Military & Aerospace

The F-16 vs Mig-21 Bison: More Questions than Answers

The F-16 vs Mig-21 Bison: More Questions than Answers

By: Air Marshal Harish Masand | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Mar , 2019

The analysis of the much-reported dogfight between the IAF and the PAF on 27th February as a fall-out of the Balakot strike the previous morning has thrown up a number of theories, conjectures...

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Jaw-Jawing Special Forces

Jaw-Jawing Special Forces

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Mar , 2019

  Post the Pulwama car-bombing of February 14 and IAF airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror camps inside Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Pakistan on February 27, the media exploded with...

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The Joint Venture for AK-203: The Long Term Challenge of Indigenisation

The Joint Venture for AK-203: The Long Term Challenge of Indigenisation

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Mar , 2019

The Army has been looking for a modern assault rifle to replace the INSAS which was inducted in 1994. The army has been generally dissatisfied with the rifle design of INSAS because of its...

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‘Out of box options’ needed to deal with Pakistan’s Proxy War, post...

‘Out of box options’ needed to deal with Pakistan’s Proxy War, post...

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Mar , 2019

Backdrop India has suffered enough of Proxy War since last 30 years, which continues in Imran’s ‘Naya Pakistan’ with same vigor as hitherto fore.  The surgical strikes launched in 2016 post...

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Air Power for Special Operations: The Need For ‘Jointness’?

Air Power for Special Operations: The Need For ‘Jointness’?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 07 Mar , 2019

The Indian Army and the Indian Navy have elite forces for Special Operations while the Indian Air Force owns a majority of the platforms to deliver them. The lack of ‘jointness’ has meant...

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Pak had No Alternative to Freeing Abhinandan

Pak had No Alternative to Freeing Abhinandan

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Mar , 2019

Not only is India reverberating with the gallant action of Wing Commander Abhinanan Varthaman on February 27, it has also been duly covered in the Pakistani media. As per reports, Abhinandan...

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Drone Technology and Drone Warfare

Drone Technology and Drone Warfare

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Feb , 2019

New reports of January 24, 2019 have stated that a 16-year-old boy from Gujarat, Harshwardhan Sinh Zala, has invented the drone ‘EAGLE A7’ which he claims can detect and destroy landmines...

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Litigation against Disabled Soldiers – being withdrawn?

Litigation against Disabled Soldiers – being withdrawn?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Feb , 2019

According to media reports of February 20, 2019, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to withdraw its appeals made before the Supreme Court against grant of disability benefits to soldiers...

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Combat Potential of the IAF for a Two-Front War

Combat Potential of the IAF for a Two-Front War

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 23 Feb , 2019

India is now the world’s fifth highest defence spender, but statistics can be disingenuously deceptive. In terms of percentage of GDP, it is the lowest since India was last subjected to an...

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Coming – MiG-29 Fulcrums?

Coming – MiG-29 Fulcrums?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Feb , 2019

  Not many would know it was NATO that gave the codename ‘Fulcrum’ to the Classic MiG-29 when the MiG-29 became operational in 1982; a name liked and adopted by the Soviets. IAF received around...

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Future of Air Dominance

Future of Air Dominance

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 21 Feb , 2019

The USAF and the US Navy are leading the evolution of next-generation platforms and technologies. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, USAF Research Labs, Boeing ‘Phantom Works’,...

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The LCA Tejas Programme: Leading to Indigenous AMCA: Quo Vadis?

The LCA Tejas Programme: Leading to Indigenous AMCA: Quo Vadis?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 20 Feb , 2019

The LCA programme trundles along with new delays added at irregular points in time. Not only is the FOC unattainable yet, even the HAL assembly line is nowhere near producing 16 aircraft a year...

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The Indian Air Force in a Two-Front War

The Indian Air Force in a Two-Front War

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 18 Feb , 2019

  China has been aggressively modernising its Armed Forces with the aim to match the United States (US) for ultimate world dominance. China’s defence budget is nearly four times that of...

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Downsizing the Indian Army

Downsizing the Indian Army

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 08 Feb , 2019

While the MoD may be swayed by 300,000-manpower reduction in the PLA, US concept of Integrated Brigades in Iraq and Afghanistan and the German concept of three rifle company battalions, all this...

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UAVs: A Potential Game Changer for Indian Coast Guard for SAR and Maritime...

UAVs: A Potential Game Changer for Indian Coast Guard for SAR and Maritime...

By: Nasima Khatoon | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Feb , 2019

  In last forty years, responsibilities of Indian costal maritime security have been transferred to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) from Indian Navy. ICG have recently come up with the plan of adding...

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Bharat Ratna for Pranab Mukherjee

Bharat Ratna for Pranab Mukherjee

By: S.N. Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 31 Jan , 2019

Defence is the first charge of a nation’s budget, as it protects a nation’s sovereignty. Sardar Baldev Singh was India’s first Defence Minister. There have been 26 Defence Ministers so far....

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What really ails HAL

What really ails HAL

By: Air Marshal Harish Masand | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Jan , 2019

HAL has been in the news a lot lately, particularly due to the Rafale controversy on its quality and pricing issues. I do not intend to even touch on this controversy since I doubt anyone,...

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Light Combat Helicopter Demonstrates Unique Capability; Completes Weapon Trials

Light Combat Helicopter Demonstrates Unique Capability; Completes Weapon Trials

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Jan , 2019

The Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) indigenously designed and developed by HAL achieved a unique milestone by successfully carrying out air to air missile firing on a moving aerial target. During...

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Dragon’s Flight: China’s Advances in Aerospace Technology

Dragon’s Flight: China’s Advances in Aerospace Technology

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 17 Jan , 2019

China’s leaders recognise that aerospace mastery is critical if it is to become a military superpower. The dragon is closing the technology gap with the US and Russia and it is likely to take a...

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Is Indian Defence Preparedness Adequate in 2019?

Is Indian Defence Preparedness Adequate in 2019?

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 14 Jan , 2019

India is the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal GDP and the third largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Since 2014 India's economy has been the world's fastest growing, surpassing...

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