Experts Speak

  • BrahMos-Sukhoi: deep strike-deadly combo
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Integration of the Su-30 MKI aircraft with the supersonic BrahMos missile and its successful maiden flight last month is a giant strategic stride that largely went unnoticed.

  • Tejas Inducted, Finally
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    After a wait of over three decades, on Friday, July 1, 2016, the Indian Air Force (IAF) was finally handed over by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) two Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas Mk I in the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration to raise the first squadron of this type.

  • 100% FDI in defence is good move
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Government has announced that FDI in the Defence Sector is permitted to 100% level. Till now, the FDI regime permitted 49% FDI participation in the equity of a company under automatic route. Foreign investment beyond 49% has now been permitted through government approval route, in cases resulting in access...

  • Foreign Direct Investment in aviation
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    As the Indian civil aviation industry is expected to become the third largest by 2022, it would be necessary for the government to have the right vision, planning and execution.

  • Women breaking barriers!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    The commissioning of female pilots into the fighter stream of the IAF will indeed be inspiring as well as challenging for the future generations of women.

  • Coping with Drone Terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    With two Interpol red corner notices ticked under his belt and well protected in Pakistan despite being the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks, JuD chief Hafiz Saeed recently threatened, "If any drone attack takes place against Pakistan from Indian bases, we have enough drones for whole India"...

  • DPP 2016 uploaded – what is new
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    On 8 June 2016, MoD uploaded on its website the DPP 2016 Chapters I to VI including Appendices and Annexures. The covering letter reads "A separate Chapter on Strategic Partners and Partnership will be notified separately.

  • Defence Procurement – foreign firms allowed agents
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Under the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016, issued on 8th June 2016,foreign entities have been allowed to engage agents for defence deals under a strict set of conditions, which includes giving defence ministry access to company accounts.

  • Take-off for National Civil Aviation Policy
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    As the Indian civil aviation industry is expected to become the third largest by 2022, it would be necessary for the government to have the right vision, planning and execution.

  • MTCR Gateway to Nuclear Suppliers Group
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Established in April 1987 by G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the USA), the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) is an informal...

  • Kickstarting space shuttle Major milestone
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Even as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was poised to launch 22 satellites from a single mission in June 2016, on May 23, 2016, ISRO successfully launched its prototype space shuttle that splashed down as planned in the Bay of Bengal, some 450 km from Sriharkota.

  • Fast Track Defence Reforms where is the horse?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In a series of interviews with the media, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that he has now set the stage for far-reaching defence reforms from a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS)...

  • Defence Exports looking ahead
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to Ministry of Defence's (MoD) annual report, the defence public sector untertakings (DPSUs)...

  • DRDO In news for wrong reasons again
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) is again in the news because of wrong reasons. It is actually ironic that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and DRDO, both government organisations, are in the news periodically...

  • BrahMos to Vietnam: Why is China bellyaching?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's recent visit to Singapore, including attending the Shangri-La Dialogues further enhanced the revised Defence Cooperation Agreement 2015 and India-Singapore Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership signed during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Singapore...

  • Dilemma of Defence Spending
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    A report of the Parliamentary Committee on Defence stated that the enhancement in the Defence Budget for the year 2016-17 over the previous year, was meagre and insufficient.

  • Are Our Politicians Losing Interest in India’s Defence?
    By General V.P. Malik (Retd)

    The Standing Committee on Defence, headed by BJP member Major General BC Khanduri, has recently conveyed to the Parliament that the ‘growth in the budgetary allocation for defence is not sufficient and woefully inadequate for modernisation.’

  • FDI in Defence Remains elusive
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    In a written reply given to the Parliament in response to a question about FDI in defence, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said, “The actual flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) takes time to mature.

  • Draft Map Policy What about defence and security?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    The MHA has released the draft Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016, which open to public for comments till June 03. Under this bill, government Centre will set up Security Vetting Authority (SVA) whose permission will be needed for acquiring maps, geospatial data though space or aerial platforms...

  • Shangri-La Dialogue Sending Defence Minister is good
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    As per media reports, Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar will address the Shangri-La Dialogue (SLD) scheduled in Singapore in first week June.

  • Defence Spending Faux pas in MoD
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    AK Anthony during his decade long tenure as defence minister maintained that budget allocations were more than adequate and more money could always be made available.

  • Indigenous GPS what it means
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with many awed Indians, watched the successful launch of ISRO’s PSLV-C33 Satellite Launch Vehicle lift of successfully from Sriharkota at 12.50 pm on April 28, placing the satellite IRNSS-1G in orbit some 20 minutes...

  • Japanese Stealth Fighter
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Japanese defence industry has been unshackled from the national policy of pacifism and has received the much needed impetus to develop weapon systems and military aircraft.

  • A Gust of Wind!
    By Air Chief Marshal Fali H Major

    The gust of wind (Rafale) is going to kick start the exercise to augment the depleting Squadron strength of the Indian Air Force soon.

  • A welcome breakthrough!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    With the breakthrough in the deal of the 36 Rafale jets, finally, there is the proverbial ‘light at the end of the tunnel’!

  • Super Hornet or the Fighting Falcon
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    The requirement of the IAF is not for a light-weight fighter but for a medium to heavy weight combat aircraft capable of operating over long range without in-flight refuelling, preferably...

  • DPP 2016 the long and short of it
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    DPP 2016 was released by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on 28 March 2016 coinciding with the inauguration of DefExpo 2016 in Goa...