India to build six swadeshi nuclear- powered submarines

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The Navy is waiting for approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs.

The first nuclear submarine will be delivered to the Navy around 2032.

New Delhi, 01 April: To counter China in the Indian Ocean, India will build six nuclear-powered submarines under the Swadeshi project.

However, there is a possibility of getting approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs (CCS) soon to approve the first three submarines.

After this, approval will be given for three more submarines. Given the increasing threat of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean, India has preferred six nuclear submarines instead of aircraft warships.

The Navy also participates in military exercises along with other major Allied nations of the world, prominently protecting the security of the Indian border.

For the last few years, the Navy has been continuously striving to become a state-of-the-art, successful ambition to become the world’s leading power.

Meanwhile, the Navy currently has aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya inducted into the Indian Navy on November 16 2013. The second Navy aircraft carrier INS Vikrant is currently undergoing trials. It is expected to become part of its naval family in late 2021 or early 2022. In view of China’s increasing interference in the Indian Ocean, the Indian Navy also needs a third aircraft carrier, which has also been discussed at the top level.

Along with this, the Navy also needs nuclear submarines. The Navy is currently operating a total of 15 submarines, with INS Arihant and INS Chakra powered by nuclear power.

The INS Chakra has been taken on a 10-year lease from Russia, while the Arihant is manufactured in India. Both these submarines can carry out a nuclear missile attack.

Overall, the Navy had to choose either a nuclear submarine or a third aircraft warship according to its requirements, given the limited budget, with a focus on the indigenous construction project of six nuclear submarines. The Navy has also informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about this.

China has about a dozen such nuclear submarines. Its new submarine Type 095 operates at sea with great calm. Therefore, the Indian Navy also needs nuclear submarines to respond to China’s intrigues. India plans to build six nuclear submarines weighing more than 6,000 tons.

Initially, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) will approve the construction of only three submarines, of which the Navy will get the first nuclear submarine in or around 2032. Each submarine will cost about 15 thousand crore rupees to build. This submarine construction plan was first approved by CCS in 1999. The construction of nuclear submarines is a separate project under the PMO.