The first issue of SP’s Naval
Forces (2015) coincides with Aero India 2015, being held at Bengaluru from February 18-22. The NDA Government under Narendra Modi is giving indications for development in every field. The Prime Minister’s high profile visit to Japan, Australia and US, and visit of President Xi Jinping and President Obama to India, has caused a lot of excitement and anticipation for the future progress of the nation. Maritime issues were high on the agenda during these visits especially with Japan and US. President Barack Obama has said that the US and India will be one of the “defining partnerships in the 21st century. A key component of this partnership will be USIndia defence and security ties”.
Prime Minister Modi commented on President Obama’s visit by stating that “We have to convert a good start into lasting progress. This requires translating our vision into sustained action and concrete achievements”. Joint naval exercises like Malabar have gone a long way in bringing the Indian and the US Navy closer and hone on joint tactics, techniques, and procedures. The Defence Technology and Trade Initiative will bolster ‘Make in India’, joint development of weapons and India’s military industrial complex. US can assist in transferring core technologies including dual-use technologies to refine and streamline DRDO, OFB and DPSUs. The private sector can be dovetailed into this effort with the US becoming an enabler due to their vast experience in the private defence industry. Results can only show when India and US sustain, and carry forward this joint vision. Thus a detailed overview on Indo-US Maritime Cooperation.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said it all when he stated that “the aim should be that sooner rather than later, Japan’s Navy and the Indian Navy are seamlessly interconnected.” Prime Minister Modi responded by telling the media that “Japan occupies an extremely high position in our foreign policy”. Thus an article on the subject. The remaining articles focus on India’s medium-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft programme and Naval Rotary UAVs. News in Brief just about wraps up the issue.
SP Guide Publications, after completing 50 years of publishing and serving the cause of defence and aerospace industry in India is now well on the path to introduce a few more titles in the near future.
Happy reading, and if you are in Bengaluru do meet us at the Aero India in Hall B (B3.7).