India’s Defence Is Strong

India should emulate Israel in its military preparedness

Agni V Covers Most Parts of China

Agni V Covers Most Parts of China
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Civil Society Has No Rights to Criticise Army

Confusion and Controversies

Lot of confusion and controversies are raging India’s defence sector following the Chief of Indian Army Gen V K Singh’s media speak. Right from the parliament to the street corners, the topic of discussion that comes quite often is India’s defence. Apart from the controversies, the question as to whether India’s defence is adequate in the wake of enemy countries bordering India is also a debatable one. Of course the nuclear teeth give India a strong defence against any kind of attack by its enemies. It also provides deterrence to the nation.

PIL (Public Interest Litigation) Against New Army Chief

Even before the new army chief Lt Gen Bikram Singh has assumed office, a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) has been filed against him. Luckily the Supreme Court has dismissed the petition. The same Supreme Court also refused to enter into the date of birth controversy of the present army chief. The petitioners challenged Bikram Singh’s appointment by alleging that he was involved in the fake encounter in Jammu & Kashmir in 2001. His acts during the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo in 2008 were also questioned in the petition. But the Supreme Court judges refused to consider these allegations without documentary evidence and dismissed them.

Civil Society Has No Rights to Criticise Army

When an army is deployed in a hostile terrain and fighting alien forces which involve risk to life, it is natural that some acts that are considered wrong by the civil society will be considered right for them. The army may indulge in drinking and womanising in their spare time in order to keep their spirit high. The civil society is living quite comfortably compared to the soldiers. Recently news came that the more than hundred Pakistan soldiers died due to an avalanche in Siachen glacier. One can imagine the agony the soldiers undergo when serving in such helpless places. Civil society should not judge the soldiers’ actions from their view point.

Agni V Covers Most Parts of China

Pakistan, India’s enemy number two is receiving all kinds of assistance from India’s enemy number one China. Pakistan navy is scheduled to get its fast attack ship soon. India’s successful testing of the Agni V missile has caused anxiety in Pakistan and China. It has made India a prestigious member of the ICBM (Inter Continental Ballistic Missile) club. Now India has to take important decisions about the nation’s nuclear deterrence as nuclear warheads can be deployed in Agni V missile. Agni’s range covers most part of China. China and Pakistan have the numerical advantage of nuclear weapons as they have massively stockpiled them. But in nuclear deterrence, the numerical advantage is a mirage and counts nothing. Few strong nuclear warheads well directed and kept ready for action is much more than stockpiling hundreds of nuclear missiles in the shelf.

Are Tatra Trucks Substandard?

There has been a controversy that the Tatra trucks supplied to the Indian army are substandard. An enquiry is going on about this matter. Hemang Foundation, a trust established in the European tax haven Liechtenstein controls Tatra Sipox (UK) that has supplied the trucks to the Indian army. Ravinder Kumar Rishi and his family are the beneficiaries of this Hemang Foundation. The army Chief Gen V K Singh alleged that Lt Gen Tejinder Singh offered him a bribery of Rs.14 crore on 22.09.2010 on behalf of Vectra group Chairman Ravi Rishi. Only after the enquiry is over and the report comes out can one comment on these highly sensitive matters.

Chinese Red Army is mighty but no unconquerable

Chinese Red  Army is mighty but  no unconquerable
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China Has Longer Range Missiles

Pakistan Nuclear Arsenal May Fall Into the Hands of Talibans

Indian Navy is planning to acquire high tech sea warriors. After the Agni V success, preparations are going on for Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles that will make a second strike possible. Tessy Thomas, the top scientist is in-charge of this project. Pakistan army chief Kayani has offered a peace offer to India. India should be careful and not fall into this trap which Pakistan sets. India should also take steps to counter the possibility of the Pakistan nuclear arsenal and missiles falling into the hands of its terrorists. There is also a possibility of a radical group like the Talibans assuming office in Pakistan just as Ayatollah Khomeini occupied power in Iran in 1979. In that case, the deadly weapons will be used by the Talibans against India and USA.

China Has Longer Range Missiles

China’s DF-31 missile has a range of over 10000 km as against Agni V’s 5000 km and can carry 1000 kg nuclear warhead. DF-5A has also over 10000 km range and can carry 2 tonne thermonuclear warhead. DF-31A has a range of over 7000 km and can carry 1800 kg thermonuclear warhead. Pakistan’s Shaheen-2 has a 1200 km range which can carry a 1000 kg nuclear warhead.

