Articles in Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015

Dhanush 155mm Artillery Gun: A “Make in India” Marvel

Dhanush 155mm Artillery Gun: A “Make in India” Marvel

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 13 Mar , 2016

Dhanush as an artillery system has proved to be one of the best amongst its class. A 45 Calibre towed gun system capable of targeting at long ranges incorporating autonomous laying features and...

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Impact of Biological Noise on Sonar Performance in the IOR

Impact of Biological Noise on Sonar Performance in the IOR

By: Vice Adm DSP Varma And Cdr (Dr) Arnab Das | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 22 Nov , 2015

The deployment of nuclear powered submarines is a game changer. However, that comes with its own challenges. The deployment of the erstwhile INS Chakra way back in the year 1988, had experienced...

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Trying Times: IAF’S Avro Replacement Project

Trying Times: IAF’S Avro Replacement Project

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 21 Nov , 2015

Till now, India’s defence aerospace industry has been the preserve of HAL. And HAL’s performance has been lacklustre, to put it mildly. Private sector participation will attract foreign...

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Securing Cyberspace: A Global Commons

Securing Cyberspace: A Global Commons

By: Lt Gen Davinder Kumar | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 17 Nov , 2015

Computer intrusions and attacks have become methods for aggression. The frequency of incidents coupled with their intensity and implications have driven the world to formally recognise cyberspace...

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F-Insas Programme: Future Infantry Soldier As A System - A Reality Check

F-Insas Programme: Future Infantry Soldier As A System - A Reality Check

By: Brig BS Chauhan | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 11 Nov , 2015

The future of the F-INSAS today is at the crossroads where the Weapons Sub-System and Body Armour and Individual Equipment Sub-System have made tangible progress and gradually, the basic weapons...

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Chief of Defense Staff: An Elusive Concept?

Chief of Defense Staff: An Elusive Concept?

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 03 Nov , 2015

The CDS system would also be able to evolve a mechanism to acquire the right weapons and equipment for integrated and complementary deployment and performance of all the three services. Given the...

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Rise of the Transport Aircraft Industry in China

Rise of the Transport Aircraft Industry in China

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 02 Nov , 2015

Reaching the leading edge in technological regimes is an objective purposefully being pursued by China and the velocity of development in some technologies has been astonishing. However, the means...

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Manned versus Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles

Manned versus Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles

By: Gp Capt B Menon | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 07 Oct , 2015

At the basic level, Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles (UACV) differ from manned fighters only in that control of mission execution is done remotely in the former and from within the vehicle by...

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Space: The New Battle Zone

Space: The New Battle Zone

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 01 Oct , 2015

The most potent threat to Indian military and dual use satellites in Low Earth Orbit (RISAT, CARTOSAT, TES) comes from Chinese hit-to-kill ASAT interceptors. However, the debris resulting from...

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India’s Self-Reliance in Military Aerospace Industry

India’s Self-Reliance in Military Aerospace Industry

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 14 Sep , 2015

Having learnt a lesson from the 1990s, the Government of India (GoI) has since laid emphasis on indigenisation of the defence industry with a number of measures initiated in this direction. The...

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The Debilitating Politico-Military Disconnect

The Debilitating Politico-Military Disconnect

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 02 Sep , 2015

The security imperatives for India are multiple and dynamic with a volatile neighbourhood including an aggressive China and an irrational Pakistan that refuses to stop following a state policy of...

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Call for a Native Indian Military Doctrine

Call for a Native Indian Military Doctrine

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 31 Aug , 2015

It is historically recognised that the conduct of war has much to do with intellect, creativity and initiative. From this angle, it is imperative to devote attention towards the conceptual...

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India’s Aerospace Industry: New Contours

India’s Aerospace Industry: New Contours

By: S.N. 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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Security Implications of Social Media

Security Implications of Social Media

By: Col Harjeet Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 31 Jul , 2015

The use of social media has become a ubiquitous component of the ever more interconnected world in which we now live. The use of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn can...

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India’s ‘War Doctrine’: The Next Decade

India’s ‘War Doctrine’: The Next Decade

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 23 Jul , 2015

In the natural progression of a country to take its rightful place in the world hierarchy by the middle of the next decade, India has no alternative but to make its processes simple, productive,...

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Resettling Soldiers: A Nation’s Social Responsibility

Resettling Soldiers: A Nation’s Social Responsibility

By: Brig RK Sharma | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 20 Jul , 2015

Resettling veterans is indeed a ‘Nation’s Social Responsibility’. A concerted and collective effort is needed for absorbing veterans. The priority should be to help soldiers obtain jobs in...

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Budgeting For Defence

Budgeting For Defence

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 02 Jul , 2015

On the last day of February this year, the stylized presentation of the Union Budget was much awaited for the substance of its content, it being the first full Budget of the present Government....

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Defence Expenditure: Conflicting Tales

Defence Expenditure: Conflicting Tales

By: Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 29 Jun , 2015

Presently, India’s defence budget – 1.74 per cent of its GDP – is too low to undertake the capacity building necessary to deter China from contemplating another border war. The defence...

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Can Air Power Defeat the ISIS?

Can Air Power Defeat the ISIS?

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 27 Jun , 2015

The USA decided to lead a coalition of countries to stem the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi-led ISIS expansion. The ISIS has around 70,000 fighters including 8,000 in Libya and 10,000 in Nigeria. It is...

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India’s Yemeni Evacuation

India’s Yemeni Evacuation

By: Dr Vijay Sakhuja | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 19 Jun , 2015

The United States military strategy published in 2012 has referred to India as an important player in the Indian Ocean and notes, “The United States is also investing in a long-term strategic...

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