Articles in Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016

Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer or a Damp Squib?

Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer or a Damp Squib?

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 09 Jan , 2018

Many believe that laser DEWs herald the dawn of a new era in military affairs. According to an October 2016 report by Washington-based analysts MarketsandMarkets, the global market for DEWs is...

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Unmanned Full Scale Fighter Targets for Training and Ucav Technology Development

Unmanned Full Scale Fighter Targets for Training and Ucav Technology Development

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 27 Dec , 2016

An unmanned fighter facilitates very realistic training since shooters are dealing with a full scale target capable of intelligent and hard maneuvering. The shooter can engage the target with live...

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The Contours of IDDM: A user’s Perspective

The Contours of IDDM: A user’s Perspective

By: Lt Gen VK Saxena | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 23 Dec , 2016

It is my belief that, from such an amalgam, will rise the soul of IDDM. The recent news of hiring young IIT students for certain design assignments by the DRDO, implementation instructions of ADB...

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About Wars of the Future

About Wars of the Future

By: Artsrun Hovhannisyan | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 23 Dec , 2016

General Starry initiated the development of an entirely new approach to military operations. This started the world on a military journey that, thanks to great advancements in technology...

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China – The New Aerospace Power

China – The New Aerospace Power

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 18 Nov , 2016

Both India and China began their march towards progress almost at the same time and have had an unwholesome antagonism towards each other since the 1962 War. The boundary dispute between the two...

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Sino-Pak Collaboration – Military Aviation

Sino-Pak Collaboration – Military Aviation

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 08 Nov , 2016

Sino-Pakistan ties create the threat of a potential two-front war. India thus needs to relook at its force structure. The PLAAF is the world’s second largest Air Force, with 2,500-plus...

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Decommissioning of INS Viraat

Decommissioning of INS Viraat

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 25 Oct , 2016

As the glorious chapter in the Indian Navy’s history draws to a close, the decommissioning of INS Viraat is a symptom of metamorphism the Indian navy is undergoing. INS Viraat, originally...

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Indian and Chinese Covert Efforts

Indian and Chinese Covert Efforts

By: Nicolas Groffman | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 21 Oct , 2016

The founder of Wired magazine, Kevin Kelly, has commented that a surveillance society is inevitable – but that it should not be feared in itself. Surveillance, and by extension, espionage can...

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Decision Making in War: Recalling India’s Military History

Decision Making in War: Recalling India’s Military History

By: Brig Amar Cheema | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 09 Oct , 2016

War is a costly proposition and the currency of war is life and limb. Leaders at all levels are required to attain the results with minimum effort and risk to own forces. Unfortunately, Indian...

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Fifth Generation Aircraft: Battlefield Air Support Mission

Fifth Generation Aircraft: Battlefield Air Support Mission

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 08 Oct , 2016

The IAF has enough air assets to support the operationally very important Battlefield Air Support (BAS) mission. In addition to targeting enemy airfields, movement of enemy ground forces,...

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Military Aviation and the Indian Air Force

Military Aviation and the Indian Air Force

By: Dr Narender Yadav | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 09 Sep , 2016

The invention of the aircraft in 1903 added a new element to warfare. Now to maintain the balance of military power, the states needed air power also. India was introduced to the aeroplane in...

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Women Join the Fighter Stream of the IAF: Will It Work?

Women Join the Fighter Stream of the IAF: Will It Work?

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 06 Sep , 2016

History shows that change often triggers misgivings, grumbling and active resistance, especially if the old order is threatened. But within a short time, most people adjust. This happened when...

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Success Breeds Stunning Success: The Story of India’s Space Endeavour

Success Breeds Stunning Success: The Story of India’s Space Endeavour

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 29 Aug , 2016

ISRO is aware of the looming challenge. Perhaps that is why it is already making efforts to rope in a private Indian consortium to manufacture its workhorse PSLV. It is also working to remove...

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Potent Indigenous War Unfolding in Jammu & Kashmir

Potent Indigenous War Unfolding in Jammu & Kashmir

By: Brig Narender Kumar (Retd.) | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 26 Aug , 2016

The real problem is not the terrorists or separatists, but the fragmented approach of the government. All stakeholders should ideally work in an integrated manner and not independent of each...

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Coup in Turkey Now in a Coop

Coup in Turkey Now in a Coop

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 25 Aug , 2016

The coup in Turkey ultimately ended in a coop. Turkey suffered a weekend of tanks, protests and uncertainty, as a military faction launched a coup to topple the Erdogan government. It was a...

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