The 75(I) indigenous submarine programme at a cost of around Rs. 40-50,000 crore, promises major enhancement of the Indian Navy’s combat capabilities in multiple bands of the spectrum of warfare.
In two previous articles on the framework for indigenous platform-weapon-sensor integration, the author examined the need for viewing the nuclear and conventional production lines for compatibilities in the making of the types of submarines we may need.
In this piece, he examines the multiple roles that versatile submarines can play well beyond the needlessly conservative understanding of submarines being for sea denial while other, larger surface units “do” sea control.
Would a well-armed boat with vertical launch cruise missile capability have provided options for surgical strikes similar to the IAF’s attack on Balakot? The article examines these issues. Read More