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“…there is no doubt that the Rafale is a more potent platform…” –...

“…there is no doubt that the Rafale is a more potent platform…” –...

By: IDR INTERVIEW | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Oct , 2020

  Lt Gen JS Bajwa – Editor Indian Defence Review (IDR) had the unique privilege to interview the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, prior to the Air Force Day on 8th October...

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Thales Partnering with the Indian Air Force for a better tomorrow, today

Thales Partnering with the Indian Air Force for a better tomorrow, today

By: Emmanuel de Roquefeuil | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 08 Oct , 2020

With initiatives and policy decisions on several fronts, India is marching steadfastly towards an era of Atmanirbharta. The country has shown will and muscle to become a global manufacturing...

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Indian Defence Private Sector: Some Initial Successes Yet Miles To Go

Indian Defence Private Sector: Some Initial Successes Yet Miles To Go

By: Lt Gen VK Saxena | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 07 Oct , 2020

The much publicised Strategic Partnership Model (SPM) launched with a laudable aim to allow the growth of the private sector through the route of Joint Ventures with foreign OEMs failed to...

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China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A Review

China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC): A Review

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Oct , 2020

China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) a collection of infrastructure projects, is the flagship project of China’s Belt Road Initiative (BRI), inked in 2013 with an original outlay of $ 46...

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Caucasus on the Boil Again – Battle of Nagorno-Karabakh

Caucasus on the Boil Again – Battle of Nagorno-Karabakh

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 05 Oct , 2020

While the global community was glued to Eastern Ladakh and South China Sea as flash points that may endanger the global peace due to growing Chinese belligerence because of the dissension at home...

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Trans-Himalaya: An Odyssey along the India-Tibet Border

Trans-Himalaya: An Odyssey along the India-Tibet Border

By: Lt Col Harish Kohli, VSM | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 04 Oct , 2020

Four men and one Tibetan Mastiff, make an incredible 8,000-km journey across the wonderful but perilous Himalayan frontier. Editor’s Comments: In 1981, the then Captain Harish Kohli (an...

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Oil – The Black Gold: Is it Losing its Sheen?

Oil – The Black Gold: Is it Losing its Sheen?

By: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Oct , 2020

Introduction ​Oil was the ‘Black Gold’ of the 20th century, fuelling vehicles, wars, the world economy and, hence, its geopolitics. Today, the world is in the midst of an energy shock that...

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Maldives provides a lucky break for India

Maldives provides a lucky break for India

By: Maj Gen Nitin P Gadkari | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Oct , 2020

When an Indian Air Force IL 76 bringing a Para Battalion and supporting artillery from the Para Brigade landed on Male airport in November of 1988, little, did they realise that the opposition to...

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Is COVID-19 Bio Warfare? Is there an Information Warfare Going On?

Is COVID-19 Bio Warfare? Is there an Information Warfare Going On?

By: Lt Gen Dushyant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Oct , 2020

China witnessed the first case possibly in early Dec 19, by the time it realized that it was facing a crisis of an unknown and unparalleled nature it was middle of Dec 19. WHO declared it as...

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Indian Navy conducts Naval Exercise JIMEX 20 with Japan

Indian Navy conducts Naval Exercise JIMEX 20 with Japan

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2020

The 4th edition of India - Japan Maritime bilateral exercise JIMEX, which is conducted biennially between the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will be held in North...

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China’s belligerence betrays its desire to dominate the Indo-Pacific Region

China’s belligerence betrays its desire to dominate the Indo-Pacific Region

By: Col (Dr) Tej Kumar Tikoo (Retd.) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Sep , 2020

Ever since the Communists came to power in China in 1949, their leaders gave enough hints to convey that the success of communist revolution was only a beginning of ushering in tectonic shift in...

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Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

Chimera of Atmanirbhar Defence

By: Col Anil Athale | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Sep , 2020

In this year full of pessimism, one is loath to add on to the pile of misery, but reality of last 70 years and our Ostrich like attitude makes it likely that the dream of defence self-reliance is...

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Beijing is an no mood to Stick to the Decision taken during Sino-Indian...

Beijing is an no mood to Stick to the Decision taken during Sino-Indian...

By: Col (Dr) P K Vasudeva | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Sep , 2020

The way the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed its troops and the armament in Ladakh and Arunachal and so has India matched its forces in equal numbers, it does not indicate that India...

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Winter only Affects Scale of Operations

Winter only Affects Scale of Operations

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 27 Sep , 2020

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s speech via video link to the  United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 22 was on expected lines – rambling on issues that China (read he and...

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Did a Global Pandemic Generate a Global Pandemonium?

Did a Global Pandemic Generate a Global Pandemonium?

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 26 Sep , 2020

“The state... always feels itself weak if there is another that is stronger. Its security and preservation demand that it make itself more powerful than its neighbours. It can increase, nourish...

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Will Xi Jinping Relent

Will Xi Jinping Relent

By: Brig Anil Gupta | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 25 Sep , 2020

  The 12-hour marathon military commanders’ level meeting, first after the 5-point consensus at Moscow, has once again ended with all indicators pointing towards stalemate. India on its part is...

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Israel’s Normalisation of Ties with Arab Nations Threatens Iran

Israel’s Normalisation of Ties with Arab Nations Threatens Iran

By: Col RN Ghosh Dastidar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Sep , 2020

Since the US Administration withdrew from JCPOA and re imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, the world has awaited with abated breath, for capitulation of Iran.US has tried to force UK,Germany and...

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China’s Ladakh Obsession and India’s Option’s

China’s Ladakh Obsession and India’s Option’s

By: Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur (Retd.) and Suruchi Barniyal | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 23 Sep , 2020

Introduction The unilateral realignment of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), starting April 2020 and culminating with China de factoclaiming...

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The Rafale: Indian Quest for Air Supremacy

The Rafale: Indian Quest for Air Supremacy

By: Danvir Singh | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 22 Sep , 2020

The first five of India’s new Rafale fighters touched down at Ambala air base on July 29, 2020. Accordingly 31 more will follow and thus they will form two squadrons of 18 each by the end of...

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Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

Decoding Chinese Strategic Intent in Prolonged Standoff at LAC

By: Maj Gen SB Asthana | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 21 Sep , 2020

Key Points Military posturing and muscle flexing in Ladakh continues with talks, as both sides refuse to blink first.   PLA’s centre of gravity of military operations is Eastern Ladakh and...

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