US position on Myanmar Coup
US Secretary of State Antony Blinker spoke with External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar regarding the range of issues from deepening cooperation among QUAD countries to having a common stand on Myanmar.
Although Generals in Myanmar claim that they have gone by the constitution while imposing military rule in the country, the US calls it a coup. Thus, Western democracies are considering imposing sanctions on the country. US NSA Jake Sullivan has said that sanctions regime by Western block is inevitable. However, the Biden administration also spoke about having deliberations with allies and like-minded countries so that sanctions do not harm other nations’ cause, making China the only resort for Myanmar. Thus, frequent consultations are going on with India so as not to harm its interests in the region. Myanmar is a major part of India’s Act East policy with several projects going on, such as the transfer of military platforms including a submarine, finishing touches to India refurbished port in Sittwe, and a connecting road Mizoram, and a highway to Thailand along with several high impact community projects. Biden administration’s avowed focus on human rights and democratic values makes human rights issues in the Myanmar coup a major test for it.
Infosys’ investment in ideaForge
IT major Infosys announced that it would invest an additional USD 1 Million in ideaForge. Earlier, the company had invested USD 1.5 Million in 2016. ideaForge Technology is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) system manufacturing company. Infosys has a minority holding, not exceeding 20% of the company’s outstanding share capital balance.
Various organizations are using ideaForge’s UAV, including several customers of Infosys. The investment is intended to be utilized on Research and Development (R&D), sales, marketing, business development, and working capital needs of ideaForge. The company is known for rugged and high precision UAV systems used extensively for surveillance, inspection, and mapping with integrated vertical solutions across defense, homeland security, mining, construction, agriculture, energy, and utilities.
BHEL to supply main guns for Naval Warships
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged the order for supplying two Super Rapid Gun Mounts (SRGM), main guns standardized for all warships of the Indian Navy. Along with their indigenization, BHEL has established Guns’ manufacturing and inspection facilities at its Heavy Electrical Equipment Plant in Haridwar for their production, installation, and commissioning, and life cycle support. As the Indian Navy has standardized these guns, their cost has been optimized and expertise consolidated for achieving self-reliance.
Moreover, BHEL is working on Guns’ upgraded version with an enhanced range to cater to warships’ future requirement. In addition to the thermal sector, BHEL offers a broad range of products for other economy segments. It supplies critical equipment and services in the Defence and Aerospace sector.
Army Chief’s concern on legacy challenges and future-readiness of forces
While addressing a seminar organized by a leading military think tank center for Land Warfare Studies, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane highlighted the nature of threats facing India in preserving its territorial integrity and sovereignty. He noted that along with emerging threats, the legacy challenges also stare in the country’s face and have grown in scale and intensity. The Indian Army continues to gear up to face future challenges, but the more proximate, real, and present danger can hardly be ignored. Indian and Chinese troops have been engaged in little border standoff along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Ladakh for the last nine months, straining bilateral ties up to a great extent.
In Parliament, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh announced that both sides had reached an agreement on troops’ disengagement in the north and south banks of Pangong lake. The Army faces a bigger challenge of enhancing its capability in the limited budget framework it is provided with. He stressed that the structure, inventories, and human resources of the military need to adapt and transform accordingly. He said that the future demands focus on being agile, smart, fleet-footed, and innovative in thought and action. Contemporary challenges are increasing in dimensions as India’s adversaries invest in creating a formidable standoff enterprise in the form of long-range precision fires, hypersonic vehicles, and robust air defense capabilities. When India focused on building core capabilities in the domain of land, sea, and air, the adversaries took the battle to newer domains of space, cyber, and informatics. As adversaries have expanded the contest to the grey zone, there is a dire need for militaries to be proficient in competition and hardcore kinetics.
To make India stand and win in the competitive space, the classical war and peace disposition should be shredded, and cross-governmental fusion needs to be enhanced. Future wars will see the use of highly maneuverable unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), electromagnetic spectrum technology swarm drones, or the use of low orbit systems. With future threats in mind, the Indian Army is also focusing on multi-domain operations (MDO). There is a need to transit rapidly to full-scale integration for digital era combat and pursuit of greater interoperability. The scale and magnitude of challenges need to be recognized, thereby moving towards rapid integration in combat, cross-governmental fusion, and complete dissolution of inter-agency and integration of civilian-military forces.