New Delhi:.The Defence Ministry has approved the proposal of the Indian Army to procure air defence guns and ammunition worth around Rs 6,000 crore under the Buy and Make (Indian) category.
Earlier, the Defence Ministry had approved the construction of six state-of-the-art submarines for the Indian Navy at a cost of about Rs 43,000 crore.
Oficial sources said on Friday that the project was approved during a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The Request for Proposal will soon be issued for the Indian Navy to build six submarines in the country.
It is worth mentioning that in the midst of tensions with China at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army and other branches of the Indian military are continuously strengthening its offensive and defensive capabilities.
Under this, the proposal for procurement of submarines under Project-75I of the Indian Navy has been approved. For this, two Indian companies and five foreign arms manufacturers have been shortlisted.
A mega submarine project has been approved to build indigenous submarines for the Indian Navy in which two Indian companies can work together with a foreign manufacturer. The RFP for the project has been issued to Mazagon Docks (MDL) and private company Larsen & Toubro. These submarines will be manufactured in India.
The project was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Security in the year 1999. At present, the Indian Navy has 12 submarines. Apart from these, the Indian Navy has two nuclear submarines – INS Arihant and INS Chakra – in its fleet. Given the increasing presence of Chinese ships in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy has been a top priority to strengthen its submarine operations and naval fleet.
INS Sandhayak retires
A warship of the Indian Navy, INS Sandhayak, retired today. The ship has been retired after 40 years of service. It was conceived by former Rear Admiral FL Fraser. Its construction work was started in 1978. The ship was commissioned into the Indian Navy on February 26, 1981 by Vice Admiral MK Roy.
The decommissioning ceremony of INS Sandhayak was held at Naval Dockyard Visakhapatnam. Due to coronavirus protocol, only in-station officers and sailors attended this important ceremony. The coronavirus protocol was strictly followed during the program.
The ship was envisioned by the then Chief Hydrographer, Rear Admiral FL Fraser, who also designed and built this hydrographic survey vessel in India. After the design was finalized by the Naval Headquarters, the construction of this ship started in the year 1978 at GRSE Kolkata by laying the keel.
It is worth noting that the Indian Navy has been trying to ensure for a long time that its fleet of warships should be the best in the world. For this it is necessary that the Indian Navy should have ships and submarines equipped with state-of-the-art technology.