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Re: AIP submarine building
What does the letters AIP stand for? Is this a designation for Diesel/Electric propulsion for submarines?
For a good number of years, foreign governments navy's have built AIP submarines and as we know, most designs seem to and are working well. I've often wondered why America doesn't move into the AIP concept in our submarine force? How about something as the Barbel class, maybe twenty feet longer and bit larger in tonnage and use the latest known AIP system for power? We keep building smaller surface combatants where as the AIP submarine would do as much and more in those roles and for probably less cost in the long run
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