Experts Speak

  • May 5, 2022
    De-conflicting Eastern Ladakh is Passé
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    We may continue military-to-military talks but any progress is unlikely unless China wants and we agree to shift our positions more west by couple of kilometres, calling them no-patrol-zones

  • May 5, 2022
    Beyond The Moskva Sinking
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The threat to naval platforms comes primarily from aircraft and torpedoes but technological advancements in surveillance capabilities, that are networked with missiles based on air, land, and sea platforms, have certainly increased the vulnerability of surface naval assets

  • May 5, 2022
    Of Lasers and UAVs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There are good developments but the need is of speed, given the technological developments globally, particularly in China

  • May 5, 2022
    India-UK Defence Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated their commitment to boost the defence and security cooperation under the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and enhance engagements in support of a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific

  • May 5, 2022
    Drone Making in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government has announced easing of rules for registration and operation of drones in the country, as also the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme worth 120 crore to boost indigenous manufacturing of drones

  • May 5, 2022
    Toxin Hand of Friendship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There was speculation about a possible change in stand of the new Sharif-governed Pakistan towards India. However, the fact that he was chosen for the post of Prime Minister by Pakistan’s Army Chief General Bajwa, should put an end to speculation what India-Pakistan relations will be under Sharif.

  • April 16, 2022
    Fourth Indo-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 2+2 Dialogue was broad based with in-person meetings between the respective Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers of both countries, preceded by a virtual summit between PM Modi and President Biden

  • April 16, 2022
    Tour of Duty in Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Why would the youth like to join as a soldier under Tour of Duty (ToD) with uncertain future? Have we considered the dangers of youth well versed in the use of firearms let loose in the society? A much thorough analysis is needed for the ToD scheme to be enforced on the Armed Forces.

  • April 16, 2022
    Canada Mining Gold in Balochistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Nearly $10 billion shall be invested in Balochistan, including $1 billion that shall be invested in social upliftment projects such as roads, schools and hospitals. The Gold and Copper mining project shall make Balochistan the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Pakistan.

  • April 16, 2022
    Border Laxity is Dangerous
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The original deadline to complete the entire stretch of around 1,300 km roads to be constructed along the Indo-Nepal border was by 2016 at a cost of 3,900 crore. However, after a lapse of 12 years, only 29 per cent of the roads are completed.

  • April 16, 2022
    Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Serial Production Cleared
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This helicopter is equipped with all-weather combat capability to support the ground forces and would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force & Indian Army

  • April 16, 2022
    Made in India Advances
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Privatisation is the way for India’s defence industry to grow as we have more than enough potential in the private sector

  • April 6, 2022
    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Launches Spring Offensive
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    TTP’s aim is to eventually overthrow the Pakistani government, take control, abrogate the Constitution and impose Sharia Law

  • April 6, 2022
    Military Satellites
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Currently, India has only two dedicated military satellites - the GSAT-7 (Rukmini) and GSAT-7A (Angry Bird) used by the Indian Navy and Air Force respectively. The GSAT-7B satellite would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas.

  • April 6, 2022
    Boost to India-Maldives Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Visit of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is testimony to the importance that India attaches to its close and friendly relations with the Maldives

  • April 6, 2022
    ISIS Threat to India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A recent UN Report raises serious concerns over ISIS's continued attempts to revive itself in its core zone as well as expanding and strengthening its affiliates in several countries of Asia and Africa

  • April 6, 2022
    Airborne Exercises along Northern Borders
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Amid the heightened tensions with China, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army conducted airborne exercises to validate rapid response capabilities and seamless integration

  • April 6, 2022
    AMCA Development Begins
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The advanced stealth aircraft will be a multirole fighter capable of carrying out air superiority, ground strike, suppression of enemy air defences and electronic warfare missions. The IAF is planning for two squadron of AMCA Mark 1 and five squadron of Mark 2 variant.

