The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) on Thursday approved the purchase of three more Russian-made stealth warships and 28 submarine-launched KLUB cruise missiles. This is expected to strengthen the Indian Navy’s operational capabilities. The three Russian Krivak-class frigates would be acquired at a cost of Rs 5,114 crores, while the submarines [E1 note: surely means missiles vice submarines] would be acquired in a Rs 844-crore deal.Info on Indian Krivaks (Talwar) here.
These missiles would be fitted in six upgraded submarines already bought by India. Two of the submarines would be fitted with the missiles in Russia, while the other four would be equipped with the cruise missiles in India. The great maritime arc stretching from the Persian Gulf to the Strait of Malacca is being viewed globally as an extremely strategic area, and the acquisition of more warships will enable the Indian Navy to play a major role in the region. Last month, India had also offered to help the Southeast Asian countries to protect the Strait of Malacca from the threat of piracy and terrorism. The acquisition of warships and missiles for its submarines will facilitate the translation of these plans to reality.