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India's Military ModernizationStrategic Technologies and Weapons Systems$
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Rajesh Basrur and Bharath Gopalaswamy

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199451623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451623.001.0001

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The Skewed Balance

The Skewed Balance

Technologists’ Dominance in India’s Military Modernization

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India's Military Modernization

Bibhu Prasad Routray

Oxford University Press

India, world’s largest weapons importer, is estimated to spend US$80 billion on military modernization programmes by 2015. The country is just not spending heavily on building up its land and air power, but is also focusing on sea power, a crucial new area of competition. Modernization at this scale would invariably involve absorption of new technology and more importantly, decisions to choose one technology over the other. How does the country’s defence establishment (military as well as the civilian bureaucracy) manage this crucial aspect? As its global ambitions take a giant leap, is India’s decision-making capacity prepared to upgrade itself to take the right decisions in quick time? Or will indecisiveness and procrastination, India’s well known vice in all matters concerning decision-making, continue play spoilers? The chapter is an attempt to examine the dynamics and constraints at the policy-making level in this crucial arena of technology absorption.

Keywords:   Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO, self-reliance, armed forces, Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, IGMDP, missile defence system, Agni, Prithvi

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