Submarine batteries: many factors

By Paul Greenflied*

For any submarine, safety is paramount. We want our submariners to come home safely from their patrols. Life is dangerous enough under the sea without adding to the risk.

In view of Derek Woolner’s warning last month that the Royal Australian Navy’s new Attack-class submarines will be obsolescent by the time they’re delivered, it’s time to revisit the main storage battery question—including what we’re trying to achieve, the implications for submarine design and build programs, the state of the art, and what is actually being delivered.

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