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  • India’s Maritime Security: Five Concerns

    There are five fundamental deficiencies in India’s maritime security mechanism that will need to be addressed by the newly appointed National Maritime Security Coordinator (NMSC), to prevent a recurrence of a 26/11 scenario.

    May 18, 2022

    Chinmay Khadke asked: Is there any ToT involved in C295 transport aircraft to be built by Tata-Airbus in India? What can be its implications for the aviation manufacturing ecosystem? Any potential civilian transport use of aircraft?

    Kishore Kumar Khera replies: A contract for procurement of 62 C295 aircraft is under consideration for replacement of 56 HS748 Avro for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the balance six aircraft for the Indian Coast Guard. Of these, 16 aircraft are to be built by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the balance aircraft will be manufactured in India. To facilitate aircraft manufacturing in India, certain Transfer of technology (ToT) is inevitable.

    Saikat Das asked: What is the policy of Indian Navy/Coast Guard regarding pursuit of a rogue vessel into the territorial waters of a neighbouring country?

    Sarabjeet Singh Parmar replies: In the first instance we need to understand what a rogue vessel or rogue ship is. In the absence of any internationally recognised definition, the given definition can be assumed: “Any ship that has violated a condition that warrants her arrest and detention is called a rogue ship.” The condition could be related to terrorism, piracy, or any recognised act of maritime crime, or violation of any law or regulation stipulated by a coastal state in her maritime zones.

    Odisha’s Potential Role in Enhancing Security in the Bay of Bengal

    A long coastline, ports, and availability of airfields all make Odisha a strategic asset that provides considerable leverage for securing India’s national interests and enhancing influence in South East Asia.

    November 13, 2017

    Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation moves ahead

    Forum for India Pacific Islands Cooperation moves ahead

    FIPIC-2 has added substantially to the package of projects and activities. This has now to be matched by delivery and implementation, which are challenging tasks for the Indian government.

    August 25, 2015

    China’s Second Coast: Implications for Northeast India

    Myanmar’s 2,276 km long coastline in the Bay of Bengal has the potential to provide the ‘second coast’ to China to reach the Indian Ocean and achieve strategic presence in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Especially transportation logistics to the ‘second coast’ from landlocked south west Chinese provinces like Yunnan have both economic and strategic benefits

    June 19, 2014

    Four Years Hence: A Review of the Coastal Security Mechanism

    While India has put in place a comprehensive mechanism for securing the country’s coasts, there is still a great deal to be done in terms of addressing issues relating to perceptions, resources as well as organisational management to ensure effective coastal security.

    November 26, 2012

    Securing the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

    The Andaman and Nicobar islands are of immense strategic significance for India. The geographical configuration and the location of the island chain in the Bay of Bengal safeguards India's eastern seaboard as well the approaches to the Indian Ocean from the east. Its proximity to the Southeast Asian region enables India to forge friendly relations with its Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) neighbours. The physical isolation and remoteness of the archipelago, however, make it vulnerable to conventional and non-conventional threats.

    May 2011

    Need to secure the Lakshadweep Islands

    While India is augmenting the security of the Lakshadweep islands, implementation of the coastal security scheme on the ground has been slow.

    December 13, 2010

    Whither Coastal Security?

    State governments have to be coaxed and cajoled into actively participating and cooperating with the Centre in the national endeavour to secure India’s coasts.

    November 26, 2009