Articles in Military & Aerospace

Does India have National Security

Does India have National Security

By: Lt Gen HC Dutta | Issue: Vol 24.2 Apr-Jun 2009 | Date: 05 Nov , 2010

Pakistan has been a volatile and turbulent neighbor to India. Since partition, India has had to resort to war on three occasions – 1947, 1965, 1971 plus two sizeable conflicts in Rann of Katchh...

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India's sea-blindness

India's sea-blindness

By: Cdr Gurpreet S Khurana | Issue: Vol 24.1 Jan-Mar 2009 | Date: 03 Nov , 2010

Despite lessons from the past when India was subjugated by major sea powers, modern India is not particularly known for a maritime outlook. Recent events go further to underscore the...

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Need to Bridge Inter-Services Trust Deficit

Need to Bridge Inter-Services Trust Deficit

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Nov , 2010

Existing trust deficit amongst the three services is adversely affecting national defence preparedness and is the primary impediment in achieving the goal of jointmanship. Lack of mutual trust...

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Indian Air Force 2020

Indian Air Force 2020

By: Air Marshal BK Pandey | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Oct , 2010

Planning for Modernisation of the IAF Festivity during the 73rd anniversary of the Indian Air Force in October 2005 was overshadowed by the concern over its depleting combat power. Obsolescence...

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Unpredictable China: are we prepared?

Unpredictable China: are we prepared?

By: Col Narender Kumar | Issue: Vol 25.2 Apr-Jun 2010 | Date: 22 Oct , 2010

The rise of China’s military power and its reach and capabilities has surprised the world. China has moved beyond the doctrine of “local wars under conditions of high tech environment” to...

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France pitches for India to join military operations overseas

France pitches for India to join military operations overseas

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Vol 25.4 Oct-Dec 2010 | Date: 20 Oct , 2010

“I earnestly hope that the modernisation of India’s Mirage 2000 fleet will be executed by Dassault, Thales and MBDA.” Mr. Hervé Morin was born on 17 August 1961 in Pont-Audemer, Eure...

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India and France share common objectives in Indian Ocean and Afghanistan

India and France share common objectives in Indian Ocean and Afghanistan

By: Admiral Edouard Guillaud | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Oct , 2010

Admiral Edouard Guillaud, Chief of Defence Staff, France in a press conference at New Delhi said that his first assessment is that the world is currently undergoing a tremendous change, at a fast...

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Transformation of The Chinese Military

Transformation of The Chinese Military

By: Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix | Issue: Vol 21.1 Jan-Mar 2006 | Date: 19 Oct , 2010

China’s fifth white paper, published in December 2004, outlines the objectives of a military policy focused on Taiwan1. Weaponry and equipment are identified as “the crucial material and...

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Facing the Dragon : is India prepared?

Facing the Dragon : is India prepared?

By: Maj Gen Dhruv C Katoch | Issue: Vol 25.1 Jan-Mar 2010 | Date: 18 Oct , 2010

The contours of India’s relationship with China have been tumultuous over the last six decades. From periods of great bonhomie in the mid fifties – the ‘Hindi-Chini Bhai Bhai’ years to...

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'Mission Action 2010' Commencing

'Mission Action 2010' Commencing

By: PLA Daily | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Oct , 2010

Exercise participating troops of Beijing MAC unfolds three-dimensional transportation (Source: PLA Daily) 2010-10-15 Since October 12, a group army of the Beijing Military Area Command (MAC) of...

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Soldier's Final Inspection in Heaven by the Lord!

Soldier's Final Inspection in Heaven by the Lord!

By: Sgt Joshua Helterbran | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Oct , 2010

The Soldier stood and faced God,  Which must always come to pass.  He hoped his shoes were shining,  Just as brightly as his brass.   ‘Step forward now, Soldier,  How shall I deal with...

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Denigrating the Armed Forces : a dangerous agenda

Denigrating the Armed Forces : a dangerous agenda

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

While addressing the Passing Out Parade at the U.S. Naval Academy on 07 April 2010, Secretary of Defence Robert M Gates said, “You have answered the trumpet call, and the whole of America is...

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Trends in Space Weaponisation

Trends in Space Weaponisation

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 25.3 Jul-Sep 2010 | Date: 06 Oct , 2010

The first orbital flight of X-37B (called as USA-212) the United State’s (US) space plane was launched on an Atlas V rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on Apr 22, 2010....

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CIC says Henderson-Brooks report revealed the incompetence of the Indian...

CIC says Henderson-Brooks report revealed the incompetence of the Indian...

By: Claude Arpi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Aug , 2010

According to The Times of India, Chief information commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said the Henderson-Brooks report revealed the incompetence of the Indian military top brass. It is not fair of...

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Military Lessons : Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-1

Military Lessons : Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-1

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Jul , 2007

A classical response option for a country faced with an externally inspired Low Intensity Conflict (that can drag on for decades) is to conventionalise the conflict. In so doing, its strategic...

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Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

Women in the Armed Forces Part-2

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 21.3 Jul-Sep 2006 | Date: 26 Jun , 2007

Findings of the British Equal Opportunities Commission A joint survey was carried out by the Ministry of Defence and the Equal Opportunities Commission to determine the nature and extent of...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-8 : Conclusion

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-8 : Conclusion

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Apr , 2007

The Israel – Hezbollah conflict has spawned a rich harvest of military lessons that we must analyse and ingest at the earliest. In essence it was an attempt to conventionalise and thereby end a...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-7 : Major Lessons Learnt

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-7 : Major Lessons Learnt

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Apr , 2007

Let us now summarise some of the salient lessons learnt: Selection and Maintenance of Aim This is the first principle of war and has been revalidated in this campaign. The original Israeli plan...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-6 : Anti-Rocket Solutions

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-6 : Anti-Rocket Solutions

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Apr , 2007

Alon Ben David says overall some 4228 rockets were fired on Israel at the overall rate of almost 130 rockets a day Actually the rate averaged around 150 – 180 rockets per day for the first 10...

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Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-4 : Weapons Employment Profile

Israel-Hezbollah Conflict Part-4 : Weapons Employment Profile

By: Maj Gen GD Bakshi, (Retd) | Issue: Vol 22.1 Jan - Mar 2007 | Date: 26 Apr , 2007

Employment of Anti-Tank Guided Missiles From the point of view of relevance to our context, the employment of Russian third generation Anti-tank Guided Missiles merits the closest attention. The...

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