Hole wrote:When you can build nuclear powered subs an AIP isn´t that important. And there is the new mini NPP developed for Poseidon. If this thing can propel a 20m long "torpedo" to 100kn and give it a range of 20.000km, three or four of them could power a sub the size of a Kilo or Lada fora long time.
Nobody has presented a case for AIP based on operation performance of diesel-electric submarines. Small submarines were never designed to be in the water for
years without surfacing. So they were never used in such roles. Now we have this AIP gimmick and all of the sudden no diesel-electric has any use without it.
Utter BS. But this gimmick-think is exactly how western marketing works. Consumer saps think that they can't live without some new feature that has less than
marginal impact on the utility of a product. And western diesel-electric sub makers can then sell their boats for $2 billion each. Would anyone please demonstrate
how AIP justifies a 6-fold price markup compared to a project 636.3 submarine?
Arming submarines with more effective weapons is not a gimmick.