Adit,"Indo-China Sea" if you please! Yep.it is rumoured that piracy in that Sea and the malacca Straits isa ctually controlled by the Chinese,so "combating it" should be apiece of cake for the PLAN!
IN/MOD,get your act together fast.Apart from the 80-100 new subs that the PLAN will possess by 2020,there are at least two dozen+ subs on order for the ASEAN states,SoKo and Japan.Now Oz plans a total of 12 new conventional AIP long range subs with US assistance.The pathtic fiugure of 24 subs including our N-subs,will be woefully inadequate to sanitise the IOR and other regions of interest for the IN by the next decade.The IN should order a new line of BMos AIP subs with Russian assitance,plus order extra U-boats from the family of 209/214s and no allow the two+ decades of operating German U-baots and thei etch lost to the IN.For over two decades+ we have been operating 3 types of subs,Foxtrots,Kilos and U-209/1500s.We also had the Chakra/Charlie-2 N-sub as well for a few years.Therefore operating 3 conventional classes will not be a problem for the IN.The new Indo-Russian BMos subs (Amur or whatever) will replace older Kilos,with the remaining used for training,coastal patrol and as trial subs for future weapons and sensors.The N-subs will be the cutting edge of the sub fleet.
DTI had a pic in its latest issue of a Chinese Yuan class sub with a intriguing detail.The sub,resembling a Chinese Kilo copy had a larger than normal sail,plus a distinctive bulge/hump amidships below the hull (looking like a hull-mounted sonar dome on surface warship),instead of a hump above the hull and abaft of the sail,as is usual with missile armed subs with vertcial silos, leading to speculation that it was made to house a longer missile than the sub's normal diameter possibly a version of its latest ICBM and possibly also on transfer to Pak.
Here are detais of Oz's ambitions for comparison:
Smith seeking US help to build 12 subs Brendan Nicholson
From: The Australian July 25, 2011 DEFENCE Minister Stephen Smith will seek US help with Australia's plan to build 12 big conventional submarines to replace the navy's six troubled Collins-class boatshttp://www.theaustralian.com.au/nationa ... 6100939528