The Navy’s plan to have a force of 170 ships by 2027 has suffered delays, for a variety of reasons, but it continues to move forward with the same goal in its planning ahead and has welcomed a third carrier. planes, the vice-chief of the navy. Satish Namdeo Ghormade staff said Tuesday.
He mentioned that while threats continue to change, the Navy responds to them when it develops its 15-year maritime capabilities outlook plan, when asked if China has handed over any of its warships. the largest and most advanced in Pakistan last week.
The Navy has a current fleet strength of 130, including ships and submarines, he said.
Ghormade said: “The maritime environment is complex and it is only increasing with more players involved.”
“We live at a time when global and regional power relations are changing rapidly and the region where the changes are most rapid is without a doubt the Indian Ocean region. Continued efforts are therefore being made to ensure that our force levels are gradually increased in order to enhance the ability of the Indian Navy to meet emerging challenges, ”he said.
He asserted that “the Navy’s comprehensive and focused push for strategic independence is in line with the national goal” of a self-sufficient India. The Navy has been developing indigenous designs in-house for over 57 years, including small craft to aircraft carriers, building over 90 ships.
He added: “We have developed our Maritime Capability Outlook Plan and we are progressing according to that schedule. Sanctions and projects move forward in a process.
He also said that while the Navy aims to meet the goal of having 170 and 200 ships in the future, “the timing depends on how our progress unfolds.” He said that an Integrated Capacity Development System (ICAD) has been introduced, which is expected to be completed early next year and that “work is progressing on the tri-service effort to create an integrated development system. , in which our maritime capabilities perspective plan has been included, which will ensure the continuation of our process ”.
He said the maritime capability plan envisions a “balanced force”, but, he said, this will happen in accordance with the ICAD prioritization.
“Previously, the plan was for 170 (vessels) by 2027, but during the period there was of course a delay in the procurement and procurement process. Now we are reformulating the maritime capabilities perspective plan for the next 15 years, but the ICAD, which has come into being, is for a ten year period. The reason we are working on a 15 year model is because Navy projects have a long gestation period. We need a much longer time for induction.
He said that the Navy will “merge” and that the MCPP will integrate into the ICAD, “which is for the synergy of the three services and the integration will be continued, and our priority will be the development of this capability”. The Navy, he said, will stick to the figure of a force of 170 ships, but the timelines will change.
The MCPP, he said, “responds to a dominant approach in terms of capacity and based on threat and mission”. Capabilities are built over a period of time, “which will meet our capabilities across the spectrum of warfare.” From low density to nuclear war ”.
Even though the threats keep changing, as new warships are made available to Pakistan from China, the plan addresses them and is revised every five years, Ghormade said, “so that we were dealing with emerging threats. “
He added: “We are doing a full analysis, that all platforms are going to be inducted in the future by our opponents, so all of these factors are already taken into account.”
Asked about the third aircraft carrier, which has been a subject of contention, while the Chief of the Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, who has a mandate to prioritize acquisition among the forces, said pronounced against him several times in the past, calling it a high-value target, the vice-chief of the navy said it had been taken into account in naval planning.
He said that “the aircraft carrier, the submarines, the maritime patrol planes all have their roles defined, so to be a balanced force, all of these are necessary for the capacity of the country. When we came up with this plan, we took into account the aircraft carrier, we took into account the submarines that we worked on on affordability. “
The Navy starts from a “conservative estimate, what will be the budget we will have, based on the projected growth rate of the country, how much money will be at our disposal, we have planned for the next 15 years”. He said the Navy has been working on force structures on this basis and has reached the current numbers.
“In our budget, we would be able to cover all of this. And therefore, a third aircraft carrier is included in this planning.
Asked about lifting the ban on Italian defense giant Leonardo Spa, Navy officers said the company would not be considered for the ongoing tender to buy torpedoes for the under – Scorpene class sailors, the fourth of which will be commissioned in Mumbai on November 25.
Ghormade was speaking before the commissioning of the fourth submarine named INS Vela, as part of the P75 project. The next one will be commissioned by the end of next year and the last one by the end of 2023.
On November 21, the first of the Visakhapatnam-class destroyers under the Rs 35,000 crore P15B project, the INS Visakhapatnam, will also be commissioned in Mumbai. The other three destroyers under the projects, INS Marmagao, INS Imphal and INS Surat will be delivered annually until 2025.
Asked if the annual Malabar Naval Exercise, which includes the four Quad nations – India, the United States, Australia and Japan – as participants, will be expanded, Ghormade said: “Right now the government’s decision is to keep this, but whatever happens to expand beyond that, will be a government decision and we will stick to it. “