The Indian Armed Forces are now planning to introduce several weapon channels to face hostile China in the Line of Actual Control and the Indian Ocean.
Five weapon platforms that are likely to be launched are:
The Indian Navy will replace the outdated Sea King anti-submarine helicopters introduced in the MH-60s and 80s. AGM-114 Hellfire Naval Missile Kongsberg Naval Strike air-to-surface rockets with proven anti-ship skimming capabilities and MK54 Raytheon will be fitted with Indian Navy MH- 60s.
Moreover, the laser-guided rockets can also be used to reliably and minimally damage the MH-60R Sea Hawk.
The first 15B project frigate, INS Visakhapatnam, undergoes sea testing, and this leading destroyer is expected to complete marine testing by the end of 2021. The warship will then enter the Indian Navy service at Mazagon Dock.
Though INS Mormugao and INS Imphal were launched in 2016 and 2019, INS Porbandar is ongoing. All three frigates are scheduled to be in service by early 2025.
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INS Arighat, India's second nuclear missile submarine, is set to join the Indian Nuclear Triad sea leg this year in the latest episode of its marine testing.
In November 2017, Nirmala Sitharaman launched a nuclear submarine to transport 12 K-15 or four K-4 nuclear warheads proposed by the then Minister of Defense. Whereas the K-15 is almost 750 kilometres long, the K-4 is supposed to hit a target of 3,500 km.
Light Combat Helicopter
The Indian Air Force is expected to enter into a deal with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd for an indigenous Light Fighting Helicopter this year. In anticipation of the agreement, HAL has already begun producing five new aircraft to be ready by the end of the year 2020. According to HAL chairman R Madhavan, the first 15 will be shipped almost immediately. It will take six months for delivery.
This year, the S-400 Triumf missile defence systems built in Russia will be supplied. In 2018, India signed a $5.4 billion agreement with Russia to provide five Indian Air Force S-400 units.
China already initiated the missile defence initiative, signing agreements with Russia in 2015.
Four different missiles with a range of 400 km, 250 km, 120 km, and 40 km can be designed for the S-400 missile defence system. Plus, it can detect enemy positions up to 600 kilometres long-range radar.