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'Make in India' will power Navy's lethal strike capability: Rajnath Singh

Emphasizing that the P75(I) project would be one of the biggest 'Make in India' projects, Rajnath Singh assured that the steps taken by the government will give the Navy more strength to boost its lethal strike capability. 

Make in India will power Navy's lethal strike capability Rajnath Singh
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New Delhi, First Published Oct 21, 2021, 10:09 PM IST
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Indian Navy has spent more than two-thirds of its modernisation budget in the last five years towards indigenous procurement and out of 41 ships and submarines ordered by the Navy, 39 are from Indian shipyards, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday. This, the minister said, was a testament to the Indian Navy's commitment to 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'.

Addressing the Naval Commanders’ Conference, which concluded on Thursday, Rajnath asked the Indian Navy to sustain the momentum achieved as far as the indigenisation process is concerned. He specifically cited the P75(I) project, which is one of the biggest defence projects. Emphasizing that the P75(I) project would be one of the biggest 'Make in India' projects, the minister assured that the steps taken by the government will give the Navy more strength to boost its lethal strike capability. 

The P75(I) project will see the Indian Navy get a batch of six submarines for around Rs 43,000 crore. The submarines will carry 18 land-attack cruise missiles and the ability to remain underwater for over 14 days with cutting-edge air-independent propulsion.

During the conference, the Indian Navy also formulated a new roadmap to deal with the evolving technological transformation world over in unmanned systems. Commending the Navy for living up to the nation's expectations by establishing a credible and responsive presence in the Indian Ocean Region, the minister said men and women of force had safeguarded the maritime interests of the nation with their professionalism and dedication. He also complimented the Navy for the successful maiden sea trials of the indigenously designed and built aircraft carrier ‘Vikrant’.

Stating that training was an effective tool in enhancing naval diplomacy, Rajnath commended the Navy for providing training to foreign personnel in India for more than four decades. 

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