UNDER OWN POWER
Conventional submarines draw their power when submerged from huge banks of electrical batteries, which act as resevoirs of energy to keep the mighty underwater prowler with all its complex machinery and equipment, operating for hundereds of hours below the sea's surface.
The technology of the modern submarine battery is highly sophisticated, and is a far cry from the simple lead – acid affair that we are familiar with in our cars and lorries. From the very beginning, a concerted effort was made to acquire this technology and to learn how to maintain, commission, and finally to manufacture submarine batteries in the country.
A mere five year after the arrival of the first submarine in India, Messrs Standard Batteries, Limited, of Bombay went into collabration with the Swedish battery manufactures, Tudor, to produce the first set of Indian Batteries for our submarines. For the sceptics who wondered whether the Indian batteries would be as good as the original, there was a surprise – Messrs SBL(India) had produced a Battery that was far superior in performance to the batteries provided by USSR.
Since then there has been no looking back, and Messrs SBL have now taken on the daunting challenge of producing state-of-the-art batteries for our most modern submarines. It was fitting indeed that this gift to the Submarine Arm came in the year of its Silver Jubilee. With the SBL taking a pioneering lead, the manufacture of submarine batteries in this country grew into a mature industry, which is now looking at the international market.