Indian Navy has decided to prioritize the development of Six Nuclear Attack Submarines over the need for the 3rd Aircraft carrier due to budgetary issues, Proposal for the development of 3rd Aircraft Carrier entirety has not been scrapped but will be taken up at an appropriate time at a later part of this decade. Chinese on the other hand have demonstrated a rate of speed at which they can build Aircraft carriers along with supporting battle groups and have plans to maintain at least one carrier battle group in the Indian Ocean Region with the ability to send more due to any possible conflict in the region.

India on the other hand has taken up the development of a Medium ranged Land and Ship-based anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) in a range of 2000km, that along with the Six Nuclear Attack Submarine program, will challenge any Chinese plans to deploy its carrier battle groups in Indian Ocean Region . India is already working on BrahMos-ER with a range of 800km that will now have a near Hypersonic speed of 4.5 Mach and a salvo of BrahMos-ER should be enough to sink an Aircraft Carrier in the Indian Ocean Region, but the development of anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) that is under development for some time now will provide India a dedicated Aircraft Carrier Killing capability at hand.

SSN and ASBM development by India alone will be seen as sending a clear message to China’s increasing military confidence in the Indian Ocean Region. Having anti-ship ballistic missiles may also be used to message to other India’s potential adversaries that might want to come to Chinese aid in the Indian Ocean Region. Both developments of India’s SSN and ASBM will not ring alarm bells over major capital cities in Western and Europe but will be encouraged since it will be two game changer naval developments that will only strengthen India’s will to keep the Indian Ocean, Indian.

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