Military Updates

  • October 4, 2022
    Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) 'Prachanda' marks its entry into IAF
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The Defence Minister formally inducted indigenously designed and developed LCH, uplifting the self-reliant defence industry.

  • October 3, 2022
    Priorities for the newly appointed CDS
    By Lt. General Abhay Krishna (Retd)

    The Nation eagerly looks at General Anil Chauhan, the new CDS, for successfully taking forward the initiatives taken up by the Late General Bipin Rawat

  • September 29, 2022
    Carl-Gustaf M4 to be 'Made in India'
    By Neetu Dhulia

    Saab to bring the latest in manufacturing techniques for Carl-Gustaf's production in India

  • September 24, 2022
    Lawlessness in a Unipolar World
    By Major General Atanu K Pattanaik (Retd)

    There is worrisome compromise of international institutions, agreements, treaties and arrangements that do not serve the domestic agenda of the US

  • September 19, 2022
    India, France to meet China challenge together
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    In view of the continuously evolving geo-politics particularly in the Indo-Pacific, Catherine Colonna and Jaishankar reaffirmed their shared commitment to deepen the India-France strategic partnership

  • September 14, 2022
    Army Chief Visits Nepal
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    General Manoj Pande's visit to Nepal was largely ceremonial though it did provide an opportunity to review bilateral defence relations and explore new avenues of cooperation

  • September 14, 2022
    Development of Tejas Mark-2 Approved
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    DRDO feels that the Tejas Mark-2 fighter aircraft would be in the category of the Rafale class aircraft in terms of avionics and capabilities but lighter in weight

  • September 14, 2022
    CWG 2022 and ASI, Pune
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Medal winners from the Army have bagged 4 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medal in CWG 2022, which is a commendable feat considering that there were only 18 participants from the Army

  • September 14, 2022
    Hiccups in Project 75(I)
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It remains to be seen whether the foreign OEMs will be satisfied with whatever changes the MoD has made in the tender document and how many will respond by the December 2022 deadline

  • September 14, 2022
    PP-15 Disengagement is No Loss to China
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese side has pulled back northeast of PP-17A while the Indian troops have pulled back to PP-17. In between is the no-patrol zone which means that India troops can no more patrol up to PP-15 which was our forward PP in this sector.

  • September 14, 2022
    Space Affairs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In India, developments in space affairs are occurring periodically at fast pace including more and more private sector involvement

  • September 2, 2022
    INS Vikrant: India's indigenous, vast, & special warship commissioned
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Prime Minister Modi commissioned the first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant, the largest ship ever built in the maritime history of India and houses state-of-the-art automation features

  • September 1, 2022
    Taliban at Loggerheads with Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Thousands of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) cadres are undergoing rigorous combat training and also undergoing sea training for naval combat in order to take on the Pakistani Navy. Pakistan-TTP war may break out in the near future and this time Pakistan will likely experience much more instability and violence than before.

  • September 1, 2022
    Chinese Stealth and UW Technology
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China's long-range heat-seeking radar boosts anti-stealth technology. It has also completed the conceptual design work for a small, low-cost nuclear reactor for use in swarming torpedoes that could cross the Pacific within a week.

  • September 1, 2022
    Indigenous Light Tank – Zorawar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    DRDO is working on a Light Tank named 'Zorawar', fitted with High Altitude Operable Power pack (Engine + Transmission) of 1,000hp and capable of firing multiple ammunition to meet the Army's requirement of light tanks

  • September 1, 2022
    Western Regulars in Ukraine
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It has become clear that the US and NATO are not only waging a proxy war but also a high-risk secret war against Russia in Ukraine. CIA, MI-6 operatives and Western Special Forces in the garb of mercenaries and civilians continue to operate inside Ukraine.

  • September 1, 2022
    Loitering Munitions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Loitering munitions are in a category of their own. They are more akin to a smart missile. Once airborne, the system is designed to “loiter” for an extended time. Loitering munitions are one-time-use weapons designed to find a target and crash into it, “kamikaze” style.

  • September 1, 2022
    Exercise Vostok-2022
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    An Indian Army contingent comprising of troops from 7/8 Gorkha Rifles is participating in a multilateral strategic and command Exercise Vostok-2022 aimed at interaction and coordination amongst other participating military contingents and observers

  • August 29, 2022
    What Type of Light Tank Does India Need?
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    There is no denying the need of Light Tank but is there prudence in going for a 25 tonne with similar firepower as T-90 and capable of floatation? It would compromise on protection and other basic fighting features, no matter how much you may load it with Artificial Intelligence (AI), surveillance drones and/or loitering munition.

  • August 27, 2022
    Boeing fields Super Hornet as India's next carrier-based fighter
    By Neetu Dhulia

    Potential economic impact of $3.6 billion over 10 years to the Indian economy with the Boeing F/A-18 Block III Super Hornet as India's carrier-based fighter

  • August 26, 2022
    Mighty 'Vikrant' ready to take to the waters
    By Neetu Dhulia

    Vikrant is an illustrious example in the Nation's quest for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' and 'Make in India' Initiative

  • August 26, 2022
    Battle for the skies over the seas
    By Air Vice Marshal Sanjay Bhatnagar (Retd)

    Boeing makes a strong case with their F/A-18 Super Hornet Block III for the Indian Navy's carrier deck based fighter programme

  • August 16, 2022
    DefExpo-2022 date announcement sends a wave of relief
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The biennial global exhibition, DefExpo- India's flagship Land, Naval, and Homeland Security systems exhibition – will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat between October 18 and 22, 2022.

  • August 16, 2022
    India Arises @ 75
    By Major General Atanu K Pattanaik (Retd)

    The gains since 1947 have been massive, keeping in mind that we have also evolved as a strong multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, vibrant and resilient democracy

  • August 15, 2022
    Indo-Maldives Defence & Security Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Close contact and coordination between India and Maldives in defence and security is vital for the peace and stability of the entire region in the backdrop of trans-national crime, terrorism and drug trafficking in the Indian Ocean

  • August 15, 2022
    Commissioning of INS 'Vikrant'
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The successful delivery of the indigenous carrier is testimony to the dedicated efforts of a large number of stakeholders within the Indian Navy, shipyard, industry, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and MSMEs for over two decades

  • August 15, 2022
    India's Hypersonic Cruise Missile
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India became the fourth country after the US, China and Russia to develop and test the hypersonic technology. With this successful test, India will be making its first hypersonic missile in the next five years.

  • August 15, 2022
    AI Drone and Strategic Bomber
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is working on an AI-driven multi-role, advanced and long-endurance drone for strategic missions in high-altitude areas

  • August 15, 2022
    Indo-US Military Jointness
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Bilateral military exercises and defence exchanges are an important facet of deepening bilateral defence cooperation between friendly countries

  • August 15, 2022
    Indigenous Laser Guided ATGM
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    SAMHO, the all-indigenous laser guided anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) employs a tandem high explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat explosive reactive armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles in ranges from 1.5 km to 5 km

  • August 10, 2022
    The Choppy Waters of Taiwan Straits
    By Major General Atanu K Pattanaik (Retd)

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stop in Taipei is the first time that a US House speaker has visited Taiwan in 25 years and has fueled US-China tensions

  • August 2, 2022
    Chinese Muscle Flexing
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese fighter jets, including J-11, have been flying close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) over past few weeks, in direct violation of the 10-km Confidence Building Measures (CBM) mutually agreed with India

  • August 2, 2022
    Navy's Fighter – Rafale or F/A-18?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Tests of the French Rafale and the American F/A-18 Super Hornet took place from late May to June at the Indian Navy's test site at Hansa Air Base in Goa

  • August 2, 2022
    Meeting China's LAC 5G Challenge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The need for provisioning of telecom connectivity with high-speed internet capability to the Armed Forces must be given high priority including forward deployments along the LAC because of China’s aggressive moves and the era of drones and missiles giving little reaction time

  • August 2, 2022
    Joint Theatre Commands
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is no escaping the military logic of creating suitably constituted Integrated Theatre Commands and Functional Commands for the Armed Forces as a whole

  • August 2, 2022
    AI Enabled ATV and QRFV
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Collaborative work done in the field of AI is being done by the three Services, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs), iDEX start-ups and the private sector

  • August 2, 2022
    Navy Gets MH-60R Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The induction of MH-60Rs will significantly boost the integral Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) capability and the capability to conduct a range of operations in all weather conditions in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The addition of MH-60R Seahawk helicopters will also help boost the combat power of the Indian Navy.

  • August 1, 2022
    Defence Minister inaugurates the second edition of Ammo India
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Healthy mix of local endeavours & foreign collaboration is the bedrock of India's journey of self-reliance: Defence Minister

  • August 1, 2022
    Self-sufficiency is a strategic imperative for India now: COAS
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Pande visited Ammo India 2022 for a special session.

