Philip wrote:As operating procedures between the IN and other navies like NATO for example ,converge,as they are with the ultimate goal of cooperative engagement ,if and when the balloon goes up,a simple decision of the politicos to join the bandwagon will see amore or less seamless integration of the IN into the "Allies" order of battle.If you read US war college papers,etc.,which I've posted before,the region is now being described as the Indo-Asia-Pacific region (IAP),formerly Asia-Pacific,where India is meant to be the "western hinge" of the US led military alliance.How more open can one get about the future role of the IN/India in US strategic plans?
You've bolded the wrong part of your post. The operative sentence actually is -"decision of the politicos to join the bandwagon"
You've put it out there quite casually, but in reality the decision to go to war with Pakistan, let alone China, isn't one that any
govt will make lightly. Its under no obligation to confirm with the role envisioned by the US strategic planners.
And what's so wrong with the ability to enmesh with a US fleet. Should we stop joint air exercises with the USAF and European AFs as well, lest we inadvertently end up with the ability to participate in a NATO air campaign?
How reluctant are the Chinese to train with the Pakistanis? The Chinese are not going to risk their country's security by militarily
intervening in an Indo-Pak war, but that doesn't stop them from posturing to keep India off-balance. Why should we
go out of our way to cater to China's sensibilities?
Secondly,there will be a definite degree of compromise of our capabilities, as and when we repeatedly exercise with other navies who could turn belligerent in the future..Their full capabilities have been carefully obscured.
'There will be a definite degree of compromise of other navies' capabilities, as and when they repeatedly exercise with the Indian Navy which could turn belligerent in the future...Its full capabilities have been carefully obscured.'
A case in point the recent buzzing of the VikA by Norwegian/NATO aircraft and spy ships,where official protests were made.The USN's Littoral Combat Ship has been operating in the Indo-China Sea.Yet to take part in regional exercises.report below.
is a picture of a Shivalik class frigate in formation with a USN ship. Here's
a picture of the Viraat and Talwar with two Nimitz class carriers as well as a LA class sub.
They'll be plenty of photos of the Vikramaditya (and Kolkata-class) in joint exercises too, once its operational. Lets not pretend that its acoustic signature (the radars not being installed yet) remains some huge secret requiring a grand intelligence operation.