In the early 1990s, the Indian Navy was a small and fragile force.
With only a handful of diesel-powered warships, it was struggling to survive in a global sea.
In order to maintain the Navy’s operational tempo, a new engine depot was needed to meet its maritime needs.
The idea of building a marine engine and a diesel engine depot came to the fore in the mid-2000s as the Navy looked to modernise its fleet.
The Indian Navy had been operating in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Yemen, where the Indian navy had a presence since the late 1980s.
At the time, the Yemen-based Houthi rebels had launched a massive offensive across the Arabian Peninsula, taking control of large swaths of territory and seizing power from the Saudi-led coalition.
The war had been going on for years.
But the Houthis were in disarray, and there was a serious threat that the Saudi coalition could be forced to retreat.
In a bid to keep the war going, the Houthi coalition agreed to support the Saudi government in its fight against the Houthizas.
By the time the Saudi Arabia-led alliance arrived in Yemen, the war was already well under way and the war had already killed hundreds of thousands of people.
With no diesel-electric fleet to supply the Navy with diesel, the Navy was left with a small fleet of diesel powered warships that could not meet the Navy demands.
The diesel engine in the depot would be a critical component to support this fleet.
“This engine depot will be a vital asset to the Naval Forces’ efforts in the Arabian Gulf region,” the Navy had said in a statement in 2013.
“It will enable the Navy to operate a full range of warships and patrol vessels in the area of Yemen.”
The idea was quickly embraced by the Naval Powerhouse, which also wanted to modernize its diesel fleet to meet future demand.
A diesel engine and engine depot were bornThe Naval Powerhouses decision to build the first diesel engine engine and diesel engine complex in the country was a milestone for the Navy, which had to build diesel engines for more than 10 years, according to a report by the Navy-India Association (NPA).
The Navy wanted to ensure that its diesel engines were able to deliver the fuel required by its fleet to the Navy at sea.
The Navy was also planning to modernisation the diesel engine fleet with the goal of increasing its efficiency.
By 2021, the NPA had said, the Naval powerhouses diesel engine development programme was on track to meet naval requirements.
This new diesel engine was a significant step in the Navys diesel engine modernization programme.
By building the first three diesel engine engines in India, the first two of which were built in 2014 and 2017, the Nuclear Power Generation Corporation (NPGC) and the Naval Engineering Corporation (NEPC) of India had started the diesel engines programme, according the report.
The NEPC had earlier commissioned a diesel diesel engine from a German company, which was subsequently converted into a diesel engines prototype in 2019.
This was the first prototype of a new diesel powered submarine, the new engine was called the V1.
The V1 had a displacement of more than 3,000 liters.
The new diesel diesel was powered by four electric motors, including a hybrid drive, and had a maximum speed of 35 knots.
The engines were delivered to the NPGC in October 2021.
The engine is being converted into the V2 in 2019 The engine was being converted by the Nuclear Energy Corporation of India into the new diesel engines V2 and V3.
It is being fitted with four electric motor units, which are powered by two diesel electric motors.
The power plant is being modified by the NEPC to accommodate a hybrid propulsion system.
The propulsion system is powered by a diesel electric propulsion unit.
The electric motors are being converted to electric motors and a hybrid system to achieve the required range.
The project is expected to cost Rs 50 crore, the report said.
The first diesel powered submarines were commissioned in March 2021 The engine and the diesel are being delivered to NPGc in October 2019, but the Navy will not be able to operate its first diesel-based submarine, named V1, for two years, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had said.
“We will not have access to V1 until the diesel is delivered to us.
The next diesel submarine is likely to be launched in 2019,” DRDO chief S.G. Rajan had said last month.
The second diesel- powered submarine was built in 2018 The third diesel- and electric-powered submarine was launched in 2018, but it was not completed, the DRDO had said at the time.
“The diesel powered V2 submarine is expected in 2019-2020, the third diesel powered vessel is planned to be completed in 2019 and the fourth diesel powered ship is planned for 2020,” DRDI had said a few months earlier.