In an effort to project power and hone combat capabilities on high seas, India will be starting major military exercises. India is also planning to induct six nuclear-powered attack submarines, four nuclear-powered submarines with ballistic missiles and 18 diesel-electric submarines. This is seen as an attempt to counter China’s naval and military activity across the Indo -Pacific region.
At present, the Navy’s arsenal includes 3 old conventional submarines, one indigenous SSBN in INS Arihant, which was commissioned last year, and an SSN in INS Chakra leased from Russia, which does not have nuclear-tipped missiles. The project was announced by Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lamba. He stated that the Indian Navy was ready to assume a bigger role in the Indo-Pacific region, under the recent quadrilateral coalition betwee