It’s not just Japan that’s investing in its military. With the delivery of a Russian-made aircraft carrier only days away, the Indian navy gave an ambitious account of its future, promising the addition of 200 warships, including three more aircraft carriers, within the next 10 years. The Times of India reports:
Right now, we have 136 ships and we are targeting 200 in the next 10 years. All our docks in our country are full of orders,” Rear Admiral Atul Kumar Jain, flag officer commanding in chief, Eastern Naval Command told reporters.The Navy was looking at making destroyers and frigates, he said. “Right now, we have only one landing platform dock (LPD) INS Jalashwa. We are going for four more LPDs.
And that’s after some furious shopping already. The navy just inducted four spanking new Advanced Jet Trainer aircraft with 13 more to come, and a squadron of advanced light helicopters. With China looking on, India’s also looking to reach out to potential allies on the Pacific Rim. It just conducted joint naval exercises with the US navy off the Malabar Coast, looks to do the same with Japan next month. Vietnam also wants in as it requested Indian naval personnel to train its own. China’s been looking warily at these developments as Vietnam even allowed Indian warships to anchor in the hotly contested South China Sea.[Tugboats guide the indigenously-built aircraft carrier INS Vikrant as it leaves the Cochin Shipyard after the launch ceremony in Kochi on August 12, 2013. Photo courtesy of Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images.]