- As Part Of The Military Outreach To Asean Nations
- An Indian submarine has, for the first time ever, docked in Indonesia, which is among the countries locked in a maritime dispute with China in the contentious South China Sea, as part of the continuing overall diplomatic-military outreach to Asean countries.
- The 3,000-tonne diesel electric submarine, INS Sindhukesari, reached Jakarta for the ‘maiden operational turnaround’ after transiting through the Sunda Strait.
- “Indian warships often visit Indonesia and other Asean countries.
- This first long-range deployment of a submarine underlines the operational capability and reach of the country’s underwater combat arm as well.
- INS Sindhukesari had undergone a major 1,197-crore ‘medium refit-cum-life extension’ at Severodvinsk in Russia that ended in 2018, as part of the ongoing plan to upgrade four old Sindhughosh-class (Russian-origin Kiloclass) and two Shishkumar-class (German HDW) submarines to stem depletion in the underwater fleet.
- India will supply three missile batteries of the shore based anti-ship systems of the BrahMos, a deadly conventional (non-nuclear) weapon that flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2. 8 with a strike range of 290-km, under the $375 million contract inked in January last year.
- The first such BrahMos export order to Philippines is expected to pave the way for such deals with other Asean countries like Indonesia and Vietnam.
SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB