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    April 16, 2019
    A flight beyond the clouds, beyond compare
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh was looked up to, not just for being a competent officer and displaying unparallel leadership traits but also a gentleman, always humble and adding something meaningful to his life each day.

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    April 16, 2019
    Indian Navy ship-borne Chetak helicopter crashes into Arabian Sea
    By Vishal Thapar

    3-member crew jump out of chopper as it ditched, rescued

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    April 11, 2019
    IAF top brass reviews aerial skirmish with Pakistan, flags critical requirements for combat edge
    By Vishal Thapar

    Defence Minister terms Balakot air strike "flawless", gives assurance of quick procurements

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    April 6, 2019
    India announces virtual moratorium on A-SAT tests, claims satellite kill capability up to a range of 1,000 km
    By Vishal Thapar & Ayushee Chaudhary

    No threat of debris to International Space Station, says DRDO chief, dismisses NASA fears

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    April 6, 2019
    IAF rejects US magazine's claims of no Pakistani F-16 missing
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The Indian Air Force, on Friday reiterated its contention of having shot down a Pakistani F-16 in an aerial dogfight on February 27 with the Pakistan Air Force over the LoC. IAF validated the claim with electronic signatures that show the use of F-16 by PAF.

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    April 5, 2019
    No Pak F-16 shot down by IAF, claims US magazine
    By Vishal Thapar

    US count of PAF F-16 fleet under End User Agreement finds "none missing", according to the report

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    April 4, 2019
    Wreckage of World War-II era USAF aircraft found in Arunachal seven decades after crash
    By Vishal Thapar

    This was one of the war planes which went missing while flying supply missions to China in the 1940s

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    April 3, 2019
    Amid tensions with Pak, US approves $2.6 billion sale of 24 MH-60R Seahawk helicopters to India
    By Vishal Thapar

    Congress notified, US terms India as a force for stability, peace and progress in Asia while justifying sale

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    April 2, 2019
    IAF Su-30s scramble after Pak drone movement in Punjab
    By Vishal Thapar

    With no let up in military tensions with Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on April 1 scrambled two Sukhoi-30 MKI fighters after a Pakistani drone was sighted flying close to the International Boundary in the Khemkaran sector of Punjab.

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    April 2, 2019
    NASA chief terms India's ASAT missile test unacceptable after presence of threatening orbital debris
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    'Mission Shakti' demonstrates India's capability to safeguard its growing space-based assets and deter adversaries from creating trouble in a new battlefield

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    April 2, 2019
    Coming of age? Aero India spotlight finally shines on the Tejas fighter
    By Vishal Thapar

    Fatal crash, destruction of 300 vehicles in a car park and contradictory statistics mar the show

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    April 2, 2019
    UAVs scale high @ the premier Drone Olympics
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The first of its kind Olympics held for the future, eyed unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, saw the remotely controlled devices display rescue skills, visual formations and much more giving a wonderful contest to the larger than life aircraft.

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    April 1, 2019
    HAL AND HEARTY: HAL declares all is well with record turnover of $2.8 billion
    By Vishal Thapar

    Largest Defence PSU distances itself from recent alarm over financial distress, to focus on Tejas fighters & indigenous systems for future business

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    April 1, 2019
    IAF bleeds in peace, suffers 5th fighter crash during training sorties in just 62 days
    By Vishal Thapar

    Total number of aircraft lost by the IAF in the first three months of 2019 stands at a staggering 9

  • March 28, 2019
    India's A-SAT test an exercise in deterrence
    By Air Marshal SBP Sinha (Retd)

    'Mission Shakti' demonstrates India's capability to safeguard its growing space-based assets and deter adversaries from creating trouble in a new battlefield

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    March 27, 2019
    Space is the new battlefront: India conducts a surprise Anti-Satellite missile test
    By Vishal Thapar

    Ballistic Missile Defence interceptor tweaked for capability to destroy enemy satellites

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    March 25, 2019
    Chinook helicopters to be a game changer, says IAF Chief Dhanoa
    By Vishal Thapar

