their critical subsystems are of imported origin, acknowledged the Indian Navy Indigenisation Plan 2015-30. The MoD has …

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