India’s North Korean Outreach

India’s North Korean Outreach

The surprise two-day visit by General VK Singh, MoS (EAM) to North Korea on May 15-16, 2018, has evoked much interest. India has diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973, but this was the first high-level visit from India in two decades plus. As per MEA, the visit was on the invitation of North Korea.  During...

The best Possible Ramzan Gift to Kashmir

The best Possible Ramzan Gift to Kashmir

It is only the Indian State that can  declare ‘ceasefire’, so the term ‘unilateral ceasefire’ is in-fructuous and insulting, because the question of ‘bilateral’ ceasefire does not arise. In the preceding year, during the period of Ramzan, jihadi terror organizations perpetrated terrorist attacks across the...

Accepting Involvement of Pakistan in Mumbai Jehadi Attack Nawaz creats Turmoil in Pakistan

Accepting Involvement of Pakistan in Mumbai Jehadi Attack Nawaz creats Turmoil in Pakistan

There is no doubt that three times Prime Minster of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif of Muslim League (Nawaz) Party, whose Government currently rules Pakistan, his recent statement given to their leading news paper Dawn almost a week back that it were Pakistani jehadis who were involved in 2008 Mumbai jehadi attack, has caused a...

India’s North Korean Outreach

India’s North Korean Outreach

The surprise two-day visit by General VK Singh, MoS (EAM) to North Korea on May 15-16, 2018, has evoked much interest. India has diplomatic relations with North Korea since 1973, but this was the first high-level visit from India in two decades plus. As per MEA, the visit was on the invitation of North Korea.  During...

Accepting Involvement of Pakistan in Mumbai Jehadi Attack Nawaz creats Turmoil in Pakistan

Accepting Involvement of Pakistan in Mumbai Jehadi Attack Nawaz creats Turmoil in Pakistan

There is no doubt that three times Prime Minster of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif of Muslim League (Nawaz) Party, whose Government currently rules Pakistan, his recent statement given to their leading news paper Dawn almost a week back that it were Pakistani jehadis who were involved in 2008 Mumbai jehadi attack, has caused a...

‘Pak Army for better ties with India’ is Hogwash

‘Pak Army for better ties with India’ is Hogwash

Screaming headlines and newspaper waving gleeful ‘Track 2’ members are giving thumbs up on an ‘about to restart Indo-Pak peace process!!! In a recent briefing and interaction by the Director General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Major General Asif Ghafoor with some ‘select’ South Asian media...

Stationing Fighter Jets in ANI is good, but need to do more

Stationing Fighter Jets in ANI is good, but need to do more

News about the decision for India to permanently station fighter jets in the Andaman & Nicobar Group of Islands (ANI) is a welcome move, something that should have happened years back. Deployment of frontline fighter jets is under consideration for deployment at two bases in ANI – one each at Car Nicobar and at...

Dealing with the Stealth Threat: The Way Forward

Dealing with the Stealth Threat: The Way Forward

The stealth muscle in the air threat vehicles of today is one dimension of survivability that is fast becoming a nightmare to air defence warriors. Why so? Because survivability directly translates into lethality. The relationship is fairly simple. Stealthy machines, by managing to become near invisible to the sensors...

Finally, we are back to square one! MMRCA competition has just been restarted!

Finally, we are back to square one! MMRCA competition has just been restarted!

In the first week of April 2018, Ministry of Defence issued an RFI (Request for Information) to fighter aircraft manufacturers including the six companies that took part in Original MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) contest of 2007. MoD intends to buy an all –weather, multi role combat air craft that can...

The best Possible Ramzan Gift to Kashmir

The best Possible Ramzan Gift to Kashmir

It is only the Indian State that can  declare ‘ceasefire’, so the term ‘unilateral ceasefire’ is in-fructuous and insulting, because the question of ‘bilateral’ ceasefire does not arise. In the preceding year, during the period of Ramzan, jihadi terror organizations perpetrated terrorist attacks across the...