  • July 19, 2022
    Self-reliance is of Critical Importance
    By SP's Correspondent

    Prime Minister Modi addresses NIIO Seminar 'Swavlamban' and also unveils 'SPRINT Challenges' aimed at giving a boost to usage of indigenous technology in the Indian Navy

  • July 18, 2022
    CAATSA – Relief India Deserved
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    US administration had till now deliberately allowed to hang CAATSA sword over India's head since 2017 but Indian government continued to be defiant. The legislation was intended to punish Russia but India was becoming a collateral target by the US.

  • July 14, 2022
    16th Corps Commander-level Talks in Ladakh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    While our insistence may make China relent for the 16th or more rounds of talks, we are naïve not to acknowledge that there will be no more pull back of troops by China. China holds all the aces, so why would it pull back? In fact, China is using the talks to consolidate its positions in the intrusion areas.

  • July 14, 2022
    China's 5G Along The LAC
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has rolled out a 5G network on their side of the LAC in Ladakh, which has created a problem in radio communications of the Indian Armed Forces deployed in the border areas

  • July 14, 2022
    The Territorial Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    TA units were actively involved in military operations in 1962, 1965 and 1971. The Terriers have also participated in Operation 'Pawan' in Sri Lanka, Operation 'Rakshak' in Punjab and J&K, Operation 'Rhino' and Operation 'Bajrang' in the northeast.

  • July 14, 2022
    The Race for Navy's Fighter Aircraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The French Rafale and the American F-18 are engaged in the process of operational demonstrations to the Indian Navy, preceding the all-important trials. The Navy will then have to decide what numbers are required in the interim period before the TEDBF is inducted.

  • July 14, 2022
    High-speed Expendable Aerial Target
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On June 29, 2022, the DRDO successfully tested an indigenously-designed High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) named 'Abhyas' from the Integrated Test Range (ITR). Programmed for a completely autonomous flight, Abhyas can be launched by the military anywhere using a laptop.

  • July 14, 2022
    Safran Expands in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Safran inaugurated three new production sites in India and announced the construction of a new major facility by 2025. These announcements represent more than $200 million of investment, opening new job opportunities for Indians.

  • July 11, 2022
    First ever AI in Defence symposium held
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The Defence Minister launched 75 Artificial Intelligence products/technologies during ‘AI in Defence’ symposium in New Delhi.

  • July 5, 2022
    India's Third Aircraft Carrier
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India must take a call on the third aircraft carrier if we need to be counted as a regional power not only in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) but also in the Indo-Pacific

  • July 5, 2022
    Maiden Flight of ALH-Dhruv (Wheeled Version)
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The prototype helicopter was built with 'Segmented Pre-Cone MRBs' and 'Pre-Cone MRH'. The two-segment MRBs and the pre-cone configuration have been developed to address the stringent stowage dimension requirement specified by the Indian Navy

  • July 5, 2022
    Indigenous Stealth Drone
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The development of Remotely Piloted Strike Aircraft (RPSA) and its successful induction into the Indian Armed Forces will provide India with considerable air supremacy since the RPSA, with its small size, stealth capabilities...

  • July 5, 2022
    American and British Somersaults
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In October 2019, the US backed off from a proposal for collaboration on jet engine technology under the India-US Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI). Now the US has again offered to collaborate with India for critical jet engine technology.

  • July 5, 2022
    Indigenous Loitering Munitions, UAS Drones, ATGM
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    These are all good developments which need quick follow up actions. 25 per cent of the domestic capital procurement budget (amounting to 21,149 crore) has been earmarked for acquisitions from the domestic private industry this year. This needs to be fully utilised with necessary prioritisation.

  • July 5, 2022
    Indigenous Next Generation Corvettes – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The DAC accorded AoN for procurement of the Next Generation Corvettes (NGCs) to be built at an estimated cost of 36,000 crore by an Indian shipyard and constructed based on new in-house design of the Indian Navy using latest technology of ship building

  • June 20, 2022
    Defence Minister's Vietnam Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both India and Vietnam shared views on the significance of maintaining peace, stability, maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea, as well as settling disputes through peaceful measures according to global norms, UNCLOS, and need to reach an efficient Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea

  • June 20, 2022
    Catch 22 in Talking to Maoists
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Maoists have caught on to the technicality of the Chhattisgarh Home Minister promising ‘unconditional’ talks and Chief Minister Baghel reiterating that Maoists should first declare allegiance to the Indian Constitution

  • June 20, 2022
    Chinese Base in Cambodia
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The new secret Chinese military base in Cambodia ought to wake up America’s political class, including the US Navy brass, to what is fast becoming a global Chinese challenge

  • June 20, 2022
    China's AI-Powered Drone-Ship and Super-Carrier
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The world's first AI-operated drone carrier Zhu Hai Yun is capable of launching surface and sub-surface drones that would be invaluable for data collection...

  • June 20, 2022
    Pakistan Remains in FATF Grey List
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    FATF will now conduct an on-site visit to “check” that the reforms undertaken by Islamabad are “in place” and “can be sustained into the future”

  • June 20, 2022
    Naval Ships 'Surat' and 'Udaygiri' Launched
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 'Surat' and 'Udaygiri' warships have been designed in-house by the Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built at the Mumbai-based MDL. In the coming days, India will not only cater to its needs in the arena of shipbuilding, but will also take care of the requirements of others.

  • June 17, 2022
    India, Israel – New Vision
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    As both nations marked 30 years of excellent ties, visit of the Israeli Defence Minister gave an opportunity to review the full range of India-Israel relations and reiterate their commitment to expanding cooperation for the security & prosperity of both nations

  • June 5, 2022
    QUAD is Not another NATO
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    QUAD lacks any worthwhile muscular policy and the US will likely continue to sit on the fence and let others do the fighting

  • June 5, 2022
    Border Infrastructure Management Authority
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Border Infrastructure Management Authority (BIMA) plan is reportedly being prepared for integrated infrastructure development considering that the people living along the LAC be considered as strategic assets

  • June 5, 2022
    China’s Second Bridge on Pangong Tso
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The fact that China is constructing the second bridge simultaneously from both the north and south banks of Pangong Tso indicates the urgency that is being accorded to it by the PLA

  • June 5, 2022
    Astra Mk-2 Missile
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Astra Mk-2, which uses dual-pulse solid rocket motor for extended reach and better kinematics during the kill phase, is likely to be tested shortly and will restore the air-to-air combat superiority of the IAF over the PAF

  • June 5, 2022
    India-Japan Defence Collaboration
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indo-Japanese defence relations have witnessed an upsurge in recent years which includes joint bi-lateral and multi-lateral exercises. The next 2+2 Indo-Japanese Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting is to be held in Japan at the earliest.

  • May 27, 2022
    QUAD rattles China
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    The Tokyo QUAD summit has set up an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) which has over a dozen partner countries. These partner countries are situated around China and have strong trade relations with China...

  • May 26, 2022
    Pakistan Support to Taliban Backfires
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a militant group also known as the Pakistani Taliban or the TTP has launched more than 124 terrorist attacks since the Taliban returned to power in Pakistan (including suicide attacks) from bases in Afghanistan

  • May 23, 2022
    The QUAD – Way Ahead
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The QUAD must prove that it can be an effective body, both to demonstrate its utility to its own members and to show to the regional community that it is capable of solving regional problems

  • May 18, 2022
    Defence Minister launches two indigenous frontline warships
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The warships namely 'Surat' and 'Udaygiri' were launched at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL), Mumbai on May 17, 2022.

  • May 16, 2022
    Boosting Indo-French Strategic Partnership
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence will likely continue as the cornerstone of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which has been further cemented through the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron

  • May 16, 2022
    The WMD Birds
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese military and government agencies had been using Dove drones and related devices in recent years. Possibly, these drones are also augmented as assassination weapons with built-in face recognition software, akin to the US. These drones pose a new angle to terrorism and assassinations, especially if launched in swarms.

  • May 16, 2022
    Offsets and Strategic Partnerships
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The offset clause in Inter-Government Agreements (IGA) was removed pursuant a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled in Parliament, which said several offset contracts built into multiple defence deals had failed to bring in high-end military technology into the country

  • May 16, 2022
    Spike ATGMs and Sig Sauer Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have both begun to induct ATGMs. The Army is inducting Spike LR2 launchers and missiles, while the IAF is integrating its Russian-origin Mi-17V5 helicopters with Spike NLOS (nonline of sight) missiles

  • May 16, 2022
    ATAGS User Trials Completed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The user trials this summer have just been successfully completed at the Pokhran field firing ranges. Reliability of both the guns was proven by firing multiple rounds in various, including bursts, intense and sustained modes.