  • March 21, 2022
    Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cascading Risks Globally
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The global spikes in energy and food prices resulting from these supply chain disruptions will see many countries struggle with rising food and energy insecurity as well as increased inequality

  • March 16, 2022
    Ukraine Conflict is America Contrived
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is no prospect of peace because the US does not want it. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is an American puppet playing proxy to the US, and has no compunctions about the destruction of his country.

  • March 16, 2022
    Darker Clouds Over Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The resurgence of IS-K in Pakistan is bad news for Pakistan while the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other outfits are targeting the Pakistani security establishment and their supporters

  • March 16, 2022
    15th India-China Talks in Ladakh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the 15th round of talks, that lasted for around 13 hours, the Indian side pushed China for the resolution of remaining friction points in Ladakh but there was no breakthrough

  • March 16, 2022
    75 Satellites Marking 75 Years of Independence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA) is playing the lead role in this mission for ensuring design, development, fabrication, testing and launching of the 75 nano-satellites, and is being supported by ISRO in the mission

  • March 16, 2022
    US Assistance During Aggression
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The manner in which the US propped up Ukraine, forced Russia to invade it and is now only pumping arms and mercenaries into Ukraine has blown the aura of support that the US had built around it

  • March 16, 2022
    Atmanirbhar in Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    “The biggest lesson is that we have to be ready to fight future wars with indigenous weapons and the steps towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in defence should be taken more urgently” —General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff

  • March 14, 2022
    Foreign Fighters in Ukraine: A Doomsday Scenario
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Foreigners are not necessarily good for the very people they seek to defend. It has been amply proven that when foreign fighters deploy, violence against locals goes up.

  • March 7, 2022
    The Russia-Ukraine War – A Maritime Perspective
    By Vice Admiral A.K. Chawla (Retd)

    The warm waters of the Black Sea have been critical to Russia since the 17th century, as they have provided year-long access to ice-free waters and direct access to the Mediterranean and through that, to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

  • March 7, 2022
    Sanctions against Russia has wider ramifications
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Although economic sanctions are widely used, their effectiveness is often debated. For now, Western governments are putting a higher priority on their support for Ukraine but soon they will need to weigh on how much pain they are prepared to inflict on their own people.

  • March 7, 2022
    Russia Battles Ukraine for Control of the Skies
    By Air Vice Marshal Sanjay Bhatnagar (Retd)

    Ukranian Air Force is vastly outnumbered by Russian Air Force in terms of numbers and firepower. However, the employment of air power in context of the Russian Air Force has been highly intriguing so far.

  • February 28, 2022
    MILAN-2022 and the Indo-Pacific
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    MILAN is a biennial multilateral exercise that has grown progressively in magnitude and this year will witness more than 40 countries sending their warships/high-level delegations

  • February 28, 2022
    China's Stealth Bomber and Stealth Fighter
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has been developing an advanced strategic bomber Xian H-20 with a range up to 8,000 km. It is developed according to the aerodynamic design “flying wing” with the use of stealth technologies.

  • February 28, 2022
    Lasers in Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent advances in ultra-high-power lasers and laser weapons systems have shown the enormous potential of laser technology to revolutionise 21st century warfare

  • February 28, 2022
    Chinese Missile Repair Base in Bangladesh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is presumed that the maintenance and overhaul facility being set up will double up as a production assembly line of the FM-90 air defence missile system and its advanced variants in future

  • February 28, 2022
    Pakistani Duping FATF
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan is currently on the FATF 'Grey List' but needs to be placed on the 'Black List' having duped the FATF all these years; terrorism and terror financing continuing though front organisations and changing names of terror outfits.

