August 20, 2020

Advanced Light Helicopter – No Match for Indian Navy?

The author explores the qualitative requirements set by Indian Navy for the procurement of helicopters for deck operation as well as the reasons why Advanced Light helicopter (ALH) manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) is failing to meet the requirement […]
June 22, 2020

‘Make in India’ in COVID times: A Boon or Bane for Armed Forces

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in his recent interview to one of the leading English news channels had given a suggestion to explore the feasibility of lowering quality standards for defence procurement to give impetus to the ‘Make in […]
May 14, 2020

How can India Survive on a Low Defence Budget in COVID times?

Introduction The defence budget of India has seen a hike of 6 per cent, from Rs 3.18 lakh crore from the year 2019 to Rs 3.37 lakh crore in 2020. Armed forces are less enthusiastic as always since the major […]
February 22, 2020

India’s Defence Production: Decades of Lost Opportunities (Part–2)

This part of the article looks at the current arms import-export scenario in India to identify the major thrust areas. It also sheds light on the initiatives taken by the Government of India to create a conducive environment for defence […]
February 12, 2020

India’s Defence Production: Decades of Lost Opportunities (Part – 1)

This part of the article, written by Cdr Jaikrishnan Nair, looks at various challenges faced by the defence manufacturing sector in India and the lost opportunities during the past few decades. Introduction Defence production in India has been sub-optimal for […]
January 14, 2020

Rafale Aircraft—the Untold Story—Part III

‘Rafale Aircraft: Untold Story–Part III’, written by Cdr Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), elaborates on the avionic embedded systems on board the fighter aircraft. Cdr Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd) The exchange of vital information across dedicated captive network would facilitate tactical decision […]
December 26, 2019

Rafale Aircraft–the Untold Story–Part II

Rafale Aircraft: Untold Story–Part II’, written by Cdr Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is the second article in the three-part series In an air combat mission, the man behind the machine matters the most. Wg Cdr Abinandan Varthman VrC, the ace […]
December 19, 2019

Rafale Aircraft—the Untold Story: Part I

Rafale Aircraft: Untold Story–Part I’, written by Cdr Jayakrishnan N Nair (Retd), is first in the three-part series that discusses various characteristics of the aircraft and gives readers an opportunity to know more about this war machine. Introduction ‘Rafale Aircraft’ […]

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