Category — Defense/ Security

India Test Fires Cruise Missile

On November 7, India conducted a flight test of its homegrown  long range  land-attack cruise missile Nirbhay (Sanskrit: Fearless), which can deliver nuclear warheads to a strike range of 621 miles. The sub-sonic missile is designed to carry a 661 pound nuclear warhead.

“The flight test achieved all mission objectives completely from lift-off till the final splash down. The missile cruised for 50 minutes, achieving a range of 402 miles,” said an official from India’s state- owned Defense Research and Development Organization.

Nirbhay Missile

The two-stage missile is 19.6 feet long, 1.7 feet wide with a wing span of 8.8 feet. It can fly at a speed of  0.7 Mach. Its launch weight is about 3,307 pounds, reports The Times of India It is designed to fly at low-altitudes to evade enemy radars and missile defense systems.

November 14, 2017   No Comments

Atlantic Council Proposes Recommendations for India

In its report The Sino-Indian Clash and the New Geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific authored by the South Asia Center of Washington-based Atlantic Council made a series of recommendations to help India meet security challenges.

Highlights of the Report authored by Robert A. Manning and Bharath Gopalaswamy, as reported by Live Mint are:

  • India should propose regular India-U.S.-China talks at least on an annual basis, perhaps on the margins of the G20 or the East Asian Summit meetings aimed at minimizing the risk of misperception or miscalculation.
  •  India and the U.S. should enhance joint maritime patrols in the Indian Ocean.
  • United States and India must boost bilateral security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific.
  • India should also seek assistance from Japan and the United States in developing its indigenous shipbuilding capabilities and should consider permitting Australia to join the Malabar exercises to resurrect the initial Quadrilateral grouping.
  • India should improve its carrier aviation capacity, which will help maintain sea control in the Indian Ocean.
  • The United States can play a major role in helping India modernize its unmanned aerial vehicle fleet.
  • India must seek to improve its space surveillance capacities. India already possesses a developed space program which it must utilize to serve practical military needs.
  • India should establish forward bases to advise the militaries of neighboring countries. India could set up a brigade for each South Asian nation (other than Pakistan), which would take on the responsibility of training and advising the militaries of those countries.
  • India could also create a satellite campus of the National Defense Academy, or an entirely new academy, to train greater numbers of Bhutanese/ Nepali/ Bangladeshi/ Sri Lankan troops in India.

The report noted that as a democracy and a committed market-oriented economy, India appears more focused than China on the rules-based global order, while trying to build a larger role and expand its voice and influence within it.

Flags of US and India

November 11, 2017   No Comments

India and USA Are Natural Allies says Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in India as part of a multi-stop tour across the Middle East and South Asia. He had discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and  India’s minister for Foreign Affairs Ms. Sushma Swaraj. Tillerson and Swaraj stressed the close relationship and shared values between the two countries and pledged to work closely on matters of security, and also to enhance defense and economic cooperation.

The US Secretary of State, Mr. Rex Tillerson calls on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 25, 2017.

The US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on October 25, 2017

Tillerson mooted a larger role for India in stabilizing the economy of Afghanistan, and pledged American support to fight terrorists. “In the fight against terrorism, the United States will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with India. Terrorist safe havens will not be tolerated,” he said.

Tillerson expressed concern that extremist groups could threaten the security of Pakistan. “We also are concerned about the stability and security of Pakistan’s government, as well as that these terrorist organizations have enlarged their numbers, enlarged their strength and their capability,” he told reporters.

While recognizing India as a key partner in the face of what he considers as China‘s negative influence in Asia, Tillerson reiterated that India could play a wider role in the region, reports Voice of America.

“The United States supports India’s emergence as a leading power and will continue to contribute to Indian capabilities to provide security throughout the region.” He said Washington was willing to provide New Delhi with advanced technologies for its military modernization.

“We also look forward to further cooperation in the broader Indo-Pacific region as we both promote a rules-based approach to commerce, and a transparent and sustainable approach to economic development,” he said.

October 27, 2017   No Comments

India’s Army to Upgrade 2,000 Military Stations

The Indian Army will modernize 2,000 military stations and develop them in line with the government’s smart city initiative. 58 military stations have already been identified as part of the pilot project.

“We are looking at developing the military stations as smart cities where all modern amenities will be made available. Developing a state-of-the-art IT network will be a key feature,” said a senior Army official.

Indian Army

The Army will also implement 65 reform measures recommended by the Lieutenant General (retired) D.B. Shekatkar Committee which include the redeployment of nearly 57,000 officers and other ranks to enhance the combat capability of the force, optimization of signals establishments, and closure of military farms and army postal establishments in peace locations, among others. Firstpost reports that these reforms will be implemented by 31 December, 2019.

October 23, 2017   No Comments

Consul General of Atlanta Says India is a Largely Untapped Market

Nagesh Singh, consul general for India in Atlanta, said that despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, India remains a largely untapped market which has plenty of opportunities for partnerships with domestic companies. He added that India hopes to increase bilateral trade with the United States from $120 billion to $500 billion in 2025.

Nagesh Singh, India's Consul General of Atlanta

Nagesh Singh, India’s Consul General of Atlanta

GSA Business Reports says that Singh outlined many areas of business opportunities in India:

  • Defense – India is the second-largest importer of arms with an annual expenditure of $15 billion in 2016.
  • Automotive – India is making strides to become the third-largest automotive market in the world by 2022. The country has a $300 billion market and produces only 20% of vehicles sold there.
  • Infrastructure – India plans to spend $1 trillion by 2030 to upgrade roads, bridges and utilities.
  • The country also represents a $600 billion retail market and a $120 billion aerospace market.

Singh noted that businesses in India plan to invest more in the United States. “India is becoming a very important part of providing direct investment to this country,” he said, adding that a recent survey of Indian businesses showed 90% of them want to invest more in the United States.

 

October 16, 2017   No Comments