The Indian Armed Forces have always been a source of pride for the country. There have been major developments in the technical and strategic sectors of the Indian Armed Forces. India has emerged as a strategic actor in Asia and this has been drawing a lot of attention towards the Indian Navy (IN).
The IN takes the role of a security provider for the Indian Ocean. With the increasing interest of the Chinese Navy in the Indian Ocean region, the Indian Navy has had to rapidly develop its defence and protection systems.
Individuals who are interested in serving with the Indian Navy can apply for the entrance exam known as the INET (Indian Navy Entrance Test). Candidates who get selected through this examination are eligible to apply for a number of posts within the Indian Navy. All the positions in the Indian Navy are equally important as without one the other one will not be able to carry out its function.
The Chief of Naval Staff made an announcement back in September 2014 that the Indian Navy is becoming a builder’s navy from a buyer’s navy. This statement was made because there are a lot of projects that the Indian Navy is carrying out for the requirement of submarines and other naval ships. Both the public and private shipyards are being used for this purpose.
The Indian Navy recently inaugurated the Integrated Automatic Aviation Meteorological System (IAAMS). This is a system that will bring accuracy to the weather monitoring mechanisms in the Indian Navy and thus modernize the meteorological infrastructure of 9 Naval Air Stations (NAS).
Some of the candidates selected for the Indian Air Force through the AFCAT exam are sent to these air stations, aircraft carriers, and Landing Craft Utilities (LCU) to be trained to fly the aircraft aboard these Naval-Air Craft Machines.
Analysts of maritime operations have acknowledged the increased predisposition of the Indian Navy to use modern weapons for posturing and deterrence. These modern weapons include Precision-Guided Missiles, Unmanned Vehicles, and Networked Systems to achieve total dominance.
In the post-modern era, unmanned and autonomous vehicles will play a very important role in scouting campaigns, special operations, network-centric warfare, and many similar missions. Though the Indian Navy has not succeeded in constructing an efficient maritime complex, its warship construction program has progressed rapidly with the development of at least 48 warships and submarines under construction.
P-8I Training in India
The Indian Navy is currently working on a hydrographic survey of the regions in and beyond the Indian Ocean which will be beneficial for India and many of the neighboring countries. This is being carried out in their latest Survey Training Vessel.
The P-8I training Solution was developed recently which accurately simulates the Boeing P-8I aircraft and mission systems. Having new cadets selected through the AFCAT exam to train has reduced the cost of live aircraft training as it can accurately simulate the sophisticated missions of the P-8I to be rehearsed frequently.
The Indian Navy has recently received the final approval for the procurement of the 131 Barak missiles for the Navy. These missiles are to be used in stealth guided-missile destroyers, which are stealth ships that are mostly used to carry out operations against air, submarine, and land attacks by enemy countries.
Stealth ships are ships that are designed in an effort to not be detected by radars, sonars, or infrared sensors. The Indian Navy is also proud of the recent launch of its state-of-the-art Scorpene submarine named “INS Karanj” and its latest offshore patrol vessel “OPV Vijaya”. These vessels have been projects being constructed for the Indian Navy in the country of India.
The Indian Navy is slowly moving into net-centric operations, which will allow communication between Indian Warships and Submarines in real time. The GSAT-7 is a satellite dedicated to the communication of the Indian military that was launched in recent years.
This satellite will provide a 2000-nautical-mile footprint over the critical IOR for the Indian Navy. Candidates selected through the INET exam if placed in any position that deals with operations and communication will be trained in understanding the workings of these devices and systems.
The Indian Government has invested a lot in the development of its military services, especially for the Indian Navy. This has helped India rise up as a developed and armed nation with respect to other countries. India has become a force to be reckoned with among the other nations of the world and it is continuing to be a force that will be able to stand strong in the face of danger.