When all these boats are operationally inducted, India will have a very credible underwater capability with a judicious mix of conventional and nuclear-propelled submarines. Accidents and tragic incidents do occur and the Navy’s submarine arm has the ignominy of losing a boat in harbour. The long-delayed DSRV acquisition symbolises much of the systemic ineptitude that characterises the Indian military machine and its many inadequacies. This complacency in decision-making and fecklessness in critical policy formulation have adversely impacted the growth of the Indian military profile in many ways. An objective review of lessons learnt for the CCS’ consideration in relation to the Indian submarine story is called for.
Source: The Hindu December 07, 2017 18:45 UTC