Articles in Military & Aerospace

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It is unclear just how many combat squadrons the IAF effectively has because some of the 31 remaining squadrons will be withdrawn from service over the next few years.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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Cadre Restructuring in Indian Army

Cadre Restructuring in Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Nov , 2019

According to media reports, the Indian Army is in the process of undergoing cadre restructuring. In the case of officers, two officers per battalion are being reduced, which will total up to an...

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Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh – Part-2

Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh – Part-2

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Nov , 2019

Sagat’s talent for war reached its pinnacle in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. He was the commander of 4 Corps based in Tripura and 4 Corps operations are a classic case study (and will remain so) for...

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Unmanned Platforms in the IAF: The Need to Bolster

Unmanned Platforms in the IAF: The Need to Bolster

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 30 Oct , 2019

The DRDO has had some success with small UAVs but projects worthy of the IAF’s needs and wants appear to be very distant in the future. Slow rates of progress and minimal levels of technology...

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UAVs & UCAVs: The Next Generation Threat

UAVs & UCAVs: The Next Generation Threat

By: Lt Col Mukund Bhardwaj | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 27 Oct , 2019

The evolving UAV threat poses a significant challenge to all ground forces. Of the emerging combat force multipliers, UAVs are unique in their integration with existing systems as it requires...

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Commemorating the Spirit of Infantry

Commemorating the Spirit of Infantry

By: Lt Gen Mukesh Sabharwal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Oct , 2019

I AM THE INFANTRY You have seen me everywhere In thick of battle without a care From Mahabharata to the present day I have so far kept the enemy at bay Rifle and bayonet in my hand My gutsy...

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The Indian Navy as an Instrument of Foreign Policy

The Indian Navy as an Instrument of Foreign Policy

By: Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 25 Oct , 2019

The economic importance of oceans to nations is well known. Nearly 80 percent of the world trade by volume is carried out through ships and this includes the energy needs of the world such as...

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Honouring Braves and Sleeping with Terrorists

Honouring Braves and Sleeping with Terrorists

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Oct , 2019

Indian-American Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, posted as Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy, was shot dead on September 28 while on duty. According to a senior police officer, Dhaliwal, who was in his early...

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The Rafale is finally on IAF inventory

The Rafale is finally on IAF inventory

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Oct , 2019

The Indian Air Force had issued a “Request for Information” (RFI) for 126 MMRCA in 2001. After much dilly-dallying, for almost two years beyond the planned December 2005 issue date, the MoD...

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India takes delivery of first Rafale in France on Air Force Day

India takes delivery of first Rafale in France on Air Force Day

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Oct , 2019

On the auspicious day of Indian Air Force, 8th October, Eric Trappier, Dassault Aviation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, hosted the handover ceremony of the first Indian Air Force Rafale in...

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Modernisation of the Indian Air Force

Modernisation of the Indian Air Force

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 07 Oct , 2019

The IAF has slowly been losing the clear combat edge that it enjoyed over Pakistan in 1971 especially in terms of numbers. Technology intensive air power requires faster replacement of assets due...

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INS ‘Nilgiri’: The First of the Navy's Seven New Stealth Frigates

INS ‘Nilgiri’: The First of the Navy's Seven New Stealth Frigates

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Sep , 2019

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today said, the Government is making concerted efforts to modernise the Navy and equip it with the best platforms, weapons and sensors to deal with any...

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INS Khanderi: Indigenously Built Submarine

INS Khanderi: Indigenously Built Submarine

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Sep , 2019

Government is deeply conscious of the requirements of the Armed Forces and remains committed in providing requisite focus and financial support for its modernisation, Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath...

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Politics and the Military

Politics and the Military

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Sep , 2019

History bears witness that a strong, sovereign and independent state has always been backed by a strong army, in today’s context military, yet paradoxically, the military is a threat in being...

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Creating the CDS – Not the What but the How

Creating the CDS – Not the What but the How

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Sep , 2019

Two recent announcements by the government – creation of a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for the armed forces and merger of public sector banks – though diametrically opposite in context, have...

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Indian Air Force inducts eight Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters

Indian Air Force inducts eight Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2019

Boeing formally handed over eight of 22 AH-64E Apache helicopters to the Indian Air Force at the Air Force Station, Pathankhot. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff, officers from the...

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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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