Experts Speak

  • Internet of Things: will LiFi replace WiFi?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Some 40% of the world population has an internet connection presently. In 1995, this figure was less than 1% but the dramatic increase commenced from 1999 with tenfold increase between 1999 and 2013.

  • Mini Air Vehicles will army get them soon?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    In August last year the Army had issued a request for information (RFI) for 600 mini aerial vehicles (MAVs).

  • Nuclear Security Summit and the ground realities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    While President Obama talked of “one of the greatest threats to global security — terrorists getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction” at the two-day Nuclear Security Summit (NSS)...

  • Protecting Masood Azhar China bares fangs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    By blocking the move by the United Nations to act against Masood Azhar, JeM chief, for his terrorist activities and masterminding the terrorist attack on the IAF base at Patahnkot on January 2, China has unambiguously declared that it sides with Pakistan in latter’s anti-India terrorist activities.

  • Modi’s Saudi Arabia Visit countering terrorism and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    What perhaps went unnoticed was that as a prelude to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the US treasury department announced it had joined hands with Saudi Arabia...

  • Indo-US Defence Ties
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    India and the US share strategic objectives and one area in which in there is positive convergence between the two nations is the rising threat from China.

  • Indo-US Military Ties Deepening but so are US-Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Writing in the Washington Post on March 3, Dan Lamothe in an article titled ‘The US And India Are Deepening Military Ties - And China Is Watching’ has referred to Admiral Harry B Harris Jr...

  • Defence Budget 2016-2017
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar chaired a Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting on February 22, holding that arms acquisition proposals worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore were cleared by the NDA...

  • Big Ticket Make in India - in defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Make in India is in the air including in the defence sector, with big ticket projects on the anvil. Senior defence officials of foreign countries are making a beeline for India, with US Defence Secretary too slated to visit India this April.

  • Special Operations Command needed urgently
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Amidst numerous recommendation of the Naresh Chandra Committee, one was establishment of a Special Operations Command. India has been combating proxy wars for over past three decades.

  • Pathankot, Pampore and Indo-Pak talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Just as Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar accused Pakistan of “pretending to sleep” and not being serious about the probe into the Pathankot airbase terror attack, came the terrorist attack in Pampore where this time four heavily armed terrorists holed up in a multi-storey government building that led to an encounter lasting...

  • Passenger Drone new platform for terror?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Intelligence reports of Pakistani terrorists using drones for terrorist attacks against India have been on for past two years. It may be recalled that in January 2015, a drone crashed on the White House grounds, raising questions about safe use commercial...

  • Spectrum Woes ignoring military requirements
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Developing India requires loads of money and spectrum sure is lot of money. As per media Rs 469,000 crore (US $70 billion) worth upcoming spectrum sale around March 2016 is likely to hit Bharti...

  • C4I2SR is this getting adequate attention?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    The increasing importance C4I2SR is unquestionable. Battlefield requirements have changed with long range precision weapons, increased lethality and high mobility, Space and cyberspace have added new dimensions.

  • Technology Vision 2035 what about defence?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) under the Ministry of Science & Technology has come out with 'Technology Vision 2035,' identifying the challenges ahead and how they can be dealt with through technological...

  • Pakistan no change in terror proliferation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    With reference to Pakistani involvement in the terrorist strike on Pathankot IAF base on January 1, Home Minister Rajnath Singh had stated that there is no reason to doubt Pakistani cooperation in the probe. However, the news from Islamabad is that a team constituted by Pakistan to investigate the said terrorist attack has concluded...

  • Terrorist Attack at Pathankot
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the latest terrorist attack at Pathankot has emerged as a major challenge to his initiative to revive dialogue with Pakistan.

  • Modi’s Lahore Surprise future portends?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The surprise sprung by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his hitherto unannounced visit to Lahore was received with shock an awe at home first reports coming in that Modi will be hosted by Nawaz Sharif...

  • MoD “bad” is putting it mildly
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media recently ran a headline titled ‘The ministry of defence is a bad organization with no accountability’: Gen V P Malik’, publishing an interview with the former Army Chief.