  • May 16, 2022
    Pakistan's Proxy War Continues
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan’s proxy war against India will continue under their new Prime Minister with fresh impetus from Pakistan’s DG ISI Lt General Nadeem Anjum. With Pakistan having an inexhaustible supply of terrorists, it is for India to continue in the defensive mode or transport the proxy war into Pakistani territory.

  • May 7, 2022
    Indian Air Force should become an 'Aerospace Force' —Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister
    By Neetu Dhulia

    The Defence Minister added that to protect our assets from space-guided attacks, IAF should operate on technology, developing expertise and human resource management

  • May 7, 2022
    India and France – next phase of strategic partnership
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    Both sides agreed to find creative ways for France's deeper involvement in the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' efforts in advanced defence technology, manufacturing and exports, through increased industry to industry partnerships

  • May 7, 2022
    Reviving Indo-German defence cooperation
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    Both India and Germany are actively seeking to enhance research, co-development and co-production activities bilaterally, under European Union and with other partners, for enhancing high-technology trade, including defence goods

  • May 7, 2022
    India-NORDIC summit - Major Diplomatic gain
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    The five Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark) as a group have a special place in Europe and bringing them together on a single platform with India displays India's diplomatic clout in the region

  • May 5, 2022
    De-conflicting Eastern Ladakh is Passé
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    We may continue military-to-military talks but any progress is unlikely unless China wants and we agree to shift our positions more west by couple of kilometres, calling them no-patrol-zones

  • May 5, 2022
    Beyond The Moskva Sinking
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The threat to naval platforms comes primarily from aircraft and torpedoes but technological advancements in surveillance capabilities, that are networked with missiles based on air, land, and sea platforms, have certainly increased the vulnerability of surface naval assets

  • May 5, 2022
    Of Lasers and UAVs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There are good developments but the need is of speed, given the technological developments globally, particularly in China

  • May 5, 2022
    India-UK Defence Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated their commitment to boost the defence and security cooperation under the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and enhance engagements in support of a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific

  • May 5, 2022
    Drone Making in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government has announced easing of rules for registration and operation of drones in the country, as also the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme worth 120 crore to boost indigenous manufacturing of drones

  • May 5, 2022
    Toxin Hand of Friendship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There was speculation about a possible change in stand of the new Sharif-governed Pakistan towards India. However, the fact that he was chosen for the post of Prime Minister by Pakistan’s Army Chief General Bajwa, should put an end to speculation what India-Pakistan relations will be under Sharif.

  • May 2, 2022
    Synergy, indigenisation, operational preparedness: COAS General Manoj Pande
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    On assuming the appointment of the Chief of the Army Staff, General Manoj Pande was presented with a Guard of Honour at South Block on May 1, 2022.

  • April 28, 2022
    Indian defence upgrading with Israeli ATGMs
    By Staff Correspondent

    The Indian Army and IAF are inducting advanced Israeli anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) with longer range and greater armour-penetration capabilities.

  • April 18, 2022
    India-US partnership to challenge China
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    Prime Minister Modi held a virtual Summit with President Biden on April 11, 2022. With Indo-Pacific in mind and to effectively meet the China challenge, the US administration needs to keep India in good humour. A strong US-Indian partnership is a critical building block in a more resilient regional security architecture.

  • April 16, 2022
    Fourth Indo-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 2+2 Dialogue was broad based with in-person meetings between the respective Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers of both countries, preceded by a virtual summit between PM Modi and President Biden

  • April 16, 2022
    Tour of Duty in Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Why would the youth like to join as a soldier under Tour of Duty (ToD) with uncertain future? Have we considered the dangers of youth well versed in the use of firearms let loose in the society? A much thorough analysis is needed for the ToD scheme to be enforced on the Armed Forces.

  • April 16, 2022
    Canada Mining Gold in Balochistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Nearly $10 billion shall be invested in Balochistan, including $1 billion that shall be invested in social upliftment projects such as roads, schools and hospitals. The Gold and Copper mining project shall make Balochistan the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Pakistan.

  • April 16, 2022
    Border Laxity is Dangerous
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The original deadline to complete the entire stretch of around 1,300 km roads to be constructed along the Indo-Nepal border was by 2016 at a cost of 3,900 crore. However, after a lapse of 12 years, only 29 per cent of the roads are completed.

  • April 16, 2022
    Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Serial Production Cleared
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This helicopter is equipped with all-weather combat capability to support the ground forces and would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force & Indian Army

  • April 16, 2022
    Made in India Advances
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Privatisation is the way for India’s defence industry to grow as we have more than enough potential in the private sector

  • April 15, 2022
    India-US reaffirm defence partnership
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    The visit of Rajnath Singh to USA for the 2+2 dialogue provided an opportunity to both sides to extensively review the entire gamut of bilateral defence cooperation

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    April 8, 2022
    Forging the future with a Wearable Robot
    By Neetu Dhulia

    Bringing the iron man closer to home, Gavin Barnes, the lead engineer for Lockheed Martin's exoskeleton technologies program, who was in Delhi recently demonstrated its strength to go the distance.

  • April 6, 2022
    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Launches Spring Offensive
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    TTP’s aim is to eventually overthrow the Pakistani government, take control, abrogate the Constitution and impose Sharia Law

  • April 6, 2022
    Military Satellites
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Currently, India has only two dedicated military satellites - the GSAT-7 (Rukmini) and GSAT-7A (Angry Bird) used by the Indian Navy and Air Force respectively. The GSAT-7B satellite would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas.

  • April 6, 2022
    Boost to India-Maldives Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Visit of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is testimony to the importance that India attaches to its close and friendly relations with the Maldives

  • April 6, 2022
    ISIS Threat to India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A recent UN Report raises serious concerns over ISIS's continued attempts to revive itself in its core zone as well as expanding and strengthening its affiliates in several countries of Asia and Africa

  • April 6, 2022
    Airborne Exercises along Northern Borders
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Amid the heightened tensions with China, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army conducted airborne exercises to validate rapid response capabilities and seamless integration

  • April 6, 2022
    AMCA Development Begins
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The advanced stealth aircraft will be a multirole fighter capable of carrying out air superiority, ground strike, suppression of enemy air defences and electronic warfare missions. The IAF is planning for two squadron of AMCA Mark 1 and five squadron of Mark 2 variant.

  • March 21, 2022
    Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cascading Risks Globally
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The global spikes in energy and food prices resulting from these supply chain disruptions will see many countries struggle with rising food and energy insecurity as well as increased inequality

  • March 16, 2022
    Ukraine Conflict is America Contrived
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is no prospect of peace because the US does not want it. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is an American puppet playing proxy to the US, and has no compunctions about the destruction of his country.

  • March 16, 2022
    Darker Clouds Over Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The resurgence of IS-K in Pakistan is bad news for Pakistan while the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other outfits are targeting the Pakistani security establishment and their supporters

  • March 16, 2022
    15th India-China Talks in Ladakh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the 15th round of talks, that lasted for around 13 hours, the Indian side pushed China for the resolution of remaining friction points in Ladakh but there was no breakthrough

  • March 16, 2022
    US Assistance During Aggression
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The manner in which the US propped up Ukraine, forced Russia to invade it and is now only pumping arms and mercenaries into Ukraine has blown the aura of support that the US had built around it

  • March 16, 2022
    Atmanirbhar in Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    “The biggest lesson is that we have to be ready to fight future wars with indigenous weapons and the steps towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in defence should be taken more urgently” —General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff

  • March 14, 2022
    Foreign Fighters in Ukraine: A Doomsday Scenario
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Foreigners are not necessarily good for the very people they seek to defend. It has been amply proven that when foreign fighters deploy, violence against locals goes up.

  • March 7, 2022
    The Russia-Ukraine War – A Maritime Perspective
    By Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla (Retd)

    The warm waters of the Black Sea have been critical to Russia since the 17th century, as they have provided year-long access to ice-free waters and direct access to the Mediterranean and through that, to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

  • March 7, 2022
    Sanctions against Russia has wider ramifications
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Although economic sanctions are widely used, their effectiveness is often debated. For now, Western governments are putting a higher priority on their support for Ukraine but soon they will need to weigh on how much pain they are prepared to inflict on their own people.

  • March 7, 2022
    Russia Battles Ukraine for Control of the Skies
    By Air Vice Marshal Sanjay Bhatnagar (Retd)

    Ukranian Air Force is vastly outnumbered by Russian Air Force in terms of numbers and firepower. However, the employment of air power in context of the Russian Air Force has been highly intriguing so far.

