Experts Speak

  • May 30, 2020
    Way Ahead for the Indian Armed Forces
    By Lt. General R.K. Jagga (Retd)

    The threat of the virus is all-pervasive and to ensure Force Protection, an essential towards operational readiness, the Armed Forces have issued exhaustive instructions/guidelines

  • May 29, 2020
    Indo-Chinese Conundrum
    By Lt. General R.K. Jagga (Retd)

    India is witnessing its worst-ever border tensions with China since 1962 with both countries bringing forward thousands of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. Is this mere Sabre rattling by China or will it result in a larger conflict between India and China?

  • May 29, 2020
    India-China Stand Off

    “The present situation is that we will win in Malacca and loose at Dhoklam.”

  • May 28, 2020
    New Direction in Defence Production and Procurement
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Delivering the fourth tranche of the economic package in wake of COVID-19 in a press briefing on May 16, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced three major decision related to defence which will have far reaching effect in boosting the defence sector

  • May 28, 2020
    New Amphibious Warfare Craft Commissioned
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 15, 2020, INLCU-75 another amphibious warfare landing craft entered the Indian Navy at an official ceremony at Port Blair. The Landing Craft Utility (LCU) Mk-IV class vessel was commissioned by Commander-in-Chief Lieutenant General P.S. Rajeshwar.

  • May 28, 2020
    Modernisation of Military Airfields
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of May 8, 2020 quoting official sources disclosed that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed a 1,200 crore ($160 million) contract with Indian company Tata Power SED for the second phase of the military infrastructure modernisation programme to cover 37 of the IAF, Indian Navy and Coast Guard airfields.

  • May 28, 2020
    Hindustan Turbo Trainer 40 (HTT-40) On The Roll
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Procurement of the indigenous Hindustan Turbo Trainer 40 (HTT-40) aircraft for the IAF is in the offing. In February 2010, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) had accorded an approval for the design and development...

  • May 28, 2020
    Nepal Turns Chinese Proxy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a show of open defiance to India, Nepal has unveiled a new political map in which the Indian areas of Limpiyadhura, Lipulekh and Kalapani are shown within Nepal.

  • May 28, 2020
    China Muscle Flexing Along LAC
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 5, PLA resorted to aggression indulging in physical fight with Indian troops in vicinity ofPangong Tso lake in Ladakh. It may be recalled that PLA had resorted to stone-pelting and attacking an Indian patrol with rods and sticks in same area on August 15, 2017.

  • May 10, 2020
    Boosting Jihad
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Despite the spurt in terror attacks, cross border violations and infiltration attempts by Pakistani terrorists, bodies of killed terrorists continued to be handed over to relatives for burial, providing a platform for anti-establishment propaganda.

  • May 10, 2020
    Kulbhushan Jadhav – Pakistan Stays Defiant
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Harish Salve, India's counsel for Kulbhushan Jadhav has said that India may have to back to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to get direction as Pakistan has failed to act on the court's directions to give consular access to him.

  • May 10, 2020
    Gilgit-Baltistan – More Pakistani Mischief
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In an effort to showcase to the world its control over its illegal occupation of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), Pakistan has made another mischievous move. In a recent ruling, the Pakistan Supreme Court allowed the government to amend a 2018 administrative order to conduct general elections in the region.

  • May 10, 2020
    Defence MSMEs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As India battles the scourge of COVID-19, the prospects of economic growth have begun to lookbleak. Among various forecasts, Moody is predicting a zero per cent growth.

  • May 10, 2020
    HM commander Riyaz Naikoo Killed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Riyaz Naikoo, chief of Hijbul Mujahideen (HM) was killed on May 6 during an anti-terrorist operation conducted by the Army and J&K Police in the Beighpura area of Pulwama district. A second terrorist, believed to be an accomplice of Naikoo, was also killed in the encounter.

  • May 10, 2020
    Chinese Marines in Indian Ocean
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News reports of April 18 indicate that within five years Chinese marines will be operational in the Indian Ocean. In September 2019, China launched its largest amphibious ship—the Type 075, which is roughly like US Navy’s 40,000-tonne amphibious ship USS ‘Wasp’, central to three ships carrying an American Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).

  • April 26, 2020
    Drones and Robots in Pandemics
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As the world battles COVID-19, technology has thrown up apps, robots, drones and chatbots to help humanity. Indian startups flooded the National Security Advisory Board offering hundreds of apps.