    India's military modernisation plan to beef up war fighting capability in the mountains begins to fall into place. A Chinook can rapidly induct 50 troops or 20 tons of weaponry per sortie to mountainous battlefields

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    March 25, 2019
    HAL completes production of interim LCA Tejas fighter, clears decks for more combat worthy FOC version
    By Vishal Thapar

    Target for producing 1st upgraded FOC variant is end-2019

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    March 18, 2019
    Manohar Parrikar: Reluctant Defence Minister who pushed Make in India agenda to the heart of military procurements
    By Vishal Thapar

    A gentleman politician, he was one of India's most colourful and amiable Defence Ministers

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    March 8, 2019
    IAF MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan amid tensions with Pakistan
    By Vishal Thapar

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Bison fighter aircraft crashed after take-off from the Nal forward airbase in Rajasthan on March 8 after a suspected bird hit. The pilot ejected safely.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    March 7, 2019
    Used in Balakot airstrike, Spice Bombs & Litening pods being made in India
    By Vishal Thapar

    In the spotlight after the path breaking Indian airstrike on the Jaish-e-Mohammad terror camp at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26, the Spice smart bomb fired...

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    March 2, 2019
    Indigenous weaponised drone by 2020, long range weapons a priority: IAF Chief
    By Vishal Thapar

    In his most recent interview, exclusively to SP Guide Publications' Vishal Thapar, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa provides a peek into the capability the IAF immediately needs. For the first time, India's Air Chief discloses details about the Tapas and Ghatak UCAV programmes. The interview was conducted ahead of the recently-held Aero India 2019. But his comments assume added significance in view of the ongoing face-off with Pakistan, which have put India's airborne military capabilities under the spotlight.

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    February 28, 2019
    Have proof that Balakot air strike had desired effect: India
    By Vishal Thapar

    IAF insists PAK F-16 shot down, contests Pak "disinformation" on LoC dogfight, stresses "heightened state of military readiness"

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    February 28, 2019
    Aero India Scripts a New Chapter with Women in Aviation
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    It was last year in January that India's Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman, adorned the olive green pilot's G-suit and soared high on a Sukhoi-30 MKI jet, to become the first full-time Indian woman Defence Minister to go supersonic in a sortie on the all-weather, long-range fighter.

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    February 27, 2019
    India-Pak face-off escalates, IAF MiG-21 shot down, Indian pilot in Pakistani custody
    By Vishal Thapar

    The India-Pakistan face-off escalated on Wednesday, with the shooting down of an Indian Air Force (IAF) MiG-21 Bison near the Line of Control (LoC) and the capture of its pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

  • February 27, 2019
    Indian Strikes Pakistani Terror Camps
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The significance of the strikes is the strong signal sent to Pakistan that Pakistan continuing to raise the level of terrorism will not be tolerated by India.

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    February 26, 2019
    India strikes back: IAF Mirage 2000 jets bomb terror camp in Pakistan
    By Vishal Thapar

    "Very large number" of terrorists killed in "non-military preemptive action", the first Indian air strike against Pakistan the since 1971 War

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    February 26, 2019
    India gets a National War Memorial in the heart of New Delhi
    By Vishal Thapar

    Supreme Sacrifice by 25,942 troops since Independence gets a place of honour: All ceremonial wreath laying to shift from India Gate to new Memorial

  • February 21, 2019
    Bogey - that Pakistan will collapse economically
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is jubilation in a cross-section in India over Pakistan being in an economic mess. Even Prime Minister Modi said in a recent public rally that Pakistan is roaming around with its begging bowl but not getting help from the world, which drew applause from the crowd.

  • February 21, 2019
    Assault Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Finally, there is some more news about assault rifles for the Indian Army, or shall we say part of the Army because when it comes to equipping soldiers at the cutting edge, where battle is being fought every day and night, we start counting pennies...

  • February 21, 2019
    Russian MiG-29 Offer
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to media reports, Russia has offered the Indian Air Force (IAF) 21 MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft airframes that have been 'stored' for decades but not used.

  • February 21, 2019
    Visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS in short) arrived New Delhi on a two-day state visit on February 19, 2019. He earlier visited Pakistan and was scheduled to come to India directly from Pakistan.

