Thursday, 22 August 2013

INS Sindhurakshak - Requiem, Sabotage, and moanings about Pakistan's subs

Now that all hope is quietly lost for the officers and crew of the Kilo-class submarine Sindhurakshak, the only thing left to do is say farewell to the 18 men whose lives were lost.

The pathetic sabotage angle is still being batted about in the media, amidst moanings about India having an under-funded and vulnerable submarine arm. While it's true that most Indian submarines are old and in need of being replaced by newer submarines (the INS Sindhurakshak, sadly, was one of the newer Kilos) - it looks like Pakistan has two older, late-70s Agostas and two modern late-90s models. Five submarines and three midget submarines does not translate into overwhelming firepower.

However, I can see why the Indian Navy might be worried about the future - five Air Independent Propulsion equipped diesel subs and a nuclear sub are supposed to be due in the next five years, and that would certainly be a troublesome development if India doesn't get its next generation of diesel subs out in time. While this constitutes a definite reason to be concerned about the future, I really don't get the point of the present moanings at all.

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