Military & Aerospace

Bangladesh Army Chief visits India

Bangladesh Army Chief visits India

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Dec , 2011

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne presenting memento to General Mohammed Abdul Mubeen, Chief of the Army Staff, Bangladesh at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) on 1st December...

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India and US Sign Aviation Safety Agreement

India and US Sign Aviation Safety Agreement

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 17 Nov , 2011

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the completion of a bilateral agreement between the United States and India that will allow for the reciprocal certification of aviation...

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Special Powers for Armed Forces : We need clarity, not emotions

Special Powers for Armed Forces : We need clarity, not emotions

By: Lt Gen Vijay Oberoi | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 11 Nov , 2011

  The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, better known as AFSPA, has been brought out of wraps at various opportune times – opportune for those who have either something to gain, i.e. the...

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IAF’s Exercise Mahagujraj to be conducted from 20 Nov to 13 Dec 2011

IAF’s Exercise Mahagujraj to be conducted from 20 Nov to 13 Dec 2011

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 10 Nov , 2011

An Indian Air Force exercise in South Western Air Command (SWAC) named Exercise MahaGujRaj-2011 is planned to be conducted in its area of responsibility (AOR) from 20 Nov to 13 Dec 11.  The...

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‘Is war around the corner?’

‘Is war around the corner?’

By: Vice Admiral Arun Kumar Singh | Issue: Vol 24.4 Oct-Dec 2009 | Date: 04 Nov , 2011

  A few month’s back, Bharat Verma, Editor of the Indian Defence Review, in an article, had predicted that China may attack India by 2012. Frankly, at that time, I did not agree with this...

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The Final Frontier

The Final Frontier

By: Gp Capt AS Bahal | Issue: Vol 20.4 Oct-Dec 2005 | Date: 27 Oct , 2011

   “Space is the final frontier that India must conquest, if it has to rightfully emerge as a leading economic and military powerhouse.” The chinese were the first to develop a rocket in...

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Pakistan military’s Swat offensive

Pakistan military’s Swat offensive

By: Col Rajinder Singh | Issue: Vol 24.3 Jul-Sep 2009 | Date: 03 Oct , 2011

Most people and even some military minds do not appreciate the difference between fighting a conventional war and an unconventional war. The former is against a known enemy with well-defined...

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IAF flying into the Future

IAF flying into the Future

By: Air Commodore Jasjit Singh | Issue: Vol 22.4 Oct-Dec 2007 | Date: 21 Sep , 2011

  As one of the less than half a dozen air forces of the world which have remained independent from the very birth, the Indian Air Force has rendered a yeoman service in the defence of the country...

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Reconciling Manpower Costs

Reconciling Manpower Costs

By: Vice Adm (Retd) GM Hiranandani | Issue: Vol 22.3 Jul-Sep 2007 | Date: 05 Sep , 2011

Concern about the rising cost of Armed Forces manpower has been a topic of debate ever since the 5th Pay Commission recommendations were implemented in the 1990s. Now that the 6th Pay Commission...

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Golden Jubilee Celebration of INS Hansa

Golden Jubilee Celebration of INS Hansa

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 03 Sep , 2011

INS Hansa, Indian Navy’s premier Air station and fighter training squadron INAS 551 celebrate their Golden Jubilee on 05 Sep 11 on completion of 50 years of distinguished service to the nation....

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INS Airavat Incident: What Does It Portend?

INS Airavat Incident: What Does It Portend?

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 02 Sep , 2011

  The “Financial Times” of London reported on September 1, 2011, that an unidentified Chinese warship had demanded that an Indian naval vessel identify itself and explain its presence in the...

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Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra takes over as AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, IAF

Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra takes over as AOC-in-C, Maintenance Command, IAF

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Sep , 2011

Air Marshal Jagdish Chandra has taken over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Maintenance Command at its Nagpur Headquarters today, i.e., on 01 Sep 11.             Air Mshl J...

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Neglect of the Indian Military

Neglect of the Indian Military

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Date: 15 Aug , 2011

  In a developing economy, rapid industrialization and a country well on the road to prosperity, preference for government jobs tends to decline. This has not happened in India so far due to a...

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Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation – II

Indian Army: Demilitarisation and Civilianisation – II

By: Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee | Issue: Vol. 26.3 July - Sept 2011 | Date: 11 Aug , 2011

  Personnel Management: As discussed above, misplaced notions of ‘equivalency’ between the soldiery and the civilian establishment has led to the Army becoming top heavy and aged. Rather than...

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Defence of the Western Border – III

Defence of the Western Border – III

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 05 Aug , 2011

  Ladakh and Kargil Operations Maj Gen SP Malhotra, General Officer Commanding 3 Infantry Division, was operationally responsible for the defence of Ladakh and Kargil tehsil of Leh district. He...

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Defence of the Western Border – II

Defence of the Western Border – II

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 02 Aug , 2011

  Jammu and Kashmir Lieut Gen Sartaj Singh, GM, General Officer Commanding XV Corps, was operationally responsible for Jammu and Kashmir. His area of responsibility was vast, and he faced two...

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New Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne shares his vision

New Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne shares his vision

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 01 Aug , 2011

Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, took over as the 23rd Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), from Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, who retires after 42 years of illustrious service, at Air Headquarters, Vayu...

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Defence of the Western Border – I

Defence of the Western Border – I

By: Maj Gen Sukhwant Singh | Issue: Book Excerpt: India's War since Independence | Date: 01 Aug , 2011

  The Western Command The territorial jurisdiction of Western Military Command embraced the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, the Union territories of Chandigarh...

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Armed Forces Tribunals: An Appraisal

Armed Forces Tribunals: An Appraisal

By: Col Harjeet Singh | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 08 Jul , 2011

  The Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 was brought into force on 15 January 2008 and the Armed Forces Tribunals were established under its authority from 10 August 2009. The Armed Forces Tribunal...

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Jointmanship in the Military – II

Jointmanship in the Military – II

By: Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 05 Jul , 2011

  The Air War : Simply stated the air war is about destroying/defuntionalising selected targets. As has been summed up so succinctly – “Air power is targeting and targeting is...

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