- Jul 10, 2017
The missiles were most probably already supplied, otherwise if you announce earlier, then there is a risk that China might have tried to intercept the supplies. We supplied it to them and waited for a Chinese provocation, just like we made a longer range BrahMos but waited till we were a member of MTCR to announce that a long range BrahMos has been made. We used to claim that our BrahMos has only 290km range, because MTCR does not allow Russia to sell missiles with a range more than 300km missiles.This is the era of modi. We did things we couldn't have imagined before. We rescued so many people from Yemen and Syria at lightning speed. We did the surgical strikes while keeping absolute secrecy before it.
Demonetization hit without even a whisper of it. Chinese suddenly found Indian soldiers blocking road at doklam and went into a shock they are yet to recover.
We are getting better and better at surprising.
Now either the missiles are with Vietnam and we might want quite because of Russia.
Or the whole drama was to just give a glimpse to chinese of future if they don't back off.
We also have a civil-nuclear arrangement with Argentina, which is dual purpose enough for Britain sit up and take notice but not big enough to make them a nuclear weapons nation. Falklands is to Britain what Kashmir is to us. If Britain meddles too much, one day even Argentina might announce a nuclear test out of the blue.
I wouldn't exactly say that it is due to Modi or Congress. These things are part of perspective plans which are 25+ year long. If Vietnam has announced the receipt of BrahMos today, it's not something that was initiated after Modi came to power. Pranab Mukherjee has been visiting Vietnam since many years and doing a lot of quiet diplomacy.
It's not just the weapon system, there's training, simulators, installation, trucks for the canister launched versions. This was in the pipeline since long, it's just been announced now, because the Dokhlam excuse was very potent.