  • February 28, 2022
    MILAN-2022 and the Indo-Pacific
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    MILAN is a biennial multilateral exercise that has grown progressively in magnitude and this year will witness more than 40 countries sending their warships/high-level delegations

  • February 28, 2022
    China's Stealth Bomber and Stealth Fighter
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has been developing an advanced strategic bomber Xian H-20 with a range up to 8,000 km. It is developed according to the aerodynamic design “flying wing” with the use of stealth technologies.

  • February 28, 2022
    Lasers in Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent advances in ultra-high-power lasers and laser weapons systems have shown the enormous potential of laser technology to revolutionise 21st century warfare

  • February 28, 2022
    Chinese Missile Repair Base in Bangladesh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is presumed that the maintenance and overhaul facility being set up will double up as a production assembly line of the FM-90 air defence missile system and its advanced variants in future

  • February 28, 2022
    Pakistani Duping FATF
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan is currently on the FATF 'Grey List' but needs to be placed on the 'Black List' having duped the FATF all these years; terrorism and terror financing continuing though front organisations and changing names of terror outfits.

  • February 28, 2022
    China Backstabs Nepal
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2020, reports began emerging that China was encroaching into Nepal by removing boundary pillars and constructing buildings despite the Nepal-China border having been ratified since 1960 and boundary pillars constructed all along

  • February 25, 2022
    Indian Dilemma Over the Russia – Ukraine Crisis
    By Lt. General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    India has become closer to the US and the West in the recent past but it also enjoys traditionally a good relation with Russia

  • February 25, 2022
    Europe on the edge: Russia attacks Ukraine
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On the international political front, Russia is facing condemnation from Western powers over its actions in Ukraine with the European Union vowing to hold Moscow accountable for the military operation

  • February 21, 2022
    National Maritime Security Coordinator
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The proposal of the post creation was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security during 2021, in order to strengthen the maritime security and ensuring cohesion among various key stakeholders

  • February 12, 2022
    Border Villages and National Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Under the Vibrant Village Programme (VVP), villages near the LAC in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal are to be developed. How many and where will they come up, given the aggressive posture of PLA, empowered by China’s New Border Law plus road connectivity?

  • February 12, 2022
    Smarticle Robots - and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Smarticle research has the potential to make robots capable of changing their shapes, modalities and functions

  • February 12, 2022
    Quantum Communications
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Quantum technology is evolving quickly and no doubt will have a significant impact not only on warfare but also in terms of national security. However, experts are still not certain what exactly this impact will be!

  • February 12, 2022
    50 JF-17 Jet Fighters for Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is procuring these fighter jets jointly built with China to replace old aircraft and upgrade capability against India's missile defence system

  • February 12, 2022
    Boost to Space Programme
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Department of Space (DOS) has been allocated 13,700 crore for the FY 2022-23. The jump in the budgetary allocation to DOS is because of the planned launch of the first Gaganyaan space mission this year, plus the planned launch of Aditya L1 to the Sun, besides others

  • February 12, 2022
    Comforting from the Cold
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government could consider providing onboard heating and ventilation system in Cheetah and Chetak helicopters as well – same as being done for the Light Utility Helicopters (LUH)

  • February 2, 2022
    Defence Budget Allocation 2022-2023
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Budget 2022-23 has been increased to 5.25 lakh crore for 2022-23 from the previous FY allocation of 4.78 lakh crore with a major push on ensuring self-reliance in manufacturing of military platforms

  • February 2, 2022
    China's Mechanical Yak and More
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) may use the Mechanical Yak to bring supplies of munitions and food to plateaus, mountains, deserts and forests where standard vehicles have difficulty crossing

  • February 2, 2022
    SPARSH - Bane of Vulnerable Segment?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    SPARSH will create unending problems for the pensioners, widows and disabled veterans, and as such, should have been discussed with veterans before commencing its implementation

  • February 2, 2022
    Learning Ancient Indian Statecraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Our ancient texts have universal applicability and drawing the right lessons would help us not only in strengthening our cultural values but also in building credible national security architecture

  • February 2, 2022
    The Indigenous Rifle Saga
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The foot soldier is generally forgotten in the race of big-ticket weapon systems

  • February 2, 2022
    China-Pakistan Space Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Earlier this year, China announced plans to boost space cooperation with Pakistan, including the development of a space centre and launching of more Pakistani satellites

  • January 29, 2022
    Look Beyond Traditional Contact Warfare
    By Lt. General Abhay Krishna (Retd)

    Are we prepared today to foil a cyber-attack on our Railway Network, Banking System or Power Grid? The nature of cyber-attacks is such that it is almost always difficult to pinpoint the source of the attack, giving perpetrating nation-states plausible deniability.

  • January 27, 2022
    The grandeur of Republic Day 2022
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Over seven decades of being a Republic; India showcases its defence, cultural, and developmental highlights around the theme of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’

  • January 24, 2022
    Republic Day Parade – 2022: A journey through Indian Army's uniform & weaponry evolution
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    16 marching contingents, 17 military bands and 25 tableaux to mark the nation's 75th year of independence at this Republic Day.

  • January 21, 2022
    ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems has secured a major deal
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Israel signed the €3 billion ThyssenKrupp submarine deal, for three new submarines from the series of Dakar-class submarines.

  • January 15, 2022
    Defence Budget 2022-23
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The crux of a defence budget should be to systematically improve the military's capability to meet future threats in keeping with the changing battlefield environments in the 'shortest possible period'

  • January 15, 2022
    14th Corps Commander-level Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 14th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on January 12, 2022 with representatives from the defence and foreign affairs establishments of both sides present at the meeting

  • January 15, 2022
    Army's Quantum Lab and AI Centre
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Army has recently established a Quantum Laboratory, with supports from the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and an AI Centre at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow in Madhya Pradesh to spearhead research and training in these key emerging fields

  • January 15, 2022
    Pakistan Army Insults Own Uniform
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistani army continue to disown and refuse to take back the bodies of the killed infiltrators identified as Pakistani nationals

  • January 15, 2022
    The Railgun
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The railgun is a linear motor, typically designed as a weapon which uses electromagnetic force to launch high velocity projectiles that do not contain explosives but rely on the projectile's mass, high speed and kinetic energy to inflict damage

  • January 15, 2022
    BrahMos Exports Get Going
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Negotiations for BrahMos between India and the Philippines had been going on for the last few years but the obvious roadblock was Manila’s budgetary constraints

  • January 14, 2022
    “We are resolved to show “Zero Tolerance’ to terror”
    By Neetu Dhulia

    India will “come out victorious” in case of war with China, war stays only as an “instrument of last resort” —General M.M. Naravane said during press conference ahead of Army Day celebrations on a January 15th.

  • January 11, 2022
    Rafale maritime fighter displays ski-jump capability
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The marine version of the French fighter aircraft demonstrated the ability to operate from Indian Navy’s aircraft carrier Vikrant which has recently set out for its crucial third set of sea trials.

  • January 11, 2022
    Indian naval diplomacy at it's zenith
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    From tiny Maldives and Sri Lanka to ASEAN members besides African, Gulf and European powers to giant US Navy, Indian navy interacted with most of the friendly naval powers in the Indo-pacific maritime region in recent months, which the strategic community must take note of.

  • January 3, 2022
    Taliban Threaten Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Afghan Taliban Intelligence Chief of Eastern Nangarhar province has warned Pakistani soldiers saying, "If you violate the boundary line, be ready for war with us. We love fighting you more than the Jews. We still have a lot of work to do."

  • January 3, 2022
    Samudrayan and Indigenous AERV
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    First unmanned trial of MATSYA 6000 and the induction of the first set of indigenously developed next-generation Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV) will contribute immensely to Atmanirbhar Bharat

  • January 3, 2022
    Agni-P, Pralay and SMART Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) massed up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for possible conflict, India has conducted multiple tests of strategic and tactical strike weapons as a signal to China

  • January 3, 2022
    MArG 155–BR, ATAGS and Dhanush
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Modernisation plan of the Indian Army to procure indigenous 3,000-3,600 howitzers by 2025-27 as part of the Field Artillery Rationalisation Programme (FARP) has run into problems

  • January 3, 2022
    ISRO-OPPO Deal Endangers Data Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ISRO-OPPO deal includes exchange of technical information of the NavIC messaging service so as to build rapid, ready-to-use, end-to-end application-specific solutions by integrating the messaging service with the mobile handset platforms

  • January 3, 2022
    Sino-Indian New Year Handshake
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The gesture is supposed to cool down tensions before the 14th round of Corps Commander-level talks in Eastern Ladakh

  • December 21, 2021
    Florence Parly in India: Eyes on Rafales and Scorpenes
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic Affairs Analyst

    France has emerged as a major supplier of critical weapon platforms like Fighter planes and Submarines along with powerful short range missiles and has been India's fellow in taking care of India's concerns in international forum

  • December 13, 2021
    Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The friendship between India and Russian has stood the test of times and through difficult situations. Both have now signed a programme of cooperation in the field of defence for the next ten years (2021-2031).

