Experts Speak

  • June 29, 2017
    Modi-Trump meet — Amidst Modi’s three-nation tour
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump on June 26. Modi’s US trip starting June 25 was part of his three-nation tour commencing with Portugal.

  • Guardians for the Indian Navy
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    There is considerable optimism in India that the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump will usher in a new dawn in the relationship between India and the US.

  • A Landmark Agreement!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The agreement between Lockheed Martin and TASL reflects the confidence of the US aerospace industry in the growing capability of the Indian aerospace industry in the private sector.

  • June 23, 2017
    New Indigenous Bullet Proof Jacket for Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In an article titled ‘Bullet Resistant Vests’ in April this year, it was reported in these columns that Amrita University, Coimbatore is offering highly advanced technology bullet proof jackets (BPJs) and the proposal titled...

  • June 23, 2017
    Trial of another Assault Rifle – and the missing carbine
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media had reported in July 2016 that the Army had junked DRDO’s 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army’s quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles was extended – fresh equipping taking minimum seven-eight years as per informed sources.

  • June 23, 2017
    QCG — Flogging the dead horse?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Pakistani media is upbeat with the news that Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to continue with the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) established for talks with the Taliban in order to bring them into the reconciliation process.

  • F-16 production in India — New beginning
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with India’s Tata Advance Systems on June 19 to produce F-16 fighters in India, a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump.

  • AUSINDEX-17 — Why should China bellyache?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    AUSINDEX-17, the joint India-Australia naval exercise was conducted from 13 to 17 June in the Indian Ocean. Every time India conducts / participates in bilateral / multilateral naval exercises in the Indo-Pacific, China goes bellyaching.

  • June 8, 2017
    Indian Army in Limelight
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The Indian Army continues to be an institution that is loved and respected by the nation and its people.

  • June 8, 2017
    PM Modi’s 4-nation tour
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his four nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France on May 29, it was reported that his main focus would be bilateral cooperation on economic (in backdrop of India having passed GST Bill...

  • June 8, 2017
    FGFA Coming ‘Soon’ – but how soon is soon?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Few weeks before Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Russia for the annual bilateral summit between the two nations, news appeared that the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) would be coming soon – implying the joint Indo-Russian joint...

  • June 8, 2017
    Army Division to Afghanistan – hoax or perception building?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Word by word Identical reports from Washington, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are talking about India planning to send 15,000 troops to Afghanistan...

  • June 8, 2017
    Pakistan’s info war
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Why Pakistan’s information war succeeds in India is not only because of exploitation of communications and social media and is using the religious card in Kashmir Valley, but it also has a cross-section of pro-Pakistan lobby in India. After some Hurriyat leaders openly admitted to have taken money from Pakistan...

  • June 8, 2017
    DGQA – Knotted within and insensitive to troops
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports over 16,000 GPS units purchased for the Army are lying idle in the Central Ordnance Depot at Agra, reportedly on grounds of ‘quality concerns’. This has been the state for over one year despite Rs 28 crores spent on their purchase, since the Army cannot use them until a final quality assurance is given.

  • June 8, 2017
    Another giant leap with GSLV Mk III
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When India fired the high thrust cryogenic engine CE-20 launching GSLV Mk-III in its first experimental flight from Sriharikota on june 5, it was a monumental leap drawing the curtain on what the US sanctions prevented ISRO from doing in 2003...

  • May 30, 2017
    Strategic Partnership Model – Game changer?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 20, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley finalized the broad contours of the Strategic Partnership (SP) policy.

  • May 30, 2017
    New Defence Procurement Organization
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to recent media reports, government is mulling setting up a new autonomous organization, ‘Defence Procurement Organization’ (DPO), to be created within the MoD to deal exclusively with procurement for the Armed Forces as recommended by a committee headed by Dr Pritam Singh...

  • May 30, 2017
    Ransomware – Beware!
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    WannaCry or WannaCry 2.0 the ransomware that struck globally some 150 countries last month affected some 200,000 PCs worldwide.

  • May 30, 2017
    Empowering DIPP – or weakening defence?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Considerable confusion prevails about whether the proposed Defence Procurement Organization (DPO), as a follow up to the Dr Pritam Singh Committee recommendations, is to be ‘all encompassing’ in matters of defence procurement, which it actually should be.

  • May 30, 2017
    3D Rocket in Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first working 3D printer was developed in 1984 by Chuck Hall of 3D Systems Corporation; 3D printing being the process of making three dimensional...

  • May 30, 2017
    Next level Cyber War
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The news about IAF’s Sukhoi SU-30 gone missing near India-China border has been making headlines.

  • Modernisation of the Armed Forces
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Are the Indian armed forces adequately equipped to confront the challenge posed by Pakistan or more importantly, by Pakistan and China acting in collusion?

  • Well begun...and miles to go – NDA@3
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

    After what was termed as a lost decade as far as building up the strategic assets from the national security perspective, during May 2014, India witnessed the...

  • May 25, 2017
    Defence modernisation in three years of NDA rule
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The three services had suffered prolonged neglect in respect of modernisation in the period 2004 to 2014 owing to a number of factors.

  • May 24, 2017
    NDA’s achievements in defence sector in three years
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The Modi government which completes three years on 26 May 2017 is planning to celebrate their achievements by putting out a report card giving out statistics...

  • May 24, 2017
    Defence in three years under NDA II
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On May 26, 2017 the NDA II government completed three years in office. Last three years have seen India rising in economic strength and making way...

  • May 20, 2017
    M777 howitzer finally debut in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In what is being described as “laying the Bofors ghost to rest”, the first two M777 howitzer guns manufactured by BAE System of USA arrived in India and...