  • February 21, 2019
    Litigation against Disabled Soldiers
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to withdraw its appeals made before the Supreme Court against grant of disability benefits to soldiers by various courts...

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    February 18, 2019
    F/A-18 Super Hornet: Addressing India's Fighter Requirements
    By SP's Correspondent

    As operational theatres become increasingly connected and digital, India's future fighter fleet will need to be compatible with the upcoming aircraft and battle systems of India's armed forces.

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    February 13, 2019
    CAG finds NDA's Rafale deal 2.86% cheaper than UPA's negotiated price
    By Vishal Thapar

    Reprieve for Modi Government but Opposition unlikely to relent on lack of guarantees

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    February 12, 2019
    No sovereign guarantee, integrity pact in $5 billion missile deal with Russia: IAF top brass
    By Vishal Thapar

    Disclosure punctures Opposition charges of wrong doing in Rafale procurement

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    February 12, 2019
    India kicks off $3 billion programme for acquiring 111 Naval Utility Helicopters
    By Vishal Thapar

    This is the first project under the ambitious Strategic Partnership Model

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    February 11, 2019
    Major Landmark: India's LCA Tejas fighter gets long-delayed Final Operational Clearance
    By Vishal Thapar

    Decks cleared for production of combat ready variant

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    February 8, 2019
    MoD note objecting to "parallel discussions" by PMO surfaces, stokes Rafale controversy
    By Vishal Thapar

    Defence Secretary concurred that meddling weakened Indian negotiating position, but Parrikar termed it "over reaction"

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    February 5, 2019
    Modest FDI inflows for Defence & Aerospace despite reforms
    By Vishal Thapar

    Just $12.54 million received in 2017-18; total receipts $62.7 million since 2014

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    February 4, 2019
    Rafale deal includes arbitration provision under UN rules to settle disputes
    By Vishal Thapar

    Congress unrelenting on Rafale in Parliament

  • February 1, 2019
    Defence Budget 2019-2020
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Interim Budget speech by the Interim Finance Minister (IFM) on February 1, 2019, covered defence budget allocation for the next fiscal year in precisely 34 words by saying, "Our Defence Budget will be crossing 3,00,000 crore for the first time in 2019-20.

  • BREAKING

    February 1, 2019
    Aero India 2019: Customs duty on import of aircraft
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    It is learnt from some reliable sources that the Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman, did raise an objection to this step by the Department of Customs and has sought reversal of the notification.

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    February 1, 2019
    India announces $44.63 billion Defence Budget for 2019-20
    By Vishal Thapar

    India on February 1 announced an allocation of 3,18,931.22 Crore ($44.63 Billion) for Defence in its interim budget for 2019-20, which was presented to Parliament by the officiating Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi ahead of the general elections in April-May this year.

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    February 1, 2019
    HAL-upgraded Mirage 2000 crashes during acceptance flight, 2 pilots dead
    By Vishal Thapar

    An upgraded twin engine Mirage 2000 trainer aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed during the customer acceptance flight at the HAL airport...

  • February 1, 2019
    Game of Disability Pensions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare (DESW), Ministry of Defence, vide its Notification No. 16(3),2017/D (Pen/Policy) dated January 29, 2019, signed by Manoj Sinha, Deputy Secretary to Government of India...

  • February 1, 2019
    Microsat-R, Kalamsat launch – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ISRO's PSLV-C44, carrying India's Military Satellite Microsat-R and Students' Payload Kalamsat, lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharkota Range at 11.37 pm on January 24, 2019 after a 28-hour countdown.

  • February 1, 2019
    Fortifying Andaman & Nicobar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Media reports of January 27 state government has "virtually finalised" a 5,650 crore military infrastructure development plan for Andaman and Nicobar Islands (ANI) over a 10-year period.

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    January 29, 2019
    Vajpayee's Defence Minister George Fernandes passes away
    By Vishal Thapar

    During the veteran socialist's tenure, India declared itself a nuclear weapons power and fought the Kargil War

  • January 28, 2019
    Killing the Golden Goose
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The proverbial "last straw on the camel's back" came on January 17 this year when the Department of Customs issued a notification imposing customs duty on aircraft as well as any other equipment brought into the country for static or flying display at Aero India 2019.

