December 13, 2017
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Killer machines
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017: Growing military investment in robotic technology-by the US as well as some 40 other nations-indicates that robots are rapidly becoming an important piece of tomorrow’s military arsenal.

One of the most profound changes in modern warfare is the astonishingly rapid rise in the use of robots on the battlefield. Robots can easily and safely perform tasks that would otherwise endanger human lives, and do so faster and more efficiently than is possible with conventional methods. Military missions can be incredibly boring as well as physically taxing, and robots are proving attractive for roles that fill what are called the three D’s (Dull, Dirty, or Dangerous).

At a basic level, robots are defined as automated machinery with the ability to sense,
 
Global mobility
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017: As the military forces around the globe faces an uncertain security environment, the importance of its mobility fleet of tanker and airlift aircraft continues to increase. Aerial refuelling aircraft are strategic assets for any armed force, as airborne stations capable of prolonging the flight time of fighter jets and reconnaissance aircraft, allowing them to do their job for longer.

A historical review of tanker and airlifter employment reveals that changes in requirements, capabilities, mission and vision over the years now prompt the need for adaptive planning and smart procurement. A multi-role tanker-transport aircraft whose primary function is air refueling, but which also can become a mobility multiplier, can be the real game changer for the militaries.

To support overseas deployments anywhere
 
Fire punch
JULY-AUGUST 2017: Leading militaries have invested into mechanization of transport, and warfare was the cradle and the laboratory for many vehicles. None of them, however, has become as potent a symbol as the tank.

From its first appearance in the First World War, to the images of massed tank battles in the Second World War and beyond, the tank has become as much a metaphor for implacable military superiority as a force in itself.

When prime minister Harold Wilson told a union chief in the 1970s to ’get your tanks off my lawn’, nobody doubted what he meant.

Conceived in the mid-19th century as a way of combining the functions of horse
 
Penetrating into darkness
MAY-JUNE 2017: It is no more a secret that in any future conflict there will be no rest for the soldiers and they will have to keep the operations going even during the nights. An essential component of progressing operations in such a manner is the ability of troops to operate by night.

Today, due to evolution of technology in the form of Night Vision Devices (NVD’s) modern militaries are able to effectively carry the day operations into night. With possibility of having conventional wars as short and precise, the 24-hour battle will be a necessity, forcing systems to be all weather, day and night.
 
Holding foot
MARCH-APRIL 2017: Going by published material it appears that the future infantry soldier of the Indian Army has already received all that his heart desired by way of the most modern weapons and equipment required to fight a ‘hybrid’ war of combined conventional and sub-conventional features.

From ten different sources around the world all that is needed for use on the battlefield from handguns to heavy machine guns have been bought and inducted except the central raison d’etre for the massive change- the multi-calibre individual weapon (5.56mm, 7.62mm and 6.8mm) – is still undergoing user trials.
 
Toddler's lab
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: Today, start-ups depict the growing entrepreneurial culture encouraging youth to become the leaders of tomorrow. Start-ups are increasingly achieving success in every sector-be it technology, healthcare, e-Commerce, services, etc.

However, defence sector is yet to witness the entry of budding entrepreneurs as well as investors.

Lack of funding, lack of trained technical manpower, unfavourable procurement policy of government and restriction on the export of defence items etc are some of the key challenges that affect the bright prospect of starts ups.

 
Shadow hunters
NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016: The Indian Army’s surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) recently has once again highlighted the significance of having specialised forces in the military to handle critical combat missions.

After the terrorists attacked Uri army base of India, a team of special commandos of Indian Army carried out surgical strike in PoK along LoC. In its surgical strike in the month of October 2016, India destroyed seven terror launch pads and it was carried out by 70-80 commandos from two separate battalions of Para Special Forces (SF) with IAF attack helicopters kept ready at four bases in J&K to address any contingency.
 
Modular assault
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016: In the age of satellite warfare, guns and assault rifles are still the main chorus of the war fighting despite the advent of new technologies that can decimate the targets within minutes to pulverize the battlefield hurdles for faster movement of ground formations.

Everything is going modular. Even though there is a sea change in the development of new technologies, standardized ammunition calibers and new plastic materials, over the years the assault rifle has evolved beyond expectations.

When one considers the shift from conventional wars to low-intensity urban conflicts, the radical changes in how rifles are built and designed seems inevitable.
 
War sans warriors
JULY-AUGUST 2016: Modern war zone is full of hazards but military commanders are often worried about the safety of their soldiers and how effectively the operational readiness can be ensured without compromising the swiftness of the battle formations.

Indeed, technology is ensuring that unmanned ground vehicles can be handy and operate in most lethal battlefield conditions without any pause despite the fact that it can be targeted by the enemy cross fire and aerial assault.

These days military and industrial researchers try to use more and more automatic applications in practice.
 
Hunting paws
MAY-JUNE 2016: Imagine a next-generation attack helicopter platform so advanced that it can reach speeds more than 220 knots (407 km/h), flying as high as 10,000 feet (3 km) in 95° of heat.

The new generation military attack helicopters are poised for a greater role in the modern battlefield where piking targets are crucial for winning the game.

Americans are always ahead in choosing finest technologies for the military. The Sikorsky S-97 Raider helicopter is poised to realize this vision and to revolutionize next-generation military aviation.