Articles in Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015

Multi-Calibre Assault Rifle: Made in India vs Make in India

Multi-Calibre Assault Rifle: Made in India vs Make in India

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 19 Mar , 2018

Aping the philosophy of the West, the Indian Army wanted a rifle that would incapacitate a solider instead of killing him thus increasing the logistics burden for each soldier injured. However, as...

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India: An Aerospace Power?

India: An Aerospace Power?

By: Gp Capt TP Srivastava | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 01 Aug , 2017

An objective analysis would indicate that India is truly not an aerospace power. We have as yet, not become a substantive aerospace power primarily because of two reasons. Firstly, the lopsided...

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1965 Indo-Pak War: Victory or Stalemate?

1965 Indo-Pak War: Victory or Stalemate?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 11 Sep , 2016

“We live in a wondrous time, in which the strong is weak because of his scruples and the weak grows strong because of his audacity.” —German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. Fifty years ago,...

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Computer Network Operations and Electronic Warfare: Complementary or...

Computer Network Operations and Electronic Warfare: Complementary or...

By: Lt Gen Davinder Kumar | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 09 Apr , 2016

New threats and technologies are giving rise to terms such as spectrum warfare that seek to blend electronic warfare, cyber warfare and other technological approaches to controlling the RF...

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Quietly Effective, Vigilant Airborne ISR

Quietly Effective, Vigilant Airborne ISR

By: John Kiehle | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 31 Mar , 2016

Beyond India’s current deployment of large aerostats for wide area radar-based monitoring of border areas, airships, new cargo airships, mid-sized aerostats and tactical aerostats also hold...

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Influence of Aerial Combat on the Development of AFV

Influence of Aerial Combat on the Development of AFV

By: Artsrun Hovhannisyan | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 14 Mar , 2016

Initially, the tank came into use when lines of defence became impassable. The main aim of the tank was to break through defensive barriers that were often heavily fortified; all other uses of the...

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Airborne and Special Forces: Reassessing Role, Tasks and Organisations

Airborne and Special Forces: Reassessing Role, Tasks and Organisations

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 20 Feb , 2016

The necessity for Special Forces (SF) is not in question. As I have myself written, in the context of Special Operations Forces, elsewhere “these forces can meet unorthodox security needs that...

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Spectre of China’s Artificial Islands

Spectre of China’s Artificial Islands

By: Prof Swaran Singh & Dr Lilian Yamamoto | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 14 Feb , 2016

Although the UNCLOS is far from being adhered to even after ratification of the states involved in the South China Sea dispute, it is a case where international law alone might provide a...

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Restructuring Defence Reforms for National Security

Restructuring Defence Reforms for National Security

By: Brig. Gurmeet Kanwal | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 31 Dec , 2015

Systemic weaknesses and structural shortcomings in India’s national security decision making system have led to sub-optimal synergisation of the available combat resources, meagre as these are....

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The Middle East: An Assessment

The Middle East: An Assessment

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 21 Dec , 2015

Secularism in the Muslim world appears to be in terminal retreat. The two levels of struggle within that world are, first, Sunni versus Shiite, and second, complex, and interacting factions. The...

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Restructuring Defence Procurement Procedure

Restructuring Defence Procurement Procedure

By: Ashish Puntambekar | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 19 Dec , 2015

A major show stopper in India’s efforts to become self-reliant in weapons production is the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). The current DPP (2013) is a 361-page document which serves to...

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The Dragon’s Adventures in the Indian Ocean

The Dragon’s Adventures in the Indian Ocean

By: Vice Admiral Anup Singh | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 12 Dec , 2015

Starting with the early part of the last decade, the Chinese had been carving out a plan that analysts in many parts of the world had assessed as a move to “contain” India. In India, the...

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Look beyond FDI: Laying the Right Foundation for Defence Manufacturing

Look beyond FDI: Laying the Right Foundation for Defence Manufacturing

By: Dr JP Dash | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 07 Dec , 2015

Ranked fourth, India has a strong talent pool in science, technology and research, as well as some of the lowest labour rates in the world. Its concerns include the country’s regulatory...

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Wanted a full Spectrum Military Doctrine

Wanted a full Spectrum Military Doctrine

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 02 Dec , 2015

The military, which is a major component of the nation’s CNP, needs to be contribute meaningfully to this future, for which it needs to be given direction and enabled in terms of capabilities....

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Climate Change in the Himalayas: A Ticking Time-Bomb?

Climate Change in the Himalayas: A Ticking Time-Bomb?

By: Col CP Muthanna | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 29 Nov , 2015

There is a large and permanent military presence in the Himalayan region. The overall emissions are a result of both the troop deployment and the movement of maintenance and administrative...

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Making “Make in India” Succeed

Making “Make in India” Succeed

By: Lt Gen Anjan Mukherjee | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 13 Oct , 2015

The ‘Make in India’ initiative has made a huge impact on the domestic sector and motivated the private sector to participate in the government projects with renewed confidence. Indian...

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China’s Game of Territorial Claims

China’s Game of Territorial Claims

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 12 Oct , 2015

There is no hope of a resolution of the India-PRC border dispute unless it is grossly in favour of China. It would, therefore, be wise for India to learn to live with the problem – as indeed...

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Force Multipliers for Indian Air Force

Force Multipliers for Indian Air Force

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 08 Oct , 2015

Various devices or techniques to enhance or intensify military force have existed perhaps from the earliest period of human conflict but the term “force multipliers” has become popular in...

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Fifty Years Since Haji Pir: Where did we go wrong?

Fifty Years Since Haji Pir: Where did we go wrong?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 11 Sep , 2015

50 years have gone by since the capture of Haji Pir Pass by India and its return to Pakistan under the Tashkent Agreement. Where did we go wrong? We have had Parliament resolutions that Kashmir...

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