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    January 28, 2019
    IAF Jaguar Crashes
    By SP's Correspondent

    An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft on a routine training sortie crashed in the Kushinagar area of Uttar Pradesh on January 28.

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    January 21, 2019
    Is Opposition becoming party to corporate rivalry over Rafale deal, asks Defence Minister
    By Vishal Thapar

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has raised the question whether the unbridled political Opposition to the Rafale jet deal is playing into the hands of corporate interests intent on scuttling the deal and hurting national interest.

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    January 18, 2019
    2019 set to be a landmark year for military inductions
    By Vishal Thapar

    From a game-changing missile-firing drone to an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), key new weapons this year will give India more military muscle, and generate fresh options for the politico-military leadership to address threats.

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    January 17, 2019
    India's Light Combat Chopper declared ready for induction after Mistral 2 missile firing
    By Vishal Thapar

    3,000 crore contract for 15 first tranche LCHs likely at Aero India 2019

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    January 16, 2019
    No cheaper Rafale for French Air Force
    By Vishal Thapar

    Euro 2 Billion being paid not for new fighters but for upgrading the earlier order to F4 standard

  • January 16, 2019
    Chinooks and Apaches are Coming
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first batch of US-built heavy-lift Chinook helicopters and Apache attack helicopters will commence arriving India in March 2019, just ahead of the general elections.

  • January 16, 2019
    Space Diplomacy with Neighbours
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    While the launch of Chandrayan-2 scheduled on January 3 was postponed a second time for unexplained reasons, media headlines of January 4 announced India setting up five ground stations and over 500 terminals in neighbouring countries...

  • January 16, 2019
    Fortifying Andaman & Nicobar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    News reports of January 6, 2019 reveal that Andaman & Nicobar Islands (ANI) will get a new airbase in the Indian Naval Air Station, INS 'Kohasa' near Diglipur (largest town of North Andaman Island with population of 744202 (2001 census) located...

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    January 15, 2019
    Govt plans building up Tamil Nadu corridor as alternative to Bangalore
    By Vishal Thapar

    Manufacture of fighter aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, missiles on agenda at 5 hubs to corner 30 percent of Defence market

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    January 15, 2019
    Adani gathers momentum, buys 25 per cent stake in Alpha Design
    By Vishal Thapar

    Gujarat-based group takes acquisition route to seek entry into the big league of Indian private sector players in Defence & Aerospace

  • January 4, 2019
    CAG probing aborted MMRCA programme, Defence Minister alleges UPA Govt deliberately scuttled fighter deal
    By Vishal Thapar

    Tearing into the Opposition Congress, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman leveled the serious allegation that the MMRCA deal was deliberately scuttled by the previous Congress-led UPA Government because of extraneous interests...

  • January 3, 2019
    Revering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi unfurled the Tricolour in Andaman's Netaji Memorial in Port Blair on December 30, 2018 to commemorate the first flag hoisting by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on December 30, 1943.

  • January 3, 2019
    Beyond the Bogibeel Bridge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On 25 December 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 4.98 km-long Bogibeel Bridge, the longest rail-cum-road bridge on Brahmaputra River. Foundation stone for this bridge was laid 21 years earlier by the then Prime Minister in 1997 though work started only five years later in 2002.

  • January 3, 2019
    GSAT-11 – boosts Bharat Net Project
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India's heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 was launched successfully on December 5, 2018 from the Spaceport in French Guiana along with South Korea's GEO-KOMPSAT-2A satellite, onboard Ariane VA 246 launch vehicle.

  • January 3, 2019
    GSAT-7A makes IAF happy – but holistic approach needed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On December 19, 2018, India successfully launched GSAT-7A satellite meant for augmenting the existing communications capabilities of satellites utilised by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

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    January 2, 2019
    India, Pakistan exchange lists of Nuclear installations, prisoners
    By Vishal Thapar

    India and Pakistan on January 1 exchanged, through diplomatic channels simultaneously at New Delhi and Islamabad, the list of nuclear installations and facilities covered under the bilateral Agreement on the Prohibition of Attack...

