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India’s Test of Supersonic Torpedo Delivery System Stirs Regional Arms Race Concerns

New Delhi, India successfully test-fired the Supersonic Missile Assisted Release of Torpedo (SMART) system today, a development from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha’s coast, raising alarms over a potential arms race in South Asia.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the SMART system represents a significant advancement in India’s military capabilities, specifically in anti-submarine warfare. This canisterized hybrid weapon system, capable of achieving supersonic speeds, allows the Indian Navy to launch torpedoes at greater distances, enhancing its defensive and offensive maritime strategies.

The test’s success has led to concerns about regional stability, with critics fearing that such advancements could prompt neighboring countries to enhance their own military capabilities, potentially leading to an arms race. There is an ongoing debate about the implications of India’s military spending on its broader social welfare, particularly in sectors like education and healthcare, which critics argue are undermined by the focus on enhancing military technology.

The geopolitical ramifications of India’s expanding military technology continue to be a point of contention among security experts and regional analysts, who worry about the escalation of tensions in an already volatile area.