Military & Aerospace

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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Jointmanship in the Military

Jointmanship in the Military

By: Air Vice Marshal AK Tiwary | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 04 Jul , 2011

Victory in any event, be it a playful game or a bloodthirsty war, is a joint effort of all the members. How one orchestrates this effort is Integration. These fundamentals are universal. These do...

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142 Officers Commissioned into Indian Air Force

142 Officers Commissioned into Indian Air Force

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 20 Jun , 2011

Indian Air Force (IAF) got a new batch of officers with 142 newly commissioned Flying Officers graduating from the Air Force Academy (AFA), at Dundigal near Hyderabad. Marshal of the IAF Arjan...

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India’s Seapower in the Twenty-First Century

India’s Seapower in the Twenty-First Century

By: Vice Admiral Mihir K. Roy | Issue: Book Excerpt: War in the Indian Ocean | Date: 17 Jun , 2011

  India continues her quest for a coherent maritime policy. Her continental mindset however ensures that not one inch of her territory will be captured from across land borders. But perhaps...

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High Court ruling can make the Armed Forces Tribunal infructuous

High Court ruling can make the Armed Forces Tribunal infructuous

By: Lt Gen Harwant Singh | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 15 Jun , 2011

  The defence services had been clamouring for an Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) for decades, essentially because the civilian courts took years and even decades to decide their cases. These...

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Somali Piracy: New Delhi groping in the dark

Somali Piracy: New Delhi groping in the dark

By: B Raman | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 13 Jun , 2011

  We are still groping in the dark in matters relating to action against the Somali pirates, who are more and more active despite all the preventive patrolling, more and more venturesome coming...

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Upgraded AN-32 RE Aircaft inducted into IAF

Upgraded AN-32 RE Aircaft inducted into IAF

By: IDR News Network | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 09 Jun , 2011

Four of the first batch of five AN-32 tactical transport aircraft that recently underwent ‘total technical life extension’ (TTLE), overhaul and re-equipment at Ukraine were inducted into the...

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The silent use of hard power

The silent use of hard power

By: Dr Prem Mahadevan | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 04 Jun , 2011

  “Hard power yields obedience, while soft power yields acquiescence. The former is the foundation of state strength, but the latter helps consolidate that strength. History suggests that...

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Arudhra Medium Power Radar inducted in the IAF

Arudhra Medium Power Radar inducted in the IAF

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

Air Chief Marshal PV Naik, Chief of the Air Staff today inducted the first Medium Power Radar (MPR), named  Arudhra by the IAF at Air Force Station Naliya in Gujrat. At Naliya, an airbase which...

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India’s Losses and Gains in Post-Independence Wars – II

India’s Losses and Gains in Post-Independence Wars – II

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

  India captured many outposts along the Punjab border in Ajnala, Amritsar, Khemkaran, Mamdot and Fazilka sectors with minimal tactical and economic advantage. On the other hand, in this very...

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Militarization of Space

Militarization of Space

By: Gp Capt Ajey Lele (Retd.) | Issue: Vol 23.2 Apr-Jul 2008 | Date: 02 Jun , 2011

  Use of ‘outer space’ (also referred as ‘space’) to fight wars is not a new idea. Rockets reaching high into the atmosphere was talked about since World War II. The investments made by...

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