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SOUTH ASIA DEFENCE & STRATEGIC REVIEW

South Asia Defence & Strategic Review is a bi-monthly magazine focussing on issues related to Geostrategy, Military Technology, Defence and Strategic Affairs and their impact on South Asian Region. The aim of the magazine is to help shape policies and spread awareness amongst our readers on such matters in the region.
Started in March 2007, the magazine provides a 360-degree view of the latest developments and key issues in the defence and security domain. Over the years the magazine has carved out a large subscriber base in the Indian Subcontinent and rest of the world. The readership is amongst the uniformed communities, Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, think tanks, military analysts, educational and training institutions.
Our contributors include luminaries in the field of defence & strategy with military experts forming the core of our editorial team.

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Vol 15 Issue 5 Nov – Dec 2021

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

As Bangladesh turns 50 this month, a brief journey into its history - particularly its pangs of birth - is important, even though it invites... Read More

Geostrategy

14

Indo-Pak Conflict 1971: The Strategic Backdrop and Plan

Articulation of the strategic environment under which the 1971 war was fought

31

Time to Harness the Power of Military Diplomacy

Military Diplomacy is an important constituent of foreign policy endeavours

35

Changes in the Neighbourhood

India must take appropriate steps so that it can hold its own

38

Overview of Contemporary Indo-Pacific Goals and Strategies of Powers other than India

Moves of the significant contemporary and potential players on this “Great Chessboard”

43

Climate Change Implications for Holistic Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean Region

Threats in the maritime domain, which could have serious socio- economic consequences

50

Legacies & Learnings: A Case Study of Oil Spills in the Indian Ocean Region

Coordinated and comprehensive measures will ensure that challenges of oil spills are dealt with effectively

Military Affairs

20

1971 Indo Pak War: Opportunities and Achievements

Glimpses of some important actions during operations both on the eastern and western fronts

24

The 1971 War: Intrepid Naval Warriors

The success can be attributed to resolute decision making by the higher leadership and meticulous execution

28

The Air War of 1971 Indo-Pak Conflict

The IAF played a stellar role during the operations

46

Time to Take Interoperability to Next Level: Interchangeability

Militaries must start moving in this direction even if it entails taking baby steps in the beginning

Military Technology

12

Contours IX: Electric Battlespace for the Infantry Soldier

The need for infantry soldiers to ‘fight light’ if they are to maintain peak performance

54

Augmenting Defence Exports: Vital Role for New DPSUs

The corporatisation of OFB can play a vital role in enhancing defence exports

58

Modernisation of the Mechanised Forces: Way Ahead

Out of the box thinking is required to drive the endeavour

Regular Features

62

Scholar Warriors

Credit for 1971 victory has gone to the right quarters

70

Battles That Made History

Battle Honours of The Indian Army – 27 (1971 War) Gangasagar: Naik Albert Ekka, Param Veer Chakra

Contributors

LT GEN SYED ATA HASNAIN

PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR (Retd)
is an eminent writer and speaker. He is a Distinguished Fellow of Vivekananda Foundation. The General is a former Military Secretary and GOC of two of India’s most important Corps.

LT GEN JP SINGH

PVSM, AVSM (Retd)
former Deputy Chief of the Army Staff (P&S) is presently a Senior Advisor with DRDO. A cavalry officer, JP is one of the few who understand users’ requirements, state of R&D and the entire industrial landscape in India.

VICE ADMIRAL PRADEEP CHAUHAN

AVSM**, VSM, IN (Retd)
was the Navy’s first Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Foreign Cooperation and Intelligence) and later, Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command. A prolific writer, he retired as the Commandant, Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala.

LT GEN VINOD BHATIA

PVSM, AVSM, SM (Retd)
is Director, Centre for Joint Warfare Studies. He is the former DG Infantry and DG Military Operations

LT GEN ARUN SAHNI

PVSM, UYSM, SM, VSM
is a former GOC in C of the South Western Command who served the Indian Army with great distinction. A renowned speaker on contemporary issues, General Sahni is an Artillery officer who played a leading role in modernisation of Indian Artillery.

AIR MARSHAL ANIL CHOPRA

PVSM, AVSM, VM, VSM (Retd),
is a pioneer of the Mirage 2000 fleet. He commanded two operational bases and the IAF’s Flight Test Centre ASTE. He is a former member of AFT Lucknow.

LT GEN SHOKIN CHAUHAN

PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM (Retd)
had an illustrious career in the army. He commanded the prestigious 1 Corps and was the DG Assam Rifles.

LT GEN AB SHIVANE

PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
had a very distinguished career in the Indian Army. He commanded 1 Corps and retired as the DG Mechanised Forces. He is a Senior Advisor to OFB.

DR VIJAY SAKHUJA

is an expert on maritime affairs and is a former Director, National Maritime Foundation, New Delhi.

LT GEN NB SINGH

VSM, (Retd)
former DG EME is presently a member of Armed Forces Tribunal, Jabalpur

LT GEN B S PAWAR (RETD)

is a former ADG Army Aviation and Commandant, School of Artillery.

LT GEN (DR) V K SAXENA

PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
is the former Director General of Army Air Defence

LT GEN BALBIR SINGH SANDHU (RETD)

is a former DGST and writes frequently on military affairs

MAJ GEN VINOD SAIGHAL (RETD)

is the Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society.

Maj Gen Harvijay Singh (Retd)

Maj Gen Harvijay Singh, SM was the Additional Director General in Signals Directorate at the Army HQ. He is a prolific writer.

COL MICHAEL PADGETT (RETD)

is a former AD, Ordnance and Acquisition Corps officer of the US Army.

AJAY SINGH

is an expert on security matters and has authored three books and over 170 articles for various journals. He writes and speaks extensively on geo-politics and contemporary warfare.

BRIG ARVIND THAKUR

a retired Cavalry Officer of the Indian Army is a graduate of the US Army War College.

Brig P Binuraj

is a retired  Gunner Officer who  was Director Operations in Artillery Directorate and commanded an Artillery Brigade. He is an alumni of College of Defence Management and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.