May 2018

5500 Bunkers To Come Up Along LoC To Protect Civilians From Pak Firing

uthorities in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir have initiated the process of constructing over 5,500 underground bunkers and 200 community halls as well as 'border bhawans' to help border dwellers facing the brunt of Pakistani shelling and firing.

The prestigious project, targeted to be completed in the current financial year at a cost of Rs 153.60 crore, has already been approved by the state government and Union Home Ministry, an official spokesperson said today.

IAF To Send Sukhoi To Australia For Multilateral Drill

Moving a step towards consolidating the Quad, the Indian Air Force is set to send its Su-30MKI fighter jets to Australia for its maiden participation in the multilateral air Exercise Pitch Black 2018.

At least four to five front-line combat aircraft and one C-17 transporter will fly to Australia in July for the three-week-long air exercise between July 27 and August 17.

This will be India’s maiden participation in the biggest air combat training programme in the southern hemisphere involving several other air forces, sources told



Include Armed Forces In Any Dialogue With Pakistan Army

In a recent interview with Barkha Dutt, A.S. Dulat, the former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief and author of two interesting and spicy books about his experiences in Kashmir and with his Pakistani counterparts during his unquestionably illustrious career, waxed rather eloquently about the need to invite the Pakistan Army chief for talks to India. There was nothing wrong about that suggestion as Dulat has the flexibility and the freedom to suggest out-of-the-box solutions to what has been a frustratingly intractable problem.

India’s Gross Defence Budget Expected To Reach $112 Bn By FY27: Report

According to the joint study report, India's gross defence budget is expected to reach "$112 billion by FY27 from $45 bn announced by the government of India in 2018-19, owing to significant steps been taken by the centre to bolster the country's position as a major aerospace and defence power".

The study noted that while the 2018-19 budgetary increase was "a meagre 7.8 per cent over the previous year", it is expected to clock an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 11 per cent until FY27.

Scholar Warrior

Since it is almost a situation akin to Stop Press when the announcement of Cessation of Operations in J&K came on the eve of Ramazan, I decided to use this column to attempt an explanation of why the Central Government may have accepted the request of the J&K Government for the same. In the interim readers would have picked up analyses from the media. However, I do feel there needs to be a larger understanding of the Kashmir situation dovetailed with the last experience of such cessation of operations to get a truly realistic picture of the situation.

Make in India Fighter Options: IAF

Notwithstanding the great show put up by Indian Air Force (IAF) in its largest ever exercise ‘Gagan Shakti 2018’, its depleting combat squadrons, are not only making headlines in the media, but the options with the IAF are subject of speculative discussions among public and in the think-tanks. IAF’s requirement of 126 MMRCA class aircraft was spelt out a long time ago, however, only 36 Rafale have been contracted for. The delays in the indigenous LCA made the situation worse. The writing has been on the wall and the crisis has been 20 years in the making.

Arming the Combined Arms Operational Manoeuvre: Developing Future Capabilities

The success of the Battle of Cambrai on the 20th November 1917 cannot just be put down to only the use of tanks in large numbers. It was the new tactical way of combining airpower, artillery, infantry and armour by using infantry infiltration tactics, predicted artillery fire, sound ranging, battlefield intelligence and infantry-tank co-ordination. This new tactic was called ‘combined-arms warfare’.

Neemrana Dialogue: Exploring Ecology-Environment Matrix for Sir Creek Resolution

The last few weeks have witnessed heightened India-Pakistan bilateral engagements at various levels. In April 2018, after a long hiatus, the Neemrana Dialogue was resumed. It is the longest running Track-II initiative between India and Pakistan and the first engagement between the two sides was held nearly three decades ago in