Indian Navy to Get New Destroyers Worth $6 Billion

By admin • August 4th, 2010

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India Defence Online, New Delhi — The Indian Navy is getting a major fillip in its force as the Defence Ministry has approved the prestigious programme to indigenously construct four guided-missile stealth destroyers. The recent warship orders and other maritime projects are aimed at strengthening the Indian Navy’s force levels and at gaining a stronger strategic grasp along its coastline as well as the Indian Ocean region.

The indigenous programme for the stealth destroyers is a part of the Project-15B and has been handed over to the Cabinet Committee on Security for approval. The programme will cost $6 billion and will be undertaken at the state-run Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL).

The nod from the Indian Defence Ministry for these four guided-missile stealth destroyers comes at a time when a $10 billion project for a second line of six submarines has also recently been given approval.

According to sources, the P-15 B is essentially a continuation of the 6,700-tonne Kolkata-class destroyers being built at MDL and aimed at delivery between years 2010 and 2014. However, the four new destroyers will have greater stealth and advanced sensor and weapon package.

The Indian Navy currently has 39 warships on order and about 34 are being indigenously built. The Indian Navy is already anxious for its delivery of the six French Scorpene submarines at MDL which was scheduled for delivery in 2012 but is running late by couple of years. Added to this is the 44,570-tonne Admiral Gorshkov (INS Vikramaditya) from Russia and the 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) being built at Cochin Shipyard, both of which will be ready in a few years time.

Besides the clearance to these crucial projects for warships and aircraft carriers, the Indian government has also approved the $9 billion construction of seven more stealth frigates at MDL in Mumbai and Garden Reach Shipbuilder and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata.

Also, the Indian Navy will soon have a geosynchronous satellite, the first dedicated military satellite for the country and will complement the “maritime domain awareness” as well as network centric warfare for the navy. It will also ensure C4ISR (command, control, communication, computer, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) capabilities. The satellite will help the Indian Navy to network all its warships, submarines and aircraft among themselves as well as with operational centres ashore through high-speed data-links.

Source: India Defence Online

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