The unverified armed guards traveling upon merchant ships are like floating armories, many of which often enter India's territorial waters, are a major cause of concern for the coastal security in the aftermath of the 26/11 attack. IN has sought necessary formulation of a regulatory framework by International Maritime Organization to place curbs on them and have recommended that all such vessels and the men on board be certified by the IMO.
Work to augment the assets and infrastructure under Coastal Security Phase I is completed and Phase II is under progress.
The launch of GSAT-7 in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), a dedicated satellite for Navy under project Rukmani, is a landmark achievement in enhancement of the blue-water networked operations.
India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant will finally head for the open seas for extensive trials around February-March 2014, which will also include firing of its K-15 ballistic missiles.
On the question of the budget cut as was indicated by the Defence Minister, he said it is a matter of concern, however the acquisition will continue but we will have to prioritize our acquisition list.
About 45 ships and submarines being constructed for the navy are being built in Indian shipyards. He also informed that indigenization was 100 per cent in the "float category" of construction (i.e. warship hulls), close to 50 percent in the "move category" (engine, transmission, generators, air conditioning), however, in the "fight category" (weapons, sensors, radars, sonars) the navy has "a long way to go".
Navy is considering giving Life-extension refit to six of its ageing submarines, four Kilo-class (Sindhughosh class) and two HDW (Shishumar class) to plug the gaps of reduction in its conventional submarine fleet.
The aircraft carrier INS Vikrant being built at the Cochin Shipyard is likely to be inducted by end-2018.