Indian army to get drones from Israel soon
The Indian army is going to get Israeli and American mini-drones to upgrade its surveillance capabilities along the China border. It wants to boost its capabilities in Eastern Ladakh. The deal is in the final stages. It is likely to finalise in December.
The defence forces will attain the drones under the emergency financial powers by the government. Defence forces can buy equipment worth 500 crores.
Other mini drones are also coming from the US. They will be provided at the battalion level to the troops.
The Indian Navy has also leased two Predator drones from American firm General Atomics.
India-US strategic ties to progress by pressuring human rights
The US has pushed for closer ties with India in the Indo Pacific region against China. However, Narendra Modi does not seem to get a free pass on CAA and NRC. He appears to be stuck on not talking to Pakistan. India has been urged to be included in the state department list of “countries of particular concern”.
The geopolitical interests of India and the US are best served by human rights, advancing democracy, and religious freedom.
Both Blinkin and Sullivan are sure that India will also be a useful partner to deal with China’s assertiveness.
NSA Doval arrives to attend trilateral Maritime Dialogue in Sri Lanka
Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, arrived in Sri Lanka for trilateral maritime dialogue among India, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Sri Lanka is going to host the 4th national security advisor trilateral meeting with India and Maldives on 27 and 28 November. The similar meeting was held in New Delhi in 2014, and after 6 years, it is retaking place.
The NSA-level trilateral meeting works as an effective platform for cooperation among Indian Ocean countries.
It is Doval’s second official visit to Sri Lanka in 2020. For the first time, he visited in January in the island nation and discussed the bilateral issues with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
India’s BrahMos missile test sending message to China
India has successfully test-launched its BrahMos supersonic missile on November 24 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
It hits its target in the Bay of Bengal with accuracy. The missile can travel in both top attack mode and direct attack mode.
BrahMos is an Indo-Russian ramjet-powered supersonic cruise missile. It is designed and developed by BrahMos aerospace. It is the joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPOM. The weapon systems have been continuously under the test to examine its hardware and software systems.
Moreover, the Indian Air Force had also successfully test-fired the air version missile of BrahMos from its front line SU-30 fighter jet aircraft.
Crash of Indian Navy’s MiG-29K into the Arabian sea
The Indian Navy’s MiG-29K trainer aircraft crashed into the Arabian Sea on 26 November. One pilot has been rescued, and the other is missing. An inquiry to investigate the incident for more details has been ordered.
The jet had taken off from India’s aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. MiG-29k had taken part in the recent Malabar naval drills involving the US, India, Australia, and Japan in the northern Arabian Sea. The Indian Navy is also building plans to deploy the fighters on IAS, Vikrant too.
Induction of two American drones on lease
India has inducted two American drones into the Navy under emergency procurement during the ongoing tensions with China in Ladakh. Responsibility of the American firm is to ensure the availability of two drones. The team from the US firm in India will be managing the maintenance work for the two machines.
Indian Navy personnel will flow Sea Guardians, and the data acquired by the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle will become the sole property of India.
The lease of more drones depends on the experience the Indian army will get after operating them. The drones can fly for more than 30 hours.
Earlier, India was thinking to purchase both Sea Guardians for the navy and the Predator-B, but now it seems that surveillance and attack can be done by the same drone only.