The Indian government is expected to announce on Tuesday that it will launch a new diesel-powered engine that will power a new generation of submarines, a key component of India’s national defence strategy.
The diesel-electrics, which are designed to be cheaper than traditional diesel engines and to be able to operate in deeper waters, are expected to replace older diesel engines.
The first two prototypes will be tested for two years before they are delivered to the navy, the ministry of defence said.
The Indian government also plans to set up a research centre to explore the use of the technology, which would be used for the next generation of submarine and attack submarines.
It is the latest development in India’s quest to become a global power.
Last year, India won a contract worth $4.2 billion from the US to supply the Indian navy with four diesel-engined vessels.