India Aims to Become 175-Warship Force by 2035 to Counter China’s Growing Presence in Indian Ocean

New Delhi: India is embarking on a significant naval expansion effort in the Indian Ocean region to counter China’s growing presence. The Indian Navy aims to become a 175-warship force by 2035, allocating approximately Rs 2 lakh crore for 68 warships and vessels.

The expansion emphasizes self-reliance in defence production, with the majority of ships to be built domestically. India has received initial approval for eight next-generation corvettes, nine submarines, five survey vessels, and two multi-purpose vessels.

The Navy is also strengthening aerial and maritime assets, and addressing underwater combat gaps. Delays in “Project-75-India” led to the acquisition of three additional French-origin Scorpene submarines.

The majority of the 61 ships on order are under construction in India, showcasing the nation’s commitment to indigenous defence manufacturing. Russia is also constructing two frigates, and two guided-missile destroyers, “Imphal” and “Surat,” will join the ranks, adding to the initial two destroyers commissioned under Project-15B.

India’s ambitious naval expansion underscores its dedication to safeguarding maritime interests and ensuring security in the Indian Ocean region. It positions itself to respond effectively to evolving dynamics in this strategically vital area.

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