Incursions cast shadow on Sino-India meet

Incursions cast shadow on Sino-India meet

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India 17-19 September 2014 was overshadowed by the serious standoff between the Indian and Chinese armed forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh’s Chumar and Damchok region. Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag briefed the prime minister on the border situation...

Modi’s Realism Overtakes Nehru’s Idealism

Modi’s Realism Overtakes Nehru’s Idealism

On the Sep 18, India entered a new era when Prime Minister of India Mr Modi sitting next to the Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping briefed the press, categorically stating that peace and tranquility along the borders was imperative for mutual trust and for realizing the full potential of Sino-Indian relations.”This is an...

Tibet: The Real Issue

Tibet: The Real Issue

“Following the logic of power, empires in their expansive phases push out their frontiers until they meet the resistance of a strong neighbour, or reach a physical barrier which makes a natural point of rest, or until the driving force is exhausted. Thus through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British power...

Incursions cast shadow on Sino-India meet

Incursions cast shadow on Sino-India meet

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India 17-19 September 2014 was overshadowed by the serious standoff between the Indian and Chinese armed forces along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh’s Chumar and Damchok region. Army Chief Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag briefed the prime minister on the border situation...

Modi’s Realism Overtakes Nehru’s Idealism

Modi’s Realism Overtakes Nehru’s Idealism

On the Sep 18, India entered a new era when Prime Minister of India Mr Modi sitting next to the Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping briefed the press, categorically stating that peace and tranquility along the borders was imperative for mutual trust and for realizing the full potential of Sino-Indian relations.”This is an...

Tibet: The Real Issue

Tibet: The Real Issue

“Following the logic of power, empires in their expansive phases push out their frontiers until they meet the resistance of a strong neighbour, or reach a physical barrier which makes a natural point of rest, or until the driving force is exhausted. Thus through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, British power...

Quest for the Golden Hind

Quest for the Golden Hind

The Indian military might today is at its nadir with neither vision nor drive to achieve quantifiable goals. The Indian Army has become similar to a national ‘militia’, good only in numbers but lacking in punch or strong logistics backing. More than two decades of focus on counter insurgency and the deceptive...

Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

Changes would provide a boost to defence preparedness, usher in an RMA, evolve requisite strategies and policies including for national security, response to asymmetric war, defence procurements, R&D, technology acquisition and reorganising the defence-industrial base. Development and economic progress are undoubtedly...

“...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

“...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal Denis Mercier

Appointed as the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMAA) on September 17, 2012, at the age of 53, General Denis Mercier had joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot in 1983. With 182 combat missions and more than 3,000 flying hours (mostly on Mirage F1C and Mirage 2000C) throughout his...

Chairman COSC & CAS visits Flood Affected J&K to oversee Relief and Rescue Operations

Chairman COSC & CAS visits Flood Affected J&K to oversee Relief and Rescue Operations

The Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff (CAS)  Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha visited the flood affected areas of Jammu and Kashmir, today and carried out aerial recce of both north and south Kashmir. The Air Chief Marshal took stock of the relief and rescue operations being carried out...

Al-Qaeda set to burn the Ganga Post 2014

Al-Qaeda set to burn the Ganga Post 2014

The year 2014 is very important to many of us, in the Indian sub-continent for some reason or other. The importance of which is being discussed on the television, the radio and in the print media at length as to what will happen in Afghanistan after the Americans pull out, and many other questions which will effect...

Fight alienation and not AFSPA

Fight alienation and not AFSPA

Periodically Omar Abdullah demands abrogation of AFSPA from certain areas of the state of J and K. He claims that there is complete peace in these areas and therefore there is little justification for continuing with this law .These periodic out bursts against AFSPA and the demand for its removal appears to be a...

Pakistan Upgrades F-16 Fleet

Pakistan Upgrades F-16 Fleet

With the 13 F-16 fighter aircraft received from Jordan, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has raised a new squadron, No 19, at Mushaf Air Base. The F-16 fleet of the PAF now stands at 79. The Government of Pakistan has requested the US for a possible sale of up to 36 F-16C/D Block 50/52 aircraft – a purchase of 18 jets,...

Artillery Modernisation: A Reality Check

Artillery Modernisation: A Reality Check

With changes in policy clearly stating that in all future acquisitions of defence equipment, the first priority would be given to Indian companies both private and public, a number of private companies such as L&T, Bharat Forge, Mahindra Defence Systems, Tata Powers and Punj Lloyd have taken the plunge and are forging...

MKU introduces 6th Generation ballistic protection technology

MKU introduces 6th Generation ballistic protection technology

MKU, a leading manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for personnel and platforms has introduced the new 6th Generation ballistic protection technology Ammoflex – 6 and Polyshield – 6  that help to reduce the weight and thickness of personal body armour by 40%. This reduction not only increases the agility and...

Interviews / Spotlight

The Garhwali Soldier

The Garhwali Soldier

The Garhwalis’ début  in Mesopotamia was worthy of their inspiring record in France. It was at Ramadie. They made the night march on September 27th, I916, marched and fought all the 28th, and on the morning of the 29th carried the Aziziyah and Sheikh Faraja Ridges at the point of the bayonet, in an advance of 1500...

Tiered Border Defence against China

Tiered Border Defence against China

On balance, the prospects of Sino-Indian conflict remain. What appears certain is that...

 
China's Threat Perception

China's Threat Perception

Ancient China, was unparalleled in matters of strategic thinking, defence technology and...

 
Capture of Dacca 1971

Capture of Dacca 1971

Background to the Battle Dacca the Capital of East Pakistan was a natural fortress well away...

SAM Manekshaw on Leadership and Discipline

SAM Manekshaw on Leadership and Discipline

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw’s Lecture at Defence Services College, Wellington on Leadership...

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Air Chief visit to the United Kingdom

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) meeting his counterpart Air Chief Marshal Sir...

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INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai

INS Sumitra commissioned by Admiral RK Dhowan at Chennai. INS Sumitra is the first major ship being based...

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INS Kamorta commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette ‘INS Kamorta’ was commissioned on...

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 INS Kolkata commissioned into the Indian Navy.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi commissioned INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy at a glittering...

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General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff

General Dalbir Singh took over as the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army, in New Delhi on July 31,...

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