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10 Top Modernization Priorities For #India’s New Defence Minister - A Livefist must read for those interested in #India's military 👍 @livefist @ShivAroor 👍 Great job guys (As usual) livefistdefence.com/2019/05/10-top…
1. Dust on the Rafale deal is unlikely to settle soon, but the election win finally gives the MoD the breathing space to get the acquisition of fighter aircraft back on track.
2. While the Indian Navy has finally started adding submarines to its force with the entry of the first Scorpene-class boats, the crucial and long-delayed Project 75(India) submarine build program continues to hang fire.
3. The tenure of his predecessor saw important basic equipment being fast-tracked for the Indian Army’s infantry regiments. But there’s plenty of work ahead including machine guns of all types, man-portable anti-armour weapons and infantry vehicles.
4. The Indian Navy set the ball rolling on the Strategic Partnership model-driven acquisition of 111 naval utility helicopters to replace Alouette II/Chetak helicopters. With the current fleet faltering there is pronounced urgency for the new light helicopters.
5. The Indian Navy is also hoping that recent progress in the acquisition of urgently needed medium multirole helicopters moves fast too. In April, the US cleared decks to support the supply of 24 MH-60R helicopters to augment & replace the Indian Navy’s Sea King helicopters.
6. India’s pre-emptive airstrikes in Balakot, Pak in February underscored several separate acquisition priorities stemming from the impending retirement of India’s old MiG-21 fleet. Livefist has argued before that there is no time like now to replace the MiG-21 with the Tejas.
7. India’s first Rafale jets arrive in September this year. The aircraft contract has been dragged through an unremitting election campaign. But now the government gets its first chance in 18 months to return to a consideration that was on the table, sign on for more Rafale jets,
8. In February, MoD contracted for 114 Dhanush 155mm guns — a tiny fraction of the Indian army’s needs. The Indian Army commissioned its first M777 ultralight howitzer regiment this year. Requirements still exist for tracked, truck-mounted & towed artillery guns in large numbers.
9. The Indian Navy has a grave minesweeper deficiency. The Indian Navy has 3 unsuccessful attempts to buy or build mine countermeasure vessels in the last 12 years. Last year, it rebooted efforts to build 12 ships quickly at an Indian shipyard with foreign technology.
10. Several priority capabilities await action in intelligence, surveillance & command and control. Several remain in the pipeline: 2 more Phalcon AWACS, at least 4 more P-8I Poseidon surveillance ASW jets, 2 Raytheon ISTAR jets and Sea Guardian drones (and the Indian Rustom-II).
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