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New Indigenous Bullet Proof Jacket for Forces
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In an article titled ‘Bullet Resistant Vests’ in April this year, it was reported in these columns that Amrita University, Coimbatore is offering highly advanced technology bullet proof jackets (BPJs) and the proposal titled...
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Trial of another Assault Rifle – and the missing carbine
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Media had reported in July 2016 that the Army had junked DRDO’s 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army’s quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles was extended – fresh equipping taking minimum seven-eight years as per informed sources.
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QCG – flogging the dead horse?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Pakistani media is upbeat with the news that Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to continue with the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) established for talks with the Taliban in order to bring them into the reconciliation process.
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F-16 production in India – new beginning
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Lockheed Martin signed an agreement with India’s Tata Advance Systems on June 19 to produce F-16 fighters in India, a week before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump.
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AUSINDEX-17 – why should China bellyache?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

AUSINDEX-17, the joint India-Australia naval exercise was conducted from 13 to 17 June in the Indian Ocean. Every time India conducts / participates in bilateral / multilateral naval exercises in the Indo-Pacific, China goes bellyaching.
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Indian Army in Limelight
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

The Indian Army continues to be an institution that is loved and respected by the nation and its people.
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PM Modi’s 4-nation tour
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on his four nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France on May 29, it was reported that his main focus would be bilateral cooperation on economic (in backdrop of India having passed GST Bill...
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FGFA Coming ‘Soon’ – but how soon is soon?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Few weeks before Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Russia for the annual bilateral summit between the two nations, news appeared that the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) would be coming soon – implying the joint Indo-Russian joint...
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Army Division to Afghanistan – hoax or perception building?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Word by word Identical reports from Washington, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India are talking about India planning to send 15,000 troops to Afghanistan...
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Pakistan’s info war
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Why Pakistan’s information war succeeds in India is not only because of exploitation of communications and social media and is using the religious card in Kashmir Valley, but it also has a cross-section of pro-Pakistan lobby in India. After some Hurriyat leaders openly admitted to have taken money from Pakistan...
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DGQA – Knotted within and insensitive to troops
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports over 16,000 GPS units purchased for the Army are lying idle in the Central Ordnance Depot at Agra, reportedly on grounds of ‘quality concerns’. This has been the state for over one year despite Rs 28 crores spent on their purchase, since the Army cannot use them until a final quality assurance is given.
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Another giant leap with GSLV Mk III
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

When India fired the high thrust cryogenic engine CE-20 launching GSLV Mk-III in its first experimental flight from Sriharikota on june 5, it was a monumental leap drawing the curtain on what the US sanctions prevented ISRO from doing in 2003...
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Strategic Partnership Model – Game changer?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On May 20, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Arun Jaitley finalized the broad contours of the Strategic Partnership (SP) policy.
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New Defence Procurement Organization
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

According to recent media reports, government is mulling setting up a new autonomous organization, ‘Defence Procurement Organization’ (DPO), to be created within the MoD to deal exclusively with procurement for the Armed Forces as recommended by a committee headed by Dr Pritam Singh...
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Ransomware – Beware!
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

WannaCry or WannaCry 2.0 the ransomware that struck globally some 150 countries last month affected some 200,000 PCs worldwide.
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Empowering DIPP – or weakening defence?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Considerable confusion prevails about whether the proposed Defence Procurement Organization (DPO), as a follow up to the Dr Pritam Singh Committee recommendations, is to be ‘all encompassing’ in matters of defence procurement, which it actually should be.
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3D Rocket in Space
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The first working 3D printer was developed in 1984 by Chuck Hall of 3D Systems Corporation; 3D printing being the process of making three dimensional...
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Next level Cyber War
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The news about IAF’s Sukhoi SU-30 gone missing near India-China border has been making headlines.
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Modernisation of the Armed Forces
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

Are the Indian armed forces adequately equipped to confront the challenge posed by Pakistan or more importantly, by Pakistan and China acting in collusion?
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Well begun...and miles to go – NDA@3
By Rear Admiral Sushil Ramsay (Retd)

