India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

India is today at a point of inflection. A cautious myopic vision will spell doom. The MEA needs to be confident enough to take onboard all instruments available in the country to consolidate India’s interests. “Military diplomacy’’ is generally anathema in diplomatic circles, which is self-constraining. India...

Indo-Israel Relations

Indo-Israel Relations

A significant boos to Indo-Israeli ties, the recent government clearance of Rupees 80,000 crore worth defence projects included Import of 8,356 anti-tank guided missile from Israel worth Rs 3,200 crore. Earlier, the Indian Military has been importing defence equipment from Israel and there have are also ongoing joint...

Chinese Nuclear Submarine Surfaces in Colombo

Chinese Nuclear Submarine Surfaces in Colombo

India is being squeezed simultaneously from the land and the sea. We need to await the unveiling of the third dimension—air. Indian experts should be engaged in deciphering air. Would it be limited to aircraft or would it also involve missiles? The docking of two Chinese submarines in Sri Lanka within a space of two...

India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

India’s Foreign Policy Dilemma

India is today at a point of inflection. A cautious myopic vision will spell doom. The MEA needs to be confident enough to take onboard all instruments available in the country to consolidate India’s interests. “Military diplomacy’’ is generally anathema in diplomatic circles, which is self-constraining. India...

Indo-Israel Relations

Indo-Israel Relations

A significant boos to Indo-Israeli ties, the recent government clearance of Rupees 80,000 crore worth defence projects included Import of 8,356 anti-tank guided missile from Israel worth Rs 3,200 crore. Earlier, the Indian Military has been importing defence equipment from Israel and there have are also ongoing joint...

Chinese Nuclear Submarine Surfaces in Colombo

Chinese Nuclear Submarine Surfaces in Colombo

India is being squeezed simultaneously from the land and the sea. We need to await the unveiling of the third dimension—air. Indian experts should be engaged in deciphering air. Would it be limited to aircraft or would it also involve missiles? The docking of two Chinese submarines in Sri Lanka within a space of two...

President Awards Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Sqn of IAF

President Awards Standards to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Sqn of IAF

The Hon’ble President of India and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces,  Shri Pranab Mukherjee, awarded the prestigious President’s Standard to 115 Helicopter Unit and 26 Squadron in a grand ceremonial parade held at Air Force Station Tezpur, this morning. The President’s Standard is awarded to Operational Units...

Exorcise the Ghosts of 1962

Exorcise the Ghosts of 1962

To some, the India-China War, which started on October 20, 1962 with the Chinese Army walking across the contested and an undefined border, was not a war at all but an armed incursion across the mountains. Call it by any name, the event continues to rankle all and sundry in India; it should be but natural, therefore,...

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...

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Inaugurates IMAC, a Navy-CG Joint Operations Centre

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar Inaugurates IMAC, a Navy-CG Joint Operations Centre

The Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the Indian Navy and Coast Guard’s joint operations facility, called the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC), at Gurgaon on 23 Nov 14. Set up to provide coastal security and to avert tragic incidents like the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai, the IMAC is...

The distorted debate on AFSPA

The distorted debate on AFSPA

Election fever has overtaken Jammu and Kashmir; the contest is expected to be more competitive than ever. Political parties are, therefore, coming up with tried and tested and also new strategies to woo a discerning voter. Premium in the “tried and tested” segment is bashing of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act,...

Employment of Armed Forces Against the Naxals

Employment of Armed Forces Against the Naxals

The origin of the Naxal problem is attributable to socio-political and socio-economic repression. The poor and Scheduled Castes (SC) were downtrodden by the Zamindars. Land reforms were nowhere. Forest land was shrinking. Added to that there was no development, in fact, governance was sorely lacking. At first, the...

Airbus awarded 13 million Euro periscope maintenance facility for India

Airbus awarded 13 million Euro periscope maintenance facility for India

Maintenance facility enhances operational readiness of Indian fleet Airbus Defence and Space’s Optronics business unit and the Indian Ministry of Defence have signed a 13 million Euro contract for the delivery of a periscope maintenance facility in Delhi. The dedicated facility will be for the maintenance and repair...

Boeing Completes Testing on New Anti-Jamming Technology

Boeing Completes Testing on New Anti-Jamming Technology

Boeing has proven its new anti-jamming communications technology is capable of operating as either a ground-based user terminal or satellite-based networking hub, enabling the military to send and receive secure communications at a significantly lower cost by using existing terminals and satellites. The anti-jam...

Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems bid for the Indian Air Force’s Avro replacement programme

Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems bid for the Indian Air Force’s Avro replacement programme

Companies will offer Airbus C295 under new teaming arrangement. Airbus Defence and Space and Tata Advanced Systems (TASL) have submitted a joint bid to replace the Indian Air Force´s fleet of Avro aircraft with the market-leading Airbus C295 medium transport. The teaming follows a detailed industrial assessment and...

Interviews / Spotlight

1971 War: Memories of the Chamb Battle

1971 War: Memories of the Chamb Battle

We were sixteen and all of us had gathered at the Regimental Gun position (12 Field Regiment), at 1230 hrs sharp, on 03 December, 1971. The occasion was the farewell lunch for one of our Battery Commanders (Tara S  Gill) and to welcome to our fold T N Konnar, straight from the DSSC Wellington. The Officers Field Mess...

ASEAN’s Answer to the Coup d’état in Thailand

ASEAN’s Answer to the Coup d’état in Thailand

The Thai national security situation has been shaky at best in the aftermath of a series of...

 
Rezang La stands out

Rezang La stands out

The Ottoman Empire was on its last legs.  Midway through the Great War, the inter-allied French...

 
Lessons from Sri Lanka's War

Lessons from Sri Lanka's War

Terrorism has to be wiped out militarily and cannot be tackled politically. That’s the basic...

The Gallant Dogra

The Gallant Dogra

Chance threw me among the Dogras after a battle, and I learnt more of these north-country...

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Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar Inaugurates IMAC, a Navy-CG Joint Operations Centre

The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Manohar Parrikar along with the Minister of State for Planning...

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Commander in Chief, RFAF, Col Gen Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev reviewing the Guard of Honour

The Commander in Chief, Russian Federation Air Force (RFAF), Col. Gen. Viktor Nikolaevich Bondarev...

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French Navy Chief in India

The Chief of Naval Staff, French Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel inspecting the Guard of Honour, in New Delhi...

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Memento to Chief of RFAR

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chairman COSC and Chief of the Air Staff presenting a memento to Col Gen...

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New Defence Minister briefed by CAS

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar being briefed by the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal Arup...

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