Does India Need Another Aircraft Carrier Or More Submarines? CDS Rawat’s Interesting Reply

By Republic World

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Monday launched ‘Himgiri’, the Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited (GRSE) – built first Project 17A Stealth frigate in Kolkata. While addressing the media after the launch of the ship, CDS Rawat was asked whether India should have more submarines or procure another aircraft carrier, to which he said that “both have their advantages and disadvantages.”

‘We will take a call’: CDS Rawat
“Submarines have a separate place in naval warfare, in the domination of the seas, and so does an aircraft carrier,” he said, maintaining that the Navy needs an air wing. “Yes, it needs an Air wing. But how to manage it and how to ensure the security and sanctity of our sea lines of communication we are thinking about,” he said.

“The country needs to utilise its large number of island territories for strengthening security along the sea lanes of communication,” CDS Rawat said. He also said that islands can be an option for launching naval strike aircraft. “Once we have studied all that and understood in detail, we will take a call,” he asserted.

Rawat said that the three forces — Army, Navy and Air Force — will be integrated while retaining the niche capabilities of each service. “We strongly believe that no single force or no single service can succeed in any conflict situation if we are to face conflict with our adversaries anywhere — whether it is land, air or sea,” he said.

Navy Chief pitches for third aircraft carrier
A third aircraft carrier for India is “absolutely necessary” to further expand its maritime prowess, and it will be in sync with the country’s aspiration to become a USD 5 trillion economy, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh had said on December 3.

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