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Does India need nuclear attack submarines: the reasoning of an expert from the USA

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A fleet of nuclear attack submarines (SSN), which will appear in New Delhi and begin to "scour" the Indian Ocean, could threaten Beijing's growing naval presence in the region. Or India's owning such submarines is a trifle that depletes its limited defense budget, but diesel-electric submarines are cheaper and more suitable for coastal defense.


In an article published by Forbes magazine, US expert Michael Peck discusses whether India needs nuclear attack submarines.

According to the Times of India, the government of Narendra Modi is currently in favor of the nuclear option. Over the next two months, it is likely to approve a plan to build three nuclear attack submarines, and later three more. The Indian Navy currently operates the only SSN, the Chakra, which is a Russian Akula-class attack submarine leased for 10 years.

The new plan for the construction of nuclear submarines is associated with the expansion of China's presence in the Indian Ocean.

Michael Peck believes that different submarines are needed for different fleets. For the US Navy, with its submarines deployed around the world, the unlimited endurance of nuclear submarines is preferable, although it comes with a lot of money. For Russia and China, which occasionally conduct operations offshore but prefer coastal defenses and near-water operations, a mixture of diesel and nuclear submarines works well.

For India, the use of nuclear power for submarines is logical, because these warships should not be caught unawares in ports by the first strike. On the other hand, the defense budget in 2020 was only $ 64 billion, compared with China's $ 193 billion. At the same time, due to potential threats on several fronts from the PRC and Pakistan, Indian defense resources have already been depleted.

This means that if New Delhi invests in the construction of nuclear attack submarines, it will have to cut some other military spending.
Photos used:
https://en.wikipedia.org/Indian Navy
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B April 14 2021 10: 03
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    Does India need nuclear attack submarines: the reasoning of an expert from the USA
    The Americans definitely don't need it!
    Indian nuclear submarines. Or even an SLBM ...
    You never know how the chip will fall ...
    1. Invoce
      Invoce April 14 2021 10: 34
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      It is no longer surprising that the Americans are trying to decide who and what they need! sad
      1. Andrey Korotkov
        Andrey Korotkov April 14 2021 10: 43
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        Quote: Invoce
        It is no longer surprising that the Americans are trying to decide who and what they need! sad

        Yes, India is not only against it, it also asks for help to contain China.
  2. paul3390
    paul3390 April 14 2021 10: 27
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    Actually, India needs to control only a few relatively small and narrow straits in Indonesia .. The Chinese fleet will definitely not slip past them. So - nuclear-powered ships seem to be not very relevant to them ..
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 April 14 2021 11: 19
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      Quote: paul3390
      India only needs to control a few relatively small and narrow straits in Indonesia.

      The whole problem is how and with what? Even the United States and Indonesia cannot boast that they are 100% in control ... But the Chinese rer points in the Indochina region are growing like mushrooms ...

      India needs a powerful ocean-going fleet, incl. and the nuclear submarine. Without a modern combat fleet, the Indians will face a slow economic strangulation, up to a complete blockade ... Pakistan and China are not asleep ...
    2. Alex777
      Alex777 April 14 2021 15: 58
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      Actually, India needs to control only a few relatively small and narrow straits in Indonesia .. The Chinese fleet will definitely not slip past them. So - nuclear-powered ships seem to be not very relevant to them ..

      Even a small maritime country Israel, has 6 submarines with VNEU, nuclear weapons and a plan to return to Iran in the event of a nuclear attack, along which Israeli boats will pass around Africa (Suez is not considered) will reach the Persian Gulf and launch missiles from there with nuclear retaliation.
      Are Indians less ambitious in your opinion? I doubt it. bully
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 April 14 2021 10: 33
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    This means that if New Delhi invests in the construction of nuclear attack submarines, it will have to cut some other military spending.
    The question is, they will probably jump with a tambourine and decide what and how they need.
  4. Andrei Nikolaevich
    Andrei Nikolaevich April 14 2021 10: 46
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    In the photo, not "Shark". India has no Sharks. I don't remember exactly the name of the project. Maybe there is someone from the submarine, please specify?
    1. Boa kaa
      Boa kaa April 14 2021 11: 33
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      Quote: Andrey Nikolaevich
      In the photo, not "Shark".

      In the photo PLA pr 971U (code "Pike-B") former K-152 "Nerpa", and now S71 INS "Chakra" of the Indian Navy. On January 23, 2012, Nerpa changed its citizenship and name. Now "Chakra" serves in the Indian Navy.
      The history of the ship is dramatic. On November 8.11.2008, 20, 3 people died in case of a false triggering of the LOC. (17 sailors and XNUMX civilian delivery crews).
      The restoration cost 1,9 billion rubles. Rent (leasing) for 10 years cost 650 million dollars. The United States is pulling India into an ally; it is a geopolitical counterbalance to the PRC. Therefore, it is beneficial for the Yankees that the Indians have their own nuclear submarine fleet. So the interest is obvious.
      1. Andrei Nikolaevich
        Andrei Nikolaevich April 14 2021 11: 41
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        Poor people. It's choking ..
    2. Charik
      Charik April 15 2021 03: 05
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      These are the Americans classify our boats in their own way - the Shark class, we call them according to the projects and ciphers, and the name, respectively, is the project 971 Shchuka-B Nerpa
  5. Cananecat
    Cananecat April 14 2021 11: 18
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    Why should they build ... let them rent a couple more. ))
    1. Doccor18
      Doccor18 April 14 2021 11: 44
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      As reported by the Indian publication "The Print", citing sources in the Indian Ministry of Defense, on March 7, 2019, a Russian-Indian agreement was signed in New Delhi on the transfer of another Project 971 nuclear multipurpose submarine from the presence of the Russian Navy to India on a long-term lease. The cost of the agreement is estimated at $ 3 billion.The boat under the conditional Indian designation Chakra III will be transferred after repair and modernization and will enter the Indian fleet presumably in 2025 under the same name Chakra as two other nuclear submarines leased from the USSR and Russia. The lease term is not exactly known ...

      The process is going on ...
    2. Charik
      Charik April 15 2021 03: 06
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      Is there anything to take?
  6. TermNachTer
    TermNachTer April 14 2021 11: 46
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    For mattress toppers, everything is not needed, if it is not for them))) even more so, such uncontrollable allies as Indians)))
    1. Charik
      Charik April 15 2021 03: 07
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      Indians they are already bye-bye