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A Proactive Indian Navy: Upcoming Naval Exercises
Mar 13, 2021

A Proactive Indian Navy: Upcoming Naval Exercises

The Indian Navy has a bevvy of planned engagements this spring,. including with the UAE and France.

Ageing  and insufficient submarines plague Indian Navy
Oct 15, 2014

Ageing and insufficient submarines plague Indian Navy

Indian Navy requires at least 30 submarines to fulfil its commitments. But the Navy currently has only 13 subs - that too fairly old diesel electric conventional submarines . Shockingly, only half of them are operational at any given time.

At last, a just allocation to Indian Navy
Apr 20, 2012

At last, a just allocation to Indian Navy

India's Navy has for too long been neglected when money has been allocated. The latest defence budget suggests that may be starting to change, though much of the new allocation will be used to pay off previously acquired expensive naval platforms.

Dynamic Shift: Indian Navy in the Red Sea
Feb 07, 2024

Dynamic Shift: Indian Navy in the Red Sea

The navy has been undertaking anti-piracy operations in the region with significantly greater purpose than at any time since 2008

From Buyer to Builder: The Indian Navy’s Rocky Road to Self-Reliance
Sep 10, 2020

From Buyer to Builder: The Indian Navy’s Rocky Road to Self-Reliance

This paper evaluates deficiencies in India’s naval shipbuilding programme, and identifies factors that adversely impact naval warship construction in the country. It argues that despite considerable effort, India’s shipbuilding endeavours continue to suffer from systemic deficits that cannot be addressed through ad hoc policy interventions and short-term solutions. Through an assessment of strengths and weaknesses of India’s defence shipyar

Has the Indian Navy cancelled its Tejas LCA project?
Dec 03, 2016

Has the Indian Navy cancelled its Tejas LCA project?

Despite renewed efforts, the complex integration of the aerial refuelling probe on the Tejas fighter hasn’t been properly accomplished.

Project-75I Submarine Acquisition: Should the Indian Navy Relax Air-Independent Propulsion Requirement?
Aug 30, 2022

Project-75I Submarine Acquisition: Should the Indian Navy Relax Air-Independent Propulsion Requirement?

The Indian Navy must revisit the fundamental question of whether it wants the newest air-independent propulsion architecture or the newest propulsion

Sino-Indian competition in Myanmar in the spotlight with Indian Navy chief visit
Feb 24, 2020

Sino-Indian competition in Myanmar in the spotlight with Indian Navy chief visit

Myanmar remains hugely important for India. The naval visit last week again focused attention on the role of India and China in the Southeast Asian state, even though New Delhi’s weakness lies more in non-security realms.

Super Hornets may pip Rafales in Indian Navy’s Carrier-based Fighter Aircraft Procurement
Jul 22, 2022

Super Hornets may pip Rafales in Indian Navy’s Carrier-based Fighter Aircraft Procurement

Purchase of F/A-18 Super Hornets can herald the beginning of a closer long-term relationship with the US, which shall be beneficial for India and espe

The Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier dilemma
Mar 13, 2023

The Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier dilemma

Seen as a vital asset to maritime strategy, large “supercarriers” are nonetheless very expensive.

The Indian Navy’s Arabian Sea exercise is a reality check for Pakistan
Jul 24, 2023

The Indian Navy’s Arabian Sea exercise is a reality check for Pakistan

Although Pakistan’s interest in novel technologies and weapons systems is notable, India has numerical superiority and better capabilities as seen d

The Indian Navy’s humanitarian impulse
Jun 14, 2017

The Indian Navy’s humanitarian impulse

The Indian Navy has played a leading role in humanitarian missions since the 2004 tsunami — a potent way to project India’s diplomatic soft power.

#ScorpeneLeak — Fighting that 'sinking' feeling
Aug 26, 2016

#ScorpeneLeak — Fighting that 'sinking' feeling

Stung by the Scorpene revelations, the Indian navy has ordered an inquiry, but is struggling to come to terms with the operational implications.

A new churn in the Indo-Pacific
Sep 18, 2021

A new churn in the Indo-Pacific

Will the growing security partnership between Australia, US and UK strengthen Indo-Pacific security or loosen the bonds with another key player, Franc

A Survey of India-US Defence Cooperation
Mar 15, 2024

A Survey of India-US Defence Cooperation

Manoj Joshi, “A Survey of India-US Defence Cooperation,” ORF Special Report No. 224, March 2024, Observer Research Foundation.

Agenda for service chiefs in 2019
Dec 31, 2018

Agenda for service chiefs in 2019

India’s service chiefs would need to lay down their priorities. These would involve a mix of operational and non-operational tasks.

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy
Mar 17, 2021

Aggressive sea control isn’t an option for India’s navy

Be assertive close to home. But India should not shrink from distant waters, either.

Andaman and Nicobar: India’s ‘strategic anchor’ holds ground
Feb 05, 2019

Andaman and Nicobar: India’s ‘strategic anchor’ holds ground

The strategic build-up and modernisation of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a step in the the right direction, but challenges remain.

