Thursday, November 15, 2007

Indo - Russian Relationship

Indian Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh had a two hour one-to-one "secret" meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin in Moscow on 12th November. Only the National Security Adviser, Mr. M.K. Narayanan was with the two of them.
Singh's visit to Moscow is preceded by Narayanan's much more secretive visit to Moscow in August and that of Defence Minister, Mr. A.K. Antony's discussions with his Russian counterpart in October.

So, what's cooking ??

There has been a certain amount of concern in Russia following India's closeness towards the Americans, even though they are aware that this collaboration is not against Russia and rather towards containing China.

Thing to note is the fact that the American defence industries have been showing keen interest towards India and they are giving specific technological transfer offers to Indian defence industry.
For example, the Americans offered India, it's fifth generation aircraft, F-35, which is under development.

India is already developing T-90 tanker, Sukhoi Fighter Plane and Brahmos, the Supersonic Cruise Missile, which is one of the world's best cruise missiles. The American offer came after Russia's own offer of co-producing their fifth generation aircraft which would be world's best fighter plane, trouncing America's F-22 Raptor.

The deals on the anvil are the production of four nuclear reactors by Russia and also the much awaited sale of the Russian Carrier, Admiral Gorshkov (renamed as INS Vikramaditya).

Another important aspect is the "proposed" lease of one of Russians latest nuclear submarines. Neither the Russians nor the Indians are ready to comment on the news that the Submarine had already been deployed by the Indian Navy. It is one of the most advanced nuclear attack submarine which was inducted into the Russian Pacific Fleet this year which is equipped with 28 nuclear tipped cruise missiles. The lease, which may cost India about $650 million, will add a lethal edge to the Indian Navy's fighting abilities; there is speculation that Indian naval officers and sailors are already in Russia in training for this assignment.

Why is this sudden rush of acquiring highly sophisticated weapons secretly ??

One reason maybe the situation in Pakistan, which is of a very high concern for the world and particularly India. If Mushraff is toppled, India is concerned about the nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and the worst case scenario, some mad mullah planning to lob the weapons into India.

Time will tell what's cooking !! We can only hope the best out of it.

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