Articles in Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014

“...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal...

“...Rafale is the best fighter plane in the world” - Air Chief Marshal...

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 10 Sep , 2016

Appointed as the Air Force Chief of Staff (CEMAA) on September 17, 2012, at the age of 53, General Denis Mercier had joined the French Air Force academy in 1979 and qualified as a fighter pilot...

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Kargil: Ours must live, enemy must die!

Kargil: Ours must live, enemy must die!

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 25 Jul , 2016

Even as the nation readies itself to pay homage to the extraordinary bravery displayed by the young officers and the men of the Indian Army during the Kargil conflict, the lessons thrown up raise...

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The Challenges of Global Terrorism

The Challenges of Global Terrorism

By: Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal, PhD | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 05 Oct , 2015

There should be no distinction between a good and a bad terrorist which is what some countries are trying to do. The scourge will consume all unless it is ruthlessly eliminated. Countries...

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UAVs in the Neighbourhood

UAVs in the Neighbourhood

By: Air Commodore KB Menon | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 30 Sep , 2015

Reports of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) being used for private and commercial use are a regular feature in the media. Does it mean that there is going to be sudden surge of UAVs flying in the...

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Children of a Lesser God

Children of a Lesser God

By: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 11 Feb , 2015

The Indian soldiers, on account of their faith in the officers who lead them, their innate goodness and the discipline that has been ingrained in them have a great capacity to accept and absorb...

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The Himalayan Sentinel and a Strike Corps

The Himalayan Sentinel and a Strike Corps

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 02 Feb , 2015

The Indian Army remains handicapped in terms of its war making potential and lack of military infrastructure along the ever-vulnerable Indo-Tibet Border. The military men’s cause was first...

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Employment of Rotary Wing Platforms in Battle

Employment of Rotary Wing Platforms in Battle

By: Gp Capt B Menon | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 07 Jan , 2015

Apart from other roles, insurgencies in Malaya, Kenya, Zimbabwe, French Indo-China and Algeria saw helicopters being used for troop induction into and extraction from combat zones, rudimentary...

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Modernisation of Army Air Defence

Modernisation of Army Air Defence

By: Lt Gen Ram Pratap | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 05 Jan , 2015

As threats from the air play a decisive role in war, there will always be a need to protect the vital static assets as well as retain the freedom to manoeuvre mobile combat forces with no or...

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INS Vikramaditya and India’s Naval Security

INS Vikramaditya and India’s Naval Security

By: Dr Anil Kumar Singh | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 26 Dec , 2014

As far as naval-vessel-building facilities are concerned, China and India are not at the same industrial level. Over the past ten years, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) has built 16...

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Challenges in Restructuring the Combat Power of IAF

Challenges in Restructuring the Combat Power of IAF

By: Air Marshal Raghu Rajan | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 24 Dec , 2014

The IAF’s capability covers the IOR countries on the maritime side and its principal adversaries Pakistan and China on the landward side. The government needs to finalise the contract for the...

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Modernising India’s Security Sector for Homeland Security

Modernising India’s Security Sector for Homeland Security

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 04 Dec , 2014

Post 9/11, homeland security got fast tracked in the US and it is generally believed that the mainland has not suffered any terrorist incident since then aside from the Boston bombings of 2013...

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Employment of Armed Forces Against the Naxals

Employment of Armed Forces Against the Naxals

By: Air Chief Marshal PV Naik | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 19 Nov , 2014

The origin of the Naxal problem is attributable to socio-political and socio-economic repression. The poor and Scheduled Castes (SC) were downtrodden by the Zamindars. Land reforms were nowhere....

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Exorcise the Ghosts of 1962

Exorcise the Ghosts of 1962

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 14 Nov , 2014

To some, the India-China War, which started on October 20, 1962 with the Chinese Army walking across the contested and an undefined border, was not a war at all but an armed incursion across the...

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Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 14 Nov , 2014

Changes would provide a boost to defence preparedness, usher in an RMA, evolve requisite strategies and policies including for national security, response to asymmetric war, defence procurements,...

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Helicopters in Military Aviation in China

Helicopters in Military Aviation in China

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 07 Nov , 2014

China has the world’s second largest defence budget next only to the US and with the future looking upbeat for China’s economy and for its military spending, defence manufacturers and...

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Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

Developing Heavy Breakthrough Capability for the Indian Army

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 20 Oct , 2014

A ‘heavy breakthrough capability’ in India’s context relates to having the capability to reach objectives up to 600km in depth, should the political circumstances impose war on our nation....

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Making up Asymmetric Deficit vis-à-vis China

Making up Asymmetric Deficit vis-à-vis China

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 13 Oct , 2014

China’s surging economic power has been matched by increasing military might including investments in an aircraft carrier, anti-ship ballistic missiles, satellites, modern weapon systems and...

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Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

Reorganising the Defence of India: The Task Ahead

By: Special Correspondent | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 10 Sep , 2014

Changes would provide a boost to defence preparedness, usher in an RMA, evolve requisite strategies and policies including for national security, response to asymmetric war, defence procurements,...

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Raising FDI Cap in Defence: Misplaced Euphoria?

Raising FDI Cap in Defence: Misplaced Euphoria?

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 04 Sep , 2014

It is time India makes up its mind whether it wants FDI in defence or not. If it is felt that FDI is not essential and India can achieve technological excellence through indigenous efforts; it...

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Review of India’s Security Imperatives: Agenda for the New Government

Review of India’s Security Imperatives: Agenda for the New Government

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 25 Aug , 2014

The armed forces of a country are a manifestation of the Government’s commitment to the people it represents of its concern for the pursuing the country’s national interests, for providing...

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