USC to Compare Effectiveness of Anaerobic Engines

Rubric: Russia, Industry

The next development phase of the air-independent powerplant for Russian submarines will be a comparative test of projects offered by Rubin and Malachite design bureaus, said Aleksey Rakhmanov, president of United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) being interviewed by Mil.Press Today at the International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2019).

"Nobody’s canceled the healthy competition between the engineering schools, let them really show what they can", said the USC president. "It’s easy to compete on paper, but when we see what comes out actually, we would probably give the achieved results to the navy command to decide which system is more suitable".

Models of submarines with anaerobic powerplants: P-750B (left) and Amur-1650 (right)

To recap, at IMDS-2019, the St. Petersburg-based Malachite design bureau unveiled the P-750B submarine with common submerged/surface powerplant. The project contemplates using of the closed-cycle anaerobic plant with gas turbine engine. Malachite has been proactively working on such system since 2010.

In its turn, Rubin design bureau is developing a chemical-type anaerobic plant. In March 2019, the bureau’s deputy director Valentin Frolov told Mil.Press Today that the Rubin’s experts were ready to make an operational sample of powerplant within three years upon the opening of a corresponding RD project, however, such decision has not been made yet.

The Ninth International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2019) takes place in Saint Petersburg in July 10-14. In the first three days, from July 10 to July 14, the exhibition is open for experts and international guests; in July 13-14 it welcomes wide public.

Mil.Press publishes news, overviews of the novelties and business events of the show in the thematic section IMDS.

Dmitry Zhavoronkov, Evgeny Lurie

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