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!