What Made the ‘Sword of Islam’ Conquer Large Parts of the Ancient World?

What Made the ‘Sword of Islam’ Conquer Large Parts of the Ancient World?

The deep study of the characteristics of successful Muslim armies is very important for Indian military professionals, because we have Pakistan as our neighbour. Rulers there can unite the polity only when they wage war by overt and covert means onto the territory of Dar al Harab (non-Islamic region). On this important...

Weaning away Kashmiri youth from terrorism requires integrated effort

Weaning away Kashmiri youth from terrorism requires integrated effort

The sustained and incisive counter-terrorist operations conducted by the security forces in 2017 have not lost momentum in this year. While more than 200 terrorists were eliminated last year, the toll this year has already exceeded 50; the success has been further boosted with the elimination of top terrorist commanders...

L&T Defence completes delivery of 1,000th Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware of Akash Missile

L&T Defence completes delivery of 1,000th Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware of Akash Missile

Mr. Jayant Patil, Whole-time Director (Defence) and Member of L&T Board, handed over 1,000th Integrated Propulsion Airframe System hardware to Mr. V. Udaya Bhaskar, Chairman & Managing Director, Bharat Dynamics Limited, in the presence of Dr. S Christopher, Chairman, DRDO at an event held at L&T Defence’s major growth...

Challenges of Setting up Defence Corridor for Make in India

Challenges of Setting up Defence Corridor for Make in India

Defence manufacturing in India is undergoing a significant change to achieve self-reliance in defence equipment. More and more AONs have been issued under Make India, Buy and Make India Categorization. The quantum of Offset obligations under defence contracts are also increasing. Offset obligations in defence contracts...

Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare New thrust area for Indian Navy

Airborne Anti-Submarine Warfare New thrust area for Indian Navy

This article was inspired by a novel ‘Mayhem in south China sea’ by Cmde PR Franklin, a retired Indian Naval officer and a submariner by professional specialisation. It is fiction that borders on realism. China has vitiated the tranquility of Indo-pacific and is unlikely to give up her domineering attitude. India...

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Middle East 2018 Witnesses Russia outmaneuvering US

Middle East 2018 Witnesses Russia outmaneuvering US

The Middle East historically has been geopolitically turbulent but the United States stayed predominant. In 2018,...

The resurgence of Taliban and India’s response

The resurgence of Taliban and India’s response

The US has, off and on, made some tall claims of having reigned in the Taliban in Pakistan. These claims stand...

1971: Assessment of campaign in the Western Sector

1971: Assessment of campaign in the Western Sector

According to a Defence Ministry announcement after the 1971 conflict, India claimed the capture of 3,600 square kilometres of Pakistani territory against 126 square kilometres of Indian territory lost on the western front.1 The Indian public was elated at a marginal gain of a few square kilometres of territory. It failed to question, and the Government did not elucidate, the economic and...

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Why India needs to keep a tab on the New Silk Road

Linking Xinjiang to south Asia seems to be a new dream for the leadership in Beijing. After focusing for years on Lhasa and southern Tibet, Beijing has decided to invest in the development of western Tibet, known as the Ngari Prefecture of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR). Despite the 2015 Nepal earthquake which delayed the building of infrastructure in the area, particularly the railway line Lhasa-Kyirong at the Nepal border, the work has...

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General Bipin Rawat releasing the book ‘Across the Bench - Insight into the Indian Military Judicial System’

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat releasing the book ‘Across the Bench - Insight into the...

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PM Modi witnessing the demonstration of equipment during DefExpo 2018

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi witnessing the demonstration of equipment of the Armed forces, at the...

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the media on DefExpo India – 2018

The Union Minister for Defence, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman addressing the media-persons on DefExpo India –...

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Releasing a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Coffee table book ‘Will of Steel’

The Union Minister for Defence Nirmala Sitharaman releasing a Border Roads Organisation (BRO) Coffee table...

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Visit of Chief of Staff of the US Air Force

The Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, General David L Goldfein meeting the Chief of the Air Staff, Air...

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