- Apr 29, 2015
Can someone educate me on my noob question that we must focus moar heavily on nuclear submarines and missile-centric navy force because its certainly cost effective, risk efficient and more survivable due to the distributed shooters and their ability to shoot and scoot. These can also effectively be used in area denial operations of our navy. Or we should still go for aircraft carriers that will help us navigate the tech learning curve and so that we are not left behind in carriers race?
Many thanks in advance...
Navy wants one in south Indian ocean too for power projection while two defend east and west coasts.2 aircraft carrier battle groups - 1 each for for Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea is sufficient for IN for this decade.
Funds needed for more ASW ships , Minesweepers , Helos.
Remember we have 2 stationary ACs as well - Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar islands.
Clearly, not only a third carrier but a supercarrier of 65k-100k tonnes would be needed to stay as dominant force in IOR. SSN too is going under construction next year. So basically, navy is asking for more budget as well. Their budget is lowest among Indian armed forces.
Navy has asked for both things, defensive assets as well as expeditionary capabilities. Let's see if government listens.