ED­I­TO­RIAL

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

On Novem­ber 5, 2018, Prime Min­is­ter, Naren­dra Modi proudly de­clared to the World that INS Ari­hant, In­dia’s first Nu­clear Bal­lis­tic Mis­sile Sub­ma­rine, has suc­cess­fully com­pleted its first de­ter­rence pa­trol, which sig­ni­fied the un­der­wa­ter preda­tor had un­der­taken its maiden long-range mis­sion with “live” nu­clear-tipped mis­siles em­barked on­board. He added, “I con­grat­u­late all those in­volved, es­pe­cially the crew of INS Ari­hant for this ac­com­plish­ment, which will al­ways be re­mem­bered in our history.”

The 6,000-tonne INS Ari­hant, comes un­der the di­rect con­trol of the Nu­clear Com­mand Author­ity with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at the helm. The Prime Min­is­ter added, “To­day is his­toric be­cause it marks the com­ple­tion of the suc­cess­ful es­tab­lish­ment of the nu­clear triad. In­dia’s nu­clear triad will be an im­por­tant pil­lar of global peace and sta­bil­ity.” We all at SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions also of­fer our fe­lic­i­ta­tions to the In­dian Navy.

Apart from com­plet­ing In­dia’s Nu­clear Triad there was good news for the in­dus­try as the re­quire­ment of an­cil­liary sys­tems gave im­pe­tus to many organisations/com­pa­nies. In­dia can now proudly claim that the ATV project has been the most suc­cess­ful of what is now called the ‘Make in In­dia’ Ini­tia­tive.

Then there an up­date on the tech­nolo­gies for sub­marines. The pace of sub­ma­rine tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment glob­ally, ap­pears to have made even the Moore’s Law re­dun­dant. From Stealth, Sen­sors and Acous­tic Su­pe­ri­or­ity, Silent Propul­sion Sys­tem, and Air In­de­pen­dent Propul­sion; the author has at­tempted a for­mi­da­ble can­vass on sub­ma­rine tech­nolo­gies. Stealth con­struc­tion tech­niques is one of the key tech­nolo­gies now be­ing fol­lowed by all de­fence plat­forms as it makes them dif­fi­cult to de­tect by all type of sen­sors.

In an ar­ti­cle on Re­ju­ve­na­tion of In­dian sub­ma­rine fleet, the author con­cludes that the 30-years long term per­spec­tive plan for build­ing sub­ma­rine force lev­els and its mod­erni­sa­tion en­tails 18 diesel-elec­tric con­ven­tional sub­marines, six SSNs and four SSBNs to emerge as a force to reckon with in the In­dian Ocean re­gion. How­ever there is an emerg­ing view that de­spite the ap­proved pro­grammes for re­ju­ve­na­tion, In­dia is un­likely to have a cred­i­ble sub­ma­rine fleet by 2030 to match the emerg­ing prow­ess of China.

On the Tenth An­niver­sary of the In­dian Ocean Naval Sympo- sium (IONS) the theme se­lected for the sem­i­nar was “IONS as a Cat­a­lyst for SA­GAR”. This is in line with the vi­sion of the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi of ‘SA­GAR’ (Se­cu­rity and Growth for All in the Re­gion). Then there is a write up on the planned ac­qui­si­tion of 24 Siko­rsky MH-60R (Romeo) Multi Role He­li­copters.

News and flag post­ings just about wraps this is­sue. Happy reading all you dis­cern­ing read­ers!

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