  • February 28, 2022
    China Backstabs Nepal
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2020, reports began emerging that China was encroaching into Nepal by removing boundary pillars and constructing buildings despite the Nepal-China border having been ratified since 1960 and boundary pillars constructed all along

  • February 25, 2022
    Indian Dilemma Over the Russia – Ukraine Crisis
    By Lt. General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    India has become closer to the US and the West in the recent past but it also enjoys traditionally a good relation with Russia

  • February 25, 2022
    Europe on the edge: Russia attacks Ukraine
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On the international political front, Russia is facing condemnation from Western powers over its actions in Ukraine with the European Union vowing to hold Moscow accountable for the military operation

  • February 21, 2022
    National Maritime Security Coordinator
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The proposal of the post creation was cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Security during 2021, in order to strengthen the maritime security and ensuring cohesion among various key stakeholders

  • February 12, 2022
    Border Villages and National Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Under the Vibrant Village Programme (VVP), villages near the LAC in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal are to be developed. How many and where will they come up, given the aggressive posture of PLA, empowered by China’s New Border Law plus road connectivity?

  • February 12, 2022
    Smarticle Robots - and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Smarticle research has the potential to make robots capable of changing their shapes, modalities and functions

  • February 12, 2022
    Quantum Communications
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Quantum technology is evolving quickly and no doubt will have a significant impact not only on warfare but also in terms of national security. However, experts are still not certain what exactly this impact will be!

  • February 12, 2022
    50 JF-17 Jet Fighters for Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is procuring these fighter jets jointly built with China to replace old aircraft and upgrade capability against India's missile defence system

  • February 12, 2022
    Boost to Space Programme
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Department of Space (DOS) has been allocated 13,700 crore for the FY 2022-23. The jump in the budgetary allocation to DOS is because of the planned launch of the first Gaganyaan space mission this year, plus the planned launch of Aditya L1 to the Sun, besides others

  • February 12, 2022
    Comforting from the Cold
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government could consider providing onboard heating and ventilation system in Cheetah and Chetak helicopters as well – same as being done for the Light Utility Helicopters (LUH)

  • February 2, 2022
    Defence Budget Allocation 2022-2023
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Budget 2022-23 has been increased to 5.25 lakh crore for 2022-23 from the previous FY allocation of 4.78 lakh crore with a major push on ensuring self-reliance in manufacturing of military platforms

  • February 2, 2022
    China's Mechanical Yak and More
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) may use the Mechanical Yak to bring supplies of munitions and food to plateaus, mountains, deserts and forests where standard vehicles have difficulty crossing

  • February 2, 2022
    SPARSH - Bane of Vulnerable Segment?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    SPARSH will create unending problems for the pensioners, widows and disabled veterans, and as such, should have been discussed with veterans before commencing its implementation

  • February 2, 2022
    Learning Ancient Indian Statecraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Our ancient texts have universal applicability and drawing the right lessons would help us not only in strengthening our cultural values but also in building credible national security architecture

  • February 2, 2022
    The Indigenous Rifle Saga
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The foot soldier is generally forgotten in the race of big-ticket weapon systems

  • February 2, 2022
    China-Pakistan Space Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Earlier this year, China announced plans to boost space cooperation with Pakistan, including the development of a space centre and launching of more Pakistani satellites

  • January 29, 2022
    Look Beyond Traditional Contact Warfare
    By Lt. General Abhay Krishna (Retd)

    Are we prepared today to foil a cyber-attack on our Railway Network, Banking System or Power Grid? The nature of cyber-attacks is such that it is almost always difficult to pinpoint the source of the attack, giving perpetrating nation-states plausible deniability.

  • January 15, 2022
    Defence Budget 2022-23
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The crux of a defence budget should be to systematically improve the military's capability to meet future threats in keeping with the changing battlefield environments in the 'shortest possible period'

  • January 15, 2022
    14th Corps Commander-level Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 14th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on January 12, 2022 with representatives from the defence and foreign affairs establishments of both sides present at the meeting

  • January 15, 2022
    Army's Quantum Lab and AI Centre
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Army has recently established a Quantum Laboratory, with supports from the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and an AI Centre at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow in Madhya Pradesh to spearhead research and training in these key emerging fields

  • January 15, 2022
    Pakistan Army Insults Own Uniform
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistani army continue to disown and refuse to take back the bodies of the killed infiltrators identified as Pakistani nationals