  • December 13, 2021
    Debauch Politicians with Pakistani Souls
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ilk of Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatists know that talks with Pakistan to stop terrorism in J&K are useless because terrorism is the main forte of the Pakistani military and confrontation with India helps them retain their stranglehold over Pakistan

  • December 13, 2021
    SCO Cyber Security Seminar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This was the second time India was hosting such a cyber security seminar and first after it took over the Chair of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) Council

  • December 13, 2021
    UGVs for Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Army Design Bureau (ADB) had sought tailor-made technology for the Army for inducting tactical UGVs for close quarters surveillance and combat

  • December 13, 2021
    VL-SRSAM and Pinaka-ER Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The VL-SRSAM, based on Astra Mark-1 air-to-air missile, is a quick reaction surface-to-air missile which has a maximum speed of Mach 4-5 and was conceived for area and point defence to protect naval platforms

  • December 13, 2021
    ISRO Focus on Make-in-Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Make-in-Space concepts, quantum communications and advance radars are the technologies ISRO is focusing on as part of the plan to prepare India for the future

  • December 9, 2021
    India-Russia: Defence to get boost
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic affairs Analyst

    The Putin-Modi hug in New Delhi, displayed the bonhomie that continue to exist between Indian and Russian leadership despite vastly changed geo-political equations.

  • December 4, 2021
    New 10-year Capability Development Plan in the works: Navy Chief
    By SP's Correspondent

    Navy Chief Admiral R Hari Kumar announced on December 3 that a 10-year Integrated Capability Development Plan (ICDP) is in the works under the auspices of the newly-raised Department of Military Affairs to prioritise military procurements.

  • December 3, 2021
    MoD Revises its Import Ban Decision
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic affairs Analyst

    In case the domestic industry is unable to supply equipment urgently needed by the armed forces, in the stipulated time frame, or quantity or where there are any other technical issues, specific cases of imports could be taken up to meet immediate requirement

  • December 2, 2021
    Tibetan Recruitment in PLA
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has launched a compulsory recruitment drive for Tibetans in the Chumbi Valley, between Sikkim and Bhutan and some other areas, so that each Tibetan household has to compulsorily provide one youth for recruitment in the PLA

  • December 2, 2021
    Weapons by Private Firms
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Home Ministry held discussions with some 17 private companies for manufacture of arms. It is known that a number of Indian private companies are into defence manufacturing.

  • December 2, 2021
    Exploiting the Kartarpur Corridor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, final resting place of Guru Nank Dev, situated on the banks of Ravi River in Pakistan, is 120 kms from Lahore and 3-4 km from the Indo-Pak border, and is most sacred to the Sikhs

  • December 2, 2021
    Indigenous LCH, Drones and EW Suit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking on the occasion of 'Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv' said, “For a long time, we were a nation that was a weapons and defence equipment buyer. Today the mantra is 'Make in India, Make for the World'.”

  • December 2, 2021
    China Weaponising Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has made significant progress in developing anti-ballistic missiles (ABM) which like ASATs can also be used to target other nation’s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and military satellites.

  • December 2, 2021
    Recent Terror Attacks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both China-Pakistan are arming and supporting multiple terrorist groups in India. China has been supporting and arming insurgents in India both in the northeast and in the Maoists belt. Pakistan has been trying to destabilise Punjab for past several years.

  • November 22, 2021
    Subtle message to China – INS Visakhapatnam
    By Ranjit Kumar, Strategic affairs Analyst

    With the changing power dynamics in the Indian Ocean Region, INS Visakhapatnam will augment the Indian Navy’s mobility, reach and flexibility towards accomplishment of its tasks and goals

  • November 18, 2021
    Saab unleashes aggressive offers of Gripen for India
    By Vishal Thapar

    Price war unleashed ahead of MRFA competition, pitting Euro 125 million Gripen against Euro 216 million Rafale

  • November 17, 2021
    IAF orders HAMMER smart bomb kit for LCA fleet
    By Vishal Thapar

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is reported to have ordered an unspecified number of HAMMER ground attack precision guided munitions (PGM) for integration with the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

  • November 14, 2021
    Arriving S-400 Missile System
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    S-400 can fire three types of missiles and can also detect and destroy incoming medium range ballistic missiles. The S-400 was developed to defend against missiles and aircraft of all types, including stealth.

  • November 14, 2021
    Boosting Army's Air Defence Capability
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has lauded the joint efforts of multiple agencies in developing, what he termed, one of the best state-of-the-art missile systems in the world that will prove to be a game changer in the air defence capabilities of Indian armed forces

  • November 14, 2021
    Indian Stealth Fighter
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    AMCA is an indigenous stealth fighter programme to develop fifth generation aircraft for the IAF and the Indian Navy (IN) which is also to include certain sixth generation technologies

  • November 14, 2021
    Agni V and LRB Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Agni-V marks, through its use of a canister-launched missile, a shift in India's missile deployment approach as the warheads for such missiles would have to be mated before the missile is sealed into its canister. This would indicate that India would be keeping a proportion of its nuclear missiles in fully operational configuration.

  • November 14, 2021
    Is China Readying for a Limited War?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China is hardening its force posture including in Eastern Ladakh; demonstrated by the series of operational and tactical measures it is continuing to take. This is hardly to only intimidate India.

  • November 14, 2021
    Boosting Naval Power
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Navy hopes to raise its warships strength from the current 140 to 175 by 2027 which may look ambitious but give the government focus should be feasible

  • November 10, 2021
    Defence Minister asks forces to be ready at short notice on “volatile” border
    By Vishal Thapar

    IAF top brass brainstorm swift response amidst continuing stand-off with China

  • November 10, 2021
    Vice Admiral Hari Kumar named new Navy Chief
    By Vishal Thapar

    Navigation of key procurements for naval modernisation to be high on agenda

  • November 2, 2021
    China-Turkey Arming Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A China-Pakistan-Turkey triad will be adverse for India both in the conventional and sub-conventional spheres, given that China-Pakistan and Turkey-Pakistan have already been collaborating at the sub-conventional level.

  • November 2, 2021
    China's Nuclear FOBS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to reports, China undertook not one but two FOBS tests this summer. The FOBS has implications for nations in China's crosshairs particularly for Taiwan since there is no defence against such a weapon presently.

  • November 2, 2021
    New Russian Autonomous Underwater Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUVs) can be used for underwater survey missions such as detecting and mapping submerged wrecks, rocks, and obstructions that can be a hazard to navigation for commercial and recreational vessels

  • November 2, 2021
    China's Anti-Stealth Radar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The radar was touted to be revolutionary technology which is a significant addition to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) anti-stealth capabilities and is seen as a major challenge for America's highly advanced F-35 and F-22 fighter jets

  • November 2, 2021
    New Army Aviation Brigade
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The function of the new army aviation brigade is largely for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities but it can support the Army for other tasks...

  • November 2, 2021
    All Weather Road to Tawang
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Under construction at an altitude of 13,500 feet with latest Austrian technology and outlay of over 7,000 crore the Sela Tunnel is an engineering marvel.

  • November 2, 2021
    India scraps programme to buy 13 BAE Mk-45 naval guns, commits itself to HAL's Light Utility Helicopters
    By Vishal Thapar

    Decisions aimed to boost Make in India agenda as part of approvals for acquisitions worth $1.1 Billion

  • October 29, 2021
    Talwar class follow-on frigates for Indian Navy on track with launch of first of two ordered for $950 million
    By Vishal Thapar

    Under construction warship named Tushil, Russia resolves to meet 2022 delivery deadline

  • October 28, 2021
    India test fires Agni-5 ICBM to signal growing maturity of nukes
    By Vishal Thapar

    Work on credible minimum deterrence on track with operationalisation of most potent missile

  • October 28, 2021
    India determined to protect its maritime interests in the Indo-Pacific: Rajnath Singh
    By Vishal Thapar

    Under the shadow of Chinese belligerence, Defence Minister seeks convergence of interests to face challenges

  • October 27, 2021
    Ruckus About AUKUS
    By Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

    AUKUS is a military alliance in which sensitive technology will be transferred by the US to Australia which has the potential of tilting the strategic balance in the region

  • October 16, 2021
    Indian Space Association (ISpA) Launched
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ISpA will undertake policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian Space domain. This will include the government and its agencies, to make India self-reliant, technologically advanced and a leading player in the space arena.

