Two Years of NDA Government: Defence Preparedness and Modernisation need Attention

Two Years of NDA Government: Defence Preparedness and Modernisation need Attention

The defence budget has dipped to 1.72 per cent of the country’s GDP – the lowest level since the disastrous 1962 War with China. Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence and the armed forces have repeatedly recommended that it should be raised progressively to 3.0 per cent of the GDP if India is to build the...

Make In India: Indian Defence Industry – The Road Ahead

Make In India: Indian Defence Industry – The Road Ahead

The PMs vision of ‘Make in India’ and the thrust being given in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2106 to ‘Indian Designed, Developed and Made (IDDM)’ products is a welcome shift from the decades old concept of licensed production. While laying the foundations for the Indian Defence Industry, via the Ordnance...

Rightsizing the Military: The Need for a Comprehensive Examination

Rightsizing the Military: The Need for a Comprehensive Examination

The Defence Minister has recently announced the formation of an eleven member committee led by Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar (Retd) tasked to look into areas of “overlap” and convergence within the three forces – Indian Army, Navy and Air Force – allowing for a reduction of manpower It will also identify areas to...

Mansour Killed – but ISI has backup

Mansour Killed – but ISI has backup

As per media reports, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Afghan Taliban chief has been killed in a US drone strike in Baluchistan Province of Pakistan. It may be recalled that the installation of Mansour to head Afghan Taliban was carefully orchestrated by Pakistan keeping the death of former Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Omar under...

Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean: Some inherent strategic hurdles

Chinese submarines in the Indian Ocean: Some inherent strategic hurdles

For the nth time in the past few years – the Naval Headquarters at New Delhi has been alarmed. The frequency of Chinese submarines operating in and around the Indian Ocean region specifically near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have caused deep concern due to their increasing frequency. Since both the Bay of Bengal...

China Coerced the World to Isolate Taiwan

China Coerced the World to Isolate Taiwan

On Friday May 20, 2016 morning Ms Tsai Ing-wen, 59, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was sworn-in President after winning the elections in January this year. India backtracked on sending any official government representative days after naming two parliamentarians to attend the events. It would mean that there...

Two Years of NDA Government: Defence Preparedness and Modernisation need Attention

Two Years of NDA Government: Defence Preparedness and Modernisation need Attention

The defence budget has dipped to 1.72 per cent of the country’s GDP – the lowest level since the disastrous 1962 War with China. Parliament’s Standing Committee on Defence and the armed forces have repeatedly recommended that it should be raised progressively to 3.0 per cent of the GDP if India is to build the...

Make In India: Indian Defence Industry – The Road Ahead

Make In India: Indian Defence Industry – The Road Ahead

The PMs vision of ‘Make in India’ and the thrust being given in the Defence Procurement Procedure 2106 to ‘Indian Designed, Developed and Made (IDDM)’ products is a welcome shift from the decades old concept of licensed production. While laying the foundations for the Indian Defence Industry, via the Ordnance...

Rightsizing the Military: The Need for a Comprehensive Examination

Rightsizing the Military: The Need for a Comprehensive Examination

The Defence Minister has recently announced the formation of an eleven member committee led by Lieutenant General DB Shekatkar (Retd) tasked to look into areas of “overlap” and convergence within the three forces – Indian Army, Navy and Air Force – allowing for a reduction of manpower It will also identify areas to...

Kashmir Valley cannot Bleed India

Kashmir Valley cannot Bleed India

Kashmir is again on the boil. It is cyclical feature the periodicity of which is determined by political developments within the state and the vicissitudes of Pakistan state. At present a new government has been ushered in J&K and Pakistan is undergoing an existential crisis. The reverberation of these intrinsic and...

PM’s Inaugural Address at the Maritime India Summit, 2016

PM’s Inaugural Address at the Maritime India Summit, 2016

Hon. Governor of Maharashtra; Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra; His Excellency Mr. Kim Young-Suk, Minister of the Republic of Korea Our Union Minister for Shipping, Mr. Nitin Gadkari Other Dignitaries on the dais; Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen! I have great pleasure in being with you and welcoming you at the...

Revisiting India’s Geo-Strategic Challenge of Siachen

Revisiting India’s Geo-Strategic Challenge of Siachen

For Indians 13 April translates as a day of celebrations due to the festivities of Baisakhi. However, the day also marks the beginning of the longest operation in the annals of the Indian Military: Op Meghdoot – the Army’s unending tryst with the frozen mountains abutting the Siachen Glacier. Thirty-two long years...

Fast Attack Craft INS Tarmugli joins the Indian Navy

Fast Attack Craft INS Tarmugli joins the Indian Navy

The Indian Navy today commissioned the highly maneuverable Fast Attack Craft INS Tarmugli at the hands of Vice Admiral HCS Bisht AVSM, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command at a formal ceremony held at Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. INS Tarmugli is being based in Visakhapatnam under the Naval...

Airbus Helicopters Selected for UK’s Military Flying Training

Airbus Helicopters Selected for UK’s Military Flying Training

. Selection confirms H135/H145 family as the UK military training helicopters of choice Airbus Helicopters on course to support more than half a century of military helicopter pilot training in the UK Airbus Helicopters in the UK has been selected by Ascent as the Aircraft Service Provider for the UK’s Military...

The PC-24 Flies at EBACE 2016

The PC-24 Flies at EBACE 2016

A première at this year’s European Business Aviation Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva: the first PC-24 prototype will be part of the outdoor display at EBACE on 24 May 2016 from 10 am to 6 pm. Meanwhile, at the indoor stand, Pilatus will present the new PC-24 interior design, which has now been brought up to series...

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South China Sea Arbitration: An Analysis

South China Sea Arbitration: An Analysis

The South China Sea (SCS) dispute has become a key issue of concern for East Asian regional security. The nature of the conflict and lack of clarity on the issue owes much to the multiple overlapping claims of the concerned parties based on history, geographical proximity and principles of maritime law. China’s...

The Pakistan factor in India-Iran ties

The Pakistan factor in India-Iran ties

As Prime Minister Modi makes his first visit to Iran, numerous factors are at play ranging from...

 
The Men Who Saved Ladakh

The Men Who Saved Ladakh

The land is so barren and the passes so high that only the best of friends or fiercest enemies...

 
China’s Maritime Grand Strategy: Stoking Insecurities with Aggressiveness

China’s Maritime Grand Strategy: Stoking Insecurities with Aggressiveness

According to Alfred Thayer Mahan, a 19th century American strategist, the concept of sea power...

Prime Minister Modi’s Iran Visit: Chabahar and Beyond

Prime Minister Modi’s Iran Visit: Chabahar and Beyond

The finalizing of dates for visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran, 22 May to 23 May 2016...

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Defence Investiture Ceremony–II

The President Pranab Mukherjee, the Vice President M Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the...

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Indian Air Force contingent of Ex Red Flag 16-1

The Indian Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Arun Kumar Singh with the Indian Air Force contingent of...

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Defence Minister flagged off India's first indigenously developed SONAR dome during Defexpo

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar flagged off India's first indigenously developed SONAR dome during the 9th...

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Standard presented to 18 CAVALRY by the Chief of the Army Staff

General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff, on behalf of the HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, Shri Pranab...

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President’s Standard and Colours to 119 Helicopter Unit

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee releasing a commemorative postage stamp at the presentation ceremony...

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