Articles in Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015

Iron Dome: The Game-Changer

Iron Dome: The Game-Changer

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 20 Oct , 2017

The name ‘Iron Dome’ evokes an image of a protective bubble. The Iron Dome is an Israeli ground based, truck towable, short-range, ground-to-air air defence system in operation since 2011....

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Make in India: Challenges Before Defence Manufacturing

Make in India: Challenges Before Defence Manufacturing

By: S.N. 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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Slice of Outer Space for the Indian Military

Slice of Outer Space for the Indian Military

By: Maj Gen AK Chadha | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 11 Nov , 2015

India and China commenced their respective journey into space piggy back on the Soviet Union about six decades ago. But within a decade, China broke off from the Soviets and commenced her solo...

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India’s Space Endeavour

India’s Space Endeavour

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 27 Oct , 2015

As in the case of the US, for India too, satellite data and its associated connectivity touch every aspect of daily life. As India’s space programme blooms in keeping with ISRO’s Space Vision...

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Divergent Paths: India’s National Security Strategy & Military Doctrine

Divergent Paths: India’s National Security Strategy & Military Doctrine

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 18 Oct , 2015

From the beginning of the new century, the economic environment in India has rapidly improved despite the downturn of the last couple of years and our inability to live up to our potential. With...

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Evolving Dynamics of Indo-US Relations

Evolving Dynamics of Indo-US Relations

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 24 Sep , 2015

The pro-US lobby in India prefers to see in Prime Minister Modi’s move to invite President Obama an inclination to strategically lean towards the US, shed “strategic autonomy” and end the...

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Drones: The Game Changers in Future Wars

Drones: The Game Changers in Future Wars

By: S Gopal | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 22 Sep , 2015

High operational reliability is an essential prerequisite for UAVs. A good engine is the most difficult aspect in the designing of a UAV. Designers have to make sure that the engine can support...

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India’s Security Sector: An Appraisal

India’s Security Sector: An Appraisal

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 15 Sep , 2015

Challenges to India’s security are mounting by the day. The governance of India’s security sector needs to be seen in the context of its external and internal vulnerability. Integrated,...

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India’s Sub-Conventional Warfare Deficit

India’s Sub-Conventional Warfare Deficit

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 28 Aug , 2015

National security strategies should aim at the creation of national and international political conditions favourable to the protection or extension of vital national values against existing and...

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Role of Bombers in Contemporary Warfare

Role of Bombers in Contemporary Warfare

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 27 Aug , 2015

No more are bombers used for strategic bombing aimed at crippling an adversary’s war fighting capability, as was the case in World War II. Now, they are used primarily for nuclear deterrence,...

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Defence Offsets and Transfer of Technology

Defence Offsets and Transfer of Technology

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 13 Aug , 2015

India today has the distinction of being the world’s biggest arms importer buying 12 per cent of the global total as per Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India’s...

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Internal Security Scenario of North East India

Internal Security Scenario of North East India

By: Brig R Borthakur | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 12 Jun , 2015

The main problem in the North East remains. In spite of the Central Government’s efforts, alienation of the people and perceived grievances still continue. These get multiplied many times as...

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Boosting the Helicopter Industry in India

Boosting the Helicopter Industry in India

By: Dr Nikolai Novichkov | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 18 May , 2015

Offering the new light helicopter to India, Russia intends to share new technologies with the Indian aerospace industry. These technologies can set an industrial base for high-technological...

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Chasing the Flies and the Tigers

Chasing the Flies and the Tigers

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 17 May , 2015

There is another ‘Actual Combat’ in the CMC’s dual approach, which has regularly come in the national news during the past year. It is the resolute fight against corruption, at all the...

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When China Rules the World

When China Rules the World

By: Air Cmdr PC Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 15 May , 2015

India’s strategic partnership with middle powers like Japan, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam will get greater domestic acceptance than an Asian strategy that relies solely on US commitment to...

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Combat Fleet of the IAF: Present and Future

Combat Fleet of the IAF: Present and Future

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 08 May , 2015

Combat aircraft constitute the cutting edge of any air force and so it is with the IAF as well. Modernisation and upgradation of combat platforms are ongoing processes that will help the IAF...

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Enhanced Role of Women in Conflict Zones

Enhanced Role of Women in Conflict Zones

By: Lt Gen Jasbir Lidder | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 24 Apr , 2015

Women have to be incorporated as equal stakeholders in the entire spectrum of the conflict cycle, to include conflict prevention, crisis management and conflict resolution. This...

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Pakistan: The Most Dangerous Place

Pakistan: The Most Dangerous Place

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 21 Apr , 2015

Today, it is well proven and acknowledged worldwide that the roots of Pakistan’s jihadism lie in its obsession with India, born out of the two-nation theory. Crafted by the fear that its...

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India’s Geopolitical Pirouette

India’s Geopolitical Pirouette

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 23 Mar , 2015

There is no doubt that India will have to change; literally pull itself up by its boot laces. A changed India would imply transformation in the way things function in this country. It will imply...

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Need for Structural Changes in India’s Higher Defence Management

Need for Structural Changes in India’s Higher Defence Management

By: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 02 Mar , 2015

The reality today is that India is facing the strategic environment of the 21st century with its higher defence structures largely as they were in the 1940s. This is a recipe for disaster. A...

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