India on Wednesday added five French fighter jets, among the world’s most advanced fighter jets, to its air force. The planes, flying from France, arrived at Ambala airport on Wednesday.
The Indian Army is also buying surface-to-air hammer missiles from China under special emergency powers amid border tensions with China. The Indian Air Force has also recently decided to buy 21 additional MiG-29s and 12 Sukhoi SU-30MKI fighter jets from Russia.
In the past, India’s military plans and policies revolved around Pakistan. For the past 30 years, the India-Pakistan border and LoC have been the most dynamic military region in the world. Although there is no formal war, it is one of the most dangerous borders in the world.
The Kashmir insurgency has turned the region into a war-torn region. Most of India’s military energy and military planning took place against Pakistan. India’s clear policy was to focus on one front at a time.
Despite a border dispute with China, there have been no serious border clashes between the two countries’ forces in the past four decades.
Fifteen years ago, under former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, India undertook the task of building large-scale roads, military bases and airstrips along the Indo-China border, realizing the growing sternness of China’s attitude on the border and the intentions of Chinese troops. started. Most of the construction work started on the borders is now nearing completion.
China was taking a closer look at India’s changing background. Meanwhile, on August 5 last year, India changed the status of Jammu and Kashmir under its administration. A constitutional amendment in Parliament declared Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as Centrally Administered Territories.
The new generation of Indians does not know much about the Indo-China War of 1962, but the defeat of India in the war is deeply ingrained in India’s national psyche.
India’s desire to defeat China militarily is very old. When five Rafale fighter jets arrived in India from France on Wednesday, there was a frenzy in the Indian media. It seemed that India was now about to defeat China with the help of these planes.
Not only the media but also the right-wing Hindu nationalist government is suffering from this madness. In comparing its military equipment with China, Indian analysts forget that China is the world’s second most economically powerful country.
China is on the verge of overtaking the United States. He is at the forefront of technology, research. India buys all its military equipment from other countries. In contrast, China manufactures its own warplanes, aircraft carriers, submarines, guns, artillery and tanks.
According to Firepower, India’s leading defense analyst, India’s annual defense budget was 71 billion, while China’s was 261 billion. The Indian Army has 1444,000 troops while China has 2183,000 troops while Pakistan has 640,000.
The world’s two most populous countries, armed with destructive nuclear bombs, are moving in a direction that is certainly not the path to peace.