Govt nixes Rs 32,000 crore ‘Make in India’ minesweepers project
NEW DELHI: In yet another major blow to the 'Make in India' plan+ in the defence sector, the government has cancelled the Rs 32,000 crore project to construct 12 advanced minesweepers in collaboration with South Korea at the Goa Shipyard.
Advanced minesweepers or mine counter-measure vessels (MCMVs) are around 900-tonne specialised warships that detect, track and destroy underwater mines laid by enemy forces to choke harbours and offshore installations, disrupt shipping and maritime trade.
The Navy, which began this acquisition case way back in July 2005, needs 24 MCMVs to guard the east and west coasts but is making do with only four 30-year-old minesweepers at present.
This "big operational capability gap" is all the more alarming because Chinese nuclear and conventional submarines, which can quietly lay mines, are regularly making forays into the Indian Ocean now.
Sajal-Dehradun-1 day ago
BJP MUST PROVE HOW IT IS DIFFERENT FROM CONGRESS. VERY IMPORTANT.
Vinod Kumar-Delhi-1 day ago
Make in India is turning to be another election time slogan.
Tanmay Chakrabarti-1 day ago
As time is running out, India has to make haste. There is almost no time to waste.
Ashwani-1 day ago
China & Pakistan do not need spies & experts to know the defence weaknesses of India. They need to only read this newspaper carefully. Parliament should pass some law to restrict press from reporting defence weaknesses of India.
Mudi Ji 9256Influencer Moderator Movie Buff Mudi - Gujriot - 1 day ago
Feku is all talk only. He can only give speeches, he can't get anything donevv