  • January 15, 2022
    The Railgun
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The railgun is a linear motor, typically designed as a weapon which uses electromagnetic force to launch high velocity projectiles that do not contain explosives but rely on the projectile's mass, high speed and kinetic energy to inflict damage

  • January 15, 2022
    BrahMos Exports Get Going
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Negotiations for BrahMos between India and the Philippines had been going on for the last few years but the obvious roadblock was Manila’s budgetary constraints

  • January 3, 2022
    Taliban Threaten Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Afghan Taliban Intelligence Chief of Eastern Nangarhar province has warned Pakistani soldiers saying, "If you violate the boundary line, be ready for war with us. We love fighting you more than the Jews. We still have a lot of work to do."

  • January 3, 2022
    Samudrayan and Indigenous AERV
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    First unmanned trial of MATSYA 6000 and the induction of the first set of indigenously developed next-generation Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV) will contribute immensely to Atmanirbhar Bharat

  • January 3, 2022
    Agni-P, Pralay and SMART Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) massed up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for possible conflict, India has conducted multiple tests of strategic and tactical strike weapons as a signal to China

  • January 3, 2022
    MArG 155–BR, ATAGS and Dhanush
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Modernisation plan of the Indian Army to procure indigenous 3,000-3,600 howitzers by 2025-27 as part of the Field Artillery Rationalisation Programme (FARP) has run into problems

  • January 3, 2022
    ISRO-OPPO Deal Endangers Data Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ISRO-OPPO deal includes exchange of technical information of the NavIC messaging service so as to build rapid, ready-to-use, end-to-end application-specific solutions by integrating the messaging service with the mobile handset platforms

  • January 3, 2022
    Sino-Indian New Year Handshake
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The gesture is supposed to cool down tensions before the 14th round of Corps Commander-level talks in Eastern Ladakh

  • December 13, 2021
    Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The friendship between India and Russian has stood the test of times and through difficult situations. Both have now signed a programme of cooperation in the field of defence for the next ten years (2021-2031).

  • December 13, 2021
    Debauch Politicians with Pakistani Souls
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ilk of Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatists know that talks with Pakistan to stop terrorism in J&K are useless because terrorism is the main forte of the Pakistani military and confrontation with India helps them retain their stranglehold over Pakistan

  • December 13, 2021
    SCO Cyber Security Seminar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This was the second time India was hosting such a cyber security seminar and first after it took over the Chair of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) Council

  • December 13, 2021
    UGVs for Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Army Design Bureau (ADB) had sought tailor-made technology for the Army for inducting tactical UGVs for close quarters surveillance and combat

  • December 13, 2021
    VL-SRSAM and Pinaka-ER Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The VL-SRSAM, based on Astra Mark-1 air-to-air missile, is a quick reaction surface-to-air missile which has a maximum speed of Mach 4-5 and was conceived for area and point defence to protect naval platforms

  • December 13, 2021
    ISRO Focus on Make-in-Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Make-in-Space concepts, quantum communications and advance radars are the technologies ISRO is focusing on as part of the plan to prepare India for the future

  • December 2, 2021
    Tibetan Recruitment in PLA
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has launched a compulsory recruitment drive for Tibetans in the Chumbi Valley, between Sikkim and Bhutan and some other areas, so that each Tibetan household has to compulsorily provide one youth for recruitment in the PLA

  • December 2, 2021
    Weapons by Private Firms
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Home Ministry held discussions with some 17 private companies for manufacture of arms. It is known that a number of Indian private companies are into defence manufacturing.

  • December 2, 2021
    Exploiting the Kartarpur Corridor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, final resting place of Guru Nank Dev, situated on the banks of Ravi River in Pakistan, is 120 kms from Lahore and 3-4 km from the Indo-Pak border, and is most sacred to the Sikhs

  • December 2, 2021
    Indigenous LCH, Drones and EW Suit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking on the occasion of 'Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv' said, “For a long time, we were a nation that was a weapons and defence equipment buyer. Today the mantra is 'Make in India, Make for the World'.”

