Naval Ambition

News: Indian navy aims to become a 170-warship force from its current strength of 130 warships over the next decade.

What is the significance of India’s naval plan? 

Firstly, there is a high possibility that the most consequential strategic battles of this century will be played out on the high seas.

Secondly, China’s agressiveness in the Indo-Pacific and building the world’s largest navy. China already has 355 warships, including at least 50 conventional and 10 nuclear submarines.

Third, A collusive threat of China-Pakistan. China recently transferred its largest and most advanced warship to Pakistan.

Fourth, Reorientation of India’s military – India has traditionally been focused on land-based forces. Now it requires boosting its naval prowess. India currently has just one nuclear-powered submarine, the INS Arihant.

What are the challenges in front of India?

India’s target of 170 ships seems achievable, as 39 naval ships and submarines are already under construction in various Indian shipyards. However, it may not be sufficient, India’s initial plan was for a 200-plus naval force, it was reduced to 170 ships, and that too with an extension of timeline by 5 years.

Thus, considering the present circumstances, India needs to increase the pace of India’s naval modernization.

Source: This post is based on the article “Naval Ambition” published in Times Of India on 18th November 2021.

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