Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

The Aviation Arm of the Indian Army today is nowhere near the one envisaged in 1963 or as has been projected in the Indian Army’s perspective plans over the years and lacks some vital elements in its inventory related to firepower, lift and logistics capability. It is indeed a far cry from the Aviation Corps of the...

When Indian Media Covers International Relations...

When Indian Media Covers International Relations...

Analysing international relations, issues related to security, strategy, defence and geo-politics is not a child’s play that anyone can do. One needs a solid understanding of international relations and its theories in order to try and explain stuff that happens globally. Theories are important because they are not...

Masood Azhar: An Albatross around India’s Neck

Masood Azhar: An Albatross around India’s Neck

On every occasion the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is unable to sanction Maulana Masood Azhar under the UNSC Resolution 1267 – the ISI in Pakistan, its clergy and the Pakistani Taliban feel emboldened and utterly elated. Sanctioning this dreaded terrorist would subject him to an assets freeze and travel...

Masood Azhar: An Albatross around India’s Neck

Masood Azhar: An Albatross around India’s Neck

On every occasion the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is unable to sanction Maulana Masood Azhar under the UNSC Resolution 1267 – the ISI in Pakistan, its clergy and the Pakistani Taliban feel emboldened and utterly elated. Sanctioning this dreaded terrorist would subject him to an assets freeze and travel...

China’s counterspace program to gain parity with the US

China’s counterspace program to gain parity with the US

In the study of Geopolitics, scholars have come to accept outer space as the “fourth frontier of war” that has the potential to decide the course of a war. In the highly “informatised” and technologically advanced battles that have emerged in the 21st century, outer space will play a dominant role that will...

Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal – The Babur-Nasr are Quick First Use, Not Second Strike

Pakistan’s Nuclear Arsenal – The Babur-Nasr are Quick First Use, Not Second Strike

The report of a successful test of a submarine launched cruise missile, Babur III, by Pakistan claims achievement of second strike capability by Pakistan. It is unambiguously clear that Pakistan’s nuclear capability, missile forces, and even conventional army have been focused, developed and designed against India....

Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

The Aviation Arm of the Indian Army today is nowhere near the one envisaged in 1963 or as has been projected in the Indian Army’s perspective plans over the years and lacks some vital elements in its inventory related to firepower, lift and logistics capability. It is indeed a far cry from the Aviation Corps of the...

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flies MiG-21 type-96 solo at a Forward Base

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa flies MiG-21 type-96 solo at a Forward Base

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa is on a visit to Air Force Station, Utarlai from 12 to 14 January 2017. This is his first visit to a forward operational base as the Chief of the Air Staff. The Air Chief Marshal flew MiG-21 Type-96 aircraft solo, which is the oldest fighter fleet in the IAF...

Short-circuiting Carbines procurement for Army, but why not Assault Rifles?

Short-circuiting Carbines procurement for Army, but why not Assault Rifles?

According to recent media reports, perturbed with the repeated failure to purchase 44,000 close quarter battle (CQB) carbines, crucial for counter-terrorism operations in Kashmir Valley, the Manohar Parrikar-led Ministry of Defence (MoD) will buy them directly instead of opting for the global tendering process. Media...

When Indian Media Covers International Relations...

When Indian Media Covers International Relations...

Analysing international relations, issues related to security, strategy, defence and geo-politics is not a child’s play that anyone can do. One needs a solid understanding of international relations and its theories in order to try and explain stuff that happens globally. Theories are important because they are not...

Indians against India

Indians against India

Kolkatta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal. Historically, Kolkatta has been the prime impetus of the freedom movement and the cultural renaissance of India. People who sacrificed and suffered most physically and mentally for liberation of India were from West Bengal. They did not necessarily belong to a...

Why and how are West Pakistan Refugees suffering and what is way Forward

Why and how are West Pakistan Refugees suffering and what is way Forward

The separatist leadership of Kashmir Valley called for protests because of the State Government’s decision to issue domicile certificates to West Pakistan Refugees (WPR) who have been denied citizenship rights in J&K for over six decades. Who are West Pakistan Refugees? They are mostly Hindus and Sikhs (app 70%...

F-16 for India Air Force…Really?

F-16 for India Air Force…Really?

Background In 2007, MoD (Ministry of Defence) issued a tender to purchase 126 Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA procurement programme). Objective of this procurement was to bridge the gap between a light fighter (MiG-21, MiG-23, MiG-27 etc and LCA Tejas) and heavy duty fighter Su-30. Six fighter aircraft (F-16...

The FICV Saga – Another Hiccup or Are We Serious?

The FICV Saga – Another Hiccup or Are We Serious?

In April 2012, the media was abuzz about government having opened the doors for private players to bid for a project to build the Future Infantry Combat Vehicle (FICV). Four companies were in the fray – Tata Motors, Mahindra Defence Systems, L&T and the government owned Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). All the four...

US Defence Budget 2017 – Mixed Bag

US Defence Budget 2017 – Mixed Bag

With less than a month left to handover to President-elect Donald Trump,  President Obama on December 23 signed the US Defence Budget 2017 for $618 billion, officially making it as the ‘National Defence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017’ (NDAA-2017). The good news for India is that this Act asks the Defence...

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Russia's Cyber War: Options before the US

Russia's Cyber War: Options before the US

US intelligence’s findings holding Russian President Vladimir Putin directly responsible for a cyber campaign that ensured Republican Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election betrays Washington’s weakness as much as Moscow’s deceit. ​After initially discounting Russia’s manipulation,...

Repatriation of Pak POWs 1973

Repatriation of Pak POWs 1973

It was by some strange coincidence that I met her, the lady in the green silk saree. I...

 
Pakistan revives Controversial Military Courts: A Substitute for Judicial...

Pakistan revives Controversial Military Courts: A Substitute for Judicial...

In a U-turn that is as remarkably swift as it is inexplicable, Pakistan’s civil and military...

 
India's foreign policy last year and the challenges of 2017

India's foreign policy last year and the challenges of 2017

The vigour of the Indian prime minister’s diplomacy did not abate in 2016. Ties with the United...

India should not be Sucked into an Arms Race

India should not be Sucked into an Arms Race

India closed 2016 with the successful test of its long-range ballistic missile, the...

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The Chief of Army Staff visiting Jammu & Kashmir

The Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat visiting Jammu & Kashmir on a three-day tour, on January 05,...

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Vijay Diwas

The Union Minister for Defence Manohar Parrikar along with the Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh,...

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Armed Forces Flag Day

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Officers of the Kendriya Sainik Board, on the occasion of the...

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Occasion of Navy Day

The President Pranab Mukherjee, the Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, the Speaker, Lok Sabha Sumitra...

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Guard of Honour

The Chief of Army Staff, General Dalbir Singh inspecting the Guard of Honour, at the Bayi Building, in...

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