The Navy plans to add 24 new submarines to its fleet to increase its firepower. These include a plan to build a fleet of 18 conventional and six nuclear strike submarines. This information is given by the Standing Committee on Defense in the report presented in the winter session of Parliament. The report said that the Navy has planned 18 conventional and six SSN (capable of nuclear attack) submarines. The current strength of the Navy is 15 conventional submarines and an SSN submarine is available on lease.
The Navy plans to add 24 new submarines to its fleet to increase its firepower.
The Indian Navy plans to build six nuclear attack submarines in addition to the Arihant class SSBN. Arihant is a nuclear strike capability SSBN submarine with nuclear missiles. Nuclear attack submarines are planned to be manufactured in the country for which a partnership with private sector companies will be done. The Navy also told the Parliamentary Committee that only two new conventional submarines have been inducted in the last 15 years. These are the Scorpene-class ships INS Kalvari and INS Khanderi. The rest of the Navy’s current fleet consists of 13 conventional submarines 17 to 31 years old.