Military & Aerospace

Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh

Remembering the undefeated Sarvatra (Lt Gen) Sagat Singh

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jul , 2019

  6th Dec 1971 Afternoon, 10 Bihar had just finished a hard fought battle of Akhaura and were taking care of their wounded and silently mourning their dead brothers-in-arm. They had not slept of...

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OROP – another wild goose chase?

OROP – another wild goose chase?

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jul , 2019

In infancy days of the National Security Guard (NSG), the then Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Home Minister LK Advani arrived to review their annual day parade. As he alighted from the car, he was...

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India’s Defence Budget for 2019-20: The Disturbing Trends

India’s Defence Budget for 2019-20: The Disturbing Trends

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Jul , 2019

The General Budget for 2019-20 can be pigeonholed as a ‘wish list’ for infrastructure to propel India to a $5 trillion economy by 2024. The new Finance Minister has sought to change the...

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Weaponized Laser – lethal and deniable

Weaponized Laser – lethal and deniable

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jul , 2019

China announced in July 2018 it had developed the ZKZM-500 laser gun that can destroy a target 800 meters away by charring skin and human tissue, the frequency of the laser making it invisible to...

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IAF Gets Two More Chinook Helicopters from Boeing

IAF Gets Two More Chinook Helicopters from Boeing

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Jul , 2019

Boeing announced the arrival of two more CH-47F(I) Chinooks for the Indian Air Force at the Mundra port in Gujarat. Earlier this year in February, Boeing delivered the first four of the 15...

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Defence Budget 2019-20

Defence Budget 2019-20

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Date: 08 Jul , 2019

Editors Comment: Increasing the Defence Budget in the prevailing circumstances of long drawn out procedures for weapons and equipment procurement is futile. It will be like in earlier times when...

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Disability, IT Exemption and the Pakora Syndrome

Disability, IT Exemption and the Pakora Syndrome

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Jul , 2019

A recent circular issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Ministry of Finance (MoF) dated June 24, 2019 states that tax exemption for disability pension will be “available...

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‘Make in India’ and the Indian Aerospace Industry: Quo Vadis?

‘Make in India’ and the Indian Aerospace Industry: Quo Vadis?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 04 Jul , 2019

Given the opportunity, private enterprise is certain to outdo PSUs in the aerospace arena. If India is to achieve the status of an aerospace power, it has to radically alter its perception and...

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New Space and India

New Space and India

By: Rakesh Sasibhushan | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Jun , 2019

Global Space community is eagerly awaiting the upcoming broadband constellations that are likely to redefine the role of space services in digital communications.  These new services are expected...

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Time and Opportunity for Radical Rethink on Defence!

Time and Opportunity for Radical Rethink on Defence!

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Jun , 2019

It has been a long standing demand/suggestion of many military thinkers like late Lt. General Eric A. Vas and Maj. Gen. Keshav Pendse, that defence and security issues should be part of the...

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Is Bollywood out of sync with Indian soldiery?

Is Bollywood out of sync with Indian soldiery?

By: Sudip Talukdar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Jun , 2019

Bollywood has now latched on to surgical strikes and military campaigns as a way to garner popularity and box office successes, having practically exhausted the staple of love stories, song and...

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Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

Space Warfare – India Finds Focus

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Jun , 2019

Preparations for space warfare and developing weaponry for it commenced globally decades ago. Its scope included ground-to-space warfare like attacking satellites from the earth - anti-satellite...

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Balakot Imbroglio: Do tell us what happened at Balakot

Balakot Imbroglio: Do tell us what happened at Balakot

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Jun , 2019

Did India over play the “surgical strike” of September 2016 in an effort to draw maximum political millage from that? Pakistan’s reaction had resulted in, increase in cross border firing...

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A Road Map for the New Defence Minister

A Road Map for the New Defence Minister

By: Prof (Dr) SN Misra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Jun , 2019

Like Mr. Modi’s googly in the general election, the shifting of Rajnath Singh to the South Block is nothing short of a Chinaman. And the country he has to checkmate in the coming years in terms...

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India’s ASAT Missile & the Indigenous Defence Industry

India’s ASAT Missile & the Indigenous Defence Industry

By: Air Marshal Harish Masand | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Jun , 2019

27 March 2019 would go down in Indian history as a proud day for all Indians when our scientists demonstrated our indigenous capability to successfully test an Anti-Satellite (ASAT) missile and...

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Disrupting Military Bases

Disrupting Military Bases

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Jun , 2019

A recent article titled, ‘How new military bases could seed new cities and create jobs’ has appeared recently in the media. It is not known whether the author-scholar is on the payroll of...

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Unmanned Fighters and Beyond

Unmanned Fighters and Beyond

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 31 May , 2019

  The fighter-bomber will continue to remain the main instrument for prosecuting air war. Their main characteristics would be agility, super cruise, stealth, multi-function Active Electronically...

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Post ASAT: Should Indian Space Force be the next step?

Post ASAT: Should Indian Space Force be the next step?

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 May , 2019

On January 11, 2007, China conducted its first anti-satellite missile test (ASAT) by destroying a satellite with a mass of 750 kg at an altitude of 865 km. There was no official announcement by...

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The Military Magicians: Pulling Rabbits out of a Hat

The Military Magicians: Pulling Rabbits out of a Hat

By: Brig Deepak Sinha | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 May , 2019

  After years of speculation the Government has finally bitten the bullet and formally named the heads of the Armed Forces Special Operations Division (AFSOD) and the Defence Cyber Agency (DCA),...

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The silent heroes of Indian Army

The silent heroes of Indian Army

By: Sudip Talukdar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 May , 2019

What motivates a soldier to plunge headlong into extreme danger, staking his very life for the sake of regimental pride and honour, while defending the nation?  He is buoyed by the knowledge and...

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