Articles in Vol 25.1

Kargil Controversy: An IAF Response

Kargil Controversy: An IAF Response

By: Air Marshal RS Bedi | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 23 Jun , 2018

Lt Gen Harwant’s article “Kargil Controversy : Sorry State of Higher Defence Management”, published in October-December 2009 issue of the Indian Defence Review is laudable for its...

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Is India Preparing to Lose?

Is India Preparing to Lose?

By: E Rajan | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 10 Oct , 2015

If one has to summarise the characteristics of an Indian, the least is being aggressive. We are happy to attribute a lot of reasons for this: the feudal society, subjugations by foreign powers,...

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Women in the Armed Forces: Misconceptions and Facts

Women in the Armed Forces: Misconceptions and Facts

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 09 Mar , 2015

The recent debate about the entry of women officers in the armed forces has been highly ill- informed and subjective in nature. People have taken stands and expressed opinion without analysing...

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Evolution of the Indian Submarine Arm

Evolution of the Indian Submarine Arm

By: Lt Cdr Kalesh Mohanan | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 14 Aug , 2013

“Of all the branches of men in the forces there is none which shows more devotion and faces grimmer perils than the submariners.”       — Sir Winston S. Churchill The development of...

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The way to Regional Power status

The way to Regional Power status

By: Gp Capt AG Bewoor | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 Jun , 2013

The Sin that is Committed by Killing One, Who Does Not Deserve to Be Killed, Is As Great as the Sin, of Not Killing One Who Deserves to Be Killed. Mahabharat Udyoga Parva. Chapter 72, Verse...

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Peace with Pakistan: an idea whose time has passed

Peace with Pakistan: an idea whose time has passed

By: Dr Prem Mahadevan | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 09 Jun , 2013

A leading Indian english language newspaper has chosen to begin 2010 by stirring up controversy. It has run a series of editorials advocating peace initiatives with Pakistan, despite the manifest...

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India-Iran Defence Cooperation

India-Iran Defence Cooperation

By: Dr Monika Chansoria | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 17 Feb , 2012

As Asian Nations work towards integrating familiar areas of mutual interests, defence cooperation by and large, serves as a significant tool that complements diplomatic enterprise. Collaboration...

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India and its neighbours

India and its neighbours

By: Kanwal Sibal | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 16 Feb , 2012

< !DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> It is considered almost axiomatic that management of relations with neighbours should be the first priority of any countrys foreign policy. The stakes are always high as conditions in its...

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Indian shipbuilding: key to maritime and economic security

Indian shipbuilding: key to maritime and economic security

By: Vice Adm BS Randhawa | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 03 Feb , 2012

The first anniversary of 26/11 brings to mind the profound statement of Jawaharlal Nehru ‘To be secure on land we must be supreme at sea’. While Pandit Nehru’s views would have been formed...

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Asian Security Environment: India's options

Asian Security Environment: India's options

By: Anand K Verma | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 16 Dec , 2011

Asian security environment is in a state of deep turmoil. The single event which has occasioned it, is the giant rise of China during the past couple of decades, reaching higher and higher levels...

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Design Review of Naval Platforms

Design Review of Naval Platforms

By: Vice Adm Rajeshwer Nath | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 04 Mar , 2011

The existing system of naval platform (ship or submarine) design involves various iterations and stages with comprehensive inbuilt checks and balances in the entire design process. The...

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India 2025: A Global Defence Exports Hub?

India 2025: A Global Defence Exports Hub?

By: Rahul K Bhonsle | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 04 Feb , 2011

The inflection point to the evolution of a collaborative defence industry model in India through a public-private partnership appears around the corner as we go into Defexpo 2010 with over 500...

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Army's Capability Accretion

Army's Capability Accretion

By: Lt Gen Vinay Shankar | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 31 Jan , 2011

The challenges that the Army is expected to face in the next decade are not likely to be any less formidable. An appraisal of the emerging threats in fact indicates an increasing complexity of...

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Offset Contracts: under defence procurement procedures

Offset Contracts: under defence procurement procedures

By: Sandeep Verma | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 31 Jan , 2011

The practice of countries demanding discharge of offset obligations as a prerequisite to foreign firms’ participation in major defense contracts is not new. While there is substantial...

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US Military Surge in Afghanistan

US Military Surge in Afghanistan

By: Rohit Singh | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 Dec , 2010

After months of agonizing, the decades most long awaited decision has finally been made. It is a military surge of 30,000 additional troops to chart out a dignified exit for the United States,...

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Maoist Threat and Politics

Maoist Threat and Politics

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 Dec , 2010

The previous issue of the Indian Defence Review carried a letter from a serving air force officer Group Captain RK Prasad to the Home Minister of India. The officer and his family had been...

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Defence Offsets: proving detrimental to the services

Defence Offsets: proving detrimental to the services

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 13 Dec , 2010

Post Kargil, Indian defence imports had been ranging between three to six billion dollars annually whereas defence exports had been stagnating at meagre 50 million dollars an year. Despite...

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Navy to build blue-water capability with a balanced force structure, says...

Navy to build blue-water capability with a balanced force structure, says...

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 01 Dec , 2010

Admiral Nirmal Verma interviewed by IDR One of the most significant events in the recent times has been the commissioning of India’s nuclear submarine in July this year, even if she has a way...

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Pitfalls in Arms Procurement Process

Pitfalls in Arms Procurement Process

By: Maj Gen AK Mehra | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 05 Nov , 2010

Modernization of armed forces is a very capital intensive and long drawn process wherein the armed forces first identify their needs and then acquire the same through some rather complex...

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Future Trends in Aviation

Future Trends in Aviation

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 19 Oct , 2010

Birth and Growth of Aviation Since the Wright Brothers took their first hesitant hop just over a century ago, aeronautical science has advanced at a phenomenal pace seemingly defying all limits of...

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