Navy planning to build six nuclear attack submarines

The defence ministry has already shortlisted two Indian shipyards and five foreign defence majors for the project, being billed as one of the biggest "Make in India" ventures. Representational photo: PTI

In a bid to strengthen it’s under water fire power, Indian Navy is all set to build a fleet of six Nuclear Attack Submarines, according to a report by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence.

“Eighteen (Conventional) plus six SSN (nuclear-powered attack) submarines are planned to be but the existing strength is 15 and 1 SSN is available on lease,” the Standing Committee on Defence said in its report tabled in the Winter session of Parliament.

The Indian Navy had planned to build six nuclear attack submarines along with the Arihant Class SSBNs which are nuclear-powered submarines equipped with nuclear missiles. The nuclear attack submarines are also planned to be built indigenously in partnership with private sector industries.

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At present, the Navy is operating Russian-origin Kilo Class, German-origin HDW class and the latest French Scorpene class boats in the conventional domain while in the nuclear section, it has leased one INS Chakra (Akula class) from Russia.

The Navy also informed the committee that in the last 15 years, only two new conventional submarines have been inducted including the Scorpene class vessels INS Kalvari and the INS Khanderi.

“It was further informed that the existing 13 conventional submarines are between 17 to 31 years old,” the standing committee report said.

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