The unmanned vehicles are envisaged to be used for anti-submarine warfare, mine-countermeasures and intelligence roles. The navy also indicated that if the procurement is to be made from a global supplier, the contract should include the transfer of technology so that they are locally produced under the “Make in India” component.
The Chinese navy is far ahead when it comes to the development of unmanned mini-submarine.The Chinese navy has long endurance Qianlong III and Haiyan in South China. It can be considered as the best low-cost option for India to deter China in India ocean.
- Intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance
- Mine countermeasures
- Anti-submarine warfare
- Communication/navigation network nodes
- Payload delivery
- Information operations
- Time-critical strike