Boosting India with maritime domain awareness
Jan 08, 2021

Boosting India with maritime domain awareness

Indian decision makers recognise the need for cooperative tools to fight transnational crime in the littorals. Indian initiatives, however, are yet to bring about an alignment of objectives and strategies of regional littoral states.

Chinese N-subs in the Indian Ocean and Indian naval concerns
Apr 14, 2015

Chinese N-subs in the Indian Ocean and Indian naval concerns

The deployment of a Chinese nuclear submarine - presumably a Type 093 Shang-class - as part of the anti-piracy patrol of two ships and a supply vessel operating off the Gulf of Aden has set alarm bells ringing loudly in the Indian Navy. The implications of such a strategically significant move are simply enormous.

COVID-19 will hit harder than any weapon system
Apr 14, 2020

COVID-19 will hit harder than any weapon system

The world — and its militaries — will emerge from the COVID-19 crisis at different rates and in different states of readiness.

Dispelling doubts about India's naval modernisation
Mar 24, 2017

Dispelling doubts about India's naval modernisation

Critics of the aircraft carrier fail to appreciate the political objectives that maritime power is meant to further

Helicopters versus a superfluous seaplane
Sep 25, 2017

Helicopters versus a superfluous seaplane

For a navy wandering the far seas with warships with mostly empty helicopter decks, the prospect of acquiring any helicopter is of utmost importance versus the acquisition of a superfluous seaplane.

Houthi rebels drag India into Red Sea crisis
Jan 03, 2024

Houthi rebels drag India into Red Sea crisis

States are no longer insulated from distant geopolitical realities. As India has witnessed, trade and supply chain linkages can extend conflicts to uninvolved states

How India, too, is on a quest for undersea dominance, to counter the Chinese navy’s growing presence
Aug 31, 2018

How India, too, is on a quest for undersea dominance, to counter the Chinese navy’s growing presence

As China and the US pursue development of unmanned underwater drones, the Indian navy is also adjusting its strategy to include autonomous vehicles in its armoury against China’s growing undersea footprint in the Indian Ocean

Impending Resolution?
Sep 03, 2004

Impending Resolution?

After a hiatus of nearly six years, India and Pakistan discussed the Sir Creek border dispute. The Surveyor General of India, assisted by the Chief Hydographer of the Indian Navy led the Indian delegation while the Pakistan side was represented by Ahsan ul Haq Chaudhry, Additional Secretary in the Pakistan Ministry of Defence.

India is not a bystander in the AUKUS saga
Sep 25, 2021

India is not a bystander in the AUKUS saga

Observers in New Delhi profess mixed feelings — some joy for Australia, but more commiseration with France

India wants a Quad to counteract China's expanding influence
Jan 25, 2018

India wants a Quad to counteract China's expanding influence

The Quad's real problem is the absence of a plan to counter China's smart-strategy in South Asia that combines economic activity with benign naval presence.

India’s defence budget: The navy and its Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission
Jul 16, 2022

India’s defence budget: The navy and its Atmanirbhar Bharat Mission

The budgetary restrictions on the Indian Navy stifle the indigenisation and innovation process.

India’s Defence Chief opposes aircraft carrier plans
May 14, 2020

India’s Defence Chief opposes aircraft carrier plans

Budget woes are unlikely to ease. The Chief of Defence Staff and the Army leadership are likely come under pressure to seriously think about downsizing the Army.

India’s growing defence diplomacy footprint
Mar 08, 2022

India’s growing defence diplomacy footprint

India's participation in multilateral naval exercises such as 'Milan' bolsters India's growing soft military power

India’s Military Outreach: Military Logistics Agreements
Sep 12, 2021

India’s Military Outreach: Military Logistics Agreements

China’s increasing activities in the Indo-Pacific have motivated India to embrace military logistics agreements with a wide variety of partners.

India’s naval evacuation gets underway amidst a pandemic
May 08, 2020

India’s naval evacuation gets underway amidst a pandemic

Indian planners would do well to reflect on some lessons from past missions.

India’s new defense budget: Another year, another disappointment?
Feb 07, 2020

India’s new defense budget: Another year, another disappointment?

The new numbers highlight New Delhi’s continued challenge of investing in its much-needed military modernization.

India’s Submarine Saga
Jun 11, 2021

India’s Submarine Saga

New Delhi approved a proposal to purchase six conventional submarines, but given past delays it’s not clear that India’s naval woes will dissipate anytime soon.

India’s Submarine Saga
Mar 28, 2024

India’s Submarine Saga

Without timely replenishment, India could end up with a submarine fleet similar to that of Pakistan.

Indo-Pacific: Ancient waters and emerging geometries
Aug 01, 2019

Indo-Pacific: Ancient waters and emerging geometries

With Beijing stepping up naval shipbuilding in recent years — including aircraft carriers — it seems the PLAN is intent on increasing strategic re