It was difficult to imagine that India would rise as a military powerhouse in 67 years after
The expansion and modernization of India’s military power, as well as the development of
technology, has happened in several phases. Indian’s defense enhancement and preparedness
received several boosts in recent months. Let’s take a look at the different significant
have added to India’s combat abilities.
1. Akash Weapon System:
The indigenous Akash Weapon System (AWS) was inducted by the Indian army recently. The AWS
equipped with an indigenous surface to air supersonic missiles and is designed to be an ‘air
system’ and ‘weapon locating radar’. It is capable of locating and detecting aerial threats
up to a
distance of nearly 25 km. According to DRDO, Akash is a multi-target, multi-directional and
also an all-
weather air-defense system. The Akash weapon system consists of control centers, tracking
ground support systems that are fixed atop high mobility vehicles. The AWS is designed in
such a way
that it can be integrated with other air defense command and networks through secured
2. Mirage-2000 Fighter Aircraft:
This aircraft is reportedly the upgraded version of Mirage-2000. This version improves the
performance of the aircraft with advanced weapons, self-protection suite, and avionics. The
include night-vision goggle-compatible glass cockpit, advanced Identification Friend or Foe
advanced navigational system, advanced multi-mode multi-layered radar, integrated electronic
suite and many more.
3. Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA):
The FGFA is being jointly developed by India and Russia. This aircraft is based on Russian
and is being jointly developed by Sukhoi and HAL for Indian Air Force. Russia has begun the
production of Su-57 fifth-generation fighter jets. The first plan is expected to be
delivered by the end of
this year. The Su-57 is designed to destroy any kind of air targets at short and long
distances. It can hit
the enemy ground and naval targets by vanquishing anything that comes in its way.
1. Upscaling of BRAHMOS missile:
This powerful weapon system is known for its outstanding speed, precision, and deadly power.
BRAHMOS, which is a land-based complex weapon system consists of 4-6 Mobile Autonomous
Launchers (MAL) which are controlled by Mobile Command Post (MCP) and Mobile Replenishment
Vehicle (MRV). MAL is an autonomous vehicle and is equipped with its power supply, fire
and communication. It is installed with three BRAHMOS missiles that are placed in three
containers. It can be fired simultaneously on three different targets or in several other
combinations as per the need. The land-based system is also fitted with the Inertial
and Global Positioning System. The recent upscaling of the BRAHMOS missile is spearheaded to
India’s defense arsenal.
2. Anti-tank Spike missiles: army has placed an order for procuring Israeli
anti-tank Spike missiles. This was initiated after the
Pulwama attack on February 14 wherein 40 CRPF personnel were killed. These missiles are
their precision targeting with a capability to pierce even bunkers. These can be deployed
mountains and plains and can hit targets at a range of four kilometers. They can be fired
platforms like vehicles, helicopters, ships and even ground launchers. It can also be
deployed along the
Line of Control (LoC)
3. Agni-V Missile:
Agni-V is India’s most potent missile and its maiden canister-based trial was conducted in
strike range of Agni V is over 5000 km and can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne.
in midrange were able to track the vehicle while the maiden missile trail was being carried
missile was launched from a hermetically sealed canister and the steel container was made of
1. INS Sardar Patel:
In the year 2015, INS Sardar Patel was commissioned in Gujarat's Porbandar by the Indian
commissioning of INS Sardar Patel in Gujarat would improve its synergy with other maritime
and will also enable it to improve its infrastructure and efficiency in Gujarat. The Forward
Base (FOB) of the Indian Navy in Gujarat, as well as the Headquarters of the Naval
located in Daman & Diu, will also enhance the logistic support which is being extended
to the Indian
navy units present in the Northern Arabian Sea. This also includes the International
line with Pakistan.
2. INS Visakhapatnam:
The Indian navy’s stealth destroyer INS Visakhapatnam was launched in Mumbai’s Mazagon deck
April. INS Visakhapatnam is the first of its kind P15-B stealth destroyer. It is designed to
achieve a speed
of over 30 knots at a displacement of about 7300 tons. The ship which is 163 m long is
propelled by four
gas turbines. According to the Defense Ministry, the indigenously designed stealth destroyer
sensors, state-of-the-art weapons, integrated Platform Management System, an advance Action
Information System, a sophisticated power information system as well as other advanced
features. It is
fitted with a surface-to-surface missile system. The integrated system enables the ship to
long-range shore-based and naval-based targets making it lethal enough to strike down
3. Kalvari: Scorpene-class stealth submarine:
Kalvari is the Indian Navy’s first of its kind stealth submarines which are being built
under Project 75.
The P75I project is a part of a 30-year submarine building plan that is slated to end in
2030. It has
already been delayed by 40 months and is now back on track after Kalvari was undocked at the
Dock Ltd. The Scorpene submarines would be fitted with anti-ship missiles as well as
torpedoes fitted with modern sensor suites.
So far, the recent defense technologies deployed by our country seems to be good enough to
India during times of emergencies! Since 2018 alone, India has made 11 new technology deals.
This is a
sure sign of the enhancement of the Indian armed forces and more defense projects are in the
One major concern faced by our country is that this will not benefit India in the long run,
make our own technology.