Beware China: India’s navy wants 200 warships

(From the National Interest)

India aspires to have a 200-ship navy by 2027, a senior naval official revealed this week.

According to India’s Economic Times, Admiral P. Murugesan, the vice chief of India’s naval staff, said that the navy is seeking to have 200 warships operational by 2027, up from just 137 at present.

“The senior officer shared that the aspiration of the Navy—which currently has 48 ships under construction on various shipyards across the nation—is to become a 200 ship navy by 2027. At present, the Navy operates 137 combatants with new ships being added at a rate of 4-5 a year,” the Economic Times report said.

This means that India’s shipyards will have to ramp up production in the coming years, especially when factoring in that some of India’s current warships will have to be retired by 2027. A more likely scenario is that India will purchase more foreign ships in the years ahead in order to reach its target of 200 ships. Read more

INS Vikramaditya

INS Vikramaditya


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  • KSC

    What is this? A kind of competition?

  • AN

    What a waste of Money in a country which has 1/4th of the world poorest people

  • ifigeniaa

    with Diego Garcia?

  • deliaruhe

    Can’t blame China for thinking it might just need 200 warships, given that so many in Washington are itching for a war over the South China Sea issues.

  • Bianca

    India’s application for permanent membership in SCO has been accepted, and the ascension negotiations have begun. I should say, are entering finishing phase, as all there was to clarify between India, China, Russia, and the rest of permanent members, as well as observers and partners — has been by now clarified. Whatever India does — one can safely say — will not be to harm the interest of any other member state. The countries, in words of Putin, now COMBINE their efforts, to tackle global and regional problems. India and Pakistan are clearly accepting SCO rules, including new principles, agreements, and declarations issued at Ufa conference. And there were many — including commitment to mutual assistance in protecting BORDERS.
    Same goes to supposed friction that may arise from Iran’s deal with the West. All that the deal does is remove the political noise machine about “nuclear issue”, or better put — non-issue. And what it does, allows the countries that until a few weeks ago advocated regime change in Iran, chaos, and anarchy, to get rich in Iran. My bet is on stronger Iran’s ties with Eurasian SCO, and my bet is, that it is not a coincidence that India and Pakistan get admitted to SCO permanent membership. With Iran’s oil and gas free to flow — it will flow to the subcontinent of enormous human and material potential. Provided that it puts behind the externally induced conflict, that has been kept simmering for the benefit of external geopolitical manipulation. It is not coincidence that the two are stepping into the leadership of SCO, just as Iran issue has been removed from geopolitical squabbling. So, we can continue to speculate — but look at the SCO Charter, and you will find answers. India, Pakistan, the two leading nations of subcontinent are joining Russia and China, the two bookends of Eurasian landmass, and the pillars of stability, economic development and respect for small countries and their cultural diversity. Things are changing, but some like Spengler, never.

  • China Lee

    The Indian Vikramaditya aircraft carrier is poorly designed. Its control tower crowds the runway.

  • China Lee

    I should explain my forty feet estimate.

    The Mig-29K fighter behind the control tower is 58 feet long (or basically 60 feet).

    Since we can roughly see 2/3 of the Mig-29K, that means the distance from the control tower to the edge of the ship is 40 feet (e.g. 2/3 * 60 feet = 40 feet).