Military & Aerospace

India’s Aerospace Industry: Structure, Strategies, Policies and the Road...

India’s Aerospace Industry: Structure, Strategies, Policies and the Road...

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 29 Jan , 2020

The aerospace industry accounts for nearly 40 percent of global military expenditure which stood at $1,822 billion last year (Sipri 2018). The US is a major player in terms of military...

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Disorientations of National Defence – I

Disorientations of National Defence – I

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 28 Jan , 2020

 “Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.” — Norman Cousins Key Neighbours: Innately Animus Inter-state and regional level political, economic and hegemonic rivalries have ever...

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 26 Jan , 2020

The Indian Air Force (IAF) air strike across the international border to target a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) camp 60 kilometres deep in Balakot, well beyond Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the...

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Republic Day 2020 – A Parade of Many Firsts

Republic Day 2020 – A Parade of Many Firsts

By: Col US Rathore | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Jan , 2020

January 26 invokes a patriotic fervour in all of us. It is quite a show when the uniformed soldiers march in unison, freshly painted military equipment trundle down the Rajpath and the aircrafts...

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1971 War: Battle of Sylhet-The first Special Heli Borne Operation

1971 War: Battle of Sylhet-The first Special Heli Borne Operation

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Dec , 2019

The first Special Heli-Borne Operation of the Indian Army was not a pre-planned operation. It just popped up, out of nowhere and was executed exceptionally well by a small team of 10 Mi-4...

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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: 13 Dec , 2019

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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Importance of Data Mining for Operational Efficiency

Importance of Data Mining for Operational Efficiency

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Dec , 2019

As world in general begins to move towards widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI for short) authentic data becomes increasingly important. Battlefields of the future are no exception. But...

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INS ‘Vishal’ – next aircraft carrier

INS ‘Vishal’ – next aircraft carrier

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Nov , 2019

Reports in media indicate UK is in talks with the Indian government on building a new state-of-the-art aircraft carrier on the lines of Britain’s HMS ‘Queen Elizabeth’ as part of ongoing...

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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...

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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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