Articles in Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018

1971 War: Battle of Bogra

1971 War: Battle of Bogra

By: Lt Gen JBS Yadava | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 01 Dec , 2019

The capture of Bogra was a landmark victory in which every soldier of 5/11 GR played a vital role against the enemy, which was entrenched in fortified positions. It was a classic battle in a built...

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Strength Lies in Numbers: Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF

Strength Lies in Numbers: Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 17 Nov , 2019

It is unclear just how many combat squadrons the IAF effectively has because some of the 31 remaining squadrons will be withdrawn from service over the next few years. They probably do not measure...

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Sustaining Air Defence Weapon Systems: Facing the Challenge Here and Now

Sustaining Air Defence Weapon Systems: Facing the Challenge Here and Now

By: Lt Gen VK Saxena | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 09 Oct , 2019

If there is one challenge that stares insurmountably in the face of Air Defence warriors today, it is the challenge of sustaining and keeping alive, guns, missiles, sensors and Battle Management...

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Autonomous Aerial Weapons & Platforms

Autonomous Aerial Weapons & Platforms

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 14 Sep , 2019

The modern military drone was the brainchild of John Stuart Foster Jr., a nuclear physicist and aero modeling hobbyist, who in 1971, had the idea that these models could be applied to building...

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Drone Swarms: The Emerging Air Threat

Drone Swarms: The Emerging Air Threat

By: Col Mandeep Singh | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 01 Sep , 2019

The threat posed by drones has been acknowledged from the time the first drone took to the air. Efforts have been made ever since to counter the slow, low flying objects, if not to shoot them...

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Flight Refuellers for the IAF: Lessons from Gagan Shakti 2018

Flight Refuellers for the IAF: Lessons from Gagan Shakti 2018

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 17 Jun , 2019

Nine months of planning for Exercise Gagan Shakti brought forth immaculate execution during the period from April 08 to 22, 2018. The stated aims of the Exercise were real time coordination,...

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The Costing Conundrum

The Costing Conundrum

By: Commodore KS Subramanian | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 28 May , 2019

While we all know that warships do not come cheap, there is an urgent need to standardise designs and review the costing mechanism to ensure realistic prices and timely deliveries, particularly...

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Learning from Our Enemy: An Analysis of the Losses in the 1948 Indo-Pak...

Learning from Our Enemy: An Analysis of the Losses in the 1948 Indo-Pak...

By: Col JK Achuthan | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 18 Apr , 2019

The propensity of the Indian military leadership for trusting the Pakistani War Machine and leaving vital localities such as Ledi Galli and Pir Kanthi abandoned during heavy snowfall months...

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Creating An Indian Weapons Industry

Creating An Indian Weapons Industry

By: Prof Prodyut Das | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 04 Mar , 2019

The monopoly of the West over the production of all industrial goods a hundred years ago has been taken over by Far Eastern countries such as China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan who have offered...

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Economic and Strategic Importance of Sea in Modern Indian Context

Economic and Strategic Importance of Sea in Modern Indian Context

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 28 Feb , 2019

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very perceptive in stating that “By and large it can be said that even in the past and remote ages, it was the seafaring nations that prospered, prospered both from...

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The LCA Tejas Programme: Leading to Indigenous AMCA: Quo Vadis?

The LCA Tejas Programme: Leading to Indigenous AMCA: Quo Vadis?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 20 Feb , 2019

The LCA programme trundles along with new delays added at irregular points in time. Not only is the FOC unattainable yet, even the HAL assembly line is nowhere near producing 16 aircraft a year as...

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Terrorism as a Cancer: Does this Metaphor Work for India?

Terrorism as a Cancer: Does this Metaphor Work for India?

By: Dr Krishna S Dhir, PhD | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 09 Feb , 2019

Though primarily a medical term, the word ‘cancer’ is increasingly being applied to ideas associated with ‘terrorism’. It is generally understood that cancer is triggered by conditions...

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Downsizing the Indian Army

Downsizing the Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 08 Feb , 2019

While the MoD may be swayed by 300,000-manpower reduction in the PLA, US concept of Integrated Brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan and the German concept of three rifle company battalions, all this...

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Strengthening India’s Trade Capabilities Through Fwtz at Car Nicobar: An...

Strengthening India’s Trade Capabilities Through Fwtz at Car Nicobar: An...

By: Johanan Collins and Lt Commander Renjan Oommen | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 10 Jan , 2019

The Very Large Container Ships (VLCS) have considerable operating costs which usually consist of bunker fuels costs and operating costs. Shipping companies try to reduce their ships deviating from...

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India’s Rohingya Issue: A Chance to Strengthen National Security?

India’s Rohingya Issue: A Chance to Strengthen National Security?

By: Maj Gen G Murali | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 14 Dec , 2018

Refugee protection and national security should be seen as complementary and not conflicting state goals. Refugee protection is a current issue while, addressing the root cause, resolution and...

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Economic and Strategic Importance of Sea in Modern Indian Context

Economic and Strategic Importance of Sea in Modern Indian Context

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 04 Dec , 2018

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very perceptive in stating that “By and large it can be said that even in the past and remote ages, it was the seafaring nations that prospered, prospered both from...

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The US – Iran Imbroglio

The US – Iran Imbroglio

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 24 Nov , 2018

The US exit from the deal and intensification of economic pressure, confronts both Iran and the US with an uncertain end-game, complicated by the appearance, at least of divisions within the...

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Resizing the Army: One Size that Doesn’t Fit All

Resizing the Army: One Size that Doesn’t Fit All

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 22 Nov , 2018

“It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting anything by it.” — John Jay, The Federalist...

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Kashmir Diary

Kashmir Diary

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 21 Nov , 2018

I recently travelled to Kashmir valley in the month of October of 2018. And this must have been the nth time that I was in to this troubled zone. The first journey was way back in the year 1992....

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