After what was termed as a lost decade as far as building up the strategic assets from the national security perspective, during May 2014, India witnessed the...
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Defence modernisation in three years of NDA rule
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The three services had suffered prolonged neglect in respect of modernisation in the period 2004 to 2014 owing to a number of factors.
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NDA’s achievements in defence sector in three years
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

The Modi government which completes three years on 26 May 2017 is planning to celebrate their achievements by putting out a report card giving out statistics...
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Defence in three years under NDA II
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On May 26, 2017 the NDA II government completed three years in office. Last three years have seen India rising in economic strength and making way...
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M777 howitzer finally debut in India
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In what is being described as “laying the Bofors ghost to rest”, the first two M777 howitzer guns manufactured by BAE System of USA arrived in India and...
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US nudges Pakistan – Wee bit only
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The US National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has blamed Pakistan for deteriorating India-Pak relations and warned that the ties might worsen further if another "high- profile" terrorist attack emanates from across the border this year.
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Beyond ICJ ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The unanimous verdict by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Yadav was on expected lines because Pakistan had violated India's right, provided under the Vienna...
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North Korea – Rogue supported by rogue
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As North Korea carried out another ballistic missile test, shortly after President Moon Jae-in took office in South Korea, US President Donald Trump called for "stronger sanctions" against North Korea, while China is urged restraint.
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PM Modi’s Sri Lanka visit
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

When Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe came to India on a 5-day visit in April 2017, he had reiterated the invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi...
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New counter-Maoist strategy – Why it is regressive?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The twin Maoists attacks in Sukma on March 11 on a 110-strong CRPF column) and on April 24 on a 99-strong CRPF column, inflicted massive casualties on the...
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Expediting Defence Procurements
By Ranjit Kumar

India’s defence acquisition framework is considered to be one of the most cumbersome, time consuming, complex and fraught with uncertainties.
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Phased induction of M777 in the Indian Army
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

As part of its massive artillery modernisation plan, the army had planned to induct several types of howitzers through inhouse manufacture by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)/Ordnance Factory Board (OFB)...
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Strategic partnership policy – Needs speedy conclusion
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

When Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) 2016 was released by the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in Defexpo 2016, it was without few appendices, which were added later.
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Countering Maoists – Serious review required
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Post the ghastly Maoist ambush at Sukma on April 24, killing 24 CRPF personnel and injuring seven (of 99-strong CRPF column), a Gazette notification...
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GSAT-09 – Modi's gift to South Asia
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

GSAT-09 or SAS (South Asia Satellite) is the latest technological move by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for integrating South Asia, a resolve he had shown at the swearing in of his government by inviting all SAARC leaders, including Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan.
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Another beheading by Pak Army
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

A press release on May 1 by Army’s HQ Northern Command read, “Pak Army carried out unprovoked rocket and mortar firing on two forward posts on the line of control in Krishna Ghati Sector.
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ICJ reprieve for Kulbhushan Jadhav
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The reprieve obtained by India for Kulbhushan Yadav from the International Court of justice (ICJ) is a diplomatic victory. This is all the more special because the ICJ deals with international law involving states and not individual cases.
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'Negative' defence budget - Goes more negative
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The relationship between economy and defence is that both are dependent on each other. Defence cannot be strong without good economy...
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PM Modi’s Israel visit – Expectations?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel on July 5-6 this year, first by any Indian Prime Minster will be a historic event of extraordinary proportions since it also...
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Another joint doctrine – But who will implement?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Media is agog with headlines of “New defence doctrine to ensure Army, Navy, IAF can tackle entire spectrum of conflicts”.
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Kamov helicopters – Finally through?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In March 2017, media reported that the Indo-Russian Kamov helicopter deal had hit a hurdle, pricing and technology transfer being main issues.
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Pakistan’s ‘Jadhav’ sentencing – Rotten to the core
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

