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1962 Conflict: Paper Tigers on the Prowl - I

1962 Conflict: Paper Tigers on the Prowl - I

By: Maj Gen D.K. Palit | Issue: Book Excerpt: War in High Himalaya | Date: 04 Apr , 2011

During the hurly-burly of the Goa campaign in 1959 Bijji Kaul had assumed direct supervision of border operations in NEF A in order to ease the workload of an overworked DMO. Once he became...

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1971: Making Bangladesh a reality - III

1971: Making Bangladesh a reality - III

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 30 Mar , 2011

Akhaura Pakistan’s 27 Brigade held the Akhaura-Brahmanbaria area. Akhaura, just across the border from Agartala, was an important rail-junction. For that reason the Pakistanis had paid...

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1971: Making Bangladesh a reality - II

1971: Making Bangladesh a reality - II

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 29 Mar , 2011

2 Corps: (South-Western area of operations) Like other senior commanders of the time, Lieutenant General Raina, Commander 2 Corps, had had his first battle experience during the Second World War....

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Defence University for India: an appraisal of the proposition

Defence University for India: an appraisal of the proposition

By: Maj Gen Mrinal Suman | Issue: Vol 22.4 Oct-Dec 2007 | Date: 25 Mar , 2011

Establishment of a defence university in India was first suggested in an article that appeared in College of Defence Management Journal in 1978. The article evoked considerable interest and was...

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1971 Operations - Case West - II

1971 Operations - Case West - II

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 15 Mar , 2011

Kashmir In the North-Eastern part of Kashmir, India was concerned about the safety of her lines of communication with Ladakh. Pakistani picquets in the Kargil area overlooked the Srinagar-Leh...

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1971 operations - Case West - I

1971 operations - Case West - I

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 14 Mar , 2011

In the wake of President Yahya Khan’s threats, India had considered the various courses open to Pakistan on the Western front. Many possibilities were considered: an attack across the CFL in...

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1962 War: The Chinese invasion - III

1962 War: The Chinese invasion - III

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 13 Mar , 2011

The decision to make Se La the main defensive position of 4 Division and to put half its fighting strength there had been unwise. However, a withdrawal from that position when it was under a...

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1962 War: The Chinese invasion - II

1962 War: The Chinese invasion - II

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 12 Mar , 2011

Chinese counter-action, which Kaul had foreseen, came on 10 October. That day at dawn, Kaul was shaving outside his bunker and his batman was boiling water for tea, when the calm of the Namka Chu...

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1962 War: The Chinese invasion - I

1962 War: The Chinese invasion - I

By: Major K.C. Praval | Issue: Book Excerpt: Indian Army After Independence | Date: 11 Mar , 2011

The Chinese reaction to the setting up of a post by India at Che Dong was a calculated move. By this time, China appears to have decided on a full-scale campaign to assert her territorial claims....

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Ballistic Missile Defences in 2030

Ballistic Missile Defences in 2030

By: A Vinod Kumar | Issue: Book Excerpt: Asia 2030 - The Unfolding Future | Date: 25 Feb , 2011

Not only can we hit a bullet with a bullet, we can hit a spot on the bullet with a bullet. –Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering, Former Director, Missile Defense Agency, USA History has often shown that...

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The 1965 War with Pakistan-I

The 1965 War with Pakistan-I

By: Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: In the Line of Duty | Date: 16 Feb , 2011

With the capture of Hajipir Pass, on the 28th of August, there was a distinct fall in the tempo of attacks launched by the infiltrators in the Valley, and Pakistan’s nefarious designs were...

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The 1965 War with Pakistan-II

The 1965 War with Pakistan-II

By: Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: In the Line of Duty | Date: 15 Feb , 2011

After the altercation with General Officer Commanding 15 Division and the despatch of his Reserve Brigade to regain the ground lost, peace prevailed in the area. On the return journey, with...

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The 1965 War with Pakistan-III

The 1965 War with Pakistan-III

By: Lt Gen Harbakhsh Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: In the Line of Duty | Date: 14 Feb , 2011

Later, the same morning I moved to Headquarters 4 Division. As it was quite obvious that the enemy’s Ace Armoured Division had received a real bashing, I wished to exploit the situation by...

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Honeywell technologies power military readiness

Honeywell technologies power military readiness

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 11 Feb , 2011

Interview with Pritam Bhavnani, President, Honeywell Aerospace, India What are the joint ventures and partnerships that Honeywell Aerospace has entered into as a part of your effort to penetrate...

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Rafael: negotiating JV's with Indian PSU

Rafael: negotiating JV's with Indian PSU

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 11 Feb , 2011

Interview with Lova Drori, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Rafael Can you briefly outline the domestic as well as global profile of Rafael? Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. develops...

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F-16IN exceeds all requirements of the MMRCA: Roger Rose

F-16IN exceeds all requirements of the MMRCA: Roger Rose

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 10 Feb , 2011

Interview with Roger Rose, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India The mega deal for 126 Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft for the Indian Air Force is expected to be finalised in the near future....

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Eurofighter: Objective to win India as a key partner

Eurofighter: Objective to win India as a key partner

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 10 Feb , 2011

Interview with Bernhard Gerwert, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Eurofighter GmbH and CEO Cassidian Air Systems How do you see Eurofighter Typhoon positioned in India’s MMRCA...

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HAL: Transforming into a competitive player

HAL: Transforming into a competitive player

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 10 Feb , 2011

Interview with Ashok Nayak, Chairman Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). Could you please give an overview of the milestones crossed since you assumed charge as Chairman HAL nearly two years...

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Boeing Committed to long term partnership

Boeing Committed to long term partnership

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 09 Feb , 2011

Interview with Richard S. McCrary, Director International Business Development, Boeing Military Aircraft. The F/A 18A, the forerunner of the Super Hornet was rolled out in 1978. What is the...

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Northrop supports broadening of technology transfer

Northrop supports broadening of technology transfer

By: Bharat Verma | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 09 Feb , 2011

Interview with William J Schaefer, Sector Vice President, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Could you please outline the global profile of the company and briefly describe the history of its...

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