India’s ‘Secret Sub’ to Join War Game With US, Japan

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New Delhi: Termed as ‘hole in the water’ India’s much vaunted quiet submarine, often impossible to detect by the most advanced navies, is going to join the war games with US and Japan divulging its secret.

For years, the Russian designed ‘Kilo’ class submarine was the ace in the pack of the Indian Navy. It would stealthily monitor warships traversing the waters of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

And for years, the Indian Navy flatly refused to give foreign forces a chance to train against the ‘Kilo’ class, nine of which are in service. Doing so would have given them a chance to potentially detect and record the elusive sound profile of the submarine, data so precious that it is considered the equivalent of a gold-mine in Naval intelligence circles. Because knowing the sound that a ‘Kilo’ class makes while underwater, would give warships and foreign submarines the ability to instantly classify the sound. In other words, if there was a ‘Kilo’ class submarine out there, foreign navies could detect its presence.

Now, in a clear sign of the enormous trust that exists between the armed forces of India, the United States and Japan, the Navy will deploy a ‘Kilo’ class submarine in the ongoing Malabar series of exercises in the Bay of Bengal for the very first time.Now, in a clear sign of the enormous trust that exists between the armed forces of India, the United States and Japan, the Navy will deploy a ‘Kilo’ class submarine in the ongoing Malabar series of exercises in the Bay of Bengal for the very first time.

The tactical significance of this is enormous. China, which poses a naval challenge for all three countries, presently operates 12 ‘Kilo’ class submarines, 10 of which are advanced variants of the version the Indian Navy has had in service since 1987. Training with the Indian Navy will give the US and Japanese navies the opportunity to know exactly what they may be up against in the waters of the Pacific or the South China Sea.

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