A press release of April 10 by Pakistan’s notorious ISPR said that Kulbhushan Jadhav arrested from Balochistan on March 3, 2016 for his involvement in espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan was tried by FGCM under section 59 of Pakistan Army Act (PAA) and Section 3 of Official Secrets Act 1923...
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Increased violence in Kashmir – And the enemy within
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The increased violence in Kashmir Valley doesn’t appear to have been as seriously as warranted, especially the institutionalized radicalization of the school going...
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Indo-Bangla relations at all time high – Teesta should be next step
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The four day visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (April 7-10) has taken Indo-Bangladesh relations to an all time high.
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Cyber war – Where are we?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Cyber attacks in India have been on the rise over the years, particularly against government sites and Indian missions abroad despite several layers of security measures in place to protect against intrusions.
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ISIS menace – Caution time ahead
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Bhopal-Ujjain train blast on March 7, 2017 injuring nine people is being heralded as the first strike by the Islamic State in India. It has now emerged that the members of this module inspired by ISIS, led by self-styled ‘emir’ Atif Muzaffar, had crisscrossed the country between February 2016 and January 2017 visiting...
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Minesweepers void – Not good
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports quoting the Parliamentary Committee for Defence, the existing fleet of six minesweeping vessels with the Indian Navy will be de-commissioned...
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The border infrastructure mess
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Parliamentary Committee for Defence has been rapping the government for its lackadaisical approach to defence, however, this time it is the Comptroller...
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China – Upping ante in Indo-Pacific
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Post the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s claim to ‘historic rights’ in the South China Sea (SCS) brought up by Philippines last year...
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Bullet Resistant Vests
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India has been fighting cross-border proxy wars, terrorism and insurgencies past three decades plus.
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Maoists violence – Far from over
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On March 10, 2017 an article titled ‘Is It the End of the Road for Maoists?’ appeared in the media.
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Parrikar's exit and its impact on languishing defence projects
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

Manohar Parrikar who held the office of the Defence Minister of India for two years and four months has now returned to Goa to take over as the new Chief Minister after the recent election in Goa.
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Need for a full-time Minister of Defence
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

While the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as the Goa Chief Minister has been dictated by political expediency, this move has implications for the Indian armed forces
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Change of Defence Minister
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar having moved to Panaji due to political expediency of the state of Goa, Arun Jaitley has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
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Visit of Bangladesh PM – Expectations
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Coming up next month in April is the all important visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh to India.
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Pakistan – Defiant Frankenstein
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

By admitting that the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attack was carried out by Pakistan based terror group but that the Pakistani government had no role in it, former Pakistan National Security Adviser Mahmud Ali Durrani has managed to hit headlines while keeping himself safe.
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Special Forces – Efforts to bridge equipment voids
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Media is agog with news headlines “Army on Shopping Spree, Commandos to Get Deadlier,” reporting that after the successful ‘surgical strikes’...
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Military modernisation kaput – And the curse of committees
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence has slammed the government on March 9 through its report tabled in Parliament on Demands for Grants...
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QCG and the six plus one
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) comprising the US, China, Afghanistan and Pakistan aimed to bring the Taliban on board to join...
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Of Grenade Lobbing Robots – and more
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As the battle for Mosul continues, the ISIS fights on with new technology. Tiny surveillance drones are employed to observe and report movement and positions...
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Indigenous LCH – good strides
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India’s indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), was a star attraction at the Aero India 2017...
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Pakistan’s Change of Heart – recurring utopia
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

When news came that Qamar Javed Bajwa, the Pakistani army chief had told his officers that they should read how the Indian democracy had succeeded, media at home went gaga as usual, with many utopians forecasting ‘change of heart’ in Pakistan, little realizing that Bajwa is from the same crop as Zia, Musharraf and Co.
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FGFA redesigned?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Happenings at the Aero India 2017 signified the next chapter in the Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) saga. Whether it will now move faster than the snail’s pace is yet to be seen.
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Remov AFSPA – periodic punchline
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

There are frequent calls in insurgency affected areas for removal or dilution of the Armed Forces Special Power Act. Such calls are periodic in J&K and Manipur. It is also a election issue in Manipur this year, particularly by the People’s Resurgence and Justice Alliance (PRJA) floated by Chanu Sharmila...
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India–China strategic dialogue – Hollowness persists
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On February 22, India and China held their ‘upgraded’ strategic dialogue at Beijing. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks...
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Indo-US Defence Ties – retain the high
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

