August 2018

Time to prepare for a Transformed PLA Navy

The Indian Navy unveiled its Mission Based Deployment (MBD) plan in 2017 and provided a glimpse of how it intends to maintain 24x7 round the year vigil over the Indian Ocean. Under the MBD, nearly 15 warships of the Indian Navy are deployed at any time in different sea areas i.e. from the Persian Gulf to Straits of Malacca and from Northern Bay of Bengal to Southern Indian Ocean to East coast of Africa, (Table below). The deployments are for three-month duration after which another warship takes over duties.




Scholar Warrior: The South Asia Round-up power of interaction in effective leadership

One of the best recalls a veteran military leader can make is of his perception of the ways of different leaders with whom he served in his years in uniform. This is as much applicable to anyone who has shouldered responsibility and worked alongside various leaders in any profession. Usually we depend on case studies of iconic leaders to get a measure of leadership traits. However, while that is good we tend to ignore many of the traits found in the people we work with because our tendency is to pooh-pooh these as being of no academic value.

Solution Pathways to the South China Sea Imbroglio

Some two years ago, in this very magazine I had published some thoughts on whether and why India needed to bother about events in the South China Sea. A month later, on 12 July 2016, came the much-awaited ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, the Netherlands, on the complaint that had been filed by the Philippines in 2013, contesting the legality of China’s ‘Nine-dash Line’, colloquially termed the “Cow’s Tongue”, which encompassed over 90% of the South China Sea (SCS).

Integrated Airand Missile Defence

Air and missile defence capabilities are advancing rapidly across the world. With increasing threats to India’s security from its neighbours and beyond, it is imperative to evolve a long-term strategy to counter them. Air and missile threats, including unmanned platforms, are becoming more complex, thus necessitating inclusion of new technologies and concepts to ensure security of vital areas and targets. Integration of new technologies and weapon systems in a tri-service domain is a challenge.

Present and FutureUnmanned Aerial SystemsHow AI can change the paradigm

By definition, a hunter-killer mission is a task that combines two functions, namely, "hunting" and "killing" executed in concert. Such tasks are normally performed by two different components of the same team. For instance, hunter-killer armoured vehicle teams consists of scout vehicles that hunt the targets and tanks that execute the kill. In a two persons sniper team, one hunts the target with specialised optical hardware while the other executes the precision kill with a sniper rifle. Similarly, scout and attack helicopters teams and so on.

How Soldiering is Perceived as a Profession

These days there is a lot of debate about the Armed Forces; their pay, privileges, perks, pension…... In light of this, it will be interesting to analyse as to how soldiering is perceived by Indians?

I retired over 28 years back and toady have the privilege of my son and two grandsons serving in the Indian Army.  It is with much conviction and even more pride that I can say that soldiering is a matchless profession.

As every soldier would do, I start my quest with a prayer:

Deh Shiva bar moheihai, shubhkarman the kabhunataroo


Every two years Eurosatory takes place at the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center. On this leading event, dedicated to land forces and homeland security, exhibitors present a variety of vehicles, equipment, means and systems that are suitable for defence and internal security requirements.  Organised in spacious exhibition halls and outdoor area, the event attracts global participation.

Deep Air Land Battle

Collective training is a ritual continually performed by Army formations. It aims at validating new concepts and weaving the different elements, which form a part of any formation, into a homogeneous entity, making each part work in sync and coordination with the other. The exercises also aim at rehearsing various operational contingencies besides promoting inter service integration. And last but not the least, draw lessons from the experience so that improvements can be affected, where necessary and the creases ironed out.