Will military reforms be completed in this khichdi government? Modi's image may be weakened if he fails the litmus test!

Ananya Shroff
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Will military reforms be completed in this khichdi government? Modi's image may be weakened if he fails the litmus test!


New Delhi: After the land borders, an aggressive China is increasing its military cooperation with Pakistan in the maritime domain and will remain the biggest security threat to the Indian defence establishment in the near future. To meet this challenge, the new government will have to create an integrated, future-ready military force within the budget so that India can effectively counter these threats in the years to come.

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China-Pakistan threat

China's aggressive posture and its military cooperation with Pakistan, both on land and water, pose a serious threat to India's security in the long term. Several experts and officials told our sister newspaper Times of India (TOI) that the new government will have to work on multiple fronts to ensure that India's nuclear deterrence and conventional war-fighting machinery are fully prepared for the future and the military budget does not go out of bounds in the coming years.

Military reform

Systematic reforms include establishing separate commands for the three services, Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as formulating a coherent national security strategy. Also, strengthening the defence-industrial base by investing in research and development (R&D) and collaborating with the private sector should be a priority of Modi Government 3.0.

Resistance capacity

India must make every effort to enhance its ability to defend itself against attack by increasing the number of long-range ballistic missiles, including the Agni-5, which has a range of more than 5,000 kilometers. At the same time, it must strengthen its nuclear triad by expanding its fleet of nuclear-powered submarines to ensure the ability to strike from land, air and sea.

Naval expansion

India should strengthen its underwater capabilities by inducting large nuclear-powered submarines (SSBNs) with long-range ballistic missiles. Currently, only the 6,000-tonne INS Arihant is in service, carrying K-15 missiles with a range of 750 kilometres. Apart from these, two more SSBNs are also expected to come into service soon.

Theatre Command

The Modi government should implement the decision to create three theatre commands. One theatre command should be for the land borders with China and Pakistan and one for the Indian Ocean region. Current conflicts such as Russia-Ukraine have also proven the operational utility of long-range precision strike weapons, so the proposed Integrated Rocket Force should also be given priority.

Make in India campaign

Despite pushing the 'Make in India' policy for a decade, the NDA government is yet to achieve domestic manufacturing capability for advanced military assets like fifth-generation fighter aircraft, advanced submarines and jet engines.

strategic partnership

A senior official said, “There is a need to turn away from the strategic partnership (SP) policy.” The strategic partnership policy was formulated in May 2017, but till date not a single indigenously produced project has been initiated in collaboration with any major foreign arms company.

Changes in DRDO

These military reforms are also linked to the structural reforms of DRDO proposed by the expert committee headed by Professor K Vijay Raghavan. The Modi government will also have to make radical changes in DRDO.

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