IN 1972 INS NILGIRI WAS THE BASE PLATORM THAT HERALDED LATEST NAVAL TECHNOLOGY TO PAVE THE PATH FOR MODERN HOME BUILT WARSHIPS IN PSU YARDS --- SUCCESSOR NILIGIRI IS SET TO JOIN IN 2022

IN 1972 INS NILGIRI WAS THE BASE PLATORM THAT HERALDED LATEST NAVAL TECHNOLOGY TO PAVE THE PATH FOR MODERN HOME BUILT WARSHIPS IN PSU YARDS — SUCCESSOR NILIGIRI IS SET TO JOIN IN 2022

The story of a path setting ship INS Nilgiri of the Indian Navy needs to told. It is the operational performance of the 3,000 ton modern Leander frigate(F33) that set the pace of confidence to the Executive and Technical Brass of India’s Navy to become a builder’s Navy. She served from 1972 to 1996. The […]

WHY INDIAN NAVY DOES WELL ON A SMALL BUDGET IS BECAUSE THE INDIAN NAVY’s PEDIGREE IS FROM THE ROYAL NAVY---RE-SHAPED BY THE SOVIET NAVY AND CURRENTLY STRATEGISED & EQUIPPED BY UNCLE SAM’s US NAVY

WHY INDIAN NAVY DOES WELL ON A SMALL BUDGET IS BECAUSE THE INDIAN NAVY’s PEDIGREE IS FROM THE ROYAL NAVY—RE-SHAPED BY THE SOVIET NAVY AND CURRENTLY STRATEGISED & EQUIPPED BY UNCLE SAM’s US NAVY

The history, philosophy and pedigree of a Navy matters. India’s Navy began as the Honourable East India Company’s Marine on 5th Sept, 1612, and after many designations, a Royal Charter designated it the Royal Indian Navy (RIN) operating from Bombay on 2nd October 1934 as a daughter Navy of the Royal Navy. The RIN got […]

IDF’s NAVY WEEK REPORT --INDIA’S NAVY IS DELIVERING ON A SHOE STRING BUDGET BUT HOW LONG IS THE BIG QUESTION—CNS SPEAKS OUT AGAIN NAVY’S BUDGET IS 13% OF DEFENCE BUDGET DOWN FROM 18% !

IDF’s NAVY WEEK REPORT –INDIA’S NAVY IS DELIVERING ON A SHOE STRING BUDGET BUT HOW LONG IS THE BIG QUESTION—CNS SPEAKS OUT AGAIN NAVY’S BUDGET IS 13% OF DEFENCE BUDGET DOWN FROM 18% !

Ranjit B Rai Navy week just ended and this is an IDF Report. With poor media coverage, INDIANS who have a low respect for research or history did not recall the fourteen day 1971 December war when Navy’s Osa Class missile boats with P-15 radar guided missiles sank five Pakistan Navy ships on 4th and […]

ECONOMY & BLACK MONEY TALK & ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ ARE  BACK AS  INDIA & CHINA COMPETE IN IOR AND  PAKISTAN &TRUMP WANTS INDIA’S NAVY TO  JOIN (QUAD) PATROLS AGAINST CHINA & FINALLY  IDF ASKS HAVE ISRAELIS HELPED SPY  ON INDIANS ?

ECONOMY & BLACK MONEY TALK & ‘UNITY IN DIVERSITY’ ARE BACK AS INDIA & CHINA COMPETE IN IOR AND PAKISTAN &TRUMP WANTS INDIA’S NAVY TO JOIN (QUAD) PATROLS AGAINST CHINA & FINALLY IDF ASKS HAVE ISRAELIS HELPED SPY ON INDIANS ?

As a preamble in this Pot Pouri post  IDF must praise Prime Minister Modi for a successful visit to Saudi Arabia with promises of money to invest.  India needs  a dose of investment badly. India is a gold mine for investment with a consuming population of 1.3 billion. That is why India is sought by […]

INDIA’S CHALLENGE IS TO BALANCE US & CHINA & PLACATE RUSSIA AFTER ARTICLE 370 & PRESIDENT XI’s VISIT & ACCEPT THAT CHINA’s CPEC/BRI INTERESTS TAKES IT CLOSER TO PAKISTAN/FATF & AGHANISTAN AS USA STRUGGLES TO TAME CHINA’S TECHNOLOGY THRU TRADE---UPHILL TASK !

INDIA’S CHALLENGE IS TO BALANCE US & CHINA & PLACATE RUSSIA AFTER ARTICLE 370 & PRESIDENT XI’s VISIT & ACCEPT THAT CHINA’s CPEC/BRI INTERESTS TAKES IT CLOSER TO PAKISTAN/FATF & AGHANISTAN AS USA STRUGGLES TO TAME CHINA’S TECHNOLOGY THRU TRADE—UPHILL TASK !

This is an IDF Deepavali ‘State of Affairs’ pot pouri analysis of India’s external challenges with an accent on security and maritime issues after abrogation of Article 370 and PM Modi’s informal summit with President Xi Jinping at Mallampuram. The preamble to this post has to be Internal as External affairs of a nation have […]

12 ADDITIONAL DIESEL SUBMARINES RFP OR 4 NUCLEAR SSNs SANTIONED BY DAC—WHICH IS BETTER ?? CNS LAMENTS NAVY IS DOWN TO 13% OF BUDGET FROM 18% & INDIAN ECONOMY IS DOWN TOO ! IAF HAS GOBBLED $ 13 BILLION BUT BECOME POWERFUL-----PETER GAVE TO PAUL !

