Articles in Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016

National Solidarity Within Ethnic Armed Movements: A Study of Nagalim Voice

National Solidarity Within Ethnic Armed Movements: A Study of Nagalim Voice

By: Dr Samrat Sinha & Dr Upasana Mahanata | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 15 Aug , 2017

The development of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isaac Muivah (NSCN-IM) must be first viewed through the broader context of the changing nature of insurgency in Northeastern India....

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Fighting In North-East Myanmar: What Lies Beyond

Fighting In North-East Myanmar: What Lies Beyond

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 09 Aug , 2017

In recent years, the central government has made an effort to pacify its ethnic regions but the situation is still unstable in many places and the humanitarian toll that has resulted from...

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Bull in the China Shop: The Indian Army vs The PLA

Bull in the China Shop: The Indian Army vs The PLA

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 22 Mar , 2017

One would expect that the Indian armed forces, more than fifty years of their confrontation with the PLA, would be pretty knowledgeable not only about their organisational table, capabilities and...

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Restructuring the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

Restructuring the People’s Liberation Army (PLA)

By: Col NP Singh | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 22 Aug , 2016

If we seize this moment, reform may be accomplished in one fell swoop: if we let it pass by, we will lose a great opportunity. — PLA Daily, March 12, 2014 The one thing that caught the world’s...

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Visualised Indian Artillery Considering Threats from China and Pakistan

Visualised Indian Artillery Considering Threats from China and Pakistan

By: Maj Gen PK Chakravorty | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 03 Aug , 2016

The Regiment of Artillery needs to expedite its modernisation process particularly with regard to guns and ammunition. All our guns are more than 25 years old and need to be replaced. The first...

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Aviation: The Future is Unmanned

Aviation: The Future is Unmanned

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 28 Jul , 2016

The Indian Armed Forces operate nearly 150 mid-sized UAVs and many more handheld ones. India needs to push its ‘Make in India’ initiative for UAVs. Mumbai and New Delhi police are on the verge...

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Modernisation of Army Air Defence

Modernisation of Army Air Defence

By: Maj Gen AK Mehra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 25 Jul , 2016

Students of matters military will vouch for the shape of the battlefield in the 21st century. All battles will be preceded by an intense air battle to attempt to destroy the war-waging potential...

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Militarisation of the South China Sea: The Offence-Defense Paradigm

Militarisation of the South China Sea: The Offence-Defense Paradigm

By: Dr Sundaram Rajasimman | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 13 Jul , 2016

While war between US and China is ruled out for multiple reasons, the military balance of power dictated by military strategy chosen has direct bearings on the political choices made by...

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Revamping the IAF’s Trainer Fleet

Revamping the IAF’s Trainer Fleet

By: Gp Capt B Menon | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 11 Jul , 2016

With the drawdown of numbers of operational squadrons likely to continue till at least 2025, it is imperative that those in the cockpits of a force with reduced numbers of platforms have the best...

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Make in India: Problems and Prospects for the Aerospace Industry

Make in India: Problems and Prospects for the Aerospace Industry

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 27 Jun , 2016

The Indian public sector aerospace industry, protected by successive governments, does not have much to show as results for all the money spent in the last seven decades. On the other hand, the...

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What S-400 will bring to the Indian Ground-Based Air Defence Capability?

What S-400 will bring to the Indian Ground-Based Air Defence Capability?

By: Lt Gen VK Saxena | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 26 Jun , 2016

Good strides of progress, cutting across Service boundaries have taken place in automating the erstwhile manual/semi-automatic Control and Reporting (C&R) Nodes that exercise tactical, operational...

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India’s Air Defence: Is it Capable?

India’s Air Defence: Is it Capable?

By: Maj Gen AK Mehra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 13 Jun , 2016

Modern technology has brought about two major changes in the air defence segment of the modern battle milieu. These changes described below, have transformed the very nature of the air defence...

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The Eagle, The Dragon, The Elephant and The Bear

The Eagle, The Dragon, The Elephant and The Bear

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 12 Jun , 2016

Indians indeed have never been more confident of their future in history and that is reflected in every field. The elephant is more sure-footed than the Chinese Dragon or the British Lion. This...

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KAMOV: The Make in India Defence Deal

KAMOV: The Make in India Defence Deal

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 08 Jun , 2016

HAL must not rest on its laurels and must take up this challenge in the right spirit. The government’s decision to go with an old agency like HAL, is driven by its head start in integration and...

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China’s Reclamation of Islands in the South China Sea: Implications for India

China’s Reclamation of Islands in the South China Sea: Implications for India

By: Maj Gen PK Chakravorty | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 07 Jun , 2016

Reclamation of lands in the South China Sea has been an ongoing process by various countries. China initiated the process by building a full-ledged air base on Woody Islands which forms a part of...

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Spectre of ISIS Cyber Jihad Pandemic

Spectre of ISIS Cyber Jihad Pandemic

By: Maj Gen AK Chadha | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 29 May , 2016

The cyber domain is becoming a key part of offensive operations for any group, be it a government, criminal organisation or terrorist group. The cyber domain provides the group with a low-cost...

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Ending the World’s Worst Atrocities DARFUR

Ending the World’s Worst Atrocities DARFUR

By: Anant Mishra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 28 May , 2016

Darfur has been boiling in conflict since 2003 when the Sudan Liberation Movement Army (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement Army (JEM) took up arms against the then Government of Sudan....

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Nurturing Military Institutions: For the Good of the Nation

Nurturing Military Institutions: For the Good of the Nation

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 02 May , 2016

Over the following decades, while the nation’s military capability went through cycles of rise and fall depending upon the degree of the Government’s geo-strategic naivety, denigration of the...

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Make in India in Defence Production: Challenges & Opportunities

Make in India in Defence Production: Challenges & Opportunities

By: DC Srivastava | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 25 Apr , 2016

Collaboration and cooperation between the private sector and Public Sector Defence Units may create synergy in defence production. R&D needs to be taken to private firms and SMEs need to be...

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Rafale Deal – Untying The Knots

Rafale Deal – Untying The Knots

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 17 Apr , 2016

The IAF desperately needs to make good the numbers. Three squadrons of the ageing 1960s and 1970s vintage MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighter jets are being phased out in 2015. An additional squadron of...

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