chola wrote:We could still buy the kilos but I hope we've learnt something from the first time.
Don't buy used Kilos, just buy 3 brand new ones i.e. the Type 636.3 variant.
At a mid-life refit ---> install an updated USHUS sonar, Varunastra torpedoes, DRDO batteries, DRDO developed AIP, etc.
If the Navy is not interested in 3 more Scorpenes, then just buy six Type 636.3 boats for around $2 billion. Why waste billions more for unobtanium? If you sign a deal now, I can guarantee all six boats (3 Scorpenes + 3 Type 636.3 boats OR
six Type 636.3 boats) will be commissioned before the end of this decade. Wait for Project 75I to reach completion, the first boat will not even be ready before 2030.
And refit those 3 Kilos in service now, with the DRDO developed AIP and Varunastra torpedoes. Use them as test beds for future boats. I know DRDO batteries are installed on the Indian Kilos and I believe the USHUS sonar is as well.
* There is an acute submarine shortage, but I want only the latest and greatest. So I will float a tender, get all the interested parties to participate and put in their bids, then we shortlist, then we will open negotiations, then we will sign a contract. Waste billions of FOREX and waste time.
* We need a third aircraft carrier, but we want EMALS, nuclear power, 57 carrier borne fighters, etc. Same story as above. Waste billions of FOREX and waste time. Just churn out another Vikrant Class vessel. Fly TEDBF, Naval LCA Mk1 and MiG-29K off them. Lay the keel now and she will be ready by 2030. Wait for unobtanium and do not expect the vessel before 2040.
I really do not get the Navy.