October 21, 2017
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Deadly arsenal
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017: The proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons is widely recognized as the most serious
Modular protection
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017: The Indian government has recently approved the Strategic Partnership model which will allow local private sector
High precision
JULY-AUGUST 2017: That China should complain to the UN about India testing missiles that bring the Chinese mainland within reach is
Deepening ties
JULY-AUGUST 2017: Under the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with its vibrant foreign policy, India has been actively trying to
Bridging the gap
JULY-AUGUST 2017: That it is more than 18 months that Mr Manohar Parrikar steered the acquisition package for Special Forces
Indirect assault
MAY-JUNE 2017: With the induction of new artillery guns, the Indian military will now be able to plan, execute and win a limited modern
Enhanced range
MAY-JUNE 2017: For long there have been persistent reports that the Indian Army’s tank fleet is night blind or that aircraft are deficient in night-fighting capabilities
Integrated approach
MAY-JUNE 2017: There is a dichotomy brewing in the debate over a transition to Integrated Theatre Commands from the current methodology
Countering hurdles
MAY-JUNE 2017: Caught in the shoal of stagnation-cum-depletion over decades the Indian Navy fleet of submarines it appeared had entered
Enhancing reach
MARCH-APRIL 2017: A plan to double the fleet strength of the Indian Navy over a ten-year period beginning 2013 has been in the implementation
Creating superhighways
MARCH-APRIL 2017: Creating a information superhighway in the midst of the battlefield is really a challenging task but with the advent of new technologies
Non-contact war
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: As the modern battlefield becomes unmanned and electro-optic driven, the dependence on artificial
Lurking eyes
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: With the introduction of space based modern technological platforms, militaries are looking
Enemy trekking
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: Since there is a growing dependence on satellites for maintaining daily life and to conduct a modern war
Kinetic punch
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: As the modern warfare is getting hi-tech, there is a growing crave for investment into military capacity building
Hiding game
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016: The anti submarine warfare operations are gaining a strong foothold as nations are facing acute threat from
Protective shield
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016: India has been working on setting up an anti-missile defence (ABM) shield against nuclear-tipped missiles for several decades.
Undersea destruction
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016: Anti-submarine warfare is a multi-dimensional asset deployment in the water, on the surface and in the air to look
Fighting in dark
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016: In military parlance, it will be an operational grandeur if one can see the enemy movement in the night without being detected
Ferrying signals
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016: Satellites are playing an increasingly important role in determining the outcome of the modern day warfare that is
Devastating impact
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016: Going by the recent trend, in another 15 years from now the terrorists will be able to acquire the capability for new types of mass attacks
Digital battle
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016: The battlefield is becoming digital to counter the enemy movement even in the dead of the night or despite an inclement
Maiden mission
JULY-AUGUST 2016: Since the dawn of the space age heralded by the historic launch of Soviet Sputnik way back in October 1957, there has been a
Cache deployment
JULY-AUGUST 2016: In view of recent tremendous efforts made by some leading naval scientists and engineers who are working
Soft kill
JULY-AUGUST 2016: A Directed Energy Weapon (DEW) is still in its nascence but there are signs that it could soon bloom into effective reality.
Information superiority
JULY-AUGUST 2016: With the insertion into orbit of twenty satellites ranging in size from the large to the nano dimension with one launch
Accurate hit
MAY-JUNE 2016: A paupered Artillery Regiment of the Indian Army is now suddenly inundated by a surfeit of weapons systems be they of the original
Detecting targets
MAY-JUNE 2016: It is the height of irony that a Navy that is far short in weapons platforms that it requires to defend the nation should find itself confronted with a mismatch between
Compact platforms
MAY-JUNE 2016: Like the “budget carriers” shaping the future of airlines industry, the light weight, cost effective nano satellites are all poised
Underground intrusion
MAY-JUNE 2016: Ever since the escape of more than 500 Taliban fighters from a high security prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in April 2011
Assault at depth
MARCH-APRIL 2016: Russian military scientists are on the verge of making a new type of undersea weapon, looking like a submarine
Floating access
MARCH-APRIL 2016: Maritime security is a two-ply concept. One is that on the surface of the sea and its atmospheric dimension, the other
Exploring foothold
MARCH-APRIL 2016: Though buffeted by a dwindling fund allocation and a declining political and public support, National Aeronautics
Wings of simulation
MARCH-APRIL 2016: With the introduction of 3D technology, military aircraft training for pilots and air force jet trainer schools are taking a new
Quantum kill
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: Most militaries are now focusing on hitting a target with a missile or autonomous weapon anywhere in the world in less than
Safeguarding frontiers
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: It has become a truism of military operations that static defences tend to induce a sense of complacency and false
True workhorse
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: After a smooth and majestic take off from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), the Indian spaceport
Kinetic spectrum
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: New generation radars and Electronic Warfare technologies are changing the face of the battlefield which will witness
Overcoming hazards
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2016: With all the weaponry arraigned against it including, amazingly, an anti-tank rifle it is a wonder that the
Rocky punch
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: High mountain terrain is often inaccessible, uninhabitable or of no apparent value, yet peoples and states
Submerged flotilla
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: Though the A K Antony led DAC had cleared the acquisition of two Deep Sea Rescue Vessels in
Long wait
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: The decision to set up an aerospace command is moving at a snail’s pace. As a first step towards the
Careful planning
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2015: Recent events need to be analyzed before deciding on how to modernize the Indian Special Forces.
