Articles in Military & Aerospace

Space Tech in Indian Defence :  A new chapter in the offing?

Space Tech in Indian Defence :  A new chapter in the offing?

By: Rakesh Sasibhushan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Feb , 2020

Global Space industry revenues are valued at $360 Billion according to market reports.  Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs estimates that the global space industry could generate revenue of more...

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The Truth about Rising Defence Pensions

The Truth about Rising Defence Pensions

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Feb , 2020

There is considerable commotion in media over the rising defence pension outlay which has touched Rs 1.33 lakh crore.  There are headlines like “General Rawat Favours Pension Cut, Colonial...

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Lessons learnt? A year after Pulwama

Lessons learnt? A year after Pulwama

By: Air Marshal Harish Masand | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Feb , 2020

Almost a year after Pulwama on February 14, 2019, the following strike on Balakot on February 26 and the aerial engagement the day after that, I was happy to see that we seemed to have learned...

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Orientations of National Defence - II

Orientations of National Defence - II

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 29 Jan , 2020

 “If the wind will not serve, take to the oars” — Latin Proverb Hard Realities of Military Orientation India’s strategically envisioned community is conscious of the fact that the...

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India’s Aerospace Industry: Structure, Strategies, Policies and the Road Ahead

India’s Aerospace Industry: Structure, Strategies, Policies and the Road Ahead

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 29 Jan , 2020

The aerospace industry accounts for nearly 40 percent of global military expenditure which stood at $1,822 billion last year (Sipri 2018). The US is a major player in terms of military expenditure...

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Disorientations of National Defence – I

Disorientations of National Defence – I

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 28 Jan , 2020

 “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” — Norman Cousins Key Neighbours: Innately Animus Inter-state and regional level political, economic and hegemonic rivalries have ever...

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 26 Jan , 2020

The Indian Air Force (IAF) air strike across the international border to target a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) camp 60 kilometres deep in Balakot, well beyond Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the air...

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Republic Day 2020 – A Parade of Many Firsts

Republic Day 2020 – A Parade of Many Firsts

By: Col US Rathore | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jan , 2020

January 26 invokes a patriotic fervour in all of us. It is quite a show when the uniformed soldiers march in unison, freshly painted military equipment trundle down the Rajpath and the aircrafts...

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The challenges before Chief of Defence Staff

The challenges before Chief of Defence Staff

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Jan , 2020

General Bipin Rawat has taken over as the first CDS of India, he will function as a Secretary in a newly created Department of Military Affairs within the Ministry of Defence. He will be the...

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1971 War: Battle of Sylhet-The first Special Heli Borne Operation

1971 War: Battle of Sylhet-The first Special Heli Borne Operation

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Dec , 2019

The first Special Heli-Borne Operation of the Indian Army was not a pre-planned operation. It just popped up, out of nowhere and was executed exceptionally well by a small team of 10 Mi-4...

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14-16th Dec 1971 - Inside Enemy Camp

14-16th Dec 1971 - Inside Enemy Camp

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Dec , 2019

Late night 14th December 1971, Peshawar, West Pakistan. General Yahya Khan, then President of Pakistan was giving a party in his newly constructed house. There were a few selected guests and a...

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Recollections of the 1971 War

Recollections of the 1971 War

By: Air Marshal Narayan Menon | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 10 Dec , 2019

“Rockline Control from 202, request permission to start-up.” “202 from Rockline Control, standby for permission.” “202 from Rockline, permission denied, vacate cockpits and contact on...

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Importance of Data Mining for Operational Efficiency

Importance of Data Mining for Operational Efficiency

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Dec , 2019

As world in general begins to move towards widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI for short) authentic data becomes increasingly important. Battlefields of the future are no exception. But...

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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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INS ‘Vishal’ – next aircraft carrier

INS ‘Vishal’ – next aircraft carrier

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2019

Reports in media indicate UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier on the lines of Britain’s HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ as part of ongoing...

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Improvised Air Defence Weapons: An Emerging threat or Much Ado about nothing?

Improvised Air Defence Weapons: An Emerging threat or Much Ado about nothing?

By: Col Mandeep Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Nov , 2019

On April 19, 2019, Yemen rebels shot down a Chinese-built medium-altitude and long-endurance Wing Loong drone with a surface-to-air missile. The drone, operated by Saudi Arabia, was reportedly on...

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Defence for the 5 Trillion Indian Economy

Defence for the 5 Trillion Indian Economy

By: Navneet Bhushan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Nov , 2019

The “challenging but realizable” desire/target/goal/ambition of India becoming a USD 5 trillion economy by 2024-25 from the existing USD 2.69 trillion economy, as articulated by our finance...

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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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