There was some speculation as to how the Indo-US defence relationship would pan out under the new US President, as relationships do undergo change...
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Policy on Unmanned Vehicles – setting course is good
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

DRDO Director General Dr S Christopher’s statement on February 11, 2017 that DRDO plans to soon come out with policy document on unmanned vehicles...
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Tri-Service Commands – must get them right
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

After a lapse of over a year, news is media is again talking of Tri-Service Commands and other measures like appointing a single-point military adviser...
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Longer reach Pinaka tested
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In January 2015, Mark-II version of Pinaka rocket system was successfully tested to its full range where it was able to destroy its targets 60km away.
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Big Stride in Ballistic Missile Defence
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

February, 11, 2017 was a great day for the DRDO and the nation. At precisely 0745 hours, DRDO successfully test-fired a interceptor missile off Odisha coast and achieved a significant milestone for developing a two-layered BMD system...
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Critical shortages – Where is the money?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Media reports headlining urgent arms deals of Rs 20,000 crores have been signed to keep the Armed Forces “ready” create an impression that all is going to be hunky dory in a jiffy is misnomer.
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Make in India: Quo Vadis?
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

Only with a major overhaul of the bureaucratic establishment and the government machinery as a whole, will the highly mechanised lion representing the spirit...
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Defence Budget 2017-2018
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Defence has been allocated Rs 2,74,114 crore ($40.31 billion) for fiscal year 2017-2018. This does not include the pensions bill which itself is close to Rs 85,000 crore per annum.
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The China factor in Kashmir
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

That China is the central actor behind the problems in J&K is still not fully acknowledged by our policy makers. Not that it is a new development but the understanding remained coloured with the advice of our intelligence agencies who refused to get out of the time wrap.
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Carbines – Small arms faux passé
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

According to media reports, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has decided to purchase 44,000 close quarter battle (CQB) carbines via direct route and cancel the tender process.
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Why India should never join CPEC
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Khaled Ahmed, consulting editor, ‘Newsweek’ Pakistan, in his recent article titled ‘Corridor of Uncertainty’ writes that Pakistan’s General Riaz inviting India...
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Improving night fighting capability
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports, MoD has approved purchases for improving the night warfare capabilities of the Army at a cost of US$3.2 billion. This is good news but going by past experience of excruciatingly long procedures, how many years elapse before this equipment actually gets fielded is anybody’s guess.
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SAAW – Targeting enemy airfields
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On December 24, 2016 India successfully tested an indigenous Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from an Indian Air Force aircraft.
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RoboSen is good – But we have miles to go
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

DRDO has just unveiled RoboSen (short for ‘Robot Sentry’). Its employability is for guarding a house, office or industrial unit. It can move around the premises, take photographs of all suspicious objects and movement, enabling law enforcement agencies to act, as and when required.
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India joins ICBM 5000+ league
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India successfully undertook the fourth and final test firing of the Agni-V today (December 26) from Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. This is a wholly indigenously developed ICBM, which by itself is a gigantic achievement.
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Heart of Asia – Pak proxies named
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In his inaugural address at the Sixth Ministerial ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference at Amritsar, represented by some 30 countries and international and regional organizations and co-chaired by Finance Minister of India...
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Visit of Israeli President – cementing ties
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The eight-day visit to India in November by President Reuven Rivlin of Israel further cemented India-Israel bilateral relations.
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Coming - Armed drones
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Pakistan tested its indigenous ‘Burraq’ UCAV last year and according to the Dawn quoting industry insiders, in 2015 China had offered to sell Pakistan its CH-3...
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Indian Army and PLA ‘Hand-in-Hand’ again
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India-China Joint Military Training exercise, 'Hand-in-Hand 2016' kicked off in Pune on November 27.
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Chinese submarines to Bangladesh
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Bangladesh media, quoting an Inter Services Public Relation Directorate release, reported on November 4 that Bangladesh Naval Chief Admiral Nizamuddin Ahmed...
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Bullet proof jackets for Army – Trickling in
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

