Let me be the devil's advocate here & ask - why does the IN need four uber expensive LPDs ? India does not have a dedicated expeditionary capability like the @USMC or even the PLA marines?
Spending ~$3Bn on LPDs without expeditionary goals ? Why?
As far as HADR & lighter Sealift capability is concerned the vessel pictures is the UMS Moattama of the #Myanmar Navy ; 12500Tonnes with the capability to carry 520 troops & 10 Tanks . Cost some $50-100Mn each .
Why not get 4 or 10 of these smaller vessels instead ?
Sir, my submission here is that we should acquire 4-6 smaller LPDs & use that capability to build up a proper Marine Corps that will do justice to expeditionary capabilities alongwith the doctrinal changes required for expeditionary intervention.
The smaller vessels can help us build up this capacity over a decade . Once we are ready we should go in for larger LPDs & LHDs as the logistics for this expeditionary capability .
The PLA itself worked similarly to develop the PLA marines & eqpt before it's LHDs & LPDs
Absolutely , like I said we need to develop the capability & the doctrine before going all out & spending $3Bn on it .
We can & should start building up our marine corps in a more modest manner though .
Exactly why I keep supporting the requirement for larger number of hulls . Even smaller lighter SSK, FFG & LHD hulls make a difference if deployed in numbers .

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