Swaim Prakash Singh

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  • Wing Commander Swaim Prakash Singh, MSc, MPhil, psc+ is working as a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS), New Delhi. He is currently pursuing Ph.D. (thesis submitted) in Defence and Strategic Studies.

    Exploring Multi-dimensional Trends for the Indian Air Force

    Air power is a critical aspect of national defence and plays a vital role in safeguarding a country’s interests within and beyond its borders. Possessing one of the world’s largest and most diverse air forces, India has a significant stake in the evolution of air power and must stay abreast of the latest trends and developments in this field. India has already begun to incorporate these trends into its air force. It is looking towards developing its capabilities in these areas further to maintain its military capabilities and protect its national interests.

    October-December 2023

    India–Africa Military-cum-Defence Diplomacy: A Viable Option

    The relationship between India and Africa is based on historical ties forged during colonialism and apartheid. However, due to a wave of liberalisation and privatisation in the 1990s, India’s involvement in Africa shifted significantly. Despite active engagement for more than 70 years, India’s long-term strategy for expanding its relations with Africa lacked clarity and wherewithal. As a result, India has also been unable to capitalise on its enormous historical goodwill in the region. However, it may change as ideological and political issues are taking a backseat.

    July-September 2023

    Concerns for Drone Proliferation in India and Challenges to Air Space Management

    The launch of Drone Policy 2021 has dramatically liberalised the procurement and operation of drones, or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), in the Indian skies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s personal insights into the outreach of technology to the masses is a booster step towards the success of drone industry in India. As part of ‘Atmanirbharta’, the government has rolled out a vision to make India a drone manufacturing hub by 2030.

    October-December 2022

    Contemporary Technology in Peacekeeping Operations

    Since the Cold War, United Nations peacekeeping has evolved from monitoring peace treaties to multidimensional peacekeeping operations tasked with rebuilding states and their institutions during and after conflict. In June 2014, An Expert Panel on Technology and Innovation in UN Peacekeeping recommended investigating how innovative technology can strengthen peacekeeping missions.

    July-September 2020

    Recalling Air Power in the Indian Context

    With the announcement of the proposed theaterisation of the existing structure of the armed forces, there have been numerous exchanges of ideas, formal and informal discourses, official and unofficial exchange of views and perspectives in recent months. During such exchanges, a standpoint of equating the Air Force of a nation with the Artillery has emerged and it requires to be put in a proper perspective. Indian military history has unfortunately not highlighted the lethality and importance of air power, which is the root cause for incorrect understanding of air power.

    April-June 2022