  • October 16, 2021
    ISTAR Programme and EWA
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India is working on the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance (ISTAR) programme with the US under the India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)

  • October 16, 2021
    Minority Killings in Kashmir Valley
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It may appear that the above minority killings in the Valley are in response to signs of normalisation returning and hindering government plans to return Kashmiri Pandits to J&K

  • October 16, 2021
    Second Phase Malabar 2021
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The second phase of Malabar 2021 exercise is reflective of the commitment of the participating countries to support a free, open, inclusive Indo-Pacific as well as a rules-based international order

  • October 16, 2021
    Deep Sea - Lurking Danger
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are already proliferating and as they grow in size and scope, they will add more complex and capable sonar, AI brains, communications links, and other technologies that will allow them to better monitor enemy submarine movements and attack them when required

  • October 16, 2021
    13th India-China Military Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.

  • October 8, 2021
    IAF sharp focusses on threat from China
    By Vishal Thapar

    Show of strength on 89th Air Force Day

  • October 6, 2021
    QUAD Leaders Summit and AUKUS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    QUAD can actually be as powerful as AUKUS or even more, in case the capabilities of all members is built up suitably, under the pledge of sharing critical and futuristic technologies

  • October 6, 2021
    Rocket Force and Theatre Commands
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A committee was constituted that includes Vice Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and representatives of other ministries and departments, to resolve internal differences of Armed Forces, consult external stake holders like the MHA and MoF and look into the structure, composition, nomenclature and reporting channels of the proposed tri-Service commands

  • October 6, 2021
    Mirage 2000, Su-30 and More
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The new acquisitions are also geared towards developing indigenous supply chains for spare parts and engines. This will empower original equipment spares to be 'Made in India', which in turn should help counter any possible shortage of spares

  • October 6, 2021
    Simulators for Armed Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The policy document lays emphasis on indigenous design and development as well as outsourcing of operation and maintenance of simulators to the Indian companies

  • October 6, 2021
    Prime Minister Modi Meets Global CEOs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The excellent initiative taken by the Prime Minister in meeting with the CEOs of global firms will help improve the technological prowess of India, improve the economy, contribute towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and open up more employment opportunities

  • October 6, 2021
    More Arjun Main Battle Tanks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the earlier variant, the Arjun Mk-1A is expected to provide effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night

  • October 5, 2021
    IAF will not be able to get authorised fighter strength of 42 squadrons: Air Chief
    By Vishal Thapar

    Best case scenario is 35 fighter squadrons after 15 years

  • September 24, 2021
    India signs landmark $2.8 billion deal with Airbus for 56 C295 airlifters
    By Vishal Thapar

    Stage set for manufacture of aircraft in private sector for the first time by Airbus-Tata consortium

  • September 16, 2021
    India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both India and Australia agreed to work jointly to realise full potential of the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

  • September 16, 2021
    Minesweeping Criticality
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Though the deal was supposed to be closed in 2016 but discussions on technology transfer (ToT) reportedly caused delays

  • September 16, 2021
    Forces Arming for Drone Warfare
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    All the three services of the Indian Armed Forces are moving ahead speedily for the acquisition of Drones and Anti-Drone technologies, mostly indigenous systems that are developed by Indian companies

  • September 16, 2021
    Landing Platform Docks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After a lapse of over a decade, MoD now has again revived the project to indigenously build 4 x LPDs for the Indian Navy

  • September 16, 2021
    Powering the Skies
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Various developments on the military aviation front augurs well for the capability development of the Indian Air Force as they scurry to augment their resources in the skies

  • September 16, 2021
    Afghanistan - Terror Renaissance
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Taliban's interim government includes some 14 UN-designated terrorists. Out of the 98 US-designated terrorist organisations globally, 20 are located in Afghanistan-Pakistan region - 13 in Afghanistan and seven in Pakistan.

  • September 6, 2021
    Decoding the Taliban Puzzle
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is ample proof of Pakistani regulars and Mujahids fighting alongside Taliban in covert mode, with Pakistani officers even leading Taliban columns. The Taliban were raised in Peshawar, not in Kandahar as believed.

  • September 6, 2021
    Coming - 70,000 AK-203 Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The contract for these 70,000 was signed between the MoD and Russian representatives, in the presence of officials from Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd. These rifles are expected to begin arriving in the country from November this year.

  • September 6, 2021
    Vikrant's Light Signaling System
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Navy personnel have been trained by Aerosvet's engineers in installation of light signaling system on INS Vikrant

  • September 6, 2021
    China's Kabul Diplomacy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan lost no time in opening diplomatic dialogue with the Taliban, indirectly signaling China's recognition of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan

  • September 6, 2021
    Developments in Aviation Sector
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Government is planning to invest $1.83 billion for development of airport infrastructure along with aviation navigation services by 2026.

  • September 6, 2021
    Light Drone Interceptor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The terrorist threat to India has gone up with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan. The possibility of terrorists using drones has certainly gone up, as is the possibility of CBRN attacks.

  • August 21, 2021
    Geopolitical Shifts Could Unfold Post T-Afghanistan
    By Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

    China is entering this space created by the withdrawal of US troops. It will like to swiftly maneuver in order to gain significant advantage towards solidifying its continental strategy driven by BRI.

  • August 19, 2021
    Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Although Pakistan plays a major role in Afghanistan in practically all segments, yet Afghanistan would not like to be seen as a mere crony of Pakistan.

  • August 15, 2021
    Army's Contribution in Olympics
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Army has always contributed sportsmen at national and international sports events. For the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, 12 Indian Army personnel formed part of the Indian contingent.

  • August 15, 2021
    Indian Fuselage for Apache Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The production of the 100th fuselage for Apache helicopters has been accomplished by TABL within three years of the facility being established at Hyderabad

  • August 15, 2021
    Seventh War Olympics
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The competition fosters military to military cooperation while building upon the best practices of participating nations.

  • August 15, 2021
    US Superpower Image Cracks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With the pull-out from Afghanistan, the superpower image of the US has taken a severe hit and that too at a time when Washington may have to deal with China and Russia collectively

  • August 15, 2021
    Maritime Security to The Fore
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With increasing maritime threats, India is all set to establish a National Maritime Security Coordinator (NSMC). The NSMC will interface between the civilian and military maritime domain with the objective of enhancing security architecture and energy security of India.

  • August 15, 2021
    K9 Vajra Mountain Trials Successful
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to sources in the defence and security establishment, trials of 3 x K9 Vajra which were sent to Ladakh earlier this year have been successful and because it is tracked, the movement in the mountains becomes easier so the system can be deployed strategically.

  • August 6, 2021
    Xi Jinping in Occupied Tibet
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During Xi's visit to Lhasa, public movement was restriced, work in factories and sites was halted and flying of kites and drones prohibited

  • August 6, 2021
    Coming - MQ-9 Reapers and Armed Herons
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Once cleared by the DAC, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) will need to give its final approval before procurement of the Predator-B armed drones can move forward

  • August 6, 2021
    China Breaching Indian Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian companies are aiding China breach security at various levels in India by supplying fake and cheap spare parts and sub-standard quality Chinese surveillance devices for use in our military equipment and defence establishments

  • August 6, 2021
    Malabar Exercise - Signaling China
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    People's Republic of China should be taking cognizance of the global reaction to its belligerent and expansionist territorial claims including its maritime claims in the East and South China seas.

  • August 6, 2021
    Vikrant on Sea Trials
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Vikrant is also known as the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1, or IAC-1. It will be the second ship to bear the name 'Vikrant'.

  • August 6, 2021
    Clipping Wings of OFB Worker Unions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Essential Defence Services Bill-2021 effectively rules out future strikes by workers' federation of OFB unless they want to defy the bill by going on strike and challenge the government to collectively dismiss them

  • August 2, 2021
    General Richard D. Clark in India - Not a routine visit
    By Ranjit Kumar

    The visit of US Chief of Special Operations Command to India in end-July, has raised speculations of further deepening cooperation between the Special Forces of two countries in which the Florida based US headquarter of the Command would be extending training facilities to Indian commando soldiers of Special Forces Division.

  • August 2, 2021
    India-US: Partnership of the century
    By Ranjit Kumar

    Considering the deepening strategic relationship between India and US and the realisation in Foggy Bottom that India must be on US side to counter the threatening rise and challenge of China to US predominance in the world, the visit of the seven months old Biden administration's Secretary of State was long overdue.

