Articles in Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013

The ‘VVIP’ Helicopter Scandal: Steering towards a Positive Response

The ‘VVIP’ Helicopter Scandal: Steering towards a Positive Response

By: Robert S Metzger | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 03 May , 2016

India should be vigilant to enforce its existing laws, principally the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA). Section 7 of the PCA makes it a criminal offence for any public official to take...

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Helicopter Fleet for the IAF

Helicopter Fleet for the IAF

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 29 Sep , 2015

Although the US lost out in the MMRCA race, the consideration of life-cycle costs has tilted the balance in favour of US products when it comes to the C-17 Globemaster III, the C-130J Super...

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the Indian Air Force

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the Indian Air Force

By: Gp Capt B Menon | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 25 Dec , 2014

The IAF has decided that there is a pressing requirement to have a stealth fighter with multi-role capabilities in its inventory to cater for future threats. It is also evident that this...

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Quest for the Golden Hind

Quest for the Golden Hind

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 13 Sep , 2014

The Indian military might today is at its nadir with neither vision nor drive to achieve quantifiable goals. The Indian Army has become similar to a national ‘militia’, good only in numbers...

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Future of Manned Combat Aircraft

Future of Manned Combat Aircraft

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 31 Jul , 2014

It has long been known that the forte of an unmanned device is to undertake “dull, dirty and dangerous” missions. No pilot can ever hope to equal the staying power of a UAV while orbiting a...

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Chinese are coming…

Chinese are coming…

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 05 May , 2014

After the Mughals and the British, it now appears to be China’s turn to encircle, enslave and make India a surrogate power. Apparently, China firmly believes that two tigers cannot live on the...

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The Chinese Incursion: Need to Introspect

The Chinese Incursion: Need to Introspect

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 04 Nov , 2013

Robert Kaplan in his book “The Revenge of Geography” suggests that, “India’s rivalry with China is not like the one with Pakistan: it is more abstract, less emotional, and (far more...

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New Procurement Procedure and DRDO

New Procurement Procedure and DRDO

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 09 Sep , 2013

New amendments to DPP assign a position of pre-eminence to DRDO. It will exercise total control over sub-categorisation of development cases and decide as to what all projects it should undertake....

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Time Critical Targeting: UAVs

Time Critical Targeting: UAVs

By: Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 30 Aug , 2013

The obvious advantage of stand-alone UAVs for TCT is the shortened sensor-to-shooter timeline since no dissemination of information is required from sensor to shooter. In optimum conditions, it is...

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Maoists: Crimson Tide

Maoists: Crimson Tide

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 24 Aug , 2013

With adequate potential for civil war aimed at Balkanizing India, the Maoist insurgency requires total national focus and synergy, according equal importance to politico-social-economic issues in...

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Coherence and Resolve in Foreign Policy

Coherence and Resolve in Foreign Policy

By: Maj Gen Pushpendra Singh | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 23 Aug , 2013

In the recent LoC incident, many TV channels indulged in competitive hysteria and opposition too went overboard demanding ten heads for one! This contrasts glaringly with the mature support the...

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Simulation and Training: The IAF Perspective

Simulation and Training: The IAF Perspective

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 12 Aug , 2013

“Simulators go a long way in ensuring that a pilot learns about systems under simulation before he actually uses these on-board an aircraft thus saving precious flying hours. Apart from...

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Force Multipliers for the Indian Air Force

Force Multipliers for the Indian Air Force

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 28 Jul , 2013

The IAF is currently embarked on a comprehensive and capital intensive modernisation plan. Over the next two decades, the combat fleet of the IAF will hopefully have 15 squadrons of Su-30MKI...

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China’s ‘String of Pearls’ – Is Male Next?

China’s ‘String of Pearls’ – Is Male Next?

By: Cmde Ranjit B Rai | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 24 Jul , 2013

Although embroiled in disputes with Japan and ASEAN over islands in the South China Sea, China has just announced a ‘Look West’ policy which includes steps to deal with India. As per...

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Optimising the Potential of Special Forces

Optimising the Potential of Special Forces

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 08 Jul , 2013

In India, the lack of strategic culture, more on account of keeping the military out from strategic military decision making, has led the hierarchy to believe that conventional forces coupled with...

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