Monday, 10 March 2014

INS Sindhuratna - another battery fire

Late blogging, I know, but it looks like the INS Sindhuratna just had the same problem as the Sindhurakshak - except, luckily, the battery fire didn't set off the torpedoes and blow up the entire submarine in this case. It's more likely that the battery fire happened in compartment 3, housing the crew, where it was less of an instant danger to the ship. The ship's Freon fire extinguishers also kicked in and filled the air with toxic fumes - a case in which the crew would have to wear gas masks while the compartment was flooded with oxygen-displacing freon.

This is an alarming state of affairs, and it raises questions about Indian submarines as well as the Project 877/Kilo class submarine design itself. 

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