- Oct 10, 2009
Currently only four nations in the world operate warships classified as cruisers(United states, Russia, France & Peru)and only two are building new ones(Russia- one Slava Class,United States CG-X program)though many people believe the era of cruisers coming to an end due to the fact that modern destroyers like the INS Delhi are almost as heavily armed as cruisers i believe otherwise. a cruiser adds prestige to a naval fleet like no destroyer can it has more of a psychological fear effect on an enemy ship than a destroyer(example the arrival of the Pyotr velikly in venezuela created ripples in the USN like no Russian destroyer could ). i believe that the IN should enlarge the current Kolkata class design into a Nuclear powered cruiser of around 14,000 tonnes(Comparable to the Virginia Class), armed with around 20-30 Brahmos 2 and around 40 Nirbhay class CM's each.These vessels could become the Base for the heavy hitting power the IN needs to become a true Blue water navy . i would like you guys to express your views in this matter.