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  • Is Indian Military Aviation Reorienting?

    For the first time in the history of military aviation in India, helicopters have surpassed fighter aircraft in terms of sheer numbers. Are the Indian Armed Forces reorienting for helicopter dominated air operations?

    May 07, 2019

    Internet of Things Centricity of Future Military Operations

    Since the last decade of the twentieth century, network centricity has profoundly transformed warfighting and the outlook of the military. The next level of the networking ladder is Internet of Things (IoT), which has already started to disruptively change the ways in the civil domain, bringing a considerable autonomy to various processes by linking of a plethora of smart devices that are talking to each other. Militaries, in the near future, are also likely to see similar proliferation of IoT, which will bring a material change to their functioning and conduct of operations.

    April-June 2019

    Anoop K. asked: How crucial are Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) for India’s military as well as paramilitary forces?

    Vikrant Deshpande replies: As modern warfare shifts from the industrial to the information age, transparency, situational awareness and non-contact warfare will be key force multipliers and therefore UGVs and even their armed versions will be an integral part of force modernisation, the world over and in India. They also have a crucial role in internal security, especially in an IED prone environment like Left Wing Extremism. The only issue is cost to benefit ratio.

    Aerial Drone Swarms: The Next Generation Military Weapon

    Affordability, software domination, reduction in mission costs and risk reduction are some of the advantages swarm technology promises in military campaigns.

    February 15, 2018

    Military Change: Survival of the Most Adaptable

    The Greek philosopher Thucydides famously stated the proximate words: ‘The only constant [in life] is change’. (Even the most stable isotope, Tellerium-128, changes; it will decay to half its mass in 2.2 septillion years!) Change, therefore, is inevitable and takes place in every animate and inanimate thing and becomes necessary to remain relevant in the environment that one lives in. If your enemy changes his way of fighting and you do not, then a dysfunction in countering your enemy is inevitable.

    April 2017

    Vaibhav Vadera asked: How will China's War Zone Doctrine change in the light of the recently announced joint commands?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: The recently announced joint commands mark the next stage of China’s evolving military joint-ness or integrated warfare strategy. It is very much a part of China’s ongoing quest for integrated employment of the various components, mainly the three services (army, air force and navy), of its military in warfare. China began striving for joint-ness in early 1980s in the backdrop of its pyrrhic victory in the third Indo-China or Sino-Vietnam War in 1979.

    Defence Modernisation: A Silver Lining in the Dark Clouds?

    The presentation of the Union budget on February 1 is expected to ensure full utilisation of allocated funds and will ensure that ‘New Schemes’ can be processed, approved and contracted from April 1, 2017.

    January 27, 2017

    Would a Non-Lapsable Defence Modernisation Fund Work?

    There is a plethora of evidence to show that the problem of establishing a Defence Modernisation Fund does not lie with any ‘rules of business’, but instead with its merit and workability.

    February 10, 2017

    The Israel Factor in Honduras Efforts to Modernise its Air Force

    Israel’s influence on the new Trump Administration might clear the obstacles that have stood in the way of Honduras’ efforts to modernise its airforce

    February 09, 2017