After a almost an eight year red-taped procurement procedure, the Army has got the delivery of 20,000 bullet proof jackets and another 30,000 are to follow.
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Terror attack in Nagrota – What beyond?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Pakistan-sponsored terrorists struck at two places in Jammu region of &K on November 29. In two major terror attacks, that rocked Jammu region on Tuesday, seven army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other security...
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Finally M777 howitzers through FMS
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

After almost seven years of discussion, trials and choosing, India and the US today inked a nearly Rs 5,000 crore deal for 145 x M777 ultra-light howitzers...
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PM Modi’s Japan visit – Historic nuclear deal signed
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan on November 11-12 may be termed the most historic as making an exception; Japan has signed a civil-nuclear...
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ISRO: Of Satellites, Moon and Mars
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

It may be recalled that on June 22, 2016, India launched 20 satellites in one go, which was the maximum ever by ISRO.
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Blacklisting Redefined
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Since December 2014, media was reporting that a new government policy legalizing middlemen in arms purchases, a source of massive controversies...
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OROP: One-Man Judicial Commission
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Politicization of the unfortunate suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal was indeed bad.
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Internet of Things (IoT) and Dangers in Cyberspace
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Much has been said in recent years about Internet of Things (IoT); it is coming, it has arrived or it is growing rapidly. But the enormity of IoT can be gauged from the one forecast that by 2030 there will be over 26 billion connected devices that would average to about six connected devices per each person on this planet.
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Why victimise defence only?
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

The forensic audit report by Deloitte on AirAsia India has revealed fraudulent transactions of Rs. 22 crore to parties in India and Singapore that do not exist.
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Xi Jinping – China’s “Core Leader”
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Communist Party of China (CPC) has anointed President Xi Jinping as the “Core Leader” of China, which places him on par with Mao Tse Tung and Deng Xiaoping.
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Visit of Aung San Suu Kyi
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s four-day visit to India after attending the BRICS summit at Goa provided fresh impetus to India-Myanmar relations.
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Deriding military – Continues unabated
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The latest attack on the military’s ethos came from the MoD through the GoI letter number A/24577/CAO/CP Cell dated October 18, described by a national daily in talking about rank “equivalence” between defence officers and “armed forces headquarters civil service officers”.
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Chinese subs to Pakistan – Eye on IOR
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

China recently confirmed the sale of eight attack submarines to Pakistan, what is its biggest ever military deal estimated to be over US$5 billion.
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Excalibur – Stopgap or final?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

It was only four months back (July 2016) when media reported that the Army junked DRDO’s 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army’s quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles got been extended.
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Hand in Hand is Good – But what about Stab in the Back?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Indian and Chinese army troops carried out a joint exercise in Eastern Ladakh on October 19, led by Brigadier R S Raman and Senior Colonel Fan Jun respectively.
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India-Russia relations take next step
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The recent meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the BRICs summit at Goa and the deals signed between India and Russia have silenced the critics that the Modi Government is putting...
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Surgical strike in cyberspace
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

While the surgical strikes by Indian Special Forces in PoK on September 28 was heating up the digital media both in India in Pakistan, opposition parties baying for proof and Nawaz Sharif in denial till Ghulam Akbar, SP of Mirpur spilled the beans, surgical strikes by Indian hackers were also hitting Pakistan in cyberspace.
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Big ticket acquisitions – Overshadowing cutting edge again?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports, the MoD is working towards seeking an annual hike of eight percent in terms of capital expenditure in the next decade plus in order to procure...
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SAARC shuns Pakistan
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Pakistan is blaming India for pulling out from the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet scheduled to be held in Islamabad...
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Coming up – Israel type border fence
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Post the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Israel last year and Pakistan’s heightened hostility and persistent infiltration attempts...
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Give more to private sector
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

