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SP's NavalForces - - COVER STORY - Jayant BaranwaL Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

This is­sue of Naval Forces co­in­cides with In­dia’s In­ter­na­tional Land, Naval and In­ter­nal Home­land Se­cu­rity Sys­tems ex­hi­bi­tion named De­f­expo In­dia 2018; which is be­ing held in Chennai from April 11 to 14. De­f­Expo 2018 for the first time and will project In­dia’s De­fence man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties to the world. This is re­flected in the tagline for the Expo, ‘In­dia: The Emerg­ing De­fence Man­u­fac­tur­ing Hub’.

De­f­Expo 2018 will brand In­dia as a de­fence ex­porter of sev­eral de­fence sys­tems and com­po­nents for all three Ser­vices - Army, Navy and Air Force. While show­cas­ing strengths of In­dia’s sub­stan­tial pub­lic sec­tor, it will also un­cover In­dia’s grow­ing pri­vate in­dus­try and spread­ing MSME base for com­po­nents and sub-sys­tems. As the De­f­Expo is be­ing held on the sea-shore, it pro­vides the In­dian Navy to bran­dish its do­mes­tic de­sign and man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties in­clud­ing dis­play of fri­gates, corvettes and other ships.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will also un­veil In­dia’s ca­pa­bil­ity in man­u­fac­tur­ing Scor­pene class sub­ma­rine. Kat­tupalli ship­yard of L&T is only 40 km from Chennai and visi­tors to De­f­Expo can eas­ily visit the same.

As per the di­rec­tions of Rak­sha Mantri Smt Nir­mala Sithara­man, the work for pre­par­ing De­tailed Project Re­port for the Tamil Nadu De­fence Quad has been ini­ti­ated by De­part­ment of De­fence Pro­duc­tion in the Min­istry of De­fence. The cor­ri­dor, which is or­ga­nized as a quadri­lat­eral will ex­tend from Chennai, Ho­sur, Coim­bat­ore, Salem and Tiruchi­rap­palli. It is ex­pected that with govern­ment open­ing up new op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­dus­try in de­fence sec­tor, the Tamil Nadu De­fence Quad will pro­vide a ma­jor op­por­tu­nity to the vi­brant man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor in the State.

The lead ar­ti­cle on In­dian Navy’s(IN’s) Ac­qui­si­tion and Mod­erni­sa­tion Plans where the au­thor re­view­ing the progress on sur­face, sub sur­face and aerial plat­forms, comes to the con­clu­sion that, de­spite the se­vere set­backs es­pe­cially in sub­ma­rine build-up plan caus­ing se­ri­ous ca­pa­bil­ity gaps, IN’s ac­qui­si­tion and mod­erni­sa­tion plans, span­ning over three plan pe­ri­ods 2005-2022 are well on track, in spite of some pres­ti­gious projects hav­ing missed the de­liv­ery mile­stones.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has in­di­cated a mar­itime vi­sion for In­dian –Pa­cific Re­gion and the con­cept of Indo-Pa­cific se­cu­rity. He is con­vinced that In­dia’s de­vel­op­ment de­pends upon the free­dom of sea lanes of the In­dian and Pa­cific Oceans. In his pol­icy of not only ’look East but also act East’, he has reached out to other mar­itime na­tions in the re­gion like Ja­pan, US and Aus­tralia. Thus a re­view of the Indo-US Mar­itime co­op­er­a­tion is in­cluded. There is an up­date on Mine Coun­ter­mea­sures Ves­sels and naval ro­tary UAVs. There are also write ups on Ex­er­cise Paschim Le­har which was aimed at ex­ten­sively test­ing and reval­i­dat­ing the op­er­a­tional plans and ma­noeu­vres in a hos­tile mar­itime sce­nario on In­dia’s Western se­aboard; Indo-French Naval Ex­er­cise – Varuna- 2018, the im­por­tance of which was un­der­lined by Em­manuel Macron, the Pres­i­dent of the Republic of France when he said that, “We want In­dia as our first strate­gic part­ner here, and we want to be In­dia’s first strate­gic part­ner in Europe, and even the western world;” and MI­LAN 2018 with the theme of ‘Friend­ship Across the Seas’. The is­sue just about wraps up with the News Di­gest and flag rank post­ings. Happy read­ing and meet you all at Hall 6 Stall 6.2.10.

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