An anonymous leaker has made public the secret terms of the India-Seychelles agreement to develop a military facility on Assumption Island.
The snub comes amid rising tensions between India and the Maldives and China’s bid for a larger footprint in the Indian Ocean Region.
India’s ability to maintain friendly ties with the region’s rivals is admirable, but implicitly acknowledges the transactional nature of those relationships.
INS Karanj is the third vessel of Kalvari or Scorpene class to be assembled in India. Another three are slated to be built by 2020.
INS Kalvari is the first diesel-electric submarine to be inducted into the navy in 17 years. Five more Scorpenes are supposed to join it in the next few years, but the project has been plagued by delays.
The latest launch moves India’s armed forces a step closer to its goal of being able to launch the missile from land, sea, and air.