During the second half of 1980’s the Army went in for import of man-portable paratrooping parachutes from South Korea and Poland. Since the imports were done in bulk to make up operational voids there were no elaborate tests within India.
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New Long Range SAM
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India successfully conducted the second test of the new Indo-Israeli surface to air missile (LRSAM) on September 20 from the launching complex - III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.
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Army Design Bureau is good but need to look far beyond
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Setting up of the Army Design Bureau (ADB) in August this year is a good step even though late by few decades. Its charter covered in this magazine earlier includes...
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When will our military get its due?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

India’s Presidents have said that the military is the last bastion of India. The typical example of today is that while the J&K State Administration in the Valley responsible for the current messy situation went ineffective and the police abandoned their posts, the Army has been tasked to re-establish the rule of law.
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The Rafale Deal – Finally Inked
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

16 years after the IAF projected the demanded for new multi-role fighters and four years after the Rafale deal was mooted in 2012...
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Equipping Units – Slapped by UN this time
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

According to recent media reports, the UN has deducted $50.45 million (Rs 338 crores) from payment to India against equipment that was meant to be carried but was not held by the units on UN missions under the MoU signed with Government...
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Terrorist State – Will Pakistan get the tag?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

September 20 was historical with US Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, introduced ‘H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act’ in the US Congress.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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Rafale – Finally a Reality!
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

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.
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Uri Attack – Same story, more lethal
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In a well planned and coordinated terrorist attack Pakistan struck the army camp in Uri in the early hours of September 18. 20 soldiers are already reported dead and 32 injured.
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A brief history of Kashmir dispute
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

The latest attack on India by fidayeen group in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, has pushed India-Pakistan relations to the edge again.
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The Kashmir Imbroglio
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

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.
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Indo-Afghan friendship scales greater heights
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent visit came at a time when Pakistan’s exposure as a generator of terrorism has gained momentum.
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Indo-Russian Strategic Partnership – No reset required
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) between India and the US has been a subject of intense debate in the media.
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Of Helmets and Bullet Proof Jackets
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

According to media reports, “The Indian Army is still nowhere near getting desperately-needed modern helicopters, howitzers and air defence weapons, or even new assault rifles and carbines, to plug its critical operational deficiencies.
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The China-Pak Economic Corridor – Problems galore
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Raising the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan in POK being Indian Territory and the Pakistani genocide in Balochistan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent tremors across Pakistan.
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OROP and 7th CPC – Course correction required
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

It is quite apparent that civil-military relations have reached the lowest ebb with the military sick of being sidelined and continuously denigrated.
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Visit of Nepalese PM – Resetting friendly ties
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The recent four day visit of Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi commencing September 15 has helped in resetting Indo-Nepalese ties and dispel the unease...
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PM Modi’s Vietnam visit
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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...
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LEMOA, Balochistan and Chinese infirmities
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

A day after India and US signed the LEMOA during Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s three-day visit to the US commencing August 29...
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Indo-Myanmar Construct – good signs
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In March this year, Myanmar got a democratically elected government after 57 years of military rule.
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Missing Targets – bane of DRDO
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Defence generally remains in the news in India for valid reasons. It was reported recently that the government procured Rs 76,000 crores of defence equipment during 2015-2016.
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Strengthening West Asian Ties
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The recent visit to Lebanon, Syria and Iraq from August 17-23 by MoS External Affairs MJ Akbar has strengthened India’s ties...
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Scramjet Success - ISRO Blitzkrieg’s Space
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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..
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Triple whammy for Indian bureaucracy
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

If one hallmark of US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India was targeting Pakistan for exporting terrorism...
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Kerry’s Visit: India, US Focus on Pak Terror
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Deliberations during the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry is being hailed for delivering a blunt message to Pakistan...
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LEMOA — An overall assessment
By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

India and the United States have signed an important logistics agreement that will enable forces of both the countries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.
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A pioneering initiative!
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd.)

