India has initiated an ambitious project of building 6 nuclear powered attack submarines (SSN.) This project increases the strength of the military in the Indo Pacific region. It also adds to the Navy’s overall strike capabilities against China’s naval build up.
The Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba indicated the Indian Navy was ready to play a bigger role. He also included the quadrilateral coalition among India, the U.S., Australia and Japan.
The quadrilateral coalition was formed with the aim of countering China’s aggressive behavior in the Indo Pacific region.
Admiral Lanba was questioned about the project, he said, “It has kicked off and I will leave it at that. It is a classified project. The process has started. I will not comment further.”
The Admiral was further asked about the evolving security scenario in the maritime sphere around India, he said it was odd for China to deploy submarines for anti piracy operations in the Indian Ocean. “A threat assessment is being carried out by the Indian Navy on it,” he added.
The Indian Navy is gradually increasing its presence in the critical sea lanes. Andaman seas, Malacca Strait, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, North Arabian, Sunda and Lombok are the critical sea lanes.
“The Indian Navy is at the threshold of joining a select league of navies capable of providing Submarine Search and Rescue in the Indian Ocean Region with two Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel Systems scheduled for induction next year,” Admiral Lanba added.
The Admiral also stated a number of Indian ships and aircrafts were deployed on a 24/7 basis from the Gulf of Aden to the Western Pacific.