India’s much-awaited and years-long plan for the transformation of armies is now beginning to take off. Why not climb up, after all this is the time, the right time. At a time when the relations between India and America are getting stronger. America and its allies are now increasing defense cooperation against China. That is why India is also the need of the hour for them. New Delhi should not miss this opportunity. PM Modi’s current visit to America is very important in terms of military transformation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend a meeting with Quad leaders at the White House on Friday. It also includes Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. PM Modi is also to have a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden. According to a Bloomberg report, these meetings are set to move towards the biggest military modernization since the country’s independence in 1947. It is the need of the hour for India to develop better coordination between the Army, Air Force and Navy. The US and Britain have joined Australia in deploying more nuclear submarines in the Asia Pacific region.
According to a Bloomberg report, last month, the Defense Ministry ordered the Indian Army’s unit guarding the border with Pakistan to outline a plan for better coordination with the Navy and Air Force. That model would later be implemented across the country so that by 2024, the three services could come under a new operating structure.
The more integrated the Indian Armed Forces are, the more easily they can coordinate with the US military and its allies in the event of a conflict. Experts are also emphasizing the need for an integrated military infrastructure. David Brewster, author of the book ‘India as an Asia Pacific Power’ and senior research fellow at the National Security College, Australian National University, says, “Quad Partners has realized that they can support only one Indian army at a time. able to practice. Like if there is Navy then there is no Air Force. If there is air force then navy is not. This will create problems in cooperation.
Prior to the Quad meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday held separate meetings with Australian PM Morrison, Japanese PM Suga and US Vice President Kamala Harris. In his tweet, the PMO talked about the shared values of India-USA and talked about the strength and warmth coming in mutual relations.
For decades, Indian leaders divided military command and control to avoid tragedies such as military coups that were once very common in neighboring countries. There has been talk of a unified military structure since the 90s but bureaucrats and military officials opposed the proposal. In order to counter China, it is necessary to change the existing structure. China has also integrated its military infrastructure in 2016 on the lines of Australia and the US.
Defense Ministry spokesman A. Bharat Bhushan Babu told Bloomberg, “The process of modernization of the Indian military is underway to meet regional challenges and technological changes.” However, he did not give further details about this. The Navy, Army and Air Force have not yet commented on this.
Officials said that there is a plan to create at least four theater commands under the modernisation. The theater command of the west will keep an eye on Pakistan and the command of the east will be on China. There will be Marine Theater Command to oversee the Indian Ocean and Air Defense Command will take over the responsibility of air security. There will be no tampering with the existing arrangement of military infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir.
There is still no secure common communication network between the three armies of India. This shortcoming came to the fore during the Balakot airstrike of 2019. After the Pulwama terror attack, the Indian Air Force destroyed the terrorist camp by entering Balaghot, Pakistan. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Bloomberg that Army units were then put on alert but were not told why to be on alert and what potential dangers might be. That is, at that time the army did not know that the Air Force was going to do an airstrike in Pakistan.