Major policy push to make submarines in India

The missing link in a number of crucial defence procurements, especially the much-delayed Project 75I (referred to as 75-India) to build six conventional submarines for the Navy, is close to being resolved. According to sources, the “strategic partner” policy has been finalised. It is currently before the defence secretary for approval, after which it will … Read more

Why a Special Relationship with Russia matters for India

After India’s surgical strikes along the LoC, Moscow expressed concern “with aggravation of situation along the line of control” and called on “parties not to allow any escalation of tension”. This stood in sharp contrast to Russia’s reaction to the 2008 terror strikes, where it supported “resolute actions of the Indian government to cut short … Read more

Indian Navy Officers who operate Nuclear Reactors on INS Chakra denied Promotions

In 2005, almost seven years after the 1998 nuclear tests, the Indian Navy quietly sent 52 officers and over 100 sailors to Russia to induct INS Chakra, a Nuclear Submarine on lease. It would provide escort to INS Arihant, the indigenously-built nuclear submarine carrying strategic nuclear missiles on board. Trained by Russians A critical component … Read more