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India Deploys 11 Submarines Simultaneously in “Show of Force” Towards China

At present, the Indian Navy operates 16 conventional submarines, including five Scorpene-class submarines, four HDW submarines, and seven Kilo-class submarines.

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(DEFENCE SECURITY ASIA) — In a display of power, the Indian Navy has reportedly deployed eight conventional submarines simultaneously in an operation in the Arabian Sea, indirectly targeting China, according to state media.

This marks the first such display of power by India’s conventional submarine fleet in three decades.

The display of power contrasts with a decade ago when the strength of India’s submarine fleet dwindled due to accidents and asset disposals.

“This is a significant event for the country. Since joining the Navy, I have never witnessed such a simultaneous deployment of submarines in such numbers,” said one source to the state media.

Another source noted that the last time the submarine fleet was at its peak strength was in the early 1990s when the country possessed eight Kilo-class submarines, four HDW submarines, and four Foxtrot submarines made by Russia.

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“However, since then, India’s submarine fleet has been affected by various issues. Even the delivery of Scorpene-class submarines has been delayed several times,” said another source to Indian media.

At present, the Indian Navy operates 16 conventional submarines, including five Scorpene-class submarines, four HDW submarines, and seven Kilo-class submarines.

Next year, India is expected to operate 17 conventional submarines.

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“What is crucial is operational readiness. The Scorpene submarines are new and their readiness level is high, while the German-made HDW submarines maintain their position as reliable and high-performing assets,” said a source.

“These submarines will continue to operate for the Indian Navy for the next 10 to 15 years.” — DSA

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