LEMOA is a document that establishes basic terms, conditions and procedures for reciprocal provision of logistic support, supplies and services between the armed forces of India and the United States
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Signing LEMOA – and RM’s US visit
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

During his three-day visit to the US commencing August 29, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, India and US are slated to conclude...
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Indo-Nepalese Relations – new phase begins
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Maoist chief Pushpa Kamal Dahal, also known as ‘Prachanda’, was sworn in as Nepal’s 39th Prime Minister on August 4, 2016 after the CPN-Maoists party withdrew support to the Khadga Prasad Oli government.
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More Chinese Bullying
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

In a humorous twist of events China, a country that shows focused intent of all around aggression in a bid to become a Great Power, has warned India against deploying BrahMos cruise in Arunachal Pradesh.
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Treasure Troves of PSUs – something amiss?
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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

China, the self proclaimed Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) policeman has been caught, what may be described as with her pants down...
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ISIS Threat – don’t take it lightly
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Creeping of the radical Wahabi-Salafi culture overtaking the Sufi culture and Kashmiriyat of Srinagar Valley has been a slow but steady affair facilitated by misadministration, corruption, politico-terrorist nexus and intransigence, which lead to the volatile situation of today.
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RM’s Independence Day eve broadcast – just routine
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Raksha Mantri Manohar Parrikar’s customary message to the Armed Forces on the eve of the 70th Independence Day was broadcast over All India...
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Narrowing the seas: Security ramifications of the SCS verdict
By Bharat Karnad

There’s an aspect of China’s seeking to acquire dominance in the South China Sea that the verdict on July 11, 2016...
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The South China Sea imbroglio and its repercussions
By Rear Admiral S. Ramsay (Retd)

The Chinese position of not recognising the verdict of the Permanent Court of Arbitration is a cause for serious worry, because it highlights total disregard to the international order.
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Pakistan's prodigal bash
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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 institutionalised state policy.
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SAARC Home Ministers Meet – Pakistan’s prodigal bash
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Turbulence at the recent 7th SAARC Home and Interior Ministers Conference was but expected simply because it was being hosted...
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DPP – Private sector awaits fair share
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

If anyone were to ask whether the Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) has been enunciated, the answer would be yes, but partially.
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Adding military muscle – Address foot soldier too
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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...
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Non Lethal Weapons – and the pellet gun furor
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Home Minister told the Lok Sabha recently that government is appointing a committee to recommend alternative non-lethal weapons (NLWs) and...
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AFSPA – SC ruling reignites debate
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and its removal come up periodically amongst protests and hot debates. The Act, which provides extraordinary powers of force to soldiers deployed in disturbed areas...
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Missing An-32 medium-lift aircraft
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Tragedy struck on July 22 when an Indian Air Force (IAF) An-32 on routine sortie from IAF Station Tambaram to Port Blair went missing.
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Developments in terrorist activities in India
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

If one were to look at developments in terrorist activities in India, it is obvious that one should look at J&K given the current situation. The killing of Burhan Wani was just a trigger but the phenomenon of mobs...
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Visit of Japanese Defence Minister boosts ties
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

Japanese Defence Minister Gen Nakatani’s recent visit to India came post Malabar 2016 held in Western Pacific recently...
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Hague Ruling – snubbed China remains defiant
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) recently gave its judgment on the territorial claims of Philippines filed in 2013 against China over disputed areas in South China Sea (SCS) with Manila seeking...
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Nuclear Aircraft Carrier versus Nuclear Submarines
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

As per media reports, Russia has offered its nuclear aircraft carrier dubbed ‘Shtorm’ to India, the offer coming at a time when India and US...
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Pushing FGFA is good – but much more needed
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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...
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Burhan Wani killed – ISI stoking fires
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

With the killing of Burhan Wani, Pakistan was waiting to stoke the fires in Kashmir.
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Disaster Strikes!
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

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.
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China’s Strategic Airlift Capability
By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

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!
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Dhaka’s 26/11 – future portends
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

On the night of July 1, 21:20 hours local time, seven terrorists (all Bangladeshi citizens) armed with assault rifles, bombs and a sword attacked the Holey Artisan Bakery-cum-Café in the Gulshan area...
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New MR SAM – beefing air defence
By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

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 and Threat Alert Radar (MF STAR) for detection, tracking and guidance of the missile.
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