A recent study by RAND states that whilst PLA is becoming more professional and more capable with regards to deterring or, if necessary, countering US military intervention in the Asia-Pacific region, this transformation remains incomplete. There are perceived gaps between current PLA capabilities and the demands of winning a local war under informatized conditions and successfully executing the PLA’s other missions.
Dr. Roshan Khaniejo writes: India has decided to lease a second nuclear submarine from Russia. It already has a 8,140-tonne Akula Class submarine renamed INS Chakra , which was also leased from Russia in 2011. If the trial goes as desired then in the next two years, India can become the sixth country to have developed niche technical capability to build and operate a nuclear sub.