Experts Speak

  • 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...

  • May 20, 2017
    US nudges Pakistan – Wee bit only
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has blamed Pakistan for deteriorating India-Pak relations and warned that the ties might worsen further if another "high- profile" terrorist attack emanates from across the border this year.

  • May 20, 2017
    Beyond ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The unanimous verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav was on expected lines because Pakistan had violated India's right, provided under the Vienna...

  • May 20, 2017
    North Korea – Rogue supported by rogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test, shortly after President Moon Jae-in took office in South Korea, US President Donald Trump called for "stronger sanctions" against North Korea, while China is urged restraint.

  • May 20, 2017
    PM Modi’s Sri Lanka visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came to India on a 5-day visit in April 2017, he had reiterated the invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

  • May 20, 2017
    New counter-Maoist strategy – Why it is regressive?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The twin Maoists attacks in Sukma on March 11 on a 110-strong CRPF column) and on April 24 on a 99-strong CRPF column, inflicted massive casualties on the...

  • May 19, 2017
    Phased induction of M777 in the Indian Army
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    As part of its massive artillery modernisation plan, the army had planned to induct several types of howitzers through inhouse manufacture by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)/Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)...

  • May 18, 2017
    Expediting Defence Procurements
    By Ranjit Kumar

    India’s defence acquisition framework is considered to be one of the most cumbersome, time consuming, complex and fraught with uncertainties.

  • May 15, 2017
    Strategic partnership policy – Needs speedy conclusion
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    When Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 was released by the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Defexpo 2016, it was without few appendices, which were added later.

  • May 12, 2017
    Countering Maoists – Serious review required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the ghastly Maoist ambush at Sukma on April 24, killing 24 CRPF personnel and injuring seven (of 99-strong CRPF column), a Gazette notification...

  • May 12, 2017
    GSAT-09 – Modi's gift to South Asia
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    GSAT-09 or SAS (South Asia Satellite) is the latest technological move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for integrating South Asia, a resolve he had shown at the swearing in of his government by inviting all SAARC leaders, including Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  • May 12, 2017
    Another beheading by Pak Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A press release on May 1 by Army’s HQ Northern Command read, “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector.

  • May 12, 2017
    ICJ reprieve for Kulbhushan Jadhav
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The reprieve obtained by India for Kulbhushan Yadav from the International Court of justice (ICJ) is a diplomatic victory. This is all the more special because the ICJ deals with international law involving states and not individual cases.

  • May 12, 2017
    'Negative' defence budget - Goes more negative
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The relationship between economy and defence is that both are dependent on each other. Defence cannot be strong without good economy...

  • PM Modi’s Israel visit – Expectations?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel on July 5-6 this year, first by any Indian Prime Minster will be a historic event of extraordinary proportions since it also...

  • Another joint doctrine – But who will implement?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media is agog with headlines of “New defence doctrine to ensure Army, Navy, IAF can tackle entire spectrum of conflicts”.