2020 has been a big year for the Indian Armed Forces, with indigenisation, upgrades, rule-changes and other matters, along with elevated tensions with China
2020 has been an extraordinary year for the Indian defence forces as the country achieved greater heights in terms of military cooperation with other nations, in modernising and replenishing its arsenal, and also in pushing for indigenisation of military hardware to cut short its reliance on imports and to boost exports. This becomes pertinent given the sharp escalation witnessed in India-China ties in addition to the constant menace of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.
India which has the world’s third-largest military budget, increased its expenditure this year by a whopping $10 billion as the government wants the tri-services to use more homegrown technologies as opposed to foreign-made hardware in line with the Make in India initiative. Let’s take a look at some of the most significant developments that took place this year in the Indian defence sector.
1. Indian Forces Stand Up To Chinese Aggression as Tensions Flare
The tensions with China spiked when 20 Indian Jawans were martyred on the icy heights of Galwan valley in an ambush by the Chinese PLA on the intervening night of June 15 and 16 – the first time casualties had resulted from a clash between the two powerful neighbours in decades. The tell-tale Chinese attempt at expansion came amid Beijing facing heat from all sides owing to the Coronavirus pandemic originating from its shores. India stood firm faced with the dragon, however, making moves diplomatically, militarily as well as in its internal policies to corner China. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called out ‘vistarvaad’ on numerous forums, most significantly by personally going to Leh and addressing the troops at what is undoubtedly India’s territory. India’s boldness in standing up to China has been noticed globally, with what had seemed like an unstoppable force finally meeting an unmovable object giving other countries the impetus they needed to do the same.