The fourth round of ADD, held after nearly two years, was led by India’s Defense Secretary Shashikant Sharma and Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Deputy Chief of General Staff General Ma Xiaotian. The two sides also discussed defense exchanges for 2012 and agreed to “gradually enhance” the range and scope of their interaction, according to Indian defense ministry officials.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday warned that nuclear security and proliferation in India’s neighborhood remained “a serious threat” and called for the country’s policy-makers to factor in the deterioration in the international strategic and political environment while drawing up India’s future policies.
The prime minister will interact with the military top brass during the annual Combined Commanders Conference, which will also see an exchange of views on security and strategic affairs, keeping in view the scenario prevailing in the South Asian and Indian Ocean regions.
Indian Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony will chair a meeting Wednesday of maritime security brass from the navy and the coast guard to assess how an unmanned vessel ran aground near Mumbai last month without being detected by security agencies.
Four Turkish vessels are to arrive at Mumbai on Thursday and will hold exercises with Indian warships this week.
To shore up its depleting submarine fleet, India will this year issue a $11 billion global tender for building six more next generation vessels, navy chief Admiral Nirmal Verma said here Wednesday.
“It (Suez Canal) is a really significant issue. We as military men and anybody worth their salt should be talking about it. It is a serious issue. I can see doomsday scenarios,” Admiral Stanhope, who is on a five-day visit to India, told a group of Indian journalists here.
The first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC), the Vikrant-class carrier being built at the Cochin Shipyard has been delayed due to problems with the gearbox and a truck carrying the generators suffering an accident. Listen to audio inside.
The head of the Indian Navy, Admiral Nirmal Verma said on Thursday that India would have in place a nuclear triad for assured second-strike capability, with the deployment of India’s first nuclear-powered nuclear armed submarine, the INS Arihant. Listen to audio inside.
Indian navy chief, Admiral Nirmal Verma introduces Defense Minister Arackaparambil Kurian Antony to senior naval commanders in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Vice Admiral TSG Samarasinghe, Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy is in India on a week-long visit.
Agenda check: The US Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Gary Roughead is to arrive in New Delhi on Sunday.
The INS Chennai was launched in Mumbai on Thursday.