Computing inputs
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015: Military strategists are unanimous in their view that network centric battlefield philosophy is the future
Particle war
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015: Nanotechnology promises to bring revolutionary changes in many areas, with the potential for great
Active defence
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015: India is increasingly being confronted by a two-front war situation compounded by a Fifth Column
Missing goal
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2015: The saga of the Indian Armys acquisition programme for small arms and assault rifles is a scam wrapped
Eagle eye
JULY-AUGUST 2015: Living In the neighborhood  of nuclear weapon equipped  supersonic fighters  and cruise and ballistic missiles,
Robust shield
JULY-AUGUST 2015: Missiles in their surface-to-air configuration are dependent on their efficacy on range and a multi-layered nature of
Vigilant approach
JULY-AUGUST 2015: The Indian Armys Future-INfantry Soldier As System (F-INSAS) must conform to the Indian national nuclear doctrine of No First
Smart monitoring
JULY-AUGUST 2015: In a striking technological achievement, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), which has achieved the distinction
Unclear path
MAY-JUNE 2015: The saga of the indigenous creation of an ab initio propeller driven trainer aircraft and an initial jet trainer (IJT) aircraft for the Indian
Constant vigil
MAY-JUNE 2015: Since Indian Ocean is being regularly visited by the navies of the world, Indian Navy has an onerous task at hand to keep a
Growing proximity
MAY-JUNE 2015: India has, finally, expressed its displeasure at the Sino-Pak Economic Corridor project intended to link the Pakistan
Force multiplier
MAR-APRIL 2015: India has planned for three-aircraft carrier task forces based on the logic of sea control of either seaboard with one held in reserve.
Silent hunter
MAR-APRIL 2015: The state of the submarine arm of the Indian Navy is dismal. With a high of 20 vessels in its inventory in the 80s when the threats to the Indian
Better calculation
MAR-APRIL 2015: In a major loss of face for the IAF headquarters, the Manohar Parrikar led Ministry of Defence has ordered Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd
Doubt persists
MAR-APR 2015: The recently concluded Aero India 2015 was a much bigger show as compared to last decade and with Indian Prime Narendra
Flying vessel
JAN-FEB 2015: Over the past two years or so the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard have been receiving two patrol vessels offshore and
Lethal shield
JAN-FEB 2015: The modernization of India’s tank fleet must begin with the upgradation of the long-delayed Arjun tank before
Integrated combat
JAN-FEB 2015: The statement made by the visionary US President Eisenhower was true then and it remains so today. Joint effectiveness
Free fall
JAN-FEB 2015: With the recent successful test of 1000 kg glide bomb guided to its target with great precision a multi-disciplinary
Quick interception
DECEMBER 2014: Since countries are focusing on hi tech bombers to evade air defence capabilities of the opponent, now there is a greater need
Hard negotiations
DECEMBER 2014: India is better prepared to deal with any Pakistan tank attack anywhere along its western front than it has ever been. The two major tank
Spirit of hope
DECEMBER 2014: Indian manufacturing industry, which has been in a moribund state for nearly a decade now, seems to be looking forward
Shadow soldiers
DECEMBER 2014: With significant changes in mission requirements spawned by advances in technology and the threat, the role of submarine remains
Creating deception
NOVEMBER 2014: Modern military forces cannot succeed in modern battlefield without the secure and unimpeded use of the electromagnetic
Bright avenues
NOVEMBER 2014: The successful insertion of India first interplanetary probe, Mangalyaan Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) into its final orbit
Divided opinions
NOVEMBER 2014: With so much having been written about the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) for the armed forces; a strong
Combined approach
NOVEMBER 2014: Amphibious warfare is normally synonymous with a cooperative naval and army operation with the former providing
New hopes
OCTOBER 2014: The modernization of Indian Air Force requires billions of dollars of budgetary support, the lack of which restrains the
Underwater drones
OCTOBER 2014: These days there is an increasing interest in underwater surveillance systems both for military and non-military
Acute shortage
OCTOBER 2014: The Indian Air Force is, in the year 2014, in a state of gradual denudation of its fighter squadrons and rather laborious and
Unified action
OCTOBER 2014: Jointmanship of the armed forces was intended to ensure that there would be a commonality of equipment wherever
Precision fire
SEPTEMBER 2014: There are guns and there are guns. Depends on what one wants to shoot. If one wants to carry a gun for self-defence
Shared connectivity
SEPTEMBER 2014: For the Indian Army the benchmark for communications appears to have fixated to scenario of the terrorist attack
Missing target
SEPTEMBER 2014: If it were not for the tragic nature of the situation in which the Ordnance Factories Board and by extension the Artillery Regiment of the Indian Army find themselves it would be comic.
