Saturday, July 3, 2010

Indian Navy to buy submarine mine laying equipment

The Navy is planning to buy Submarine Mine Laying Equipment (SMILE) to augment existing capabilities of its conventional fleet.It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to vendors and manufacturers seeking details in this regard, a Navy officer said in New Delhi on Sunday.The SMILE, according to the RFI, should be capable of laying 24 ground mines and withstand maximum underwater speeds of the submarine.The basic design of the SMILE should comprise components and sub-systems such as two independent magazines capable of housing at least 12 mines each.
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