India seeks to buy $2.2 billion warships to meet China challenge
India sought bids for purchase of warships and support vessels for its navy and coast guard as it ramps up security of its maritime border in the Indian Ocean region.
The Narendra Modi go nment on Monday asked seven shipyards to submit proposals for the construction of six missile warships and other smaller vessels worth 150 billion rupees ($2.2 billion), the Ministry of Defence said in a statement. The tender includes eight fast patrol vessels, 12 hovercrafts and eight missile-cum-ammunition barges.
The shipbuilders invited include private shipyards Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Reliance Naval & Engineering Ltd., apart from the state-run Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd., Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd., Goa Shipyard Ltd., Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. and Cochin ShipyardNSE -0.32 % Ltd., people with knowledge of the matter said. They asked not to be identified citing rules.
The tenders are part of Modi’s $250-billion military modernization plan to arm the South Asian nation at a time when it faces threats in its maritime waters from its neighbor China. Beijing has in the past sent its warships to the Indian Ocean region, ostensibly for providing security to its oil tankers.
TIME TO UPGRADE ALL OUR CAPABILITIES AND MAKE IN INDIA. COLLABORATE WELL BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR & WIN BIG. CHEERS
S Gopal Rao
he need for expansion of defense equipment is because of the expansionist minded neighbour China. They can guard their land. If all neighbours give respect to everyone''s land, there is no need to increase the defense expenditure. Jai Hind. Jai Bharat.
Now this Govt will feel the pinch, no funds. Now people will understand why Congress could not make Defence purchases, for which Modi & Co have been upbraiding the previous re gies day in and day out.
I recently read in an american journal that a lot of US warships are lying idle because they have outlived their utility.Maybe some of them are in excellent condition & could be purchased at near scrap value & retrofitted.
Like Raffale planes will be delivered along with manufacturing machinery .. good scrap value fo rscrap disposal
It is not only from China but its puppet Pakistan too
Our armed forces strategy has factored in a combined Pakistan assisted by China scenario and vice versa.
Mazagoan Docks and Cochin Shipyard are already overloaded - they should acquire some of the bankrupt shipyards from NCLT to execute these orders.
Stupid Indians give 60 billion dollars annually in trade to China