Smooth sailing
SEPTEMBER 2014: It is heartrending to see Indian Navy, which had earned for itself an enviable reputation of being forward looking-as seen in the
Lethal warriors
AUGUST 2014: Since the 21st century war largely depends on hyper mobility and lethal preemptive retaliation on enemy positions to score
Flying killers
AUGUST 2014: The extraordinary combat duty performed by the American Predators and the Reapers in the Af-Pak arena have fascinated
Orbital missions
AUGUST 2014: In a major boost to the Indian space programme, the four stage reliable space work horse PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch
Defending borders
AUGUST 2014: There has been talk of improvement of infrastructure-helipads, airstrips for heavy-lift aircraft, roads, bridges and
Robust network
JULY 2014: In a landmark development of significance to the national security, India’s first ever dedicated defence satellite, GSAT-7 also
Unending wait
JULY 2014: The three services of the Indian armed forces had placed before the MoD the requirement of over 1000 helicopters in various categories over
Strong shield
JULY 2014: India is in the process of creating the Future Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS). The conceptual framework of the project is to
Active mission
JULY 2014: The choppers are proving to be handy in the battlefield to perform a wide range of missions from supplying logistics to carrying out combat
Scanning coast
JUNE 2014: Indian Navy has been bestowed with the huge responsibility of keeping a round the clock watch on the Indian Ocean spanning
Networking assets
JUNE 2014: With Indian Navy acquiring a dedicated satellite for its exclusive use in late August last year and successfully demonstrating the
Defensive shield
JUNE 2014: In the context of an extremely disturbing security environment posing a serious threat to the territorial integrity of the country especially
Real challenges
JUNE 2014: In diplomatic and strategic arena the new Narendra Modi led government has started on a sound footing with one to one
Fighting machines
MAY 2014: Special Forces are among the most specialized combat forces in the military. They experience rigorous mental and physical
Reality check
MAY 2014: There has been a mad rush for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the past decade or so but it does not seem to have ameliorated
Unmatched versatility
MAY 2014: Indian Navy has acquired an unmatched capability in Indian Ocean. The MiG-29Ks, deployed on the Aircraft Carrier Vikramaditya, will
Collecting information
MAY 2014: Timely intelligence gathering through a range of space based platforms as well as land, ocean and air based devices holds the key to a
Controlled mobility
APRIL 2014: With the success of the Daksh battery-powered remotely controlled robot used for locating, handling and destroying hazardous objects
Facility crunch
APRIL 2014: The creation of naval infrastructure has been dogged by an absence of funding. While there are more than 40 warships in various
Smart bombs
APRIL 2014: Indian armed forces seriously felt the need for precision guided munitions during the Kargil conflict of 1999 during which Indian
Floating threats
MARCH 2014: There are no designated mine laying surface ships in the Indian Navy’s inventory but it has submarines that can lay naval mines with
Augmenting strength
MARCH 2014: With the Defence Acquisition Council of the Defence Ministry sanctioning additional Rs 1125crores on  Feb 24, 2014, the IAF will soon
Strong shield
MARCH 2014: Protection against nuclear, biological and chemical attacks is practically non-existent in India in the context of the urban target.
