Articles in Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017

The Unmanned Route to Military Might: India’s Evolving Unmanned Systems

The Unmanned Route to Military Might: India’s Evolving Unmanned Systems

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 17 Feb , 2017

India’s holdings of unmanned systems are clearly inadequate for a country of this size. This is, perhaps, due to uncertain commitment from the users in the past, inadequate funding and...

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Enhancement of Security at Military Airfields

Enhancement of Security at Military Airfields

By: Gp Capt Johnson Chacko | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 17 Feb , 2017

Effective enhancement of security needs to have components that carry out continuous gapless ‘Surveillance’ of the perimeter, through day and night, in all weather and outdoor conditions...

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IAF’s Combat Aircraft Shortfall: A Ticking Time Bomb

IAF’s Combat Aircraft Shortfall: A Ticking Time Bomb

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 16 Feb , 2017

The Tejas is an aircraft the IAF can do without, although pressures to induct it have led to orders. Meanwhile, the sands of time, inexorably straining through the impassive hourglass of IAF...

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MBDA’s Mistral: Flexible, Versatile, Highly Effective

MBDA’s Mistral: Flexible, Versatile, Highly Effective

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 16 Feb , 2017

The Mistral missile is playing a very important role in MBDA’s product catalogue. This very short-range air defence missile system that can be used from various platforms – vehicles, surface...

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‘Make In India’ Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options

‘Make In India’ Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 15 Feb , 2017

Presently, 26 countries operate the F-16. Many will continue to do so for next 15 years or more. The F-16 is truly a global system with a globalised market and supply chain. Most importantly, the...

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Developing Stealth Technology: Lessons from the US XST/F117 Programme

Developing Stealth Technology: Lessons from the US XST/F117 Programme

By: Prof Prodyut Das | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 15 Feb , 2017

Rene Descartes (1596-1650 AD) had observed, “If you begin with certainties, you will end up in doubts but if you are content to begin with doubts, you will end up in certainties”. The...

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The Indian Air Force: 2020 and Beyond

The Indian Air Force: 2020 and Beyond

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 14 Feb , 2017

Formally established on 08 October 1932, the IAF will be celebrating its centenary of extraordinary service to the nation, in 2032. Beginning with just four Wapiti aircraft and six pilots, the...

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Beyond AgustaWestland: Challenges of Defence Acquisition

Beyond AgustaWestland: Challenges of Defence Acquisition

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 13 Feb , 2017

In 1996, a Parliamentary Standing Committee on defence had advised the government to earmark at least ten per cent of defence allocation to Research and Development as against the historical...

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INS Khanderi: India’s Second Kalvari-Class Scorpene Submarine

INS Khanderi: India’s Second Kalvari-Class Scorpene Submarine

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 10 Feb , 2017

The jewel in the crown in the modernisation of MDL is the new Submarine Assembly shop, a sprawling 10,000-square metre facility, which, in one go, will enable MDL to undertake concurrent...

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