India Should Strengthen Its Defence Ties with USA

UAV Squadron will help expand the reach of the Indian Navy. Government is going into overdrive to purchase conventional ammunitions for the Indian defence. India has already inducted INS Chakra on a ten year lease from Russia. This nuclear powered attack submarine has cost India around $1 billion. India has conducted a naval exercise with USA recently. Strengthening defence ties with USA is very useful for India. It was USA that came to India’s assistance when China attacked India in 1962. In that war China captured 32000 sq km of Indian Territory and is still holding it. China would have captured the entire India had USA not intervened.

Brahmas Cruise Missile Successful

India is capable of catapulting itself into a military superpower in another decade or two. India possesses the right technology and scientists required to make this achievement possible. Technicians are working on Sikorsky S-92 helicopters in Tata Advanced Systems production facility in Andhra Pradesh. They are waiting for the defence ministry to order supply of 16 helicopters. A new developmental flight of the country’s supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successful. DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) has promised to deliver hi-tech artillery for the Indian army. The armed forces are facing shortage of tanks and many things including helmets. The armed forces should be kept battle-ready at all times. Such shortages should be addressed on a war-footing.

Defence Expenses Can Be Reduced After Reaching Deterrence

Excessive reliance on middlemen while importing arms threatens the Indian defence establishment and leads to scams. Already India has seen the emergence of the Bofors scam more than two decades back. India should develop self reliance as much as possible in matters of defence procurement. A new missile hub is to be set up in Andhra Pradesh. This is welcome news and more such centres should be set up. India is now the world’s largest arms importer and has even overtaken China. It is not that China is neglecting procurement of arms. China is more and more building on self reliance in terms of defence procurement. India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee has earmarked Rs.193407 crore towards defence allocation in his latest Budget. This was 18% up over the previous year. Defence expenses form nearly 13% of the government expenses in India which is on the higher side. But considering the threat India has from its enemies China and Pakistan, it is understandable and a necessary evil to put up with. But there are rumours that the government of India is thinking of downsizing defence budget in the wake of increasing fiscal deficit and shortfall in tax collections. Once credible deterrence through nuclear arsenal is reached, India can actually go for reductions in defence allocations.

Mao wanted to capture the whole of India but US intervention prevented it

Mao wanted to capture the whole of India but US intervention prevented it
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M Tech Course in Avionics

Indigenous Development

DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) has developed a new sub-sonic cruise missile called Nirbhay (meaning fearless in Sanskrit). This may be test fired at any time. Sales of military services and weapons globally are rising continually and have crossed $400 billion mark now. Big arms companies are benefitted from such sales. Torpedo and Akash missile have been handed over to the Indian Navy and IAF (Indian Air Force). These have been indigenously developed by the Naval Science and Technological Laboratory in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

M Tech Course in Avionics

Government of India has approved the Navy’s proposal to acquire 9 advanced medium range maritime reconnaissance aircrafts. Indian Navy has to face terror threats in addition to conventional war threats. A Mirage 2000 crashed in MP during sortie causing anxiety. DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) has stated that more experts are required in military electronics. The organization has planned an M Tech course in avionics. Experts are stressing the importance on developing materials indigenously to strengthen the battle tanks. Indian army will be getting the prototype of explosive reactor armour for its Arjun MBT in another two months time. DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) has successfully tested its missile interceptor AAD-05 at Odisha near Wheeler’s Island in February.

Self Guided Bullet

In the meanwhile, there is a criticism that India has exhibited lack of vision in choosing the Rafale fighter aircrafts over the British aircrafts. France is interested in working with India in nuclear technology and intelligence sharing and this might have prompted Indian government to go for the Rafale aircrafts. The deal is worth $10 billion for the supply of 126 aircrafts. Sandia National Laboratories has created a self-guided bullet. It is the next generation technology. A light emitting LED is attached to the self guided bullet. Naval officers are criticising the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) for frequent time delays in developing naval version of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

USA Ready to Supply India Missile Shied Technology

Recently an IAF (Indian Air Force) Kiran MK2 trainer aircraft plunged into a lake in Tamil Nadu. Ageing trainer jet planes are putting pilots in danger. India has become the sixth nation to possess a nuclear submarine. USA is ready to work with India in missile shield technology. Coast Guard is planning to induct 10 aircrafts and 20 ships in two years. Mirage aircraft is set to have 500 air-to-air missiles. DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organization) has built a defence against dirty nuke bombs. India is revamping its production of submarines. More and more private players are bringing their technological skill for the production of ammunition and spare parts required in the defence industry. Indian army is planning to acquire tanks with radar tracking system. They can detect and destroy enemy missiles.