Force multipliers
FEBRUARY 2014: Indian defence scientists are inching closely to deliver an operational Air borne early warning and Control System to Indian Air Force
Utilizing skills
FEBRUARY 2014: There can be no single solution to the management of the borders with several of India’s neighbours including Pakistan
Combat mobility
JANUARY 2014: The template for modernization of the Army Aviation Corps, now nearly three decades of age, is the ability to improve
Long wait
JANUARY 2014: The Indian Air Force had last acquired six air refuelers from Russia almost a decade ago and the decision to add six more is hanging.
Compromising safety
JANUARY 2014: As the fire and huge explosion incident in the INS Sindhurakshak submarine last 14 August is still fresh in public memory,
Tactical jamming
DECEMBER 2013: Today’s airborne platforms on combat, refueling and transport missions cannot fly safely without adequate EW support systems
New horizons
DECEMBER 2013: Nano technology essentially brings to the military domain the capability of reducing weight of major weapons platforms thereby
Dangerous shift
DECEMBER 2013: A review of the recent Pakistani feverish attempts at infiltration not just along the Line of Control but also the international border
Undersea arsenal
DECEMBER 2013: The strategic significance of Sea Launched Ballistic Missiles can be understood from the fact that under the missile reduction
Weak leadership
DECEMBER 2013: The Indian defence establishment is suffering from not one but several malaise, which is seriously hampering the
Bridging gap
NOVEMBER 2013: India is in the process of near total housecleaning in the heavy lift transport department. The acquisition of the
Accurate hit
NOVEMBER 2013: Next generation warfare promises to replicate the ray-guns of the comics’ era where ‘zapat’ in a fiery halo meant that the intended victim has been zapped with a very precisely directed deadly ray and there would be no need to take prisoners.
Rising challenges
NOVEMBER 2013: During conflict situation the Oceans are likely to be infested with submarine killer munitions and the navies world over are
Great strategist
NOVEMBER 2013: The sad demise of General Vo Nguyen Giap, an iconic figure in Vietnam and around the world, had triggered public mourning in Vietnam
Proxy war
NOVEMBER 2013: Even as a larger geopolitical game plan to drag in foreign interlocutors into the Kashmir issue is being played out, the issue of better management of the Indian defence perimeter along both the international border and the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan and the Line of Actual Control with China has begun to engage the Indian political establishment with greater urgency.
Expanding links
OCTOBER 2013: The increasing intrusion by Chinese troops in the Indian Territory along LAC is a serious issue, which has been ignored by our government for
Rectifying faults
OCTOBER 2013: The sudden, last minute call off of the much publicized flight of India's three stage, 415-tonne Geosynchronous
Fast growth
OCTOBER 2013: In accordance with the Indian Navy’s Maritime Capabilities Perspective Plan 2012-27 and the X11 Plan document the
Securing access
OCTOBER 2013: A long-felt need for a second mountain strike corps has finally been cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security after years of
Greater awareness
SEPTEMBER 2013: Rapid technological advances in communications, information and intelligence systems have radically altered
Limited access
SEPTEMBER 2013: A Network Centric Warfare system and a system of protecting it from electronic penetration and disruption are separate
Crucial link
SEPTEMBER 2013: Given the Indian context the thought arises whether the efficacy of the Network Centric Warfare system (NCW) depends on the
Swift move
SEPTEMBER 2013: They are fast becoming the weapons of choice on the battlefield and this genre of military platforms is growing exponentially even as
Flying scanners
SEPTEMBER 2013: In an age of supersonic fighters and long range ballistic and cruise missiles, Indian Armed Forces would always feel handicapped due
Low preparedness
AUGUST 2013: Every year Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) reviews its defence industry policy under DPP to facilitate technology and investment but
Catching early
AUGUST 2013: For centuries, the mighty and magnificent Himalayas have remained an integral and inseparable part of the national
Forward echelon
AUGUST 2013: China always has awkward surprises in store for India and offers non-conventional ideas translated into greater enemy difficulties.
Spilling wider
JULY 2013: The anti-government protests in Turkey have posed a grave challenge for Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan’s grip on
Undetected hubs
JULY 2013: Security agencies and defence forces in various parts of the world including India are increasingly falling back on satellite systems for a variety of end uses centring round communications, imaging, surveillance and reconnaissance,
Fast data
JULY 2013: The Main Battle Tanks, fighter planes and modern warships will prove to be a sitting duck in conflict situation if the adversary is armed
Assured destruction
JULY 2013: With the arrival of the first of ten C-17 Globemaster heavy lift aircraft from the US the possibility of India being able to deploy tanks in support of ground operations against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army north of the Himalayas has improved exponentially.