Doklam: India at an Inflection Point in its Quest for Regional/Global Power Status - Lt Gen JS Bajwa (Editor)
Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer Or A Damp Squib? - Gp Capt Joseph Noronha
Advances in Technology: Battlefield Helicopters - Gp Capt AK Sachdev
Space: The Force Multiplier For Air Power - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
MiG-35, F-16, Gripen or Better Choice? - Sumit Walia
Look Long, Look Deep: China’s Airborne Warning and Control Systems - Gp Capt Ravinder Singh Chhatwal
Our Armed Forces: Do We Take Them Seriously? - Sanjiv Khanna
China’s ‘Contentious’ Path To War? - Anant Mishra
Balancing Politics and Power: Prognosis of China’s Military Build-up - Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee
Embrace the Future of Kashmir - Lt Gen Subrata Saha
Resurgence of Ulfa (I) in Assam: Implications for Internal Security - Indrajit Sharma & Dr N Mohandas Singh
Naval Combat Systems: Evolution and Future Perspectives - Cmde Arun Kumar
Aerospace and Defence News - Priya Tyagi
Deepening India-Israel Ties: Changing Landscape of the Indian Defence Sector - Ketan Salhotra
Indo-Israel Relations: Make with India - Tamir Eshel
Strategic Partnership with Private Players: An Overview - Danvir Singh
Pax Britannica Whittled Down to an Island Kingdom: (Intrigues that Built an Empire: Intrigued by Wheels of History) - Lt Gen PG Kamath
North Korea - A Delinquent State? - Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja
The Offset Policy - A Decade in Retrospect - Dr SN Misra
Pakistan for Balochistan, not Balochis - RSN Singh
Army’s Battlefield Support System: Fielding Initially Planned by 2017 could take Another Decade - Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
China has done India a Favor - Dr Amarjit Singh
Shekatkar Committee Report: Genuine ‘Reforms’ or Cosmetic ‘Re-grouping’? - Gp Capt TP Srivastava
Who made North Korea a nuclear power? Dr A.Q. Khan? - Sumit Walia
Group Capt Joseph Noronha, former MiG-21 pilot.
Gp Capt AK Sachdev is a former IDSA Senior Research Fellow.
Air Marshal Anil Chopra commanded a Mirage Squadron, two operational air bases and the IAF’s Flight Test Centre ASTE.
Sumit Walia is an IT Specialist. He is also a military history buff who continues to explore & research various facets of the Indian Military history in his spare time.
Gp Capt Ravinder Singh Chhatwal
Sanjiv Khanna, an Engineer and MBA from University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) is an Indian citizen working in the Energy Sector, and is currently based in Switzerland. An avid observer of Indian politics and geopolitics of South Asia in general and China and Pakistan in particular.
Anant Mishra is a former Youth Representative to United Nations. He is an expert on geopolitical issues in Asia with special focus on SAARC and ASEAN. Mishra is currently serving as Visiting Faculty at Gujarat Technological University.
Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee, former Chief of Staff, Central Command & former Commandant OTA Chennai.
Lt Gen Subrata Saha, Former Corps Commander Kashmir 2014-15 and Deputy Chief of Army Staff 2015-17.
Indrajit Sharma is a Ph.D. Research Scholar and a Senior Research Fellow (UGC) at the Centre for Security Studies, School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar.
Dr N Mohandas Singh is the Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the Centre for Security Studies, School of International Studies, Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India.
Arun Kumar is receiving the AVSM from the then President of India Dr Abdul Kalam in March 2003.
Priya Tyagi, Associate Editor Indian Defence Review.
Ketan Salhotra, Principal at Aurum Equity Partners LLP.
Tamir Eshel, A defense analyst and writer specialized in defense technology and Israeli affairs, Tamir Eshel is the editor and publisher of Defense-Update, published in Israel since 1978 95
Danvir Singh, Associate Editor Indian Defence Review. Author of Kashmir's Death Trap: Tales of Perfidy and Valour.
Lt Gen PG Kamath, a veteran of Indian army; was the former Commandant of Army War College, Mhow. Currently, he writes on Ethics,Leadership Strategy and Current International and National issues.
Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja, former Air Officer Commanding in Chief of Training Command.
Dr SN Misra, former Director DRDO and Joint Secretary - Aerospace, MOD.
RSN Singh is a former military intelligence officer who later served in the Research and Analysis Wing, or R&AW and author of books Asian Strategic and Military Perspective and The Military Factor in Pakistan. His latest book is The Unmaking of Nepal.
Lt Gen Prakash Katoch is a former Director General Information Systems, Indian Army.