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    December 29, 2018
    India ups FDI in Defence & Aerospace to $62.7M since 2014
    By Vishal Thapar

    India has received over 438.60 crore ($62.7 Million) of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the Defence & Aerospace Sector since April 2014, the Government has declared to Parliament.

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    December 29, 2018
    Cheers: Army pulls out crash-landed chopper from 16,200-ft Siachen post
    By Vishal Thapar

    India has lost 42 helicopters at the world's highest battlefield. This incredible recovery effort is a victory against staggering odds imposed by nature at the Glacier. The pictures accompanying this text best tell the amazing story of resolve and resourcefulness.

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    December 26, 2018
    India extends bar on business with Leonardo, keeps AgustaWestland out of $3 Billion NUH programme
    By Vishal Thapar

    India's Military market out of bounds for AgustaWestland and its parent group, as Ministry of Defence stretches embargo till May 2019

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    December 21, 2018
    India-Israel scale up UAV partnership: IAI set to outsource composites to Lohia Group
    By Vishal Thapar

    India and Israel are poised to scale up their partnership in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), with the Israeli defence and aerospace giant IAI set to outsource its requirements for composite materials for drone airframes to India.

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    December 20, 2018
    Massive airlift in Ladakh a signal to India’s adversaries
    By Vishal Thapar

    Should an armed conflict break out in future, military analysts reckon an overwhelming probability of such a confrontation taking place along unsettled boundaries in the Himalayas. The airlift exercise in Ladakh is being seen in the same context.

  • December 19, 2018
    Visit of President Ibrahim Solih
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Maldives President Ibrahim Solih’s three-day state visit to India commencing December 17 was his first foreign visit after becoming President. He was accompanied by the first lady and a high-level delegation including Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, National Planning and Infrastructure...

  • December 19, 2018
    Drone Swarms Threat - much catching up required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), which is a statutory body of Government of India, disclosed through a communication on November 9, 2018 that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had announced a Rs 100 crore Swarm Drone Competition.

  • December 19, 2018
    ISRO Space Museums and Space Applications
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking to the media on November 26, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan stated ISRO recently discussed a proposal with the Kerala government to set up a space museum in Thiruvananthapuram, to which the state government responded positively and even allotted land for the purpose.

  • December 19, 2018
    Defence Minister’s US Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made a maiden 5 day visit to the US that concluded on December 8, 2018. Her visit was concurrent to the ongoing 12 day Indo-US military exercise between the IAF and the USAF in Kalaikunda...

  • December 19, 2018
    Prahar, Pralay and Sant
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    On September 20, India successfully test-fired ‘Prahar’ short-range ballistic missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) from Chandipur, Odisha. Prahar is a solid fuel road-mobile short-range missile fitted with inertial navigation system.

  • December 3, 2018
    Exciting Times: Alpha Bravo Collins
    By Jayant Baranwal

    United Technologies’ acquisition of Rockwell Collins is one of the largest acquisitions and mergers in the history of aerospace world. This acquisition brings together Rockwell Collins alongwith UTC Aerospace Systems to create Collins Aerospace Systems

  • November 29, 2018
    GSAT-29, Gaganyaan and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ISRO launched GSAT-29 into orbit on November 14, India's latest satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. The GSLV MkIII lifted the rocket into space, the heaviest rocket developed by ISRO.

  • November 29, 2018
    The Quad and the IONS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The third round of the quadrilateral security dialogue termed 'Quad', between India, US, Japan and Australia, was held on 15 November 2018 at Singapore on sidelines of the 13th East Asia Summit.

  • November 29, 2018
    Stonewalling Defence-Industry Privatization
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, four lakh defence employees working in 41 ordnance factories, naval docks, army and air force workshops and other productions units are readying themselves for a three-day protest between 23 and 25 January 2019.

  • November 19, 2018
    PM Narendra Modi visits Maldives
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his brief maiden visit to Maldives on November 17 to attend the swearing in Ceremony of new Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on invitation of the latter.

