Prepare to deal with ‘extra-regional powers’, Defence Minister tells Navy
Preparedness is the best deterrent, Jaitley told a gathering of Naval commanders.
In an apparent reference to China, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday called on the Indian Navy to be ready to address security challenges as well as the increasing presence of “extra-regional powers” in the Indian Ocean Region, PTI reported. Jaitley also highlighted the increasing hostility along India’s border with Pakistan during his speech at the annual Naval Commanders’ conference.
In a statement, the Navy said Jaitley spoke of the current and emerging security situation in the sub-continent and said “preparedness is the best deterrent”. The minister told the gathering that procurement plans had prioritised critical capability shortfalls and the modernisation plan was focused on incorporating ship-borne multi role helicopters, conventional submarines and mine counter measure vessels.
The defence indigenisation plans will also be finalised soon, Jaitley said.