IDR Updates

Reality Check: Extremism in Pakistan is ‘Home Grown’

Reality Check: Extremism in Pakistan is ‘Home Grown’

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 30 Dec , 2021

While addressing a consultative conference on terrorism in Islamabad last month, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting [I&B] Fawad Chaudhary said, "We don't have any...

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Do we need three Aircraft Carriers?

Do we need three Aircraft Carriers?

By: Cdr Gauri Mishra (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 29 Dec , 2021

India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier IAC-1, or INS Vikrant is on the brink of getting commissioned having completed its first field trials. When it is eventually commissioned into the...

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The Hunter becomes the Hunted: National Interest Quo Vadis?

The Hunter becomes the Hunted: National Interest Quo Vadis?

By: Brig Pradeep Sharma | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 28 Dec , 2021

Introduction Nagaland has been a puzzle unsolved since the days of the British Raj, it continues to be so even today. Many governments have come and gone, the talk of settlements and accords...

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Combining the best of Man and Machine: Threats and Challenges

Combining the best of Man and Machine: Threats and Challenges

By: Lt Gen (Dr) VK Saxena (Retd.) | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 27 Dec , 2021

The Unmanned Revolution Warfare has never been the same even after the ‘revolution’ brought about by the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Staring from their humble capability of a mere...

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S-400 Missiles Will Definitely Boost India’s Air Defence

S-400 Missiles Will Definitely Boost India’s Air Defence

By: Sanjeev Sirohi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 26 Dec , 2021

It is most refreshing to learn that Russia, which is India’s most time tested ally, has begun delivering the S-400 air defence system to India. This also came ahead of Russian President...

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Does the World need Ethical Weapons?

Does the World need Ethical Weapons?

By: Ramananda Sengupta | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 25 Dec , 2021

Artificial intelligence-powered weapons have radically transformed the battlefield. But can, or should they also be made to follow ethical rules? Although many nations still practice the tried and...

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Thales on board France’s 169 Guépard helicopters

Thales on board France’s 169 Guépard helicopters

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Dec , 2021

Florence Parly, Minister for the Armed Forces, announced the start of the development phase of the HIL future joint light helicopter (Guépard) programme on 22 December 2021. Latest-generation...

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Increasing Retirement Ages vis-à-vis Savings in Defence Spending & Pension:...

Increasing Retirement Ages vis-à-vis Savings in Defence Spending & Pension:...

By: Air Marshal SY Savur, PVSM, AVSM (Retd) | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 24 Dec , 2021

Introduction & Acknowledgements Study of military history in our Defence institutions appear to dominate our thought process so much that we appear to ignore other realities of the present, even...

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QUAD – Turning into Eastern NATO

QUAD – Turning into Eastern NATO

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 23 Dec , 2021

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) is an informal strategic forum between four nations - the United States (US), Japan, Australia and India. It is maintained by...

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Pakistan’s ‘Self Determination’ Charade

Pakistan’s ‘Self Determination’ Charade

By: Nilesh Kunwar | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 22 Dec , 2021

With Pakistan Peoples’ Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari mocking Prime Minister Imran Khan by saying "Earlier, Pakistan's policy on Kashmir was on how we will take Srinagar. Now, under...

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The Australian Submarine Landscape: Takeaways for the Indian Navy

The Australian Submarine Landscape: Takeaways for the Indian Navy

By: Cmde CP Srivastava | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 21 Dec , 2021

Submarines are exceptionally complicated beasts to design, construct and operate. The technological complexities, operational challenges and sustenance demands multiply manifold when SSNs are...

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Border Roads and Ladakh

Border Roads and Ladakh

By: Lt Gen Prakash Katoch | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Dec , 2021

News reports of December 8, 2021, have stated that the Border Roads Organization (BRO) is to start collecting toll tax from civilians plying on four roads built by it in Ladakh. The report...

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Finally, an Assault Rifle

Finally, an Assault Rifle

By: Col US Rathore | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 19 Dec , 2021

One often gets to read about how the Indian Army is coping with its night-blind main battle tanks, vintage artillery & anti-aircraft guns and outdated helicopter fleet. But the plight of Indian...

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What Would the Chinaman Do?

What Would the Chinaman Do?

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 18 Dec , 2021

“Right, as the world goes is only in question between equals in power; while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must” – Melian Dialogue Chinaman’s Googly!   In...

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HAL Bags ADE-DRDO Supply Order for ABHYAS Target Platform

HAL Bags ADE-DRDO Supply Order for ABHYAS Target Platform

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Dec , 2021

HAL has secured an order for manufacturing, assembly, integration, testing and supply of High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) System known as ABHYAS from Aeronautical Development...

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J&K will Remember General Bipin Rawat as a Friend and Well Wisher

J&K will Remember General Bipin Rawat as a Friend and Well Wisher

By: Col Jaibans Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Dec , 2021

On 8 December, at 12:20 hrs a MI 17 V5  Helicopter carrying General Bipin Rawat, first Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of the Indian Army, crashed in District Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, about 20 kms from...

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1971 War: Pushp Vaid – One hell of a Lucky Pilot

1971 War: Pushp Vaid – One hell of a Lucky Pilot

By: Sumit Walia | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 16 Dec , 2021

In Nov-Dec 1962, in Air Force Academy one batch of pilots was just four months away from getting commissioned, when suddenly an officer walked into the class and announced, “In the recent...

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China Unleashes an “Indian Spring”!!

China Unleashes an “Indian Spring”!!

By: Lt Gen (Dr) JS Bajwa | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 15 Dec , 2021

The surrogate of the 21st century is an adjunct in a growing tool box within the full-spectrum, hybrid conflicts where kinetic action is just one of many levers power protagonists employ to...

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China Eyes Afghanistan’s Neighbor in ‘Encirclement Strategy’

China Eyes Afghanistan’s Neighbor in ‘Encirclement Strategy’

By: J. M. Phelps | Issue: Courtesy: The Epoch Times | Date: 14 Dec , 2021

As the Chinese regime sets its sights on the vacuum left by the United States in Afghanistan, neighboring Tajikistan is also finding itself in the crosshairs of Beijing’s long-term strategy....

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Air Wars: Evolution and Application in The Indian Context

Air Wars: Evolution and Application in The Indian Context

By: Lt Gen KK Khanna, PVSM, AVSM** (Retd) | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 13 Dec , 2021

Combat airpower came into being in the 20th century and soon gained such importance that domination of the air became essential for victory on land or sea. With nations exploiting the air...

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