Articles By Prof (Dr) SN Misra

A Shot in the Arm for Make in India in Defence

A Shot in the Arm for Make in India in Defence

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Apr , 2018

The recently concluded DefExpo witnessed two major announcements viz. to increase the order on Rafale for 36 more Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), and awarding contract for Bullet Proof...

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Indo-Israel Defence Cooperation: The Road Ahead

Indo-Israel Defence Cooperation: The Road Ahead

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 14 Apr , 2018

Indo-Israel defence relations have followed a very constructive path over the years, with the joint design development and production initiative of MRSAM missiles between the DRDO and IAI, Israel...

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Defence Production: Time for Major Policy Reforms

Defence Production: Time for Major Policy Reforms

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 11 Apr , 2018

With the NDA coming to power, there has been a renewed effort to energise defence manufacturing. The NDA government has increased the FDI limit to 49 per cent and constituted a committee under...

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Defence Budget 2018-19

Defence Budget 2018-19

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 10 Mar , 2018

There was considerable disappointment in the last year’s budget speech of Finance Minister, as there was no mention of the defence outlay. Arun Jaitley has made amends of it this year, by...

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Logjam in Indigenous Aircraft Production

Logjam in Indigenous Aircraft Production

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 12 Jan , 2018

There is a swirling discomfiture that the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative, a signature tune of the NDA government, involving a large number of defence projects valued at more than $60 billion, is...

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The Offset Policy – A Decade In Retrospect

The Offset Policy – A Decade In Retrospect

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 13 Dec , 2017

The offset policy is an important policy statement for the conservative defence manufacturing sector. It has to embrace design, development and manufacturing in its scope and encourage OEMs,...

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The Fault Lines of the Rafale Deal

The Fault Lines of the Rafale Deal

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Nov , 2017

The feisty Defence Minister Ms Nirmala Sitaraman faced a volley of questions of late about the Rafale fighter deal for 36 aircraft concluded on April 10, 2015 as lacking in transparency as it did...

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A Tribute to Air Marshal Arjan Singh

A Tribute to Air Marshal Arjan Singh

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Date: 20 Sep , 2017

William Wordsworth wrote: “Bliss was that dawn to be alive, But to be young, was very Heaven”. Arjan Singh, was blessed to be born in 1919 and became the Air Chief of India at the young age of...

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Road Ahead for the New Defence Minister

Road Ahead for the New Defence Minister

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Sep , 2017

Mr. Narendra Modi has removed the glass ceiling for women, by appointing Nirmala Sitharaman, as the full time Cabinet Minister for the Defence. This would certainly buttress the position of women...

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Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Production: Prospects and Challenges

Strategic Partnership Model in Defence Production: Prospects and Challenges

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 May , 2017

There is a definitive buzz amongst the private sector defence players in India that the Modi Government is now keen to rev up private sector participation in a major way for production of weapon...

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Beyond AgustaWestland: Challenges of Defence Acquisition

Beyond AgustaWestland: Challenges of Defence Acquisition

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 13 Feb , 2017

In 1996, a Parliamentary Standing Committee on defence had advised the government to earmark at least ten per cent of defence allocation to Research and Development as against the historical...

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DPP 2016: A Missed Opportunity

DPP 2016: A Missed Opportunity

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 06 Aug , 2016

The Kargil Conflict had fortuitously brought to the centre-stage the need for an integrated approach towards intelligence gathering and joint operations. The 26//11 Mumbai attack has woken us to...

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KAMOV: The Make in India Defence Deal

KAMOV: The Make in India Defence Deal

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 08 Jun , 2016

HAL must not rest on its laurels and must take up this challenge in the right spirit. The government’s decision to go with an old agency like HAL, is driven by its head start in integration and...

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Make in India: Challenges Before Defence Manufacturing

Make in India: Challenges Before Defence Manufacturing

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 27 Nov , 2015

There is a distinctive buzz about Prime Minister Modi’s new campaign for “Make in India”. The thrust is to increase share of manufacturing from the current level of 15 per cent of Gross...

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Self Reliance Index and the Enduring Legacy of Kalam

Self Reliance Index and the Enduring Legacy of Kalam

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Oct , 2015

In a perceptive article in the Economic Times (31st July) Prof. Bharat Karnad, while paying fulsome tributes to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam for his contribution to long range delivery systems like Agni...

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Deficit or Direction?: Prudence in Defence Expenditure

Deficit or Direction?: Prudence in Defence Expenditure

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 12 Sep , 2015

Richard Musgrave, an acknowledged authority in public finance, had said that every Finance Minister must grapple with the three issues of Allocation, Distribution and Stabilisation. Arun Jaitley,...

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India’s Aerospace Industry: New Contours

India’s Aerospace Industry: New Contours

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 12 Aug , 2015

Prime Minister Modi’s ‘Make in India’ campaign has added a new dimension to defence production by making India the preferred designation for co-design development and production in India....

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Facets of Defence Acquisition

Facets of Defence Acquisition

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 11 Nov , 2012

From time to time, the Defence Procurement Procedure has tried to bring in level playing field to the private players. DPP-2011 has been significant as it has brought in some of the ship-building...

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Is the new Defence Offset Policy bold enough?

Is the new Defence Offset Policy bold enough?

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date: 25 Aug , 2012

Defence industrialisation strategy must be made a part of the overall national manufacturing capability strategy. The social sector, through their social overheads and infrastructure improvement...

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India's Offset Policy in the Shipbuilding Sector

India's Offset Policy in the Shipbuilding Sector

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 26.4 Oct-Dec 2011 | Date: 10 Feb , 2012

India is the third largest arms importer and 10th in terms of global military expenditure.1 Capital acquisition of naval ship and platforms account for 25 percent of India’s capital acquisition...

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