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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 18 Issue 2 May – Jun 2024

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Editorial

Col Ashwani Sharma (Retd)

The Russia-China relationship, often hailed as a ‘no limits’ partnership, signifies a deepening of ties between the two nations, particu... Read More

Geostrategy

15

Russia – China, No Limits Partnership:

What does the partnership imply in practical terms – A look at Putin’s recent visi

18

The Unwavering Bond

How Russian and China forge a new geopolitical alliance

21

Russia – China Partnership and its impact on India

Navigating the complexities of the Russia - China partnership and Its Impact on India

31

Conflit in Gaza:

The escalating humanitarian and strategic costs of the Gaza Conflict

35

Unending Conflict:

From historical grievances to modern warfare:

42

Chabahar – Strengthening Eurasian Connectivity:

India’s strategic investment in Chabahar Port and beyond

Military Affairs

12

RENK Group:

RENK Group AG bolsters global footprint with new production facility in India

14

Imperative for Military Doctrine

A sound military doctrine forms the very basis of perpective military planning

38

Exercise Samanjasya:

A ground-breaking initiative led by Lt Gen NS Raja Subramani, Army Commander of the Lucknow-based Army Central Command, marked a first in holistic disaster response training.

56

Balancing Power and Principle:

The Indian Military’s own path amidst Global Doctrinal Influences

61

Reflections on ‘2034’:

A Novel of the next world war and lessons for India

Military Technology

11

Altair

Altair enhances Aerospace and Defence capabilities with acquisition of FlightStream®

24

Vehicle Armouring:

Future trends in vehicle armouring and anticipating advancements in security technology

26

Expanding Impact of AI:

The role of Artificial Intelligence in shaping India’s future geostrategic landscape

45

Electric Battlespace:

Redefining modern warfare: the electrification of military capabilities

51

Fortifying Borders:

NATO’s innovative ‘Drone Wall’ strategy

54

Repeated Downing of US Drones over Yemen:

Are the UAS safe in a contested environment?.

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.