New Navy Chief Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba has oner­ous tasks ahead

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

The new Chief of the Naval Staff Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba has his task cut out. He has to ac­cel­er­ate the pace of mod­erni­sa­tion of the In­dian Navy while en­sur­ing that it re­mains one of the best naval forces in the world. Ad­mi­ral Lanba took charge from Ad­mi­ral R.K. Dhowan on May 31, 2016, and will hold the post till May 31, 2019.

In an in­ter­view with SP’s prior to his be­com­ing the Navy Chief, he had stated how tech­nol­ogy would be key in the grow­ing stature of In­dian Navy. “Use of high-end tech­nol­ogy for force level plan­ning en­hances naval ca­pa­bil­i­ties and, there­fore, there has been a con­stant ef­fort to study the trend of tech­no­log­i­cal advancements and their in­duc­tion. Fur­ther, science and tech­nol­ogy is in­flu­enc­ing war fight­ing tac­tics to a great ex­tent and many coun­tries are car­ry­ing out ex­ten­sive re­search to in­no­vate, de­sign and de­velop high-tech weapons and sen­sors which would bring a sea change in the con­duct of naval war­fare in the fu­ture. Tech­no­log­i­cal self-re­liance, there­fore, is crit­i­cal for In­dia’s quest for global power sta­tus.”

He had said that “the en­hance­ments of in­dige­nous ca­pa­bil­i­ties con­tinue to re­main the bedrock of Navy’s de­vel­op­ment in all di­men­sions, namely, sur­face, air, un­der­wa­ter, elec­tronic war­fare and space. One of the core thrust ar­eas of the Navy is the de­vel­op­ment of net­work-cen­tric op­er­a­tions ca­pa­bil­i­ties, for both op­er­a­tional and sup­port ech­e­lons.”

This fort­night the Na­tional Demo­cratic Al­liance (NDA) cel­e­brated two years in power by or­gan­is­ing cel­e­bra­tions, high­light­ing achieve­ments. Lt Gen­eral P.C. Ka­toch (Retd) states that a lot has cer­tainly hap­pened in this pe­riod. The econ­omy is look­ing up and for­eign pol­icy is pro­gress­ing in sync with the fluid dy­nam­ics of geopol­i­tics, in­clud­ing the fur­ther ce­ment­ing of the China-Pak­istan an­tiIn­dia axis. The ma­jor change has been the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive al­beit its ef­fect to be felt would pan over some years.

An­other de­vel­op­ment has been the de­ci­sion of the govern­ment to can­cel all on­go­ing ten­ders for de­fence equip­ment won by Italy’s Fin­mec­ca­nica as a pre­cur­sor to black­list­ing of the firm, which is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for bribery in the Agusta-West­land VVIP he­li­copter deal. The De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar told the me­dia that “wher­ever there is cap­i­tal pro­cure­ment of Fin­mec­ca­nica and their sub­sidiaries, all re­quests for pro­posal will be closed.” Fin­mec­ca­nica clar­i­fied that some for­mer em­ploy­ees were in­volved and not the com­pany and that it would re­assess its pres­ence in In­dia, if black­listed, con­sid­er­ing that it has mar­ginal busi­ness here. All this and more this fort­night. Happy read­ing!

CMD and Edi­tor-in-Chief of SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions Jayant Baran­wal called-upon Union Min­is­ter of State for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Gen­eral V.K. Singh (Retd) and dis­cussed the var­i­ous govern­ment ini­tia­tives be­ing un­der­taken

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