India should have minimum deterrence: Navy chief
New Delhi: Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta on Monday said India should have "credible minimum deterrence" keeping in view its neighbourhood.
"You have to have credible minimum deterrence against
somebody you can`t target. India`s policy is not the whole
world over. So, in the neighbourhood we should have adequate
capability to maintain the deterrent value of such platforms,"
he said to a news agency.
Admiral Mehta was asked if India was planning to
develop Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) as part of
its nuclear deterrence capabilities.
On July 26, India inducted its first indigenously
produced nuclear submarine INS Arihant, which is armed with
nuclear capable 700 km medium range K-15 missiles.
India is planning to increase the range of the submarine
launched ballistic missile up to 3,000 km in future.