Experts Speak

  • October 18, 2019
    Modi-Xi Chennai Connect
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping was held at Mamallapuram (UNESCO heritage) on October 11-12, which Modi termed "Chennai connect".

  • October 18, 2019
    73rd Infantry Day Celebrations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Infantry will celebrate its 73rd Infantry Day on October 27 to commemorate the selfless dedication to duty by Indian Army's gallant Infantrymen, a wreath laying ceremony will be held at 'Amar Jawan Jyoti' where General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Army Staff, along with senior officers, will lay wreaths in a solemn ceremony.

  • October 18, 2019
    FATF, Pakistan and Bankruptcy of Counter Terrorism
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In early September this year, a 15-member Pakistani delegation led by the Hammad Azhar, Minister for Economic Affairs Division met with the Asia Pacific Group (APG), regional body of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

  • October 18, 2019
    IMRH to Replace Mi-17 Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News reports of August 2019 indicate that India is set to embark on a 10,000 crore Indian Multi Role Helicopter (IMRH) project; to develop an indigenous medium lift helicopter that will replace all imports in that class for the Armed Forces – namely Mi-17 helicopters.

  • October 18, 2019
    Seahawks are Coming
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by news reports, the Indian Navy is set to acquire 24 x MH60R Seahawk Anti-Submarine Helicopters at a probable cost of $109 million per helicopter – total cost about $2.616 billion.

  • October 18, 2019
    Transborder Intelligence Operations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to news reports of October 15, 2019, quoting un-named senior officials, Army's monitors along the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan have fallen silent for over two months now, affecting intelligence operations.

  • October 16, 2019

    AN AIR MARSHAL'S TAKE

    HAL unions on an indefinite strike
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    An indefinite strike by employees of HAL will not only undermine the Indian aerospace industry, but will also be injurious to national aspirations as well.

  • October 7, 2019
    Visit of Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina arrived in India on October 3 on a four day visit. Her first engagement was as Chief Guest in the India Economic Summit by the World Economic Forum (WEF) on October 3-4.

  • October 7, 2019
    Modi-Trump Bilateral little gain
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held a bilateral meeting on September 24 on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly session.

  • October 7, 2019
    China's 70th Anniversary
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China's 70th anniversary celebrations displayed its military and economic might with the biggest ever military parade on October 1, even as Hong Kong witnessed massive demonstration on the same day with hundreds of youth battling police and locals also out on the street.

  • October 7, 2019
    Howdy Modi, Howdy UNGA
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 'Howdy Modi' mega event at Houston's NRG stadium on September 22 with PM Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump holding centre stage, and the 74th session of UNGA, particularly the speeches by Modi and Pakistan's Imran Khan on September 27 were viewed globally.

  • October 7, 2019
    AR-ITBP Merger will the 'deep state' succeed?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is important to understand the 'real' reason behind the call for merger of Assam Rifles (AR) and ITBP, which media doesn't mention. The 'deep state' has struck again through the MHA; merger to bring AR completely under MHA, whose operational control is presently under Army.

  • October 7, 2019
    New Road to Doklam
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has converted an erstwhile mule track from Bheem Base to Doka La in Sikkim held by India Army, that will make it easier to enter the Doklam Valley, which was the site of a 73-day military standoff between Indian Army and China's PLA; where the Chumbi valley of China occupied Tibet (COT), Bhutan and India converge.

  • September 17, 2019
    Next Modi-Xi Informal Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As time approached for the second informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2019, China took the despicable step of orchestrating a closed door meeting of the United National...

  • September 17, 2019
    Exoskeleton Suits for Army Soldiers
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    If news reports are to be believed, Defence Bioengineering and Electro-medical Laboratory (DEBEL) of the DRDO has been for some time collating data for Simulation and Analysis of Musco-skeletal parts...

