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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 2 May – Jun 2021

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

At a remote town called Bir in Himachal’s Kangra district, there’s an efficiently run Public Health Centre (PHC). Dr Rajkumar, a high... Read More

Geostrategy

14

Covid 19-A Revisit to The  Scourge Of Our Times

18

Coronaviruses, Past and Present Track Records

20

India’s Vaccine Story

22

Healthcare Supply Chain and Covid 19

28

The Chinese Anaconda Enterprise

The need for India to quickly take stock and appropriately countervail Chinese hegemonistic intentions

55

Israel- Palestine Situation: A Veritable Powder KEG

TIsraeli–Palestinian conflict is one of the world's most enduring hostilities

58

Myanmar :The Return of The Generals

The coup is driven by the military's goal to preserve its central role in Myanmar politics

Military Affairs

11

Contours VI

Impact of Emerging Technologies on Tactical Operations (land)

31

Decoding the GSQR Conundrum, Nuts and Bolts

The challenges in GSQR formulation and the way ahead

40

Uttarakhand: Incentives for Defence Production

The Aerospace and Defence policy greatly facilitates investment

43

Changing Nature of War

The implications of the changing character of war

Military Technology

26

Smiths Detection’s BioFlash :Breakthrough for SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol Detection

Detection focused on a smarter and faster approach

36

Chinese Wing Loong UAVs Growing Big

Militaries around the world are heavily investing in unmanned aerial vehicle technologies

46

China’s 6G Communication Technology and Impact on Indian Military

China has started looking at 6G as it sees it as an opportunity to transform its military operations on every level

50

Light Tank: Mission Engineered for Performance

We need to follow a mission engineered approach for the Light Tank

Regular Features

62

Scholar Warriors

When Disaster Strikes?

70

Battles that Made History

Battle Honours of the Indian Army - 25 (1971 war) Raiders from the sky: Shock and awe at Tangail

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.