Modernisation of Indian Army

Indian army has acquired an indigenous mobile robot. P-81 maritime reconnaissance aircrafts will carry a mobile satellite service (MSS) developed by the Hyderabad-based Avantel communication. Modernisation of the army is gathering steam. Infantry is being turned into fully networked and all-terrain weapon platform. There has been a doubt lingering about the quality of Sukhoi MK130 aircrafts after some of them crashed recently. CAG has indicted Indian army for not bringing any new technology for the past ten years. In the next five years, India is set to spend Rs.60000 crore in military infrastructure. Indian Airborne early warning system has been tested recently.

BrahMos, the Only System of Its Kind

BrahMos, the Only System of Its Kind
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China Cannot Assemble Even Hundred Soldiers across the Border

In 1962, China surreptitiously assembled ten lakhs soldiers across the McMahon line and attacked India. India never expected this attack and was taken aback by it. Since then, science and art of intelligence and communications have improved tremendously with the advent of satellites. Since World War II, technology has been leapfrogging every year in all spheres of our lives. Defence is no exception to it. Today China cannot even assemble hundred soldiers across McMahon line as that will be revealed in satellite photos communicated to Washington and New Delhi. There are advanced equipments to monitor troop movements and record conversations. Some of these are the Wifi catcher, Falcon4 recorder, solid state audio/video recorder, fibre optic interceptor, recorder, Njala recorder, interception monitoring centre and Zebra Record ad filter. These equipments can be used to record, store and filter the desired targets. More such instruments are being developed.

BrahMos, the Only System of Its Kind

Defence ministry has cleared orders last year for the acquisition of another 20 hawk jets. Overall project acquisition cost is expected to touch Rs.20000 crore. Another Rs.5000 crore vital defence deals are awaiting final node from the government. The military is planning to have BrahMos hypersonic missile developed in five years time. Raytheon is keen to sell its HEAT missiles to IAF (Indian Air Force). India is planning to order 59 more Russian helicopters. Operational trials of ATC systems of IAF (Indian Air Force) are scheduled this year. The 2nd BrahMos regiment has been handed over to Indian army. It is the only system with fire power capacity for targets as deep as three hundred kilometres.

India Should Befriend NATO

Bharat Dynamics, an Indian company, is planning to make seekers for Nag missile. Indian army is planning to recruit one lakh soldiers to man the China border. Even though China is India’s number one enemy, India should also be wary of Pakistan. Recently Pakistan test fired its indigenously developed (actually it was developed with Chinese assistance) Hatf-7 nuclear missile. It has a range of 700 km and can hit most targets in India. India is going to conduct field evaluation trials of anti-tank missiles soon. Indian and French armies conducted war games last year at Chaubatia. IAF (Indian Air Force) was supposed to have got its air defence network boost last year end. India is studying a NATO offer to join missile programme. India should strengthen its relations with NATO also as it is beneficial to it in terms of technology. India should also strengthen its defence relations with Israel, the arch enemy of the Islamic countries including Pakistan.

Scorpene Submarines to Indian Navy

Last year, Prithvi-II ballistic missile displayed accuracy in test fire. There is a Rs.3 lakh crore plan to boost India’s naval might. India last year successfully test fired Shourya missile. It can be launched from canisters and silos mounted on a truck. After the Mumbai terrorist attack launched by Pakistan in 2008, the government has approved for installation of coastal radars. A network will be constructed that will detect suspicious ships entering Indian waters. Last year the government cleared acquisition of eight assault warships. India has commissioned a water jet fast attack craft INS Karuva to strengthen Indian navy’s anti-pirate operations, coastal patrolling, search rescue operations and anti smuggling operations. The public sector defence company Mazagon Dock Limited has built Scorpene submarines for the Indian Navy and has recommended going for still bigger vessels of the type.

Indian Defence Is Strong

There is no doubt that Indian defence is very strong and countries like China and Pakistan will have to think ten times before attacking India. But India should strengthen its defence ties with USA and NATO to counter more Chinese threats in future. That will guarantee foolproof security for India – almost.

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vee 4 years ago

india should acquire more ICBM's and hypersonic missiles to counter chinese attacks

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ramkimeena 4 years ago from India Author

Dear vee,

I thank you for your valuable comments. I agree with your views entirely.

Best wishes to you,

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