Experts Speak

  • November 15, 2017
    India, US, Japan, Australia quadrilateral kicks off
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    November 12, 2017 witnessed the first meeting of officials of India, US, Japan and Australia meeting at Manila, giving shape to security cooperation...

  • November 15, 2017
    Continued US military assistance to Pakistan is unfortunate
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When President Donald Trump unveiled his new Af-Pak policy on 21 August 2017 through a televised speech, he was most direct in telling Pakistan how it has been playing the double game with the US.

  • November 15, 2017
    No to Tejas and Arjun by military is misinformation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The media is agog with the news that the Armed Forces have said no to the indigenous Tejas fighter and the Arjun Tank.

  • November 15, 2017
    Joint Training Doctrine
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As a follow up to the ‘Joint Doctrine, Indian Armed Forces – 2017’ in April this year, the Headquarters Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) has now issued...

  • November 15, 2017
    Nirbhay-BrahMos Combo – Nemesis of adversaries
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    December 21, 2016 was bad for India when the trial test of the nuclear-capable ‘Nirbhay’ long-range cruise missile failed for the third time. According to DRDO officials, “The booster engine in Nirbhay’s first stage started working. The missile lifted off from its launcher.

  • November 15, 2017
    The Doodle of Indo-Pak talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Much speculation is in the air that Indo-Pak talks are round the corner and that foreign pressure will make Pakistan slowly come around. Nothing could be farther from the truth despite Pakistan’s sweet pill of granting wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet him.

  • November 8, 2017
    Different rifle for infantry and others?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports, the Army is going in for equipping infantry soldiers with a world-class assault rifle, while non-infantry soldiers would get a cheaper, "less effective", indigenous rifle.

  • November 8, 2017
    HAL shedding 10 per cent stakes – Token move?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government has recently approved the sale of 10% stake in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), a Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU). Suvarna Raju, CMD of HAL has termed it a “major milestone”.

  • November 8, 2017
    Downing drones - Russian style
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a previous issue in these columns it was brought out how seriously the US is tackling the menace of drones, having contending with their onslaughts in the fight with the Islamic State.

  • November 8, 2017
    The tunnel threat
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On September 30 this year, the BSF discovered a 14-foor secret tunnel (below the border fence) in Arnia Sector of Jammu. This was the second big tunnel detected by the BSF aside the international border over the last seven months, previous one being in the Ramgarh Sector in Samba region.

  • November 8, 2017
    Afghanistan via Chabahar — Strategic move
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran in May 2016, The trilateral engagement between India, Iran and Afghanistan was historic, expanding avenues of trade for India with Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia and Russia through the International North South Transportation Corridor (INSTC).

  • November 8, 2017
    Army’s image building
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has received considerable flak on social media for having told the media that he agreed to build three foot over bridges in Mumbai for building the image of the Army.

  • November 2, 2017
    Thumbs Up for the Rotary Wing – Indian Navy
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

    The Indian Navy is facing acute shortage of the Naval Utility Helicopters (NUH) for replacing its aging fleet of Chetak helicopters for the frontline Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels with small-decks and aircraft carriers, as also for the shore based flights to extend support out at Sea for the smaller ships not designed to carry NUH.

  • October 30, 2017
    Air operations from expressways & highways: Combat potential & other spin-offs
    By Air Chief Marshal Fali H Major (Retd)

    The recent Air Operations on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway by IAF Fighter & Transport...

  • October 23, 2017
    Defence Minister's Diwali in Andaman & Nicobar Command
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's two day visit to the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC), and spending Diwali with the troops and families was a nice gesture.

  • October 23, 2017
    Sham hostage rescue gets Pakistan kicked
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is becoming quite apparent that the recent marathon nine-hour conference that Qamar Javed Bajwa, Pakistani army chief had with his corps commanders included plans how to continue befooling the US; aim being to convince the Americans that Pakistan was sincere in cooperating with them in fighting terrorism.

  • October 23, 2017
    Combating Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 13 October 2017, the Taliban claimed downing a US drone in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

  • October 23, 2017
    Swati Weapon Locating Radar - Good development
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As Pakistan plunges more into the dungeons of terrorism and toss morals and ethics aside, its military is targeting more and more villages in cross-border...

  • October 23, 2017
    The AWACS Glut
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The news about the IAF facing grave shortage of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS) surveillance planes is not good, and should make authorities sit up.

  • October 23, 2017
    Modular bunkers - Define priorities first
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to media reports the Army is looking for Lego-like modular, portable, bullet and blast-proof bunkers to replace stone-mud-log and steel shelters as it secures the nation's frontiers against China and Pakistan.

  • October 17, 2017
    Visit of James Mattis — And Indo-US Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis arrived on a two-day visit at New Delhi on September 25 to hold talks with Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. He is the first cabinet rank official under the Trump administration to visit India.

  • October 17, 2017
    The Rohingya Challenge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The latest wave of Rohingya terrorist violence began on August 25, 2017, with multiple police and army posts targeted in Myanamr. According to one report in the early hours of August 25, 150 armed Rohingyas attacked 24 Police Stations and an Army Base in Mangdu district of Rakhine State of Myanmar that left 71 dead.

  • October 17, 2017
    The FICV Project — delayed inordinately
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Army’s quest for the indigenous future infantry combat vehicle (FICV) is in the news again with the US offering India development and production of armoured...

  • October 17, 2017
    China’s Airborne Brigades
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the recent 15-day competition of the International Army Games 2017 held in China during July-August this year, Chinese airborne troops won first place in 11 of the 12 events, winning the overall championship in the platoon level airborne competition.

  • October 17, 2017
    The Cyber Security Conundrum
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has been ranked 23 out of 165 nations in the commitment of nations to cyber-security; Global Cyber-security Index (GCI) released in July 2017 by the UN agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

  • October 17, 2017
    Border Rejig, Infiltration and Terroristan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent media reports headlined ‘Army changes tack, puts tanks at Akhnoor’ describe deployment of tanks and armoured vehicles in Chammb-Jaurian sector of J&K that had witnessed pitched battles during 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars.

  • Issue No. 20 | October 16-31, 2017
    I like the Raksha Mantri
    By Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik (Retd)

    I first saw her as the Party spokesperson. She exhibited logic, patience and a good command over both Hindi and English. Her fighting spirit, toughness and bulldog tenacity were there for all to see.

  • Issue No. 20 | October 16-31, 2017
    Nirmala Sitharaman shows the way
    By Lt General V.K. Katpoor (Retd)

    The visit of Nirmala Sitharaman to the operational sectors is a very appropriate step for it is not only good for the morale of the soldiery but is an indicative of a dynamic Defence Minister who wants to not only understand the operational dynamics...

  • Issue No. 20 | October 16-31, 2017
    Hands-on approach to national security
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Nirmala Sitharaman has adopted a proactive approach and has begun her tenure by acquainting herself with the ground situation on the hostile frontiers on which the Armed Forces are deployed

  • Issue No. 19 | October 1-15, 2017
    Red zone over Kashmir Valley
    By Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik (Retd)

    The thought that must prevail in our minds is that Kashmir is an integral part of India and it is our sacred duty to restore the Valley to pristine condition.

  • September 20, 2017
    Modi's Myanmar visit – And the Rohingya issue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Myanmar on September 5 for a two–day visit on his way back from the 9th BRICS Summit at Xiamen in China.

  • September 20, 2017
    Border infrastructure – Execution is the key
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Doklam standoff has brought into focus once again the poor infrastructure that India has. As on date, only 27 roads' (963-km) of the 73 strategic roads approved for construction (totaling (4,643-km) along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) over 15 years ago have been completed.