12 ADDITIONAL DIESEL SUBMARINES RFP OR 4 NUCLEAR SSNs SANTIONED BY DAC—WHICH IS BETTER ?? CNS LAMENTS NAVY IS DOWN TO 13% OF BUDGET FROM 18% & INDIAN ECONOMY IS DOWN TOO ! IAF HAS GOBBLED $ 13 BILLION BUT BECOME POWERFUL—–PETER GAVE TO PAUL !

IDF VIEWS Indian military jumping up a notch on the world scale by 2020-21 and IDF salutes the IAF on its 87th birthday which displayed its might in clear skies at Hindon. But the Chiefs, PSOs there, and MOD in South Block should be worried as Indian economy is down and no money means no […]

IOR NATIONS LAMENT THERE ARE NO GUIDELINES FOR INDIA’S NSP & SAGAR & THE INDIA-USA LEMOA IS KEPT SECRET---THE NAVY HAS INDO PACIFIC RESPONSIBILTY TO ELABORATE

IOR NATIONS LAMENT THERE ARE NO GUIDELINES FOR INDIA’S NSP & SAGAR & THE INDIA-USA LEMOA IS KEPT SECRET—THE NAVY HAS INDO PACIFIC RESPONSIBILTY TO ELABORATE

This is an IDF ANALYSIS of the Indo Pacific which is unfolding as the strategically most important water body with sea lanes that carry valuable and increasing world trade, but the region is also witness to increasing security challenges. China’s displayed it’s capabilities on 1st October with a Parade IDF dubs as ‘China’s Second Coming […]

AILING PRIVATE SHIPBUILDERS & DESIGNERS & OLDTIMERS BEGGED NAVY & GOVERNMENT NOT TO MISS THE TECHNO ECONOMIC MARITIME BOAT AT THE FICCI–NAVY–NMF INTERNATIONAL SHIPBUILDING SEMINAR

AILING PRIVATE SHIPBUILDERS & DESIGNERS & OLDTIMERS BEGGED NAVY & GOVERNMENT NOT TO MISS THE TECHNO ECONOMIC MARITIME BOAT AT THE FICCI–NAVY–NMF INTERNATIONAL SHIPBUILDING SEMINAR

This is an IDF report on a well organized 25/26 July, INTERNATIONAL SHIP BUILDING SEMINAR by FICCI toiled by the Constructor officers under the Director General Naval Design DGND(Surface), Radm D M Harish in national interest this time. Earlier seminars were Navy centric.   The suggestions were path breaking and moderated by the Navy’s Controller […]

LESSONS FROM SUBMARINE ACCIDENTS ----IDF RECALLS HOW NAVY SAVED INS CHAKRA IN 1989 VIS A VIS THE RUSSIAN NUCLEAR SUB LOKSHARIK FIRE---WHAT WAS SHE DOING IN THE DEEP ARCTIC SEA FLOOR ??-------IDF REPORTS  UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION CABLES ARE IN DANGER WITH CYBER ?

LESSONS FROM SUBMARINE ACCIDENTS —-IDF RECALLS HOW NAVY SAVED INS CHAKRA IN 1989 VIS A VIS THE RUSSIAN NUCLEAR SUB LOKSHARIK FIRE—WHAT WAS SHE DOING IN THE DEEP ARCTIC SEA FLOOR ??——-IDF REPORTS UNDERWATER COMMUNICATION CABLES ARE IN DANGER WITH CYBER ?

This is an IDF analysis of the extraordinary mission and accident of the Russian deep sea exploration nuclear submarine Loksharik AS 12 -killing 12/14 out of 25 in the Arctic, juxtaposed with the superb way Indian Navy tackled a switchboard fire on INS Chakra 1 in the 1989 off Vishakhapatnam extracted from the book Warring […]

INDIA IS LUCKY –IT HOLDS THE KEY TO THE QUADRILATERAL (QUAD) SET UP BY  INDIA’S NAVY WITH THE 2007 EXERCISE MALABAR- WITH 27WARSHIPS OF US-JAPAN AUSTRALIA & SINGAPORE --THE NAVIES THAT CAN MAKE UP A NEAR 1000 SHIP NAVY THE DREAM OF ADM MULLEN TO KEEP CHINA IN CHECK

INDIA IS LUCKY –IT HOLDS THE KEY TO THE QUADRILATERAL (QUAD) SET UP BY INDIA’S NAVY WITH THE 2007 EXERCISE MALABAR- WITH 27WARSHIPS OF US-JAPAN AUSTRALIA & SINGAPORE –THE NAVIES THAT CAN MAKE UP A NEAR 1000 SHIP NAVY THE DREAM OF ADM MULLEN TO KEEP CHINA IN CHECK

G 20 showed how lucky PM Modi is. He runs India in Presidential style with unfettered power and loves adulation as an orator. India has the biggest virgin market of 1.4 bill consumers in the world and is the largest Defence importer and controls the strategy of the Indian Ocean. So Presidents Trump, Putin and Xi Jinping and PM Abe were like salesmen mouth watering and fawning over PM Modi, the biggest customer at G-20. FDI has […]