US-China Strategic Competition in Indo-Pacific

Indo-Pacific has become the new arena for great power rivalry. The region generally comprises the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas interlinking the two near the Indonesia archipelago. The region had seen some great battles between the U.S. and Japanese military after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in December 1941,Continue reading “US-China Strategic Competition in Indo-Pacific”

Prioritising IAF’s Unmanned Offensive and Defensive Capability

“Victory smiles upon those who anticipate the changes in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur.”– Giulio Douhet For long, defence establishments around the world have been working and preparing for the future that would be unmanned. Videos of the Israeli-made Harop loitering munitions, reportedly used by AzerbaijanContinue reading “Prioritising IAF’s Unmanned Offensive and Defensive Capability”

Airpower: Harnessing the Power of Drone Swarms in Combat

The State of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhri on assuming the office of Chief of Air Staff on September 30th last year had in his first media interaction stated that the IAF presently has 30 fighter squadrons.  The Chief further stated that “Our count will remain around 35 tillContinue reading “Airpower: Harnessing the Power of Drone Swarms in Combat”

WAR IN UKRAINE: INDIA BALANCING PRINCIPLES AND NATIONAL INTERESTS

Breach of Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity The screaming headlines, ‘Putin Invades Ukraine’, announced to the world on 24 Feb 2022 that Putin had finally gone ahead and shown the ‘will’ to bring to fruition his pre-meditated plan; the capability had been assembled at the right places much earlier. All along, Putin kept insisting thatContinue reading “WAR IN UKRAINE: INDIA BALANCING PRINCIPLES AND NATIONAL INTERESTS”

India: National Security Snapshot

The Big Picture (HT, 09 Jan 2022) by Raghu Raman, the founding CEO of NATGRID, alludes to India’s burgeoning internal “half front”, which may prove to be our “Achille’s Heel”. The half front that he is referring to are the internal issues that are causing fissures and cracks in the hugely diverse Indian society, whichContinue reading “India: National Security Snapshot”

The contested airspace of South Asia: How good are the newcomers?

The war clouds forming over India and Pakistan are always a hot topic of discussion on various forums at the global level. Since the very inception of the two nations in the year 1947, the phenomenon of an arms race in South Asia always remained centric to these two states. Back in the phase ofContinue reading “The contested airspace of South Asia: How good are the newcomers?”

Military Aviation Indigenous Production – Strategy India

India’s defence aviation industry is at times accused of not having significantly met the indigenous production needs of the air arms of the Indian armed forces despite being in existence for nearly seven decades. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), for long, had mastered the art of license production. After a partial success with the HF-24 ‘Marut’,Continue reading “Military Aviation Indigenous Production – Strategy India”

NEW CHINESE BORDER VILLAGES: AN OSINT ANALYSIS

For a few years now, new villages built by the Chinese government at the border with neighboring countries, or just across the border, or in territory that China disputes have been sighted and reported with increasing frequency. Many of these villages can be seen in satellite images available from Google Earth or other similar open-sourceContinue reading “NEW CHINESE BORDER VILLAGES: AN OSINT ANALYSIS”

QUAD – Significant Air Power

In March this year, the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, the United States, Japan, Australia and India, held a virtual meeting and released a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to “a region that is free, open, inclusive, healthy, anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion.” Finally, a check is evolving on belligerent China who isContinue reading “QUAD – Significant Air Power”