December 2017

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy

Defstrat. While discussions during the recent Doklam Standoff focused on Army and Air capabilities, there was a satisfying realisation of our navy having grown to be an effective force, which could ensure the security of our maritime borders. Could you elaborate on this steady though silent growth of our Navy’s strengths and effectiveness to meet national security requirements.

India’s Military Space Program

On 15 February 2017, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched 104 satellites in a single rocket, PSLV C-37, and created a world record. ISRO launched its heaviest rocket, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), on 5 June 2017 and placed a communications satellite GSAT-19 in orbit. With this launch, ISRO became capable of launching 4 ton heavy satellites. ISRO has come a long way since India launched its first satellite Aryabhata from the Russian Rocket launch site at Kapustin Yar.