Experts Speak

  • Indian Army Launches Surgical Strikes along the Line of Control
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call “Proxy War”. We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in PoK.

  • Beyond the Surgical Strike
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Indian Army has now been given a free hand to take appropriate action against the enemy operating across the LoC from PoK.

  • India Responds to Uri Terror Strike
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India executed surgical strikes against multiple terrorist launch pads-cum training camps in four sectors of PoK on night September 28-29. Post the Uri terrorist attack, Nawaz Sharif had shed the fake mask of friendship he had been showcasing in response...

  • Rafale Finally a Reality!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    The Rafale combat jet packs a powerful punch that will be a potent force multiplier for the IAF and a deterrent for the Pakistan Air Force.

  • The Kashmir Imbroglio
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    In the last seven years, there have been as many as 20 major attacks of this nature in the State of J&K by terrorists groups sponsored by Pakistan.

  • Indo-Russian Strategic Partnership No reset required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between India and the US has been a subject of intense debate in the media.

  • OROP and 7th CPC - Course correction required
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    It is quite apparent that civil-military relations have reached the lowest ebb with the military sick of being sidelined and continuously denigrated.

  • PM Modi’s Vietnam visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Vietnam on September 2-3 was special not only because Vietnam is India’s strategic partner and an important pillar of India’s Act East Policy, but also because it came at time of mounting tensions in the South China Sea (SCS)...

  • LEMOA, Balochistan and Chinese infirmities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    A day after India and US signed the LEMOA during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s three-day visit to the US commencing August 29, China’s mouthpiece Global Times came out...

  • Indo-Myanmar Construct good signs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    In March this year, Myanmar got a democratically elected government after 57 years of military rule. On March 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated U Htin Kyaw on being elected as the first civilian President of Myanmar..

  • Missing Targets - bane of DRDO
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Defence generally remains in the news in India for valid reasons. It was reported recently that the government procured 76,000 crores of defence equipment during 2015-2016. Of course this figure does not reflect what percentage of equipment deficiency of the forces was met by this expenditure...

  • Strengthening West Asian Ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    The recent visit to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from August 17 - 23 by MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has strengthened India’s ties with these countries as that part of the world continues to remain...

  • Scramjet Success - ISRO Blitzkrieg’s Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    It may be recalled that ISRO had to postpone its scramjet propulsion mission on July 23 on request of the military because the ill-fated AN-32 of the IAF flying from IAF Station Tambaram to Port Blair went missing the previous..

  • Triple whammy for Indian bureaucracy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    If one hallmark of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India was targeting Pakistan for exporting terrorism, the second was Kerry lambasting the Indian bureaucracy...

  • Kerry’s Visit: India, US Focus on Pak Terror
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Deliberations during the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry is being hailed for delivering a blunt message to Pakistan, not to distinguish between good and bad terrorists...

  • Signing LEMOA and RM’s US visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    During his three-day visit to the US commencing August 29, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, India and US are slated to conclude the logistics exchange memorandum of agreement...

  • Treasure Troves of PSUs - something amiss?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    How many more shocks Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will suffer at the hands of his bureaucrats, shocking the public in turn is anyone’s guess. In March 2015, he made a startling announcement that India was paying the US Department of Defence (DoD) for new weaponry...

  • China: self-appointed NSG Policeman caught cheating
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    China, the self proclaimed Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) policeman has been caught, what may be described as with her pants down, violating NSG rules herself.

  • RM’s Independence Day eve broadcast - just routine
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar’s customary message to the Armed Forces on the eve of the 70th Independence Day was broadcast over All India Radio.

  • SAARC Home Ministers Meet - Pakistan's prodigal bash
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Turbulence at the recent 7th SAARC Home and Interior Ministers Conference was but expected simply because it was being hosted by Pakistan notorious for being the crucible of terror and continuing to export terror as an institutionalized state policy.

  • DPP - private sector awaits fair share
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    If anyone were to ask whether the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) has been enunciated, the answer would be yes, but partially. When Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar first unveiled the DPP...

  • Adding Military Muscle - address foot soldier too
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    In a boost to the Indian Navy comes the news that India has signed a $1.1 billion deal to procure four more Poseidon-8I long range maritime patrol aircraft from the US, with the first to be delivered in 50 months.

  • Missing An-32 IAF medium lift aircraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Tragedy struck on July 22 when an IAF An-32 on routine sortie from IAF Station Tambaram to Port Blair went missing. The aircraft had 29 personnel onboard; six-member IAF crew including two pilots, two Army personnel, eight civilians...

  • Visit of Japanese Defence Minister boosts ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani’s recent visit to India came post Malabar 2016 held in Western Pacific recently, in which Indian, Japanese and US Navies participated.

  • Pushing FGFA is good but much more needed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    While India and France are reportedly getting “closer” to ink the 36 x Rafale deal costing some Euro 78 billion and there is talk also the air about American F/A-18 and F-16 and Swedish Gripen-E in contention for development under 'Make in India' project...

  • Disaster Strikes!
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    The one thing that is clear is that the disaster that has struck the aeroplane was somewhat sudden leaving the crew with no time to make a distress call.

  • China’s Strategic Airlift Capability
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey

    The traumatic reality for the nation is that the Indian aerospace industry has been left far behind in the race with its Chinese counterpart and the way things are moving, there appears to be practically no hope of catching up!

  • New MR SAM beefing air defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    On June 30, India successfully test-fired a new surface-to-air missile, developed jointly with Israel, from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur, of the Odisha coast. Apart from the missile, the system includes a Multi-Functional Surveillance...

  • DCN Unveiled but how to Talk?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch

    Defence Minister Mohan Parrikar dedicated the Defence Communication Network (DCN) to the nation on July 1, 2016. While doing so, he complimented the three Services on putting...