Military & Aerospace

Indian Military Doctrine: An Analysis

Indian Military Doctrine: An Analysis

By: Gp Capt Johnson Chacko | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 11 Jan , 2018

A doctrine is for the future, but is based on past experiences and takes into account the present conflicts/wars with available technology and anticipated technological advances. From doctrine,...

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Integrated Simulators for Training of Mechanised Forces: The Way Ahead

Integrated Simulators for Training of Mechanised Forces: The Way Ahead

By: Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan, AVSM, VSM | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 08 Jan , 2018

As India improves its economic index, areas available for conduct of large scale exercises will become even more restricted. Furthermore, the need for modernisation, force sustenance, capability...

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Indian Military Muscle Degradation

Indian Military Muscle Degradation

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Dec , 2017

Approaching the end of the year, it is time to make a report card for the Indian Military muscle power. The calendar year 2017 began with many promising statements and happenings at the...

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Indian Navy’s Maritime Success with Kalvari’s Commissioning

Indian Navy’s Maritime Success with Kalvari’s Commissioning

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Dec , 2017

The Indian Navy underlined its growing prowess at the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016. Though it was largely a ceremonial inspection of naval warships by the President, it provided an...

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Military Applications of 3D Printing – where are we?

Military Applications of 3D Printing – where are we?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Dec , 2017

In 2014, the 3D printers market in India was at nascent stage with just 250-500 combined workforce of engineers, sales representatives, graphic designers etc. However, by 2019 these numbers are...

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Drones and Lasers – Rapid Development is Vital

Drones and Lasers – Rapid Development is Vital

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Dec , 2017

Just before the recent visit to India by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, China made big noise about an Indian drone that crashed across the line of actual control in China occupied Tibet during...

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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: 16 Dec , 2017

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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The Fault Lines of the Rafale Deal

The Fault Lines of the Rafale Deal

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Nov , 2017

The feisty Defence Minister Ms Nirmala Sitaraman faced a volley of questions of late about the Rafale fighter deal for 36 aircraft concluded on April 10, 2015 as lacking in transparency as it did...

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Infantry’s Day As It Was

Infantry’s Day As It Was

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 25 Nov , 2017

On October 24, India got the first news of invasion of Kashmir. It was through a formal dispatch from Pakistan Army Headquarter informing the supreme commander of all British forces in India and...

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Brahmos on Su30MKI – Towards an Indian CPRS Capability

Brahmos on Su30MKI – Towards an Indian CPRS Capability

By: Navneet Bhushan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2017

With the unique demonstration by test-firing Brahmos from Su30MKI aircraft, India has started its unique baby steps towards indicating what I called Conventional Prompt Regional Strike (CPRS)...

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Factors Affecting India’s National Security

Factors Affecting India’s National Security

By: Navneet Bhushan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Nov , 2017

How to Evaluate National Security? The Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was developed by Thomas L. Saaty during the 70s in the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency after getting repeatedly...

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Tejas, Arjun – and vilification of the Armed Forces

Tejas, Arjun – and vilification of the Armed Forces

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Nov , 2017

A massive information campaign has been mounted to vilify the Armed Forces with respect to the not so indigenous Tejas LCA and the indigenous Arjun main battle tank (MBT) produced by the DRDO....

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‘Farewell to Arms‘ in Siachen : Not likely

‘Farewell to Arms‘ in Siachen : Not likely

By: Rakesh Kr Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Nov , 2017

The word ‘Siachen’ means ‘the place of white roses’. This may be a rare linguistic irony to confer such an exotic name to a place devoid of any sign of life. Siachen is the world’s...

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Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

Army Aviation – The Arm of the Future?

By: Lt Gen BS Pawar | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 11 Nov , 2017

The Aviation Arm of the Indian Army today is nowhere near the one envisaged in 1963 or as has been projected in the Indian Army’s perspective plans over the years and lacks some vital elements...

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Space: The Force Multiplier for Air Power

Space: The Force Multiplier for Air Power

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 10 Nov , 2017

India needs early warning satellites to monitor ICBM launches and even tactical airspace as an important military asset. Ground/space-based lasers are needed to disable enemy satellites or...

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Armed Forces for Civilian Departments: Last Resort or Inevitable Trend?

Armed Forces for Civilian Departments: Last Resort or Inevitable Trend?

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Nov , 2017

Just because the Army is very capable, professional, disciplined force, which has the expertise to complete such tasks at short notice and with-in exceptionally short time lines, they should not...

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Caste System in Personal Weapons of Foot Soldiers Needs Review

Caste System in Personal Weapons of Foot Soldiers Needs Review

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 07 Nov , 2017

As per media reports the Army is going in for equipping infantry soldiers  (not all) with a world-class assault rifle, while non-infantry soldiers would get a cheaper, "less effective",...

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Revamping the Combat Fleet of the IAF

Revamping the Combat Fleet of the IAF

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 06 Nov , 2017

In the absence of any indigenously produced combat aircraft discounting the non-operational Tejas, India’s current aircraft are Russian (MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29, Su-30MKI), French (Mirage-2000)...

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J&K: The sacrifice of past generations should not go in vain

J&K: The sacrifice of past generations should not go in vain

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Nov , 2017

03, November, 2017, came and went with most Indians going through routine chores. Few would have paused to reflect on the significance of the day for the country. It was on this day the Major...

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Naval Combat Systems: Evolution and Future Perspectives

Naval Combat Systems: Evolution and Future Perspectives

By: Cmde Arun Kumar | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 04 Nov , 2017

The spectre of obsolescence and rapidly changing technology, especially the advent of unmanned vehicles will drive the future trends of NCS. Open Architecture and Cyber Security will take centre...

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