Implications of China’s Dark Shadow in Myanmar

Implications of China’s Dark Shadow in Myanmar

China’s intention to make inroads into the Bay of Bengal has become clearer with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar from January 17 to January 18, 2020. It will not only boost infrastructure projects in Myanmar but also increase China’s influence in the region. Among the 33 agreements signed during the visit,...

Advances in Military Helicopters

Advances in Military Helicopters

While lagging behind fixed-wing combat aircraft that are stretching out to their sixth generation, military helicopters have yet cornered substantial attention and funding to have made notable advances in technology. Their immense utility to the land forces by dint of the ‘high ground’ benefit they present and the...

The Rodents of Gupkar

The Rodents of Gupkar

Farooq Abdullah, National Conference (NC) chief held a meeting of representatives of six J&K political parties at his residence on Gupkar Road on October 15. He announced formation the ‘People’s Alliance’ seeking restoration of Article 370 as it applied to Jammu & Kashmir prior to August 5, 2019. The meeting was a...

Implications of China’s Dark Shadow in Myanmar

Implications of China’s Dark Shadow in Myanmar

China’s intention to make inroads into the Bay of Bengal has become clearer with President Xi Jinping’s visit to Myanmar from January 17 to January 18, 2020. It will not only boost infrastructure projects in Myanmar but also increase China’s influence in the region. Among the 33 agreements signed during the visit,...

The Rodents of Gupkar

The Rodents of Gupkar

Farooq Abdullah, National Conference (NC) chief held a meeting of representatives of six J&K political parties at his residence on Gupkar Road on October 15. He announced formation the ‘People’s Alliance’ seeking restoration of Article 370 as it applied to Jammu & Kashmir prior to August 5, 2019. The meeting was a...

Is the QUAD Winding back the Clock of History?

Is the QUAD Winding back the Clock of History?

While the stated strategic objective of the Quadrilateral Strategic Dialogue [QUAD – Japan, the US, Australia and India] is to safeguard a free, open, rule based order in the Indo-Pacific region as against the one based on power, China’s interpretation of the QUAD is – a big underlying security risk. It is...

Advances in Military Helicopters

Advances in Military Helicopters

While lagging behind fixed-wing combat aircraft that are stretching out to their sixth generation, military helicopters have yet cornered substantial attention and funding to have made notable advances in technology. Their immense utility to the land forces by dint of the ‘high ground’ benefit they present and the...

Militarisation of Space: Imperatives for India

Militarisation of Space: Imperatives for India

In the last week of July 2019, India concluded the first table-top joint war game called ‘IndSpaceEx’. Run by the military and the space scientists, it was the next logical step after India had tested its Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) defence systems and achieved many other key milestones pertaining to space...

“…there is no doubt that the Rafale is a more potent platform…” – Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria

“…there is no doubt that the Rafale is a more potent platform…” – Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria

Lt Gen JS Bajwa – Editor Indian Defence Review (IDR) had the unique privilege to interview the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, prior to the Air Force Day on 8th October 2018.  Details of the candid response of the Chief of Air Staff to the IDR’s pointed questions are given below:- Q1.     ...

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation mode

Kashmir: Self appointed, self serving leadership is now in self preservation mode

In the wake of the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of Article 370, the political structures in Kashmir that were aligned with separatism and soft separatism have been left without viable agendas. Articulation on the subject can draw a lead from the “Gupkar Declaration” of 4 August, 2019....

The Islamic State Footprints are all over India

The Islamic State Footprints are all over India

There are some very significant indicators, which indicate the widespread footprints of the Islamic State in India. Recently in Bengaluru, a 28 year old ophthalmologist, Abdur Rehman, was arrested by the NIA for his links with the Islamic State. In 2014, soon after completion of his MBBS, Rehman had travelled all the...

Gupkar Declaration 2.0

Gupkar Declaration 2.0

Not content with anti-national, seditious, pro-separatist Gupkar Declaration signed on 04 August 2019, a day prior to the historical announcement of Modi Government, the six leaders of Kashmir centric political parties including the descendant of Indian National Congress, Nehru-Gandhi Congress, have again issued a new...

Thales Partnering with the Indian Air Force for a better tomorrow, today

Thales Partnering with the Indian Air Force for a better tomorrow, today

With initiatives and policy decisions on several fronts, India is marching steadfastly towards an era of Atmanirbharta. The country has shown will and muscle to become a global manufacturing huband lead the modernization of the armed forces. The Indian Air Force (IAF) is historically known to providing the country with...

Indian Defence Private Sector: Some Initial Successes Yet Miles To Go

Indian Defence Private Sector: Some Initial Successes Yet Miles To Go

The much publicised Strategic Partnership Model (SPM) launched with a laudable aim to allow the growth of the private sector through the route of Joint Ventures with foreign OEMs failed to deliver initially due to lack of clarity on many issues. The SPM, from the word ‘Go’, was put through so many amendments that it...

Corporatizing the Defence Ordnance Factories: Gainful Employment of Support Cadre from Armed Forces

Corporatizing the Defence Ordnance Factories: Gainful Employment of Support Cadre from Armed Forces

Introduction On the heels of my earlier article carried by IDR , some very important initiatives have been announced and steps taken by the Government. While these in my considered opinion have come only about four decades late and the roll out of results are likely to be felt not before another five years to say the...

Interviews / Spotlight

Battle of Phillora 1965 War

Battle of Phillora 1965 War

Background to the Battle As we have seen in the last chapter, with the failure of OPERATION GIBRALTAR and faced with...

Won’t Allow Any Foreign Group to Interfere in Afghanistan: Taliban

Won’t Allow Any Foreign Group to Interfere in Afghanistan: Taliban

Dr Muhammad Naeem Wardak is the Spokesperson for Taliban political office in Doha. Political talks are undergoing...

Trends in Aerial Weapons: Smart and Lethal

Trends in Aerial Weapons: Smart and Lethal

It is a truism that a combat aircraft, no matter how superlative its performance, is only as fearsome as its weapons. The type, numbers and capability of its armament indicates how effective it will be in overcoming aerial adversaries as well as in mounting lethal strikes against surface targets. And modern aerial weapons give aircraft a formidable punch. Advanced technology is now routinely...

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Russia and China’s Contradictory Preferences in US Presidential Elections 2020

Russia and China otherwise knit together into a compulsive ‘Strategic Nexus’ due reasons of geopolitical expediencies are intriguingly positioned in contradictory preferences of their respective ‘Preferred Choice’ of next US President in 2020. Russia’s preferred choice both in 2016 US Presidential Elections and continuing in forthcoming US Presidential Elections was incumbent US President Donald Trump—the Republican Party...

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Atal Tunnel, Rohtang

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh along with the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram...

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Rafale aircraft's Formal Induction Ceremony

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh along with the Minister of Armed Forces of the French...

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The Naval Commanders’ Conference

The Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh with the Naval Commanders, at the Naval Commanders’...

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The First Rafale Aircraft

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief...

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11th edition of DefExpo2020

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the Pavilions of the 11th edition of DefExpo2020, at Lucknow, in...

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