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Australia may have opened the door for India. Like Rafale, a submarine deal is critical

Fear, it seems, is the reigning global emotion and is reflected in innumerable speeches at the seventy-sixth United Nations General Assembly session. The dangers posed to humanity by climate change, extremism, and human and women’s rights violations were seated in the front row of the hall of fear. Cooperation was...

AUKUS a game of musical chairs in Indo-Pacific

Read the Full Text on Asia Times The exclusion of France, India and Japan indicates that at the drop of a hat those in the fold may be ousted US should take the right approach with India Previously, the role now to be assigned to AUKUS was envisaged to be...

Northern Sea Route: hopes and challenges

The feasibility of a year-around Arctic transshipment route, a longtime dream of Russia, is still unclear Media reports and commentaries are hailing the Russian LNG (liquefied natural gas) carrier Christophe de Margerie’s latest voyage along the Northern Sea Route as a watershed. The voyage has brought Moscow’s dream of year-around access to the...

The race to map the ocean deep

India is falling behind efforts to map the undersea environment of the Indo-Pacific region Major powers are investing time and money deploying UUVs in these waters because of the valuable oceanographic and hydrographic data they provide. Oceanography is the study of the physical and biological aspects of the oceans. Hydrography...

SMART and the Challenge of Submarine Hunting

The Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo tested last month might seem an impressive weapon on paper, but to make it an effective weapon, India will need to drastically improve its ability to monitor the oceans depths. The Government of India and DRDO announced on 5 October 2020 that they...

Takshashila Discussion SlideDoc — Submarine Cables: A Maritime National Security Perspective for India

Executive Summary: India’s economic recovery and national security in a post-COVID-19 world heavily depends on its digital connectivity to the rest of the world. Submarine cables are crucial to ensuring this connectivity. We recommend that India safeguard its submarine cables through: Deployment of an all-encompassing Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). An...

Design and Construction of Submarines

Some Cutting Edge Features, Technology and Tactics have their origin in the Cold War and WWII. The following commentary is an effort to connect some dots and put into perspective some information about the Design and Construction choices of Submarines during the Cold War by the US and USSR. The...

Why India should buy more Diesel Electric Submarines

India is on a trajectory to induct a significant number of both nuclear-propelled and nuclear-armed submarines in the coming years. However, the mainstay of its sub-surface fleet remains conventionally powered diesel-electric submarines. With eight Russian-origin Sindhughosh(Kilo) class vessels making up the most potent portion of its submarine fleet, it makes...