'Pakistan's pushing back Indian submarine claim "totally bogus"'

  • 'Pakistan's pushing back Indian submarine claim

'Pakistan's pushing back Indian submarine claim "totally bogus"'

"I would like to say that there was no Indian submarine deployed in their area as the Pakistan Navy is claiming it to be". "As far as deployment of PLA Navy ships and submarines are concerned, we keep a close eye and monitor their movements", the Admiral said. Since 2012, Chinese nuclear submarines have been deployed in the region. "Due to prevailing security scenario, the navy has reviewed deployment philosophy to proactively deter any menace", he said.

He spoke on the South China Sea dispute and observed that like all other maritime boundary issues, the South China Sea issue should also be resolved according to worldwide maritime laws.

Observing that the current weight of the Naval LCA with the underpowered engine does not allow it to fly from a carrier, Admiral Lanba said, "The Navy needs a carrier-based aircraft in the timeline of the induction of the aircraft carrier".

The Indian Navy is celebrating 2017 as the "Year of the Submarine Arm".

In addition to strengthening physical security, Luthra said impetus is also being given to cyber security.

"We are conceptualising and planning the next-gen destroyers which would be of new designs and more potent". The Navy's six Scorpene-class stealth submarines are being constructed under the much-delayed Project-75 at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) in collaboration with DCNS, France to augment its depleted and aging underwater fleet. "The claim made by Pakistan Navy was totally bogus", he said, while adding that India would continue to deploy submarines as per "operational necessity", The Indian Express reported.

Lanba also labelled Pakistan's claims that an Indian submarine had entered its territorial waters last month as "bogus".

In this context, Luthra referred to the conduct of major exercise "Paschim Leher" in which a large number of ships, submarines and aircraft participated to test and improve Indian Navy's operational readiness, including mobilisation and synchronisation.