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India Plans to Complete Nuclear Triad: Navy Chief

Jun. 26 – According to India’s Naval Chief Admiral Nirmal Verma, who spoke at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London on Monday, the Indian Navy will soon attain a retaliatory nuclear strike capability. In reference to the three arms of India’s defense, Verma explained that this was necessary so that India has a credible and invulnerable deterrent nuclear triad in place.

“A retaliatory strike capability that is credible and invulnerable is an imperative. The [Indian] navy is poised to complete the triad, and our maritime and nuclear doctrines would then be aligned to ensure that our nuclear insurance will come from the sea,” Verma said during his address.

Affirming India’s focus on maritime security, he further stated that “the destiny of our nation is entwined with our maritime destiny.”

While India is currently believed to have strong retaliatory strike capabilities through its army and air force, it currently does not have the necessary assets within its navy. It is expected that the induction of the indigenous INS Arihant nuclear submarine, which will be launched for sea trials in the near future, will bridge this gap and complete India’s nuclear triad.

During his speech, Verma also highlighted the emerging geopolitical order within the Asia Pacific as a key factor in India’s strategic calculations.

“The global gaze is focusing increasingly on the Asia Pacific region which underlines the significance of the Indian Ocean in global security affairs,” he said. Referring to the regional scenario by the year 2025, he further stated that “three of the world’s four largest economies will be in Asia. The region is also recognized as the primary loci of ostensible non-state threats in the world. Juxtaposed with these entities are three of the world’s four largest armies, and at least four declared nuclear weapon states.”

In light of this situation, Verma highlighted the necessity of India’s indigenous aircraft carrier (IAC) program, and the ongoing construction of destroyers, frigates, strategic submarines, maritime reconnaissance aircraft and multi-role helicopters. In the medium-term, India plans to have at least two fully-operational aircraft carriers available at any given time.

India currently has one aircraft carrier in operation, the INS Viraat, which is an ageing ex-British carrier. It is expected that this vessel will be retired when India’s first IAC, the INS Vikrant, becomes fully operational in 2016. Following this, there are plans to introduce an even larger aircraft carrier, likely to be called the INS Vishal, by the end of the decade.

Verma’s speech has characterized the future geopolitical environment of the Asia Pacific as intensely competitive and dynamic, thus making it necessary for India to develop its capabilities to prepare for any scenario. The completion of its nuclear triad will ensure that India is highly protected against any future threats to its national security.

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6 Responses to India Plans to Complete Nuclear Triad: Navy Chief

  1. Girish says:

    @The_Observer

    Thanks for your genuine concerns (which you promptly express), but let me help you to go through your own history so that you can learn something out of it.

    1958, China, a country with dearth poverty, disease, illiteracy and a terrible governance decided to build its first Nuclear submarine which many failure finally able to deploy a fully functional one in 1980s.
    1964, This sick and dirty country detonated a Nuclear device and proclaimed itself a Nuclear power. As expected, everyone laughed at its adventurism
    Today, those who used laughed on China and its adventurism are now look at China business, investment and market access and also believe that China is a future Superpower.

    While criticizing , what West couldn’t see in China was the slow but systemic upgradation of knowledge base, social stability and leadership’s willpower to work harder and achieve those impossible looking things which were equally important for their future.

    I think, you are acting like West now. You simply lack knowledge about India and you but tends to post comments.

    High-end technologies takes long time to development and mature. India cannot wait to develops these technologies once it become a developed nation. Social as well as technology development has to work in parallel. This is economical as well as sensible and will keep us in sync with latest developments in science and technologies.

    Imagine, if China hadn’t started those defence developments in 60s, how would they have standed against US and its allies in south China sea today?

    India will be economy wise, consumer market wise and industrial production wise, superpower in next 20 years (no one doubt about it). To protect such a huge country and economy, India need to have credible defense force in place in a hostile environment where its neighbors like Pakistan and China possesses nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
    Developing such tech takes decades so I hope you understand why India has already started working on these technologies. We will have everything in place, the day we be become superpower.
    We know that we will face the a hostile WEST (US in particular) one day too (just like China is facing now). We have to ensure we are ready for the same.

    and yes, Toilets, well many people(particularly WEST) are paranoid about Toilets in India. We are building them in rapid phase. Must faster than those in the WEST can even keep track off. Its in millions per months, just like we add on average 6-8 millions mobile phone per month. I am sure you are enough intelligent to make some co-relations between a man using mobile phones for communication and using toilets for reliving himself..

  2. Calling India the worlds largest open air toilet is a bit much. I reguarly commute between Beijing and Delhi and which city is worst in terms of pollution is hard to say. But probably Beijing. – Chris

  3. The_Observer says:

    @Girish
    Then try something more important. That the number of deaths of neonates and that of infants in India are the highest in the world.
    See:
    http://nextbigfuture.com/2012/07/child-mortality-for-india-china-and.html

    Most charities and many of the best schools in India are run by Christians (and in particluar Roman Catholics) because Hindus by and large don’t care about the young of the lesser castes.

  4. Girish says:

    @The_Observer

    First, Christians are not foreigners in India. An Indian can be of any religion.
    Second, you have some terrible information about India, Hindus, latest social reforms in India.

    It is your illusion if you think that best schools in India are Catholics. Also only 2% of schools in India are catholic. They are good if you think learning in English as a base is best form of education. But all schools in India follow government established boards of eduction. Good and bad only depends of the investment made by a particular schools into its infra, its teachers etc.

    As far as the issue which u just raised about socially under privileges people, then you would be glad to know that massive reforms have been initiated into education, government job etc for those sections of the sociaty.
    If you are from under privileged social group, then in most of the education institutes, fees are exempted or subsidiaries by governments. Also they have been given higher privileges for admissions in schools, higher eduction and government jobs.
    In next 10 to 20 years, there will not be any social disparity which exists today in Indian society. Also young people really don’t care much about such social divisions..

    Hindu society is more then 5000 to 7000 years. Its education system was very much advance and has made massive contributions in Mathematics, Astrology, Metallurgy, Architecture, Art, Language, Medicines and spirituality.

    Even the god partial which the world was struggling to discover was clearly pointed out in Rig Veda of ancient Hindu text and was carefully studied by father of Higgs Boson theory
    Satyendra Nath Bose. Sub atomic partial Boson was given on this name from Bose

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/news-by-industry/et-cetera/god-particle-why-did-world-forget-higgs-bosons-father/articleshow/14685365.cms

  5. @The Observer – India has the highest infant mortality rate in the world largely because it has the most births and the largest number of them. You need to compare like with like rather more than using stats that inflate issues.
    @Girish – I’d tend to agree with your points there, thanks for making them. – Chris

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