Military & Aerospace

China’s bid to subvert HAL employees

China’s bid to subvert HAL employees

By: RSN Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Oct , 2018

The act of meeting former and some serving employees of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) by an Indian politician, wherein he castigated the present Indian dispensation, have both elements of...

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Chemical Attacks – may not be too distant

Chemical Attacks – may not be too distant

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 12 Oct , 2018

Britain’s Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace has warned on October 9 that “Chemical and Biological weapons are marching in closer”, terrorists have prepared better arsenal and...

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Strategic Partnership Vindicated

Strategic Partnership Vindicated

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Oct , 2018

The Indo-Soviet treaty in 1971 marked a first decisive break with the policy non-alignment which was espoused by Jawaharlal Nehru. The bitter experience of Indo-Chinese war 1962 compelled India...

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Defence Preparedness: Inconvenient truths

Defence Preparedness: Inconvenient truths

By: Maj Gen S G Vombatkere | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Oct , 2018

Pakistan carries the “hurt” of its 1971 loss of East Pakistan, while China, with memory of its successful 1962 adventure, has its hegemonic aim of becoming the world’s dominant economic and...

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“…IAF is prepared for any threat and is ready to give a befitting response…”...

“…IAF is prepared for any threat and is ready to give a befitting response…”...

By: IDR INTERVIEW | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Oct , 2018

  Indian Defence Review (IDR) had the unique privilege to interview the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, prior to the Air Force Day on 8th October 2018.  Details of the...

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Force Multipliers for the IAF: Enhancing Aerial Power and Reach

Force Multipliers for the IAF: Enhancing Aerial Power and Reach

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 07 Oct , 2018

With the IAF on track to become a true strategic force, it cannot content itself with increasing the strength and capability of its fighter squadrons alone. Carefully selected force multipliers...

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Rafale Deal and the Offset Jigsaw

Rafale Deal and the Offset Jigsaw

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Oct , 2018

In this era of connectivity, media explosion and awareness, one did not need the Air Chief and senior serving officers to bat for the Rafale fighter jets, which unquestionably are...

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Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar takes over command as Air Officer...

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar takes over command as Air Officer...

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2018

Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command of Indian Air Force on 01 October 2018.  Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar is an alumnus of the...

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Air Marshal Anil Khosla took over as Vice Chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal Anil Khosla took over as Vice Chief of Air Staff

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2018

Air Marshal Anil Khosla, PVSM AVSM VM took over as the Vice Chief of Air Staff on 01 Oct 2018.  Born on 09 Apr 59, Air Marshal an alumni of the National Defence Academy, was commissioned in...

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Deconstructing the Rafale Ambiguity

Deconstructing the Rafale Ambiguity

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2018

Are we really paying three times extra for each Rafale? Has a private company being favoured at the cost of a public sector enterprise? These questions have been keeping our TV screens, mobiles,...

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Will Military Hierarchy ‘Make’ Soldiers Vote?

Will Military Hierarchy ‘Make’ Soldiers Vote?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2018

Pursuant to the Supreme Court directing the Election Commission (EC) to allow defence personnel to vote as general voters in place of their posting in peace stations, reiterating an earlier...

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2nd Anniversary of Surgical Strikes – how off beam can we go?

2nd Anniversary of Surgical Strikes – how off beam can we go?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Sep , 2018

A big celebration is planned preceding the visit of President Vladimir Putin early next month. Yes, it is the second anniversary celebrations of ‘surgical strikes’ conducted two-years back in...

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Amphibious Capability – needs boost  

Amphibious Capability – needs boost  

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2018

China has successfully completed on-water trials of its indigenous amphibious aircraft (AF600 or Kunlong) designed for search and rescue missions, which can also be used to transport troops and...

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Cadre Review: Lean and Mean Indian Army

Cadre Review: Lean and Mean Indian Army

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Sep , 2018

The Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Bipin Rawat on June 21 ordered a long awaited cadre review of the 1.2 million strong Indian Army to cover wide ranging issues including cutting of...

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Army: Caught between Devil and deep blue sea

Army: Caught between Devil and deep blue sea

By: Sudip Talukdar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Sep , 2018

The Indian Army, as the most disciplined and organized force in the country, carries out every task with complete commitment and to the best of its ability, besides winning wars. This...

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Re-structuring of the RR Headquarter?

Re-structuring of the RR Headquarter?

By: K.N. Pandita | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Sep , 2018

In a recent issue, the Daily Excelsior of Jammu informed that the Army was contemplating re-structuring of the Rashtriya Rifles Headquarters for better operational capability and strategic and...

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When Soldiers Ask Questions

When Soldiers Ask Questions

By: Lt Gen NS Brar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Sep , 2018

The country is at war, make no mistakes about it. Many eyebrows will be raised asking ‘Where is the war?’ Von Clausewitz had many aphorisms, of which the most famous is "War is...

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Self Reliance in Defence Production: A Mirage

Self Reliance in Defence Production: A Mirage

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 03 Sep , 2018

Understandably, India does not wish to be a 70 per cent import-dependent nation. Yet, at the same time we cannot be 100 per cent self-sufficient nation. It is just not feasible to be an...

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Role of the IAF in a Two-Front War

Role of the IAF in a Two-Front War

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 01 Sep , 2018

The White Paper on China’s Military Strategy 2015 states, “In line with the strategic requirement of building air-space capabilities and conducting offensive and defensive operations, the...

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Beyond Cyber Protection and TECHINT

Beyond Cyber Protection and TECHINT

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Aug , 2018

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman acknowledged that the defence sector is more prone to cyber threats and there is need to safeguard the country’s cyberspace from possible attacks, while...

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