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More muscle for India’s Andaman and Nicobar defence posts to counter hawkish China

Discussion in 'Indian Navy' started by lca-fan, Aug 26, 2017.

  1. lca-fan

    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    More muscle for India’s Andaman and Nicobar defence posts to counter hawkish China
    Saturday, August 26, 2017 By: HT Source Link: CLICK HERE
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    The Narendra Modi government plans to strengthen the Tri-Service Command in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to expand India’s military reach in the Bay of Bengal and counterbalance growing Chinese ambitions in the region.

    The joint command of the army, air force and navy was set up in the country’s southeastern islands during the previous NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee 16 years ago.

    South Block sources said work started to add military teeth to the command that has its headquarters in Port Blair and it could be placed under the proposed permanent Chairman of the Chief of Staff Committee (COSC).

    With Beijing getting aggressive in the South China Sea, India has decided to secure its backyard by building military capacities from North Andaman to Car Nicobar islands for safeguarding strategic sea lanes and maritime territory.

    Indian interests are located strategically on the mouth of the Malacca Straits. This gateway to the Far East is an 850km channel and it carries 40% of the world’s freight trade as more than 94,000 merchant ships cross this portal each year to and from China, South Korea and Japan.

    But Malacca is a chokepoint, narrowing down to a mere 2.8km south of Singapore.

    India plans to augment its military capacities and safeguard its interests in the Bay of Bengal and Indian Ocean with better and bigger runways at naval air stations in North Andaman’s Shibpur and at Campbell bay in Great Nicobar.

    These will be extended from the current 3,000 feet to 10,000 feet to accommodate fighter jets and bigger planes such as the navy’s Boeing P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine aircraft. These airstrips will be kitted out with ammunition dumps too.

    The airfields are currently used for Dornier aircraft and Mi-17 helicopters. The expansion will allow the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to land on and take-off from these airstrips.

    In the long run, civilian traffic can also use these airfields.

    The defence ministry is understood to have started the process of acquiring land for building a reinforced and bigger command in Port Blair.

    It will have extended jetties along the harbour for mooring aircraft carriers and large warships. A naval ammunition depot is also proposed for replenishing the navy’s ships during contingencies.

    The Car Nicobar air force base will get more teeth as well, with an extended capacity to hold fighter squadrons for a month and beyond.

    The naval units at INS Kardip in Kamorta Islands, south of Car Nicobar, are being upgraded for warships.

    At present, the station provides logistics support and has wharf for small ships.

    The southernmost station, INS Baaz at Campbell Bay that is barely 150km from Indonesia’s Banda Aceh, is getting an extended airstrip of 6,000 feet. Plans are afoot to dredge the bay for bigger warships and rig the place with a robust radar network.

    Campbell Bay will be a major military hub to prevent terrorist and pirate attacks on vessels crossing the vulnerable Malacca Straits.
    http://www.defencenews.in/article/M...defence-posts-to-counter-hawkish-China-283899
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Both IA & IAF should at least now realize you can't borrow others muscle to fight, we have to develop our own to be strong and fit for fighting. GOI, Defence bureaucrats, Babus should also come to their senses now we need to invest in our own weapons and avoid imported stuff as much as we can. Only a few weapons which we lag should be imported. Height is we are importing bullets and mortars, Tank rounds, Artillery Shells (which are war expendables) which we should be producing in ample quantities in house.
     
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    vstol jockey Colonel MILITARY STRATEGIST

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    Do you remember my words? Parayi talwar, parayi stree aur paraya dhan, kabhi kaam nahin aata. Your sword which willl defend you is the one which you hold in your hand, the women who will die with you will be your wife and the money that you have in your pocket/hand is all that you can use in emergency. The plastic money and money in bank will never help you.
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    Here's what our so called new friend upto "http://indiandefence.com/threads/how-cia-spies-access-indias-biometric-aadhaar-database.63878/"
     
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    The expansion work has been underway since long
     
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    What India needs is lots of unmanned Submarines with torpedo launch capability... China will never be able to take down all these
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    And IA or IAF's job is not to develop! They cannot keep buying something , just because its made in India but useless to them.

    @Hellfire
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Coming to A&N
    The navy had specifically put out requirements for additional funds over a period of 8-10 years for.

    1. One dedicated SSK squadron.[Minimum of 3 Submarines, so that 1 is always at any time on station. This may be now changed , with the work on our SSN fleet.....]
    2. One Dedicated Surface Warfare Squadron.
    3. Doubling the presence of Coast Guard [More OVPs and FPVs]
    4. A Heavy Duty Air Superiority and AntiShip Capable Fighter Jet Squadron.
    5.Additional SAR capable units [Aviation, Coastal and Land Based]
    6. Medium Range Ocean Surveillance Aircraft.
    7. Coast based Anti Ship Missile System.
    8. Extensive coverage of medium and short range SAM systems.
    Etc...

    Barring a couple of above points, others are still in limbo.
     
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    lca-fan Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    But the world over military experts are involved in developing weapons they used. Indian Navy designs & develops its own ships. All weapons produced in US or Europe have inputs from their Army, Navy, Air Force experts like any Fighter development involves Air force Pilots from the start itself with preset goals for that weapon platform........ That is missing from IA & IAF. Was IA involved in Arjun's development? Instead they tried to scuttle it as much as possible to facilitate imports. They had Bofors howitzer guns for a decade why didn't they co-operate or came down hard on ordnance factories to develop one? Similarly how much input did IAF gave to develop LCA, did they not tried to scuttle it?...............
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    I will only say that if it was, some other force, these projects wouldnt have survived this long.

    They have given their best in Arjun and LCA projects.
     
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    kaku Major Technical Analyst

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    Why there job is not to deve
    Why there job is not to develop? Maybe people dont like,

    But Forces job is not just develop, but also making groundbreaking researches in field of Physics, Chemistry and even Space. And starting to think as weaponizing them.

    And let me remind us all, the first marine reactor was developed in Navy Research Center in US, not by any Civilian institute.

    For some examples:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Naval_Research_Laboratory
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Force_Research_Laboratory
     
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    Ankit Kumar 001 Major Technical Analyst

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    Because MoD doesn't make additional allocations to IAF , or to IA for setting up design bureau's , research centers, etc.
     
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    kaku Major Technical Analyst

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    What a crap, if this is the case, then why MoD giving budget to Navy's DND and WESEE?

    And such research center don't need multi billion dollar investment , to start such centers only need $50 million budget.

    And an order from MoD that such center able to use any test facility they want from DRDO.

    That's it.

     
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