  • July 22, 2021
    Success of MPATGM: Huge boost to indigenisation
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The timing of the success is even more significant as it has happened at a time when the border stand-off with China still continues

  • July 19, 2021
    The Disengagement Quagmire
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed to complete disengagement in September 2020, China has continued to dither disengaging from Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang

  • July 19, 2021
    China's Underwater Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Mass deployment of Drones gives a tremendous underwater advantage to Beijing not only for quietly gathering hydrographic data in territorial waters of other countries but also military advantage to the PLA

  • July 19, 2021
    Counter Drone Systems for IAF
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A CUAS detects and intercepts hostile drones and unmanned aerial systems, which can be used for intelligence gathering or smuggling contraband, or to deploy explosives

  • July 19, 2021
    Procuring Kamov Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Armed Forces urgently need 498 light utility helicopters to replace their obsolete single-engine Cheetah/Chetak fleets, which have been dogged by a high crash rate and serviceability problems.

  • July 19, 2021
    The Drone Challenge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Drone Rules, 2021 will lead to an explosion of drone use in India. The number of unregulated but active over 6,00,000 drones in India could jump to 10-20 times that number of drones, regulated through self-certification.

  • July 19, 2021
    The Taliban Game Plan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Taliban want to establish an Islamic Emirate ruled by Taliban rule and with Sharia imposed throughout Afghanistan. The peace talks are more of a game for Taliban concurrent to their offensive.

  • July 17, 2021
    Air Defence Gun Systems - Light at the end of the Barrel
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The projected requirement would be a minimum of 1000 guns in a phased manner and it is obvious that 6000 crores is not enough. More funds will be allotted depending on the success of the project.

  • July 6, 2021
    Jammu Drone Attack is Wakeup Call
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Drone threat is not merely cross-border but equally potent from the hinterland. Therefore, merely deploying drone defence dome systems along the borders will not be enough.

  • July 6, 2021
    Russia Sprut Tanks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Russia in September 2020, Russia offered the Sprut SDM1 light tanks in response to Rajnath mentioning that India was looking for light tanks. Now Russia has responded to the RFI with the same offer.

  • July 6, 2021
    Beyond the Decision to Corporatise OFB
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Government has approved restructuring of the OFB and the 41 OFs into seven Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) but their accountability, efficiency and competitiveness will improve only with privatisation

  • July 6, 2021
    Defence Cyber Command
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Government is planning to set up a 'proper' Cyber Command in the hinterland of Madhya Pradesh for providing a fighting edge to the proposed Theatre Commands

  • July 6, 2021
    Child Soldiers of Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    US has added Pakistan in the list of countries under Child Soldier Prevention Act (CSPA) which prohibits the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of military equipment to such governments

  • July 6, 2021
    Agni Prime Successfully Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Agni Prime is part of a much larger arsenal that India wants to deploy in the Indo-Pacific region to effectively deter China in the maritime domain

  • July 2, 2021
    Drone Attack: Are We Prepared Enough?
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    While the discussion around the use of armed drones is not new, not only do these concerns remain unresolved but, with drone warfare continuing to expand and evolve, new layers are being added to the controversies posed by the use of armed drones

  • June 22, 2021
    The Taliban Factor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has lagged in establishing contacts with the Afghan Taliban despite writing on the wall over the past several years that they will likely come to power in Kabul after the exit of US troops from Afghanistan or have a major say in governance

  • June 22, 2021
    Hypersonic and Stealth Aircraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russia and China lead in hypersonic weapon development, trailed by the US. India, France, Australia and Japan too are developing these technologies.

  • June 22, 2021
    Second Negative Import List
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    An all around growth of our defence industry is required, not through the DRDO-OFB-DPSUs alone with role of private defence industry and MSMEs relegated to being subcontracted to the governmental defence industrial complex

  • June 22, 2021
    Border Infrastructure
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Chinese aggression in 2020 has woken up India to its strategic inadequacies including in border infrastructure

  • June 22, 2021
    Aero Engines
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Aero Engine is an important critical technology. We need to establish a JV for aero engines with an OEM at the earliest.

  • June 22, 2021
    FRCV to The Fore
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In conformity with the emerging future threat spectrum and the technological advancements, the Indian Army intends to induct a new state-of-the-art and technology-enabled tank

  • June 19, 2021
    DAC approves RFP for construction of six submarines
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    This project envisages indigenous construction of six conventional stealth submarines equipped with the state-of-the-art Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) system, at an estimated cost of 43,000 crore (about $5.8 billion)

  • June 19, 2021
    Pearl in the String
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier had some misgivings on the economic viability of CPEC and that it represents a debt trap but on May 24, 2021, he met China's Ambassador to Pakistan and reiterated the highest priority accorded by his government to the CPEC

  • June 17, 2021
    Integrated approach to Air Defence in India
    By Lt. General A.P. Singh, Director General, Army Air Defence

    The AD architecture world over, throws up three types of integration i.e., geographical integration, resources/assets integration and the functional integration.

  • June 11, 2021
    FRCV - Aimed to Shock and Awe
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The RFI states that the Indian Army requires state-of-the-art Main Battle Tank namely Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) to replace the existing tank fleet.

  • June 11, 2021
    Army Triggers Atmanirbhar
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The Indian Army, to boost self reliance, has set up its own Army Design Bureau (ADB) for indigenous procurements and reduce import dependence

  • June 6, 2021
    Another Chinese Conquest in Colombo
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China getting 220 acres on 99 years lease and 49 acres free-hold in Colombo Port City is a massive strategic victory for Beijing

  • June 6, 2021
    The Offset Googly
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Offset clause in Inter-Government Agreements (IGA) under the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP 2020) was removed and a new category for leasing military equipment introduced.

  • June 6, 2021
    Bhutan's Summer of 2021
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Over the years China has occupied a large swath of territory in Western Bhutan through salami slicing

  • June 6, 2021
    Counter Maoist Operations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Maharashtra Police had undergone training at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CTJW) College at Kanker in Chhattisgarh between 2008 and 2011, after which they established their own training establishment near Nagpur employing a veteran army officer for initial few years

  • June 6, 2021
    Advanced Herons for LAC
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Heron TP equipped with automatic taxi-take-off and landing (ATOL) and satellite communication (SATCOM) systems has all weather capability and will help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance capabilities along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China

  • June 6, 2021
    New Runway in Mauritius
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India is fully financing a new three kilometre long runway on the island of North Agalega to develop the Agaléga islands and resolve infrastructural problems faced by the inhabitants

  • June 2, 2021
    Unite to Fight Corona Delta and Pernicious Forces
    By Lt. General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    Investigations on the CORONA being a bio warfare are already on and the circumstantial evidence points too strongly towards China. Hope India was not a victim of bio warfare as efforts to bring down India...

  • May 25, 2021
    Navy's Utility Helicopter - A Twist in the Tale
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    By 2025, Indian Navy will be faced with a major capability gap for Naval Utility Helicopters.

  • May 25, 2021
    QUAD - Revisited
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QUAD) was an informal strategic forum between India, US, Japan and Australia initiated in 2007

  • May 20, 2021
    American Sunset in Afghanistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US war in Afghanistan is the longest in which some 2,312 US military personnel have died since their invasion in 2001

  • May 20, 2021
    Military Officers As Bureaucrats
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Appointment of serving military officers as Additional Secretary and Joint Secretaries in the DMA is not a big deal as is being made out

  • May 20, 2021
    Space Planes
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ISRO Two-Stage-to-Orbit (TSTO) Space Plane would fulfill the near term access-to-space goals while greatly reducing the cost, substantially improving mission flexibility, operability, safety and reliability, while also offering significant growth potential

  • May 20, 2021
    2-DG Drug Helping COVID-19 Patients
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    DRDO affiliated Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) worked in partnership with Dr Reddy's Laboratories for the clinical trials showing it to be effective in controlling the pandemic

  • May 20, 2021
    Plugging Armed Forces Criticalities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Armed Forces are looking at leasing more military equipment and platforms from foreign countries to plug critical operational deficiencies

  • May 20, 2021
    India-UK Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Modi-Johnson virtual meet and adoption of the India-UK Roadmap to 2030 have opened new vistas for taking the bilateral defence relationship to the next level

  • May 14, 2021
    Army needs Light Tanks
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The main gun of the Light Tanks should have advance multipurpose 'Smart Munitions' and be able to fire tube launched anti-tank guided missile with the capability to defeat tanks and soft skinned vehicles.

  • May 14, 2021
    Update on China's intrusion in Ladakh
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Chinese side made several attempts to cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in other parts of the Western Sector which included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake.

