Articles in Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012

Ballistic Missile Defence System for India

Ballistic Missile Defence System for India

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 31 May , 2015

India is at the learning stage for many of the complex technologies required to create a BMD system. DRDO’s record in producing weapon systems has not been encouraging as exemplified by the...

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Fifth Generation Fighters and the IAF

Fifth Generation Fighters and the IAF

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 21 Dec , 2014

The capability of any modern fighter is usually way ahead of its predecessors, especially so if it is replacing decades-old planes such as the MiG-21 and the MiG-27. This is even more applicable...

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Siachen Again!

Siachen Again!

By: Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 07 Jul , 2014

De-militarisation is a process that consists of several logical steps: ceasefire, authentication, demarcation, withdrawal, re-deployment and verification. It is a concept that formal and informal...

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Indo-French Relations under President Francois Hollande

Indo-French Relations under President Francois Hollande

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 12 Feb , 2013

One may ask, “Will the election of Francois Hollande as President of the French Republic change Indo-French relations?” The answer is, certainly not. It is true that the word ‘India’ did...

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Unmaking of a great power in the making…

Unmaking of a great power in the making…

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 20 Jan , 2013

Sixty-five years after Independence, the ‘functional anarchy’ is now increasingly becoming dysfunctional as disorder spreads across the Union of India. Midway, even before she could rise and...

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Integration of Service Headquarters with Ministry of Defence

Integration of Service Headquarters with Ministry of Defence

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 11 Nov , 2012

Except for the debacle of the Sino-Indian War of 1962, India has managed to perform quite well in the various military conflicts. However, each of these did leave behind unmistakeable signs of...

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Facets of Defence Acquisition

Facets of Defence Acquisition

By: S.N. 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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Rational National Security

Rational National Security

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 05 Nov , 2012

Specifically, defence preparedness is the direct responsibility of the Prime Minister and the National Security Council (NSC), which need to receive accurate advice from the country’s military...

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Helicopter Operations in Sri Lanka

Helicopter Operations in Sri Lanka

By: Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 31 Oct , 2012

The Mi-8 and the AN-32 were the main ‘workhorses’ in Operation Pawan in Sri Lanka. The Mi-8 fleet flew well over 35,000 sorties lifting over 100,000 troops and 5,700 tonnes of load. Similarly,...

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1962: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of a National Blunder!

1962: Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of a National Blunder!

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 03 Oct , 2012

Our narrative of the 1962 border conflict is but a list of self-deprecating ‘never dos’. A force of just three weak Brigades in the Eastern and two in the Western Sectors out of forty odd in...

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Pakistan: Fault Lines

Pakistan: Fault Lines

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 29 Sep , 2012

A reality deficit of staggering proportions now stands generated in Pakistan which, even while promoting a culture of militarism and religious bigotry, erodes the foundation on which democracy can...

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An Integrated Approach to Defence Procurement

An Integrated Approach to Defence Procurement

By: Air Marshal Raghu Rajan | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 25 Sep , 2012

It is evident that the services need to be more proactive in the process of procurement. It is also obvious that the optimum and cost-effective utilisation of the defence budget must be the basis...

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Eighth C-17 Globemaster III for RAF

Eighth C-17 Globemaster III for RAF

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 18 Sep , 2012

Boeing has announced that the Ministry of Defence, UK, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of one C-17 Globemaster III, bringing the Royal Air Force (RAF) fleet of the world’s most...

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RQ-170 Sentinel Down in Iran

RQ-170 Sentinel Down in Iran

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 18 Sep , 2012

The RQ-170 Sentinel went down in December 2011 in Eastern Iran. As per the US, it was a case of technical malfunction. However, the Iranian government claims that it was forced to land in Iran....

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India’s Indigenous Submarine Design Dilemma

India’s Indigenous Submarine Design Dilemma

By: Rear Adm AP Revi | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 17 Sep , 2012

The defence shipyards have not as yet come up to Navy’s expectations, particularly in respect of productivity standards. Time and cost overruns have become a perpetual problem. Some of these...

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Radio Telescope Opens Eye on Universe

Radio Telescope Opens Eye on Universe

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 14 Sep , 2012

One of the world’s largest ground-based astronomical projects is being installed 16,597 feet above sea level in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which will help scientists to study the origins of the...

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US Air Force against China, North Korea

US Air Force against China, North Korea

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 14 Sep , 2012

According to a study by the Washington-based think-tank American Enterprise Institute, the US Air Force (USAF) does not have enough stealth aircraft to launch a powerful first wave strike and wage...

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Virus Prone Communication Software

Virus Prone Communication Software

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 14 Sep , 2012

The Army’s sensitive Command and Information Decision Support System (CIDSS), which is employed during war-time operations, has been found to be vulnerable to virus attack and potential hackers....

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UAVs in the Chinese Navy

UAVs in the Chinese Navy

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 14 Sep , 2012

The People’s Liberation Army Navy of China has begun deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) aboard its ships. China has been interested in developing UAVs since the 1960s when it shot down a...

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Defexpo 2012: India on a Growth Trajectory in Defence Industry

Defexpo 2012: India on a Growth Trajectory in Defence Industry

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 12 Sep , 2012

Estimates are that India will continue to be a huge arms market and over the next decade, the government is likely to spend $250 billion to procure weapons and systems. Of the total estimate, $20...

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