India readies hi-tech naval base -Project Varsha- to keep eye on China

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  1. Daredevil

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    NEW DELHI: Slowly but steadily, India's new futuristic naval base is beginning to take concrete shape on the eastern seaboard. The strategic base, with an eye firmly on China, will eventually even have underground pens or bunkers to protect nuclear submarines both from spy satellites and enemy air attacks.

    Sources said a flurry of discussions and meetings have been held in the PMO and defence ministry over the last couple of months to firm up "expansion plans'' for a base located near Rambilli called "Project Varsha" on the Andhra coast — just about 50 km from the Eastern Naval Command headquarters at Visakhapatnam — over the coming decade.

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    Though it's still very early days for Project Varsha, some bill it as an answer to China's massive underground nuclear submarine base at Yalong on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island, which houses its new Shang-class SSNs (nuclear-powered attack submarines) and the Jin-class SSBNs (nuclear-powered submarines with long-range nuclear missiles).

    Although land acquisitions and incremental development work on the base under the secretive project kicked off a few years ago, it is set to take off in a major way with the construction of tunnels, jetties, depots, workshops and accommodation. "Further land acquisitions for the sprawling base to be spread over 20 sq km are now underway, with long-term budget allocations also being planned,'' said a source.

    The endeavour dovetails into the overall policy to bolster force-levels on the eastern seaboard, with new warships, aircraft and spy drones as well as forward-operating (FOBs) and operational turnaround (OTR) bases, to counter China's expanding footprint in the entire Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

    Naval assets to protect India's long coastline and keep watch over the crucial trade corridors in the Indian Ocean are essential to Indian interests. The strategic value of force projection beyond the Andaman islands is seen in terms of deterrence as well given the aggressive military Chinese expansion. India's own SSBN programme is also poised to turn the corner soon with sea trials of the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant slated to begin off Visakhapatnam. INS Arihant and its three "follow-on'' SSBNs, which will complete India's elusive nuclear weapon triad since they will be armed with the `K' series of submarine-launched ballistic missiles, as well as other frontline warships will be housed at the new base.

    The Navy plans to operate at least three SSBNs and six SSNs in the long run for effective nuclear deterrence. Moreover, after inducting the 8,140-tonne INS Chakra submarine on a 10-year lease from Russia last year, India is now negotiating the lease of another such nuclear-powered Akula-II class submarine, as was earlier reported by TOI.

    Project Varsha's ambitious scale in the years ahead will rival the expansive "Project Seabird'' under which the Karwar naval base has come up in coastal Karnataka to give India both strategic depth and operational flexibility on the western seaboard against Pakistan. While Karwar will decongest the over-crowded Mumbai port, the new base will do the same for Vizag on the east.

    Karwar can currently base 11 major warships and 10 yard-craft after completion of its Phase-I at a cost of Rs 2,629 crore. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had last year approved Rs 13,000 crore for its expansion under Phase-IIA to ensure it can berth 32 major warships and submarines by 2018-19.

    Karwar will be the home base for aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the 44,570-tonne Admiral Gorshkov being refitted in Russia for $2.33 billion, as well as the six French Scorpene submarines being built at Mazagon Docks for Rs 23,562 crore.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...to-keep-eye-on-China/articleshow/19203910.cms
     
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    ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

    ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

    The Pakistan Government had formally handed over the possession of strategically located ‘Gwadar’ port to China last February. The port which is located in troubled Baluchistan area would prove detrimental for India as China would keep a military eye on our country despite claims of only trade use of the port. India may not be able to stop the transfer of the port to China, but, it is silently developing a port across Eastern border.

    The Indian Navy is developing a new top-secret naval base for its nuclear submarines, code-named Project Varsha, and located within a radius of approximately 200 kilometers from Visakhapatnam. The new base is designed to support all 8-12 Arihant -class submarines to be built for the Indian Navy and it will include state-of-the-art nuclear engineering support facilities and extensive crew accommodation.

    While designed principally as a nuclear submarine support facility, the new base can accommodate other naval vessels because of the Indian Navy’s expansion. This facility has been compared to the top-secret Hainan nuclear submarine base for the Chinese PLA Navy. This east coast base expansion program by the Indian Navy is in direct response to Chinese naval expansion into the region.

    Sources say that India had planned the port much earlier, however, with Chinese presence in Gwadar, it has pressed on the gas. A flurry of discussions and meetings has been held in the PMO and defence ministry over the last couple of months to proceed on the secret venture.

    The project would bolster country’s nuclear deterrence against its mighty opponents. It would also help in guarding the naval trade corridors of the country.

    Top Secret: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar - daily.bhaskar.com
     
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    Re: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

    8 - 12 Arihant class submarine??????? Seriously !!!!!!????

    In between is it 8 or 12....?
     
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    Re: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

    8-12 nuke submarine are good. We already have two plus two in various stages of constructions. What we need are more bases in west coast and in A&N. We dont want a situation when nuke attack on this base will take out most of the nuke subs.
     
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    Re: ‘Project Varsha’ is India’s answer to Chinese presence in Gwadar

    project varsha is a great idea

    but they are intruding into our marine area and our response is to strengthen our defences - it is a defensive measure

    could we go one step further and develop a port in either the Philippines or Vietnam or Taiwan ?

    that would be more of a "mirror"- image answer to Gwadar !
     
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    Re: India readies hi-tech naval base -Project Varsha- to keep eye on C

    Why are such news made public? Maybe we should borrow a leaf or two from the Chinese in matters of secrecy.

    Next they will probably invite visiting Chinese Military delegates to take a tour of the base!
     
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    Re: India readies hi-tech naval base -Project Varsha- to keep eye on C

    that big nuke submarine base can't be kept secret for much long specially in India. So GOI did the next best thing indirectly it is telling Chini and Pakistanis that we mean business if they are thinking of two front war or nuke war.

    BTW elections are to come next year so this govt want to tell people that they are concern about Indian security :rofl:
     
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