  • December 2, 2021
    China Weaponising Space
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has made significant progress in developing anti-ballistic missiles (ABM) which like ASATs can also be used to target other nation’s intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and military satellites.

  • December 2, 2021
    Recent Terror Attacks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both China-Pakistan are arming and supporting multiple terrorist groups in India. China has been supporting and arming insurgents in India both in the northeast and in the Maoists belt. Pakistan has been trying to destabilise Punjab for past several years.

  • November 14, 2021
    Arriving S-400 Missile System
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    S-400 can fire three types of missiles and can also detect and destroy incoming medium range ballistic missiles. The S-400 was developed to defend against missiles and aircraft of all types, including stealth.

  • November 14, 2021
    Boosting Army's Air Defence Capability
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has lauded the joint efforts of multiple agencies in developing, what he termed, one of the best state-of-the-art missile systems in the world that will prove to be a game changer in the air defence capabilities of Indian armed forces

  • November 14, 2021
    Indian Stealth Fighter
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    AMCA is an indigenous stealth fighter programme to develop fifth generation aircraft for the IAF and the Indian Navy (IN) which is also to include certain sixth generation technologies

  • November 14, 2021
    Agni V and LRB Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Agni-V marks, through its use of a canister-launched missile, a shift in India's missile deployment approach as the warheads for such missiles would have to be mated before the missile is sealed into its canister. This would indicate that India would be keeping a proportion of its nuclear missiles in fully operational configuration.

  • November 14, 2021
    Is China Readying for a Limited War?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China is hardening its force posture including in Eastern Ladakh; demonstrated by the series of operational and tactical measures it is continuing to take. This is hardly to only intimidate India.

  • November 14, 2021
    Boosting Naval Power
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Navy hopes to raise its warships strength from the current 140 to 175 by 2027 which may look ambitious but give the government focus should be feasible

  • November 2, 2021
    China-Turkey Arming Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A China-Pakistan-Turkey triad will be adverse for India both in the conventional and sub-conventional spheres, given that China-Pakistan and Turkey-Pakistan have already been collaborating at the sub-conventional level.

  • November 2, 2021
    China's Nuclear FOBS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to reports, China undertook not one but two FOBS tests this summer. The FOBS has implications for nations in China's crosshairs particularly for Taiwan since there is no defence against such a weapon presently.

  • November 2, 2021
    New Russian Autonomous Underwater Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles (AUVs) can be used for underwater survey missions such as detecting and mapping submerged wrecks, rocks, and obstructions that can be a hazard to navigation for commercial and recreational vessels

  • November 2, 2021
    China's Anti-Stealth Radar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The radar was touted to be revolutionary technology which is a significant addition to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) anti-stealth capabilities and is seen as a major challenge for America's highly advanced F-35 and F-22 fighter jets

  • November 2, 2021
    New Army Aviation Brigade
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The function of the new army aviation brigade is largely for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities but it can support the Army for other tasks...

  • November 2, 2021
    All Weather Road to Tawang
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Under construction at an altitude of 13,500 feet with latest Austrian technology and outlay of over 7,000 crore the Sela Tunnel is an engineering marvel.

  • October 27, 2021
    Ruckus About AUKUS
    By Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

    AUKUS is a military alliance in which sensitive technology will be transferred by the US to Australia which has the potential of tilting the strategic balance in the region

  • October 16, 2021
    Indian Space Association (ISpA) Launched
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    ISpA will undertake policy advocacy and engage with all stakeholders in the Indian Space domain. This will include the government and its agencies, to make India self-reliant, technologically advanced and a leading player in the space arena.

  • October 16, 2021
    ISTAR Programme and EWA
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India is working on the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition & Reconnaissance (ISTAR) programme with the US under the India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI)

  • October 16, 2021
    Minority Killings in Kashmir Valley
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It may appear that the above minority killings in the Valley are in response to signs of normalisation returning and hindering government plans to return Kashmiri Pandits to J&K

  • October 16, 2021
    Second Phase Malabar 2021
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The second phase of Malabar 2021 exercise is reflective of the commitment of the participating countries to support a free, open, inclusive Indo-Pacific as well as a rules-based international order

  • October 16, 2021
    Deep Sea - Lurking Danger
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are already proliferating and as they grow in size and scope, they will add more complex and capable sonar, AI brains, communications links, and other technologies that will allow them to better monitor enemy submarine movements and attack them when required

  • October 16, 2021
    13th India-China Military Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.

