The Indian Navy has planned to obtain 100 cutting-edge technologies in the next 15 years to build its war-fighting capabilities, however the doubt lies in the how realistic this plan is.
The 15-year prospective plan was presented last month for acquiring a range of futuristic technologies. It includes naval missiles and guns, propulsion and power generation, surveillance and detection systems, torpedoes and directed energy weapons, submarines and anti-submarine warfare systems, naval aviation, network-centric warfare and combat management systems.
As per reports the Indian Navy’s assistant chief of naval staff for policy and plans, Rear Adm. Dinesh Tripathi said, “By 2027, we want 200 warships and around 600 aerial assets, hypersonic and loitering missiles, and laser weapons.”
He further stated that the Indian navy has 138 warships and submarines and approximately 230 aerial assets.
“In addition, we need to reduce import content for our sensors and weapons and need a high-range of hypersonic and loitering missiles and laser and directed energy weapons,” Tripathi added.
Major highlights on the Indian military technology wishlist are:
- Minimising the foreign dependence for sensors and weapons
- Requirement of high-definition radars, infra-red seeker, sonars and electronic warfare
- Important to develop a high-range of hypersonic, loitering missiles, lasers and directed
- Energy weapons
- Fusion-based power sources
Moreover, India immediately needs larger-caliber guns, 127mm and anti-missile guns, extended range and guided munitions.