December 8, 2022

India has strengthened its expeditionary force capacity in the Indo-Pacific and is projecting maritime dominance from its eastern and western seaboards with the introduction of its own aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant.

The integration of the Indian military under a single marine theatre command led by a Navy Admiral with a dedicated support force from the Indian Army and Indian Air Force is the first step in this direction.

Gen. Bipin Rawat, the first Chief of Defence Staff of India, stated that by creating a maritime security infrastructure in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, India would become a true Indo-Pacific power.
In order to avoid having to wait in line at Sri Lankan ports, his national security plans included building a container cum replenishment facility at Campbell Bay in Great Nicobar. This would allow allied nation warships and merchant shipping to refuel while sailing toward the Malacca Straits.

The ability to produce aircraft carriers, diesel- and nuclear-powered submarines, and light combat aircraft is now possessed by India.
This capability and capacity cannot be abandoned because there aren’t any orders, or because it takes defence public sector organisations a disproportionately long amount of man hours to create these hardware platforms.
As an illustration, even though nations ranging from Malaysia to Argentina have expressed interest in purchasing Indian-made Tejas light combat aircraft, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited must accelerate the development of its manufacturing capabilities.

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