  • April 26, 2020
    COVID-19 Terrorism
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent intelligence reports had indicated that Pakistan was aggressively moving COVID-19 infected cases to POK and infiltrating them into J&K.

  • April 26, 2020
    Advancements in Drone and Anti-Drone
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The yesteryears race of mine and anti-mine has long since been overtaken by the race of drone and anti-drone. These technologies are evolving at a terrific pace with newer inventions showing up periodically that have also been reported in these columns from time to time.

  • April 26, 2020
    Israeli Light Machine Guns are Coming
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has signed a contract with Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) for importing 16,479 Negev light machine guns (LMGs) to meet a long-standing requirement.

  • April 26, 2020
    Torpedoes for Indian Navy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On April 13, the Trump Administration notified the Congress of its determination to sell Harpoon Block II air launched missiles and lightweight torpedoes worth $155 million to India.

  • April 26, 2020
    New Terrorist Outfit in J&K
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A new terrorist organisation calling itself ‘The Resistance Front’ (TRF) has cropped up in J&K in wake of the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

  • April 11, 2020
    COVID-19 Biological Weapon
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    At a time when COVID-19 was ravaging multiple countries with deaths and infections multiplying every second, cities/regions/nations locked down, economies shattered and unemployment going berserk – in effect de-stabilising the world...

  • April 11, 2020
    Tejas Mk1A for IAF
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8, 2019, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria in his annual address had stated that the IAF would be looking to indigenous platforms like the Tejas and the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) to meet the requirements of its squadron numbers as well as modernise its inventory with fourth generation plus and fifth generation aircraft.

  • April 11, 2020
    Kabul Gurdwara Attack – Pakistan Nailed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The dastardly attack by four terrorist on the Gurdwara in Kabul on March 25, 2020 killed 27 Sikhs and a follow up bomb blast close to the crematorium where the dead were being cremated caused injuries to some.

  • April 11, 2020
    Army Spectrum Network
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian multinational giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) engaged in technology, engineering, construction, manufacturing and financial services operating in over 30 countries has disclosed on April 7, 2020 that it has bagged a large order from the Indian Army for establishing a first-of-its-kind...

  • April 11, 2020
    India-Turkey Fleet Support Vehicles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News reports of March 23, 2020 have confirmed that India is going ahead with a $2.3 billion (about 15,000 crore) deal to manufacture five fleet support vessels (FSVs) in collaboration with a Turkish shipyard.

  • April 11, 2020
    Another Major Maoist Ambush
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Amidst speculation that that the Maoist insurgency is dying down, Maoists struck a major blow by ambushing security forces on March 21 near Minpa Forest of Kasalapad area of Sukma District.

  • March 21, 2020
    J&K - Political Dynamics and Normalisation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On March 8, 2020, Altaf Bukhari, former MLA from the J&K Peoples Democratic Party, launched a new political party called ‘J&K Apni Party’ (JKAP).

  • March 21, 2020
    Counter-Drone Drone
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It has been covered in these columns that an indigenous Anti-Drone System developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation...

  • March 21, 2020
    Loitering Munitions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2016, US Companies were looking to market the Hero-30 loitering munition to the US military. Hero-30 is a man-portable unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone designed for about 30 minutes loiter with a 0.5 kg warhead.

  • March 21, 2020
    Defence Procurement Procedure 2020
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Releasing the Draft Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) 2020, on March 20 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Our aim is to make India self-reliant and a global manufacturing hub...

  • March 21, 2020
    Deep Underwater Rescue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Navy’s first Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) procured from Britain (James Fishes Defence of UK) to meet unique requirements of our Navy completed Sea Acceptance Trials successfully last year in June.

  • March 21, 2020
    Indigenous Combat Robots
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During DefExpo 2020 held in February this year, Indian Start-up Company, Defence Master India Pvt Ltd, displayed ‘Sooran’, an indigenous combat robot...

  • March 9, 2020
    US-Taliban Deal – Trump's Compulsion
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Signing of the US-Taliban deal by US Special Representative Zalmay Khalizad and Mullah Abdul Gani Baradar on behalf of Taliban at Doha, Qatar on February 29 had all the trappings of a mega show.

  • March 9, 2020
    NSUAS for Indian Navy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) on February 24, 2020, for a Naval Ship-borne Unmanned Aerial System (NSUAS) as the Indian Navy (IN) is looking at acquiring 15 naval ship-borne drones for surveillance and reconnaissance roles at sea.

  • March 9, 2020
    Exporting SWATHI
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has bagged a deal over Russia and Poland to supply 4 x Swathi Weapon Locating Radars to Armenia at a cost of $40 million. This is good news.

