Saturday, September 19, 2015

RAW Will Contest Doval’s Plan to Shut the Agency’s Aviation Wing

The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India’s external intelligence agency, will not allow the government to wind up its aviation and satellite imaging asset, the Aviation Research Centre, The Quint has learnt.
Highly-placed sources in India’s intelligence community revealed that reports which suggested that the government had taken a decision to shut down ARC are “not true”.
A source said to The Quint,
"There has been no decision so far and the RAW leadership is going to put forth its arguments before the government, that it would be unwise to wind up the ARC which has proved to be of immense value to intelligence gathering even as the use of TECHINT [technical intelligence] has grown in recent years and will most certainly expand in the years to come".
Media reports indicated that National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s plan involves doing away with the ARC and transferring its aircraft and electronic assets to the National Technical Research Organisation and the Indian Air Force.
18/09/15 Chandan Nandy/The Quint
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