  • October 6, 2021
    QUAD Leaders Summit and AUKUS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    QUAD can actually be as powerful as AUKUS or even more, in case the capabilities of all members is built up suitably, under the pledge of sharing critical and futuristic technologies

  • October 6, 2021
    Rocket Force and Theatre Commands
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A committee was constituted that includes Vice Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and representatives of other ministries and departments, to resolve internal differences of Armed Forces, consult external stake holders like the MHA and MoF and look into the structure, composition, nomenclature and reporting channels of the proposed tri-Service commands

  • October 6, 2021
    Mirage 2000, Su-30 and More
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The new acquisitions are also geared towards developing indigenous supply chains for spare parts and engines. This will empower original equipment spares to be 'Made in India', which in turn should help counter any possible shortage of spares

  • October 6, 2021
    Simulators for Armed Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The policy document lays emphasis on indigenous design and development as well as outsourcing of operation and maintenance of simulators to the Indian companies

  • October 6, 2021
    Prime Minister Modi Meets Global CEOs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The excellent initiative taken by the Prime Minister in meeting with the CEOs of global firms will help improve the technological prowess of India, improve the economy, contribute towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and open up more employment opportunities

  • October 6, 2021
    More Arjun Main Battle Tanks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the earlier variant, the Arjun Mk-1A is expected to provide effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night

  • September 16, 2021
    India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both India and Australia agreed to work jointly to realise full potential of the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

  • September 16, 2021
    Minesweeping Criticality
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Though the deal was supposed to be closed in 2016 but discussions on technology transfer (ToT) reportedly caused delays

  • September 16, 2021
    Forces Arming for Drone Warfare
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    All the three services of the Indian Armed Forces are moving ahead speedily for the acquisition of Drones and Anti-Drone technologies, mostly indigenous systems that are developed by Indian companies

  • September 16, 2021
    Landing Platform Docks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After a lapse of over a decade, MoD now has again revived the project to indigenously build 4 x LPDs for the Indian Navy

  • September 16, 2021
    Powering the Skies
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Various developments on the military aviation front augurs well for the capability development of the Indian Air Force as they scurry to augment their resources in the skies

  • September 16, 2021
    Afghanistan - Terror Renaissance
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Taliban's interim government includes some 14 UN-designated terrorists. Out of the 98 US-designated terrorist organisations globally, 20 are located in Afghanistan-Pakistan region - 13 in Afghanistan and seven in Pakistan.

  • September 6, 2021
    Decoding the Taliban Puzzle
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is ample proof of Pakistani regulars and Mujahids fighting alongside Taliban in covert mode, with Pakistani officers even leading Taliban columns. The Taliban were raised in Peshawar, not in Kandahar as believed.

  • September 6, 2021
    Coming - 70,000 AK-203 Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The contract for these 70,000 was signed between the MoD and Russian representatives, in the presence of officials from Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd. These rifles are expected to begin arriving in the country from November this year.

  • September 6, 2021
    Vikrant's Light Signaling System
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Navy personnel have been trained by Aerosvet's engineers in installation of light signaling system on INS Vikrant

  • September 6, 2021
    China's Kabul Diplomacy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan lost no time in opening diplomatic dialogue with the Taliban, indirectly signaling China's recognition of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan

  • September 6, 2021
    Developments in Aviation Sector
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Government is planning to invest $1.83 billion for development of airport infrastructure along with aviation navigation services by 2026.

  • September 6, 2021
    Light Drone Interceptor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The terrorist threat to India has gone up with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan. The possibility of terrorists using drones has certainly gone up, as is the possibility of CBRN attacks.