  • March 9, 2020
    China's Combat Robots
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The use of robots in warfare, which earlier was a topic for science fiction, is increasingly being researched to fight future wars.

  • March 9, 2020
    Beijing's Compulsive Proliferation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On February 3, 2020, a Chinese Ship 'Dai Cui Yun' was detained by Customs at Kandla Port on basis of an intelligence tip off.

  • March 9, 2020
    Structure of Department of Military Affairs (DMA)
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Structure of the newly established Department of Military Affairs (DMA) in the Ministry of Defence (MoD), with the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) heading it as Secretary DMA, has come up with the news of its organisation released through the media in installments.

  • February 26, 2020
    Visit of President Donald Trump
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    US President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India witnessed Indo-US Strategic Partnership transit into 'Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership'.

  • February 26, 2020
    LUH to replace Cheetahs/Chetaks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is good news in the offing on the indigenous helicopter front. On February 7, 2020 the Light Utility Helicopter developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited obtained the initial clearance from the DRDO paving the way for its production.

  • February 26, 2020
    Indigenous Anti-Drone System
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    An indigenous Anti-Drone System developed by the Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) was successfully tested on February 21, 2020 in destroying a drone.

  • February 26, 2020
    Air Defence and Delhi's Missile Shield
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It was mentioned in these columns recently that India-Russia negotiations are underway for the supply of IGLA-S man-portable anti-aircraft missile systems (MANPADS), contract is likely to be concluded by end 2020...

  • February 26, 2020
    Pakistan Escapes FATF 'Black List'
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On February 20, 2020, last day of its five-day meeting to review Pakistan's progress towards the implementation of its 27-point action plan...

  • February 26, 2020
    Changing Dynamics of Indo-Pacific
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Close on the heels of India (in partnership with Australia and Indonesia) organising the fourth East Asia Conference on Maritime Security Cooperation at Chennai...

  • February 10, 2020
    Defence Budget 2020-2021
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Presenting the budget for FY 2020-2021 in Parliament on February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman did not mention defence at all, which isn't surprising given her attitude towards the Armed Forces.

  • February 10, 2020
    Bodo Accord Bodes Peace
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Bodo Accord signed between the Government of India and Bodos on January 23, 2020 is a significant step that would contribute greatly towards ushering peace in the turbulent northeast.

  • February 10, 2020
    The Specter of PFI
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ugly face of the Popular Front of India (PFI) causing arson and deaths in the recent riots in Uttar Pradesh has been established, as also for anti-CAA protests in Delhi.

  • February 10, 2020
    Indigenous K-4 and Pranash Missiles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On January 19, 2020 India successfully tested the indigenous K-4 missile of Vizag coast. K-4 is a nuclear capable Intermediate-range submarine-launched ballistic missile developed by the DRDO to arm the Arihant-class submarines.

  • February 10, 2020
    Snubbed Pakistan Remains Impervious
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo while launching the 27-nation International Religious Freedom Alliance on February 5, 2020 commented...

  • February 10, 2020
    IGLA-S Man-portable AD System (MANPADS)
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to an official representative of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), contracts are under negotiation to supply India with Russian-made IGLA-S man-portable air defence missiles and to organise their production on Indian soil.

  • Defexpo 2020 Special
    NEST, the Military and DefExpo
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ccording to media reports, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has established a new ministerial division termed ‘NEST’ denoting New, Emerging and Strategic Technologies.

  • Defexpo 2020 Special
    Indian Defence Industry
    By Major General Arun Kumar Varma (Retd)

    In order for India to possess a technologically advanced and self-sufficient defence industry, a lot will depend on maintaining a conducive eco-system for all stakeholders and a robust framework for effective implementation of reforms.

  • January 20, 2020
    Defence Budget – Now and Next
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India's defence budget for 2019-20 stands at 3.18 lakh crore. This included a capital outlay of just 1,03,394 crore that is not enough to upgrade capabilities and more money is required to avoid a funding crisis.

  • January 20, 2020
    China Snubbed at UNSC
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China shamelessly made a third attempt to raise the Kashmir issue at the UN this month on behalf of protégé Pakistan.

  • Defexpo 2020 Special | January 4, 2020
    India's First CDS – what should be the priorities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking to reporters India's first CDS General Bipin Rawat has said, "As per the task given to the CDS we have to enhance integration and do better resource management. We have to achieve more synergy and integration. This is the motive. All the three services will work as a team.