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This is­sue of SP’s Naval

Forces co­in­cides with the be­gin­ning of the fes­ti­val sea­son and cool­ing of the weather which also her­alds an in­crease in the tempo of del­e­ga­tions vis­it­ing In­dia and sem­i­nars and trade fairs go­ing up. The lead ar­ti­cle is on Ari­hant Ð Func­tional Arm of In­dia Õ s Nu­clear Triad. Sev­eral lead­ing news­pa­pers on Oc­to­ber 17, 2016, an­nounced that INS Ari­hant was for­mally com­mis­sioned by Ad­mi­ral Su­nil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff, in Au­gust 2016. The news flus­tered the strate­gists who won­dered how such a pow­er­ful plat­form of strate­gic im­por­tance could be in­ducted in a hush-hush man­ner! The author has an­a­lysed the re­ported news and very can­didly cleared the cob­web of spec­u­la­tive re­port­ing. The ar­ti­cle out­lines the his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tive of a highly clas­si­fied tech­nol­ogy demon­stra­tor project of the coun­try, its tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tion, weapons and equip­ment fit, op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties and its present sta­tus which in­di­cate that Ari­hant is on the thresh­old of be­ing com­mis­sioned, but not just yet.

This edi­tion also places be­fore the read­ers an im­por­tant sub­ject of Mar­itime Do­main Aware­ness (MDA) as it is di­rectly linked with the mar­itime se­cu­rity of the coun­try. MDA is the ef­fec­tive un­der­stand­ing of all as­pects associated with the global mar­itime en­vi­ron­ment that could im­pact the se­cu­rity, safety, econ­omy or en­vi­ron­ment of a na­tion. The author ar­gues that the MDA Õ s goal is to ob­tain a sense of global aware­ness that reaches beyond the con­fines of the tac­ti­cal and regional lev­els. If MDA was sim­ply a de­fen­sive strat­egy against a known mil­i­tary or ter­ror­ist threat, it could be ob­tained by form­ing de­fen­sive lay­ers around In­dia.

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said af­ter meet­ing Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin on the side­lines of the BRICS Sum­mit that, Ò As they say in Rus­sian, an old friend is bet­ter than two new friends. Ó Many de­fence deals with Ô all-weather old friend Rus­sia’ were fi­nalised at the Prime Min­is­ter Õ s level, which in­cluded Ad­mi­ral Grig­orovich class (Project 11356) guided-mis­sile stealth frigate, nod for leas­ing an­other nu­clear-pow­ered sub­ma­rine and so on. Ac­cord­ingly a write-up on the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in Indo-Rus­sian Naval Co­op­er­a­tion is in­cluded.

Then there is an ar­ti­cle on fast at­tack crafts which are an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of Brown Wa­ter Navy and play a sig­nif­i­cant role in coastal sur­veil­lance and de­fence ap­pa­ra­tus. In ad­di­tion, there is an ex­haus­tive cov­er­age on the Bi­lat­eral Con­fer­ence Ð Na­tional Mar­itime Foun­da­tion and Cen­tre for Naval Anal­y­ses, write-up on sem­i­nars and Naval Com­man­ders Õ Con­fer­ence, the usual News in Brief and Flag Post­ings.

We close this is­sue by wish­ing you all happy read­ing!

Jayant Baran­waL Pub­lisher & Ed­i­tor-in-Chief

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