Eye on China, India to have 6 more subs

Eye on China, India to have 6 more subs

Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 3

In a bid to match China, India is moving towards procuring a number of key assets, including six more submarines. It is also focusing on high-end unmanned systems or drones, all clearly aimed at tackling Beijing at sea.

Navy Chief for 3rd aircraft carrier

  • A third aircraft carrier is ‘absolutely necessary’ to expand its maritime prowess, said the Navy Chief
  • India has only one aircraft carrier — INS Vikramaditya, a Russian-origin platform
  • Indigenously built INS Vikrant will be fully operational by 2022

Addressing the media today on the eve of Navy Day, Chief of Navy Admiral Karambir Singh said: “We are going to the Defence Acquisition Council for issuing a request for proposal (second stage of the tender) for the submarines.” The DAC is the apex decision-making body of the Defence Ministry. It meets once in 3-4 weeks.

A foreign manufacturer will tie up with an Indian partner to make these six next-generation stealth submarines for nearly $7 billion. Indian and foreign partners have already been shortlisted.

The process for acquiring 30 more “Predator” drones — two were recently leased from US firm General Atomics and may be deployed over the Himalayas — was under way, the Navy Chief said. 

Top Stories

Firing at Singhu border; 4 men came in car with Chandigarh number

Firing at Singhu border; 4 men came in car with Chandigarh number

The men fired three rounds on farmers; there was no casualty

In Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle says British royals pushed her to brink of suicide

In Oprah Winfrey interview, Meghan Markle says British royals pushed her to brink of suicide

Meghan says royals refused to make her son a prince; Prince ...

Hooda rides tractor outside Haryana Assembly to protest against fuel prices

Hooda rides tractor outside Haryana Assembly to protest against fuel prices

The police stop the tractor within minutes

We have highest respect for women, says SC after receiving criticism for ‘Will you marry her’ remark

We have highest respect for women, says SC after receiving criticism for ‘Will you marry her’ remark

The comments come in the wake of recent criticism against th...

Cities

View All