  • November 19, 2018
    Military Drones - private industry is Way Forward
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per news reports, a private Gurgaon-based company, 'Vortex UAS', has been working on providing military drones, including weaponised versions, for the Indian Army, the Navy and the National Security Guard (NSG).

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    October 30, 2018
    India-Italy Joint Statement during visit of Prime Minister of Italy to India

    The Prime Minister of Italy, H. E. Giuseppe Conte paid an Official Visit to India on 30 October 2018 at the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, H. E. Narendra Modi. A high level business delegation accompanied the Italian Prime Minister.

  • October 30, 2018
    13th India-Japan Annual Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan on 28-29 October 2018 for the 13th India-Japan Annual Summit for wide-ranging discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest under the framework of the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership.

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    October 30, 2018
    Coming – Apache Attack Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 1985 when Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi visited the US, he was accompanied by Army Chief General K. Sundarji.

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    October 30, 2018
    India-China Joint Project on Afghanistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The MEA brief issued on April 28, 2018, with respect to the Informal Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on April 27-28 at Wuhan, China described among other issues, agreement...

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    October 17, 2018
    Visit of Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who had visited India in July 2016 before he was elected Secretary General, made his maiden visit to India from October 1 to October 4.

  • October 8, 2018
    India celebrates 86th Air Force Day
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Marked by the fly past of military aircraft, grand parade cum Investiture Ceremony by the men and women in blue, Indian Air Force (IAF) today celebrated its 86th annual day.

  • October 6, 2018
    S-400 Triumf for India
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    A major acquisition of defence equipment from Russia has delivered a clear message to the Trump administration on India’s perspective of strategic autonomy in matters of national security.

  • October 6, 2018
    Visit of President Vladimir Putin - big boost to strategic ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October to attend the 19th Indo-Russian Summit has provided a big boost to the bilateral strategic partnership. His visit came at a time of angst in Moscow in what it sees as India’s tilt towards the US while New Delhi views growing China-Russia-Pakistan alignment with concern.

  • October 6, 2018
    Beyond National Register for Citizens
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There has been much talk of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam relating to illegal immigrants, though many would like to paint it a communal issue.

  • October 6, 2018
    Can Pak Arm Terrorists with Chemicals?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After security forces gunned down two terrorists in Bandipora are of J&K last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) issued a statement on September 23 that chemical weapons were used to kill these terrorists.

  • October 6, 2018
    The Offsets Tangle - and question of favourites
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    That the Rafale is state-of-the-art fighter the IAF must get is unquestionable. But the brouhaha is about the joint venture (JV) between Dassault Aviation and Reliance Defence owned by Anil Ambani under the offset clause.

  • October 6, 2018
    New Tri-Service Divisions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In November 1988, Maldives President Abdul Gayoom sent an SOS to India having taken refuge in Maldives National Security Headquarters when a group of 80-200 Sri Lankan militants of People’s Liberation Organization of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE)...

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    October 3, 2018
    Rafale and S-400 booster dose —Air Chief
    By Rohit Srivastava

    While answering a salvo of queries on the controversial Rafale aircraft deals, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, in defence of the deal, said that Rafale, when inducted, will be a game changer in the sub-continent.

  • September 19, 2018
    UPA discarded HAL in Rafale deal – Sitharaman
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Amidst the ongoing Rafale controversy, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, blamed Congress for not including Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) in the Rafale deal and said that the previous regime did nothing to strengthen the capability of the HAL.

  • September 19, 2018
    Coming Up – 19th Indo-Russian Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is to arrive in New Delhi for the 19th Indo-Russian summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5. Modi had invited Putin for the 19th Annual Summit in India at the first informal Summit between the two leaders on May 21, 2018 at Sochi in the Russian Federation.

  • September 19, 2018
    Nepal in Dragon’s Jaws
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has agreed to allow Nepal to use four seaports and three land ports for the third country trade. The seaports are Shenzen, Lianyungang, Zhanjiang and Tianjin, and the land ports are Lanzhou, Lhasa and Xigatse.

