AIP helps to stay underwater for longer periods without having to surface back.
It has to get back to port for refueling.
The SSNs can stay out in deep waters for a very long period of time.
For submarine hunting role, SSKs have much better sonar characteristics than SSNs. And submarine hunters are for defensive roles, they won't have to venture hundreds of kms away from the coastline. And for strike role, we have SSBNs.
Do you think Scorpenes can venture near Chinese coastline?
Akula is for that.
Who would Escort the CBGs?
Remember India is going to have the Second Highest Number of Aircraft Carriers in the World after United States.
Scorpene has an endurance of 60 days and range of more than 10k kms. So, it think that's well enough to support the CBG for the time being. And when you're making SSBNs, making SSNs wont be a tough nut to crack.
They can't come out of Chinese territorial waters in fear of being detected.
Perfect example of typical Indian delusion.
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Agreed.I dare to differ boss. SSBNs strike more fear and are strategically more important for warfare.