Indian surface combatants: sea power for the 1990s
Pilling, Evan R.
Brown, R. Mitchell, III
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This thesis examines the developing capabilities of the Indian surface combatant force. The emergence of a powerful Indian Navy is of concern to the United States in view of the strategic importance of the Indian Ocean region and its potentially related effects on Western Pacific maritime security. This study examines the history, current and future capabilities of, and the political and industrial support for the Indian surface combatant fleet. Current and future Indian naval strategy is examined and intelligence indicators are presented to assist in determining the intent behind India's naval expansion. Finally, the implications of a capable Indian surface force for U.S. policy are examined and policy recommendations postulated
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