Ku­dos to the tri-ser­vices for self­less ser­vice

SP's MAI - - FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK - Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

The on­go­ing nat­u­ral dis­as­ter in Chennai has wrecked havoc and mas­sive re­lief oper­a­tions are on at the mo­ment. Lead­ing the re­lief oper­a­tions are the three ser­vices – the In­dian Army, the In­dian Navy and the In­dian Air Force. The tri-ser­vices have de­ployed per­son­nel and equip­ment to pro­vide suc­cour to the vic­tims of the del­uge and they are work­ing round the clock in a highly com­mend­able man­ner. Ku­dos to all who have put ser­vice be­fore self.

The Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan, in an ex­clu­sive re­sponse to queries by SP’s, men­tioned how the Navy had de­ployed its per­son­nel with boats and other equip­ment to res­cue ma­rooned peo­ple and how they were dis­tribut­ing re­lief ma­te­rial. Im­por­tantly, how INS Ra­jali had be­come an alternate air­port for Chennai with the present air­port hav­ing shut down due to flood­ing. Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi who made an aerial sur­vey of the dam­age an­nounced ` 1,000 crore to­wards re­lief oper­a­tions.

Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan also men­tioned how the In­dian Navy was op­er­a­tionally ca­pa­ble and com­bat ready. He has dwelt at length on the Navy’s ac­qui­si­tion plans, par­tic­u­larly on EMALS (elec­tro­mag­netic air­craft launch sys­tem) and how that a study will re­veal on what kind of launch and re­cov­ery sys­tem the Navy would need. Sim­i­larly, on the ac­qui­si­tion of the E-2D Hawk­eye he in­di­cated that it would be­come clear af­ter the re­port was sub­mit­ted. Nev­er­the­less, the Navy’s plans are aligned with na­tional ob­jec­tives that lay em­pha­sis on the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme.

The Prime Min­is­ter had just re­turned from of­fi­cial vis­its to Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, two key na­tions in South East Asia from a trade and strate­gic point of view. Not just eco­nomic is­sues were dis­cussed but strate­gic ones with re­gard to se­cu­rity and peace in the re­gion and how they could con­trib­ute to that. With both Malaysia and Sin­ga­pore, In­dia has his­toric ties with quite a large In­dian pop­u­la­tion set­tled in th­ese coun­tries. In­dia and Malaysia have out­lined sev­eral ar­eas in de­fence where the two could co­op­er­ate ef­fec­tively. With Sin­ga­pore, the In­dian Navy had a joint ex­er­cise called Sim­bex 2015.

As the pro­grammes gains mo­men­tum, there is re­newed in­ter­est from orig­i­nal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) and one of them Rock­well Collins has ex­panded its pres­ence in In­dia to work out ways of par­tic­i­pat­ing in var­i­ous pro­grammes. This is­sue also car­ries an in­ter­view with Joseph Pars­ley of Yulista which sees nu­mer­ous op­por­tu­ni­ties in the air­craft (ro­tary-wing and fixed-wing) and com­bat ve­hi­cle (tracked and wheeled ve­hi­cle) mod­i­fi­ca­tion and tech­nol­ogy in­ser­tion mar­kets.

In his fort­nightly view­points, Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) has lam­basted the De­fence Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion fol­low­ing the crash of the Nis­hant un­manned aerial ve­hi­cle and how the or­gan­i­sa­tion is drain­ing re­sources with­out pro­duc­ing any­thing of sig­nif­i­cant value, com­men­su­rate with the in­vest­ments made. In an­other view­point, he has talked about how China is work­ing strate­gi­cally its mil­i­tary or­gan­i­sa­tional struc­ture to en­sure that it goes ahead with its plans of dom­i­nance in the re­gion.

Be­sides th­ese fea­tures, we have the reg­u­lar de­part­ments and we look for­ward to your feed­back.

Happy read­ing !

Jayant Baran­wal

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