  • May 6, 2021
    Did Beijing Trigger Second Virus Wave?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Within India, Delhi (the national capital), Mumbai (the financial capital) and Bengaluru (the IT capital) are most affected. This creates the impression that akin to 'tactical nukes' China has developed 'tactical bio-bombs'

  • May 6, 2021
    Indian Navy Getting MH-60R Seahawks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The MH-60R helicopters have been selected by the navies of the United States, Denmark, Australia and Saudi Arabia. Indian Navy will be the latest user

  • May 6, 2021
    China Deploys Long Range MLRS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The MLRS will enable the PLA to strike deeper across the LAC especially with China having extended its map grids into India that will enable acquiring targets on the Indian side

  • May 6, 2021
    More Teeth for Indian Navy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The requirement for India is to define its role within its IOR strategy and keep providing more teeth to the Indian Navy in keeping with the expanding threats

  • May 6, 2021
    Light Tanks for Indian Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The new RFI issued by the Indian Army calls for a light tank featuring a multiple, modular and upgradable weapon system with the capability to destroy and offer countermeasures

  • April 6, 2021
    US Secretary of Defence visit to India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Austin said elevating the India-US defence relationship is a priority for the Biden administration while describing the partnership as a stronghold of a free and open Indo-Pacific region

  • April 6, 2021
    HPM Armed Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The counter-drone arms race is leading to advance research and development to implement technologies that will detect and defeat swarms

  • April 6, 2021
    Mine-Proof FICV and High Altitude Vehicles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In mid-2017, US offered US-India-Israel trilateral production of FICV under the India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) but little has happened over past so many years

  • April 6, 2021
    Light Specialist Vehicles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    These LSVs are capable of performing in extreme terrain, with maneuverability, high speed and stability, has the provision to mount a rocket launcher and machine guns, and can be airlifted and dropped into enemy territory, for use as an advance fast strike vehicle

  • April 6, 2021
    LiDAR Satellites
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Considering the enlarging threats to India and with the possibility of conflict with China and its allies in the short, medium and long terms, our scientists, policy makers and military planners need to examine the military applications of satellite-based LiDAR platforms

  • April 6, 2021
    Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook's India Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence and security relations between India and Republic of Korea have been on the rise with regular interactions at multiple levels including at ministerial levels

  • March 22, 2021
    US-India inching closer
    By Ranjit Kumar

    With major foundational agreements already in place and no major issues to be sorted out, the U.S. Defence Secretary visit focussed on broader aspects of India US strategic partnership and its role in ensuring peace and security in Indo-pacific region and ways and means to counter the aggressive designs of China

  • March 22, 2021
    US Defence Secretary's first visit to India to uplift defence cooperation
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Austin's stop in India is a continuation to the Biden-Harris administration's outreach to revitalise ties with partners and allies.

  • March 19, 2021
    First Quad Leaders Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first ever Quad Leaders Summit did give a new signal to China. But the question is whether the Quad will force China to back off?

  • March 19, 2021
    Missile Tracking Ship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 15,000 tonne INS Dhruv is one of the largest warships to be built at an Indian yard and was being built under a confidential programme directly under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO)

  • March 19, 2021
    Rohingyas in Jammu
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Nationality verification for them is being done and on this basis the procedure for deportation will be initiated. However, India has no extradition treaty with Myanmar. The problem of Rohingyas in Jammu is far more serious as it also endangers security.

  • March 19, 2021
    AIP and Nuclear Powered Submarines
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) allows a submarine to remain under water for prolonged periods while also making it quieter. This new technology will add to lethality of Indian submarines.

  • March 19, 2021
    Coming - Armed Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    For India, the SeaGuardian drones will be vital as they can be fitted with anti-missile and radar components, enabling their readiness for any military operation

  • March 19, 2021
    Beijing's Venom in Myanmar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China's economic investments, military exports and sub-conventional hold over Myanmar ensures that whatever happens in Myanmar is orchestrated from Beijing

  • March 15, 2021
    QUAD 3.0: Window of Opportunity for India
    By Lt. General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    In the First QUAD Summit, held on March 12, 2021 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japan PM Yoshihide Suga and Australian PM Scott Morrison met through virtual mode and shared their vision for the free and open Indo-Pacific

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    March 15, 2021
    QUAD: for the stable health of people, nations and the world ahead
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Australia, India, Japan and the United States’ leaders come together, amongst the current major challenges of climate change, COVID-19 & security concerns.

  • March 8, 2021
    The China-Pakistan Threat
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In an article published in Pakistani Media, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi explained that China will continue to work with Pakistan to strengthen their iron friendship and that relations between the countries have become a strategic asset that both sides cherish

  • March 8, 2021
    Colombo offers WCT to India-Japan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Reports have emerged that Sri Lanka after reneging from the MOC signed with India and Japan on the East Container Terminal (ECT) has now offered the West Container Terminal (WCT) located on the other side of the jetty to India and Japan

  • March 8, 2021
    Beyond 10th India-China Military Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Having achieved its aim of India vacating strategic heights south of Pangong Tso, according to reports, China is now reluctant to discuss further disengagement, leaving out Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang.

  • March 8, 2021
    The Lacuna in FATF Blacklisting
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Despite Pakistan being the epicenter of terror generation and its record of nuclear proliferation, it has continued to escape the FATF 'Black List'

  • March 8, 2021
    Boosting India-Maldives Security Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Government of Maldives has signed a pact with India for enhancing the capability of the MNDF and Maldivian Coast Guard

  • March 8, 2021
    ISTARs in The Sky
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The IAF has expressed urgency for the ISTAR programme to get going early and has provided full backing to the indigenous ISTAR as a priority future asset to support precision strikes

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    February 24, 2021
    The President closes Aero India 2021
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Display of the defence prowess, strengthening the self-reliance mission, modernisation, global reach and inclusivity highlighted during Aero India 2021.

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    February 24, 2021
    Start-ups to promote innovation in defence
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Encouragement to start-ups in defence, and aerospace as a boost to self-reliant India, and grants of 1.5 crore each to 60 start-ups at 'Start Up Manthan' during Aero India 2021.

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    February 23, 2021
    Defence Budget 2021-22 is a healthy mix of promise, potential, and progress: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
    By Rohit Goel

    Defence Minister said that “The Ministry has set a target to achieve a turnover of 1,75,000 crore ($25billion) including export of 35,000 crore ($5billion) in Aerospace and Defence goods and services by 2024”.

  • February 19, 2021
    Pakistan's SFJ and Canada Connect
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    SFJ's websites being managed from Karachi with assistance from Pakistan's ISI and Pakistani army veterans linked to the Khalistanis in Canada are proof of Pakistan's ongoing support to Sikh separatists

  • February 19, 2021
    The Race for IAF Fighters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It should be for the IAF to make the final selection, based on merit and free from all geopolitical pressures that they will likely face

  • February 19, 2021
    Pullback From Pangong Tso
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Agreeing to vacate positions that are dominating PLA's Moldo Garrison in South Bank of Pangong Tso is a strategic blunder. It is a masterstroke for China in having us vacate these heights even before discussing any disengagement at Depsang.

  • February 19, 2021
    Midflight Missile Interception
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is no doubt that midflight missile interception technology is of great strategic significance and once fully developed, China's midcourse anti-ballistic missile technology could change the balance of power

  • February 19, 2021
    Growing Defence Exports
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With an aim to increase the current defence exports to $5 billion by 2025, Indian government has drawn an export list covering 85 kinds of equipment encompassing 125 items and 47 sub-systems to boost the defence exports

  • February 19, 2021
    Unmanned Gaganyaan Mission in 2021
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ISRO plans to launch at least one unmanned Gaganyaan mission this year in 2021 as at least two successful unmanned missions are needed before the manned missions

  • February 1, 2021
    Defence Budget for FY 2021-2022
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The defence budget for 2021-22 is still less than 2 percent of the Union budget. There were expectations of larger funds to prepare the Armed Forces for a possible conflict with China and a two-front war.

  • February 1, 2021
    Chinese Village in Arunachal Pradesh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese intentions of setting up border villages are quite obvious. Not only do these villages help substantiate China's illegal territorial claims, these dwellings house PLA personnel and intelligence operatives mixed with local population.

  • February 1, 2021
    GPS Circle Spoofing and Electronic Attacks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Various events in the recent past have pointed towards GPS disruptions as the cause of the accident. Iran is the first nation to publicly announce it had the ability to spoof GPS signals and appears to have used it to great advantage.

  • February 1, 2021
    Ninth India-China Senior Military Commanders Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China appears to be 'humouring' India by continuing these series of talks while going on consolidating their deployments in Eastern Ladakh and bringing forward more weapon systems

  • February 1, 2021
    Army Focuses on Tibetology
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India needs to seriously review its policy towards Tibet especially because China's stand will harden more. Much benefit can accrue from understanding Tibetology as it will help understand how China is expanding cross-border influence.

  • February 1, 2021
    Blast next to Israel Embassy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In light of the importance of the 29th anniversary of India-Israel diplomatic relations, intelligence agencies had issued an alert about a possible terrorist attack on Jews and Israelis from elements linked to the Islamic State

SP's MAI Aero India 2021 Special - Military Updates