  • September 17, 2019
    Beyond Chandrayaan 2
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Drone war attained a new landmark with Houthi some 19 armed drones hitting two oil processing facilities of Saudi Arabia - Aramco's Abqaiq refinery and the Khurais oil field.

  • September 17, 2019
    Miniature Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Drone war attained a new landmark with Houthi some 19 armed drones hitting two oil processing facilities of Saudi Arabia - Aramco's Abqaiq refinery and the Khurais oil field.

  • September 17, 2019
    Indigenous Sniper Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In February 2018, MoD had approved procurement of 5,719 sniper rifles for the Army and Air Force at an estimated cost of 982 crore from the global market under the 'Buy Global' categorisation, the ammunition for which was to be initially procured and subsequently manufactured in India.

  • September 17, 2019
    Imran 'Taliban' Khan is in Pitiable State
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran 'Taliban' Khan is in pitiable state. His army chief General Q.J. Bajwa (QJB) has handed him the impossible task of organising international intervention or mediation on Kashmir.

  • September 5, 2019
    20th India-Russia Annual Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 20th Annual India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit in Vladivostok, Russia and the 5th Eastern Economic Forum as the Chief Guest on September 4-5.

  • September 5, 2019
    Corporatising OFB – how serious are we?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    National dailies reported on August 22, government's decision to turn the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) into a public sector corporate for increasing exports, self-reliance, add latest technologies and innovations.

  • September 5, 2019
    Exchanging Defence Land
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During NDA-1, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharanman's unilateral order to open all 62 military cantonments to public made headlines, with political victory parades led by MPs/MLAs marching through cantonments.

  • September 5, 2019
    Army's Uniform Uniformity
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent media reports indicate that the Army has decided to do away with differences in the attires of officers above the rank of Colonel.

  • September 5, 2019
    Robot Tank, Robot Warship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In March 2018, a video from CCTV-7 Chinese military channel, posted by the Chinese streaming platform Sohu, showed a PLA soldier driving the Type 59 from an independent computer terminal with a steering wheel to control and drive...

  • September 5, 2019
    Kamikaze Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In July 2019, news emerged that the US Department of Defense (DoD) wants to purchase the Hero-120 loitering drone (termed "kamikaze" or "killer" drones) from Israel for operations by US Special Operations Forces (SOF).

  • August 22, 2019
    CDS Finally Coming
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In his characteristic style, Prime Minister Narendra Modi surprised the nation on August 15 by announcing India will have a CDS to head the Army, Navy and Air Force.

  • August 22, 2019
    India Wins Army Scout Masters 2019
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Concluding on August 14, 2019, India comprehensively won the Army Scout Masters Competition 2019 held from August 6 to August 14 at Jaisalmer.

  • August 22, 2019
    Mounting Air Crashes are Disconcerting
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Mounting number of air crashes of military aircraft should be a matter of deep concern.

  • August 22, 2019
    Coming - Light Strike Vehicles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recommendations of the Study on 'Modernisation of Special Forces' undertaken by Military Operations Directorate, Army Headquarters in 2002, included the provision of Light Strike Vehicle (LSV) to Army's Special Forces battalions.

  • August 22, 2019
    Pakistan Frustrated - Caution Warranted
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Frustration is writ large on the face of Imran Khan, Pakistan's Prime Minister; pleading, begging world over.

  • August 22, 2019
    INS 'Sindhuvir' for Myanmar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India is to transfer INS Sindhuvir, a Kilo-class submarine, to Myanmar later this year after being refitted indigenously.

  • August 17, 2019
    Abrogation of Special Status Under Article 370 – Security Implications
    By General Deepak Kapoor (Retd), Former Army Chief

    'Special status' came as a handy tool along with religion for the Pakistan army to exploit the differentiation of Kashmiris from the rest of the country.

  • August 14, 2019
    Article 370 Abrogation - History Corrected
    By Lt General A.B. Shivane (Retd)

    Article 370 acted as a hindrance to the holistic development of J&K.