The Indian Navy has begun a renewed search for a global partner to help build 12 mine countermeasure vessels (MCMVs) at the state-owned Goa Shipyard in western India, reports Sputnik International. MCMVs are a crucial capability for any navy as they help detect and destroy mines laid by the enemy forces to choke a country’s harbours and spread panic.
The search for a global partner comes in the wake of the aggressive and increasing deployment of Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean. The stealth attributes of these submarines can lay offensive minefields in Indian waters.
The Chinese Navy has more than 100 MCMVs while the Indian Navy is still on a lookout to add at least 24 of such anti-mine vessels at the cost of $5 billion. Read more