  • September 12, 2018
    Rafale and S-400 covers for shortage of fighter —Air Chief
    By Rohit Srivastava

    While the controversy over the Rafale deal is raging, Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, on Wednesday, while defending the deal said that Rafale jets and S-400 missiles will lift the combat capability of Air Force which is falling due to depleting fighter squadron.

  • September 11, 2018
    13th International Conference on Energising Indian Aerospace Industry
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The latest edition of the conference which took place in New Delhi brought together the who's who of Indian and global defence aviation to deliberate upon the challenges and opportunities in the Indian military aviation market.

  • September 7, 2018
    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first ever Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue finally took place on September 6, 2018 after two postponements over past one year.

  • September 7, 2018
    Visit of Chinese Defence Minister
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Commenting on multiple transgression by the across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) including a major one in Sikkim post the informal summit in Wuhan between Prime Minister Narendar Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Claude Arpi...

  • September 7, 2018
    ISRO's Manned Mission – and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During his address from Red Fort on 15 August 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India would launch a manned mission in space in the year 2022 - the 75th Independence year.

  • September 7, 2018
    Is Imran Khan another Musharraf
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Imran Khan is the second Pathan to be elevated to the top job in Pakistan after Yahya Khan. His radical background is well established known. His links with Taliban and his funding of the Haqqani seminary known as the 'Oxford of Global Jihad' is well documented, which earned him the title of "Taliban Khan".

  • September 7, 2018
    Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking to Russian media in June 2018, the Indian Ambassador to Russia had said that India is continuing to negotiate with Russia for jointly developing a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA).

  • September 6, 2018
    Communication Compatibility and Security Arrangements: Leveraging Indo-US Relations
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    COMCASA is commonly known as the Communication Interoperability and Security Memorandum Agreement (CISMOA) which is essentially a legal framework...

  • August 16, 2018
    Prime Minister's Independence Day Message
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Speaking from the ramparts of the Red Fort for his fifthtime Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke mostly about the achievements of his government over the past four years including the various schemes launched by his administration, and future dreams.

  • August 16, 2018
    Delhi's Missile Shield
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Delhi is to get a missile shield "soon", which the media says will be akin to that of Washington and Moscow. Going by past experience, the "soon" could be any number of months, even years.

  • August 16, 2018
    Quading China
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is a viewpoint that the fast developing US-Japan-Vietnam-Australia-India consort, coupled with the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), would increase China's Malacca dilemma for its energy imports notwithstanding the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and alternate through Myanmar.

  • August 16, 2018
    Indo-US Defence Technology Conundrum
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is jubilation in India over the US granting the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) that will ease export controls for high technology product sales to the country.

  • August 3, 2018
    Modi's Rwanda, Uganda visit and BRICS summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As part of his recent three-nation tour to Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Rwanda, Uganda and then South Africa where he attended the BRICS summit.

  • August 3, 2018
    India, Pakistan in SCO drill – Option in lighter vein
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports India and Pakistan are to be part of anti-terror mega drill in Russia under aegis of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) next month; scheduled from August 22 to August 29.

  • August 3, 2018
    Chief Guest Republic Day 2019 – Donald Trump?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Going by media reports, US President Donald Trump has been invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Parade 2019.

  • August 3, 2018
    Weapon upgrades for Special Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Weapons and equipment are in the pipeline for the Special Forces. According to a MoD official, "More attention is being paid to Special Forces after Para (Special Forces) conducted cross-border surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied-Kashmir (POK) in September 2016."

  • August 3, 2018
    DTTI and futuristic weapons
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 7th Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) meeting was held in New Delhi on 18 July 2018, co-chaired by, Ajay Kumar, Secretary Defence Production and US Under Secretary of Defence for Acquisition and Sustainment Ellen M Lord.

  • August 3, 2018
    Nuclear missile tracking ship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to news in the media, India's secretive missile tracking / 'specialized' ocean surveillance ship 'VC11184' (yet to be commissioned) is undergoing harbour trials and is likely to be delivered to the Navy by December.

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    August 1, 2018
    US move India into Elite Strategic Allies list
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Giving boost to bilateral relations, United States, on July 30, announced inclusion of India to the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) Tier 1, one of the most coveted lists of trading partners.