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OBSOLESCENCE AND TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY

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Author: COMMODORE ANIL JAI SINGH (RETD)

The Indian Navy’s conventional sub-sea capability has some very visible deficiencies which need urgent attention but the current pace of progress is not telling an encouraging story. In an increasingly dense regional sub-sea environment with a clear and present threat to our maritime aspirations, this is a critical vulnerability which we can ill-afford. Current requirements require a submarine force level of five SSBNs, six SSNs and about 18 SSKs. This could, however, take the better part of two decades to materialise, thus leaving no room for complacency.


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