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Defence Procurement Update

Defence Procurement Update

By: Sumit Walia |Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 04 August 2009

Since the 1960s, the Indian Armed Forces have been the main source of sustenance fuel to the erstwhile USSR and later Russian weapons industry. Over 80 percent of our military hardware is of...

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The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

The Sethusamudram Ship Canal Project

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani |Issue: Vol. 23.4 Oct-Dec 2008 | Date: 03 February 2009

At present, ships transiting between the coasts of India have to go all the way around Sri Lanka because of a reef called Adam’s Bridge at Pamban, near Rameswaram Island. At Pamban, the depth...

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Possible Collapse of Pakistan: Quantifying the Fallout

Possible Collapse of Pakistan: Quantifying the Fallout

By: Ashish Puntambekar |Issue: Vol 23.1 Jan-Mar 2008 | Date: 27 February 2008

The overall situation appears to be quite hopeless, and under these conditions, it is only the army that can keep the country together. A military state of emergency is therefore definitely on...

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Defence Industry Abroad

Defence Industry Abroad

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 01 September 2007

According to the US War Department, private sector is better equipped for defence industry because: Defence Production Division has been created in the Ministry of Defence Production to involve...

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Military Lessons : Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-1

Military Lessons : Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-1

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 July 2007

A classical response option for a country faced with an externally inspired Low Intensity Conflict (that can drag on for decades) is to conventionalise the conflict. In so doing, its strategic...

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Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Vol 21.3 Jul-Sep 2006 | Date: 26 June 2007

Findings of the British Equal Opportunities Commission A joint survey was carried out by the Ministry of Defence and the Equal Opportunities Commission to determine the nature and extent of...

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Pakistan's Duplicity

Pakistan's Duplicity

By: B Raman |Issue: Vol 22.2 Apr-Jun 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, while talking to some TV channels in New Delhi, hoped India will share the outcome of the probe into the Samjhauta Express blast before the...

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Time to Unshackle our Shipyards

Time to Unshackle our Shipyards

By: Admiral Arun Prakash | Date: 26 April 2007

When Rear Admiral Ganeshan spoke to me about a seminar on Warship Building a few weeks ago, I conveyed the Navy’s wholehearted approval and support because I am convinced that we must open the...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-2 : Israeli Response

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-2 : Israeli Response

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

The Air Offensive The Israeli Air Force (IAF) put in a stellar performance in this war. Its prime target system was the known locations of the Hezbollah’s long range rockets like the Raad (45...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-5 : The Rocket Threat

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-5 : The Rocket Threat

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

The free rocket threat may not be relevant immediately in the sub continental context. However it is certain that terrorist organisations operating in J&K are likely to draw their lessons form...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-4 : Weapons Employment Profile

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-4 : Weapons Employment Profile

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

Employment of Anti-Tank Guided Missiles From the point of view of relevance to our context, the employment of Russian third generation Anti-tank Guided Missiles merits the closest attention. The...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-6 : Anti-Rocket Solutions

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-6 : Anti-Rocket Solutions

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

Alon Ben David says overall some 4228 rockets were fired on Israel at the overall rate of almost 130 rockets a day Actually the rate averaged around 150 – 180 rockets per day for the first 10...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-7 : Major Lessons Learnt

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-7 : Major Lessons Learnt

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

Let us now summarise some of the salient lessons learnt: Selection and Maintenance of Aim This is the first principle of war and has been revalidated in this campaign. The original Israeli plan...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-8 : Conclusion

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-8 : Conclusion

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 April 2007

The Israel – Hezbollah conflict has spawned a rich harvest of military lessons that we must analyse and ingest at the earliest. In essence it was an attempt to conventionalise and thereby end a...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-3: Employment of Special Forces

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-3: Employment of Special Forces

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) |Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 10 April 2007

Israel now escalated to the use of its Special Forces to raid these redoubts across the Lebanese border. 200 personnel of the Israeli Special Forces team of the elite “Sayeret Matkal“ and...

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FDI in Defence Industry

FDI in Defence Industry

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman |Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 January 2007

The Government of India has been taking a number of steps to achieve the target of procuring 70 per cent of its defence requirements from indigenous sources by 2010. Despite its best efforts over...

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The Indian Fault Line

The Indian Fault Line

By: Bharat Verma |Issue: Vol 20.3 Jul-Sep 2005 | Date: 20 August 2005

The genesis of the Indian fault line can be traced to many centuries of foreign domination of the subcontinent. Its scars are deeply etched in our psyche. It inhibits us from developing a cogent...

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Fight the Terrorist Like a Terrorist

Fight the Terrorist Like a Terrorist

By: Bharat Verma |Issue: Vol 16.3 July-Sep 2001 | Date: 22 October 2001

The Ghost That Came Back to Haunt. These statements are true. First, While exiting Afghanistan, America left behind 5 billion dollars worth of sophisticated arms in the hand of terrorists. This...

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Threats from Pakistan

Threats from Pakistan

By: Bharat Verma |Issue: Vol 16.3 July-Sep 2001 | Date: 13 August 2001

In spite of the fact that Pakistan is militarily considered a Secondary Threat by New Delhi, hostilities spearheaded against us constitute sixty per cent of the sum total. It originates with...

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Dismantle the Moghul Darbar!

Dismantle the Moghul Darbar!

By: Bharat Verma |Issue: Vol 14.4 Oct-Dec 1999 | Date: 04 November 1999

Elders continue to glibly state that Pakistan being our neighbor, we cannot wish it away. Therefore, we have to learn to live with it. For the size and the resources of India, the fact is that...

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