Posted by Gus Hager on August 8, 2010, 14:50:57
Stands for "Air Independent Propulsion", pioneered by the Germans in WW II, persued by the Soviets post-war. It is a cover phrase for a number of technologies that permit some, if not total propulsion for subs to derive from non-nuclear means and not require air to do it. Currently, the Germans market the technology in their Type 212 and 214 subs and it has been reported that an indigenous Chinese design powers the current Yuan-class fast attack sub, a model of which I have in work and will provide pix for soon as it is finished. Hope your server problems are resolved by then! IPMS Nats in Orlando in 2012! Woohoo!!