  • Critical Skies anyone bothered?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Close on the warning last year by the BJP MP Maj Gen BC Khanduri led Parliamentary Committee for Defence...

  • Abe’s Visit special strategic partnership goes more special
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The strategic significance of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to India comes not because it is in the following year as Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Japan, but also since Japan is a vital anchor for India’s ‘Act East’ Policy and both India and Japan...

  • Indo-Russian Bonds remain strong
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit Russia later in the month to attend the annual India-Russia Summit.

  • Boeing and TASL to form a Joint Venture
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    Joint ventures (JV) between foreign and Indian companies are not a new phenomenon for the industrial sector in India. Despite its insular nature, the Indian defence and aerospace industry entered into agreements for licensed production of military aircraft and weapons systems for which elaborate facilities were created within the country.

  • Airstrikes on ISIS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The world must acknowledge that ISIS may have 14th century ideology but it has access to technology and weaponry of the current century.

  • Nishant Dumped Finally – when will we privatise?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Yet another failed crash landing of DRDO’s Nishant UAV shows the dismal state of the governmental defence-industrial complex. To meet the Army’s needs for intelligence gathering over enemy territory, as also for reconnaissance, training, surveillance...

  • PM Modi’s UK Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With 1.4 million Indian origin Britons ready to welcome PM Modi and the need for PM David Cameron to woo them, the stage was already set for a successful UK visit by Modi.

  • FDI in Defence ease of business?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On November 10, the government announced a host of measures to ease business along with FDI reforms in 15 sectors including defence, stating that FDI bids worth up to 49% of equity will now progress through the so-called "automatic route".

  • FDI in the Indian Defence Industry
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The major global investors seeking to make large investments in the defence sector, are unlikely to find the change to be a significant departure from the past.

  • UCAV Race in Subcontinent
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan's army spokesman announced on September 7 that Pakistan’s indigenous Burraq armed drone was used to hit a terrorist compound in Shawai Valley killing three high profile targets.

  • The Indian Air Force Turns 83
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On October 08, 2015, the IAF turned 83, an occasion that was celebrated with enthusiasm and pride in all its units and establishments across the nation.

  • A National War Memorial in India
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The clamour for a national war memorial from the armed forces and even non government bodies has been fairly loud in the past decade or so. This is especially noteworthy because in the past 67 years since independence, the Indian Armed forces have been constantly involved in military operations either at the international border...

  • Indian Navy’s Rotary Wing in Doldrums?
    By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd.)

    With the dwindling inventory of Multi Role Helicopters, Indian Navy is now hard pressed to bridge the capability gaps in deployment and tasking helicopters, even for newly commissioned ships.

  • New Tri-Service Commands how effective will they be?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on August 19 has directed HQ IDS to "work out and fine-tune" the "basic structures" for the Cyber, Aerospace and Special Operations Commands.

  • Hacker-quadcopter new threats emerging
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As if the threat of terrorist attacks using drones was not enough, a new threat of hacking and cyber attacks through drones...

  • New DPP what should be its contours?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The country, most prominently the private defence manufacturers await the new DPP with baited breath. The 10-member committee appointed by MoD was to submit its report on July 31.

  • Mammoth Order for Aircraft by IndiGo
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    IndiGo Airlines has always enjoyed a cherished relationship with Airbus and stands out for large orders for airliners with the original equipment manufacturer.

  • HeliNa helicopter version arrives
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    At first glance, the name HeliNa appears synonymous with Helena - the devious Greek queen mother in the ongoing TV serial Chakravarty Ashok Samrat.

  • Skill Development and Armed Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    NR Narayan Murthy recently said, “Is there one invention from India that has become a household name in the globe? No such contribution in the last 60 years.”

  • Permanent Chairman COSC a myth of toothless wonder
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The media has quoted MoD sources stating on July 21 that the proposal to create the new post of a Permanent Chairman of the COSC was at "an advanced stage of planning"...