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SP's NavalForces - - MESSAGE / COVER STORY - Jayant BARAN­WAL Pub­lisher & Edi­tor-in-Chief

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).

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