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The Indian Navy is planning to increase its capability to 200-ship fleet from the existing 137 ships and submarines under its command by 2027.

According to a maritime capability perspective plan, a certain number of ships have to be built by a particular timeline. "Our aspiration is to become a 200-ship Navy (by 2027)", Vice Chief of Indian Navy Vice Admiral P Murugesan was quoted as saying by PTI today.

The Navy has been at the forefront of indigenisation, and is also in “exploratory talks” with Russia to see if few of them can be built with their collaboration so as to “expedite” the process.

The Navy was in talks for 3 Grigorivich-class frigates, an improved version of the six Talwar-class frigates, which the Navy obtained between 2003-13. He added that when decided, it is going to take place under Make in India," Murugesan said.

Murugesan said that a high-level committee of the Defence Ministry has submitted its report identifying shipyards capable of executing the about 9.4 billion project of building the next six conventional submarines under Project P75I.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) would be issued soon in this regard. He also said that an RFP would also be issued for the procurement of two deep-sea rescue vessels.

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