China's anti-ship missile, submarine threats: Indian Navy
He also noted that the Jin class of submarines with its ballistic missile capability and underwater endurance levels has compelled other maritime powers to see what the Chinese "intentions" with such platforms and weapons are.
Addressing his annual press conference here, Verma was replying to questions on the two military systems of China's People's Liberation Army (Navy).
"If it is a fully functional system, it does generate quite a different category of threat and certainly requires a different measure to counter it," he said about the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles that China has developed.
He said the US Pacific Command's assessment of the missile system was that it is "close" to operationalisation. But its capabilities for deployment at the global level needs to be seen, he added.