News Releases

  • 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)...