Dr Amarjit Singh, is an independent security analyst.Gp Capt TP Srivastava
INDIAN DEFENCE REVIEW COMMENT :Indian Military Doctrine: An Analysis - Gp Capt Johnson Chacko
Surface Air Defence Missile Systems: Potent and Relevant - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
Force Multipliers for the IAF: Enhancing Aerial Power and Reach - Gp Capt Joseph Noronha
Modernisation of the IAF’S Helicopter Fleet - Gp Capt AK Sachdev
LCA Tejas: Still a Long Way - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
The Nuances of Air Threat and its Implications - Lt Gen VK Saxena
Integrated Simulators for Training of Mechanised Forces: The Way Ahead - Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan
The Space Race, The Cold War - Martand Jha
Oil - Is it a Dyaing Resource? - Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja
Electronic Warfare: Emerging Trends in Technology - Col Subhasis Das
Will jihad kill China-Pakistan Economic Corridor!!! - RSN Singh
Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF: A Mirage or Reality? - Gp Capt Joseph Noronha
Role of the IAF in a Two-Front War - Gp Capt AK Sachdev
Army to get its own Apaches Attack Helicopters - Lt Gen BS Pawar
Aerospace and Defence News - Priya Tyagi
Rise of China: An Enigma - Col Anil Athale
Logjam in Indigenous Aircraft Production - Prof SN Misra
Infantry’s Day as it Was - Danvir Singh
Battleground Afghanistan - Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
North Korea and South China Sea Flashpoints: Are worthwhile Options left on US Table? - Maj Gen SB Asthana
Central Armed Police Forces: Do we really care? - Rakesh Kr Sinha
To ‘Act East’, Act in the North East India First! - Col Anil Athale
The New Line-up in China’s Defense Forces - Claude Arpi
Virtual Currencies: Bitcoin as an Emerging Terror Financing Threat to India - Dr SV Raghavan
J&K: The Sacrifice of Past Generations should not go in Vain - Col Jaibans Singh
INDIAN DEFENCE REVIEW COMMENTIndian Air Force: 2025 – Air Marshal Anil Chopra
PLAAF: Rising Challenge for the IAF – Gp Capt B Menon
Pakistan Air Force Today: Implications for India – Gp Capt B Menon
LCA Tejas: The never ending wait! – Air Marshal Anil Chopra
The IAF and its need for close Air Support – Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur
Need for an Indian Marine Force – Col JK Achuthan
Taiwan – Why Shy Full Relations? – Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
India - Taiwan Relations: A Comprehensive Security Perspective – Tien-Sze Fang
BRICS: A Strategic Self Appraisal – S Rajasimman
India’s Military Might: The Real Truth – Lt Gen Amarjeet S Chabbewal
Flexible Reach: Balancing the IAF’s Air Transport Fleet – Gp Capt Joseph Noronha
Future of Rotary Wing Craft – Gp Capt AK Sachdev
Aerospace and Defence News – Priya Tyagi
No place to Hide: Latest Developments in Air Defence Missiles – Gp Capt Joseph Noronha
Will advances in UAVs Edge out Manned Aircraft? – Gp Capt AK Sachdev
What Ails India’s Defence Industrial Complex? – Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
MSMES in Defence Production: A Neglected Sector – Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja
Russian Domination of the Syrian Battleground – Danvir Singh
Petro-Jihadism: The Conspiracy within the Imperishable War in the Arab World – Maj Lal Ananth
Splintering Naxalism in India: Maoism or Money? – V Balasubramaniyan
A fair number of our articles are devoted to analysing India’s Air Power. Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja has comprehensively dwelt on India’s present and future combat fleet. Drones as game changers are presented lucidly by S Gopal. Space is considered an adjunct to air power; Gp Capt AK Sachdev has analysed this aspect in relation to India’s space endeavours. IAF phased out its fleet of Canberra medium bombers in 1990. Was that a well considered decision taking into account India’s future growth as a regional and global power? The role of bombers in the air force is pithily argued by Sqn Ldr Vijainder Thakur. As aircraft exploit the air medium, air defence weapons aim to deny this freedom to aircraft and missiles. Air Marshal Anil Chopra brings forth the success of the ‘Iron Dome’ deployed by the Israelis and its role in protecting surface targets.
This issue also covers India’s ‘sub-conventional deficit’ by our special correspondent and the present state of insurgency in India’s North East region by Brig R Borthakur. Gen Vijay Oberoi has highlighted the need for a structural change in India’s higher defence management. Brig Deepak Sinha has raised the issue of India’s security strategy and doctrine being on divergent paths. Maj Gen AK Chadha has emphatically put forth the need for the military in the digitalised battle field to carve out its own ‘slice of space’ for operating successfully in such a future war scenario. Air Marshal Anil Chopra and Dr SN Misra have presented the efficacy of TOT and off sets and challenges before the defence industry. Mr Kanwal Sibal has critically assessed the evolving dynamics of Indo-US relations. Gen JS Lidder with his UN experience has looked at the need for enhancing the role of women in conflict zones. Claude Arpi has been a keen China watcher. He presents the current situation in the PLA consequent to the crackdown by the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the wide spread corruption in the Chinese PLA.The IDR has endeavoured through the range of articles to hold the interest of the serious reader of military affairs.
In this nature’s paradise, is a human hell where the lives are lost daily in pursuit of Ideology. Armed by own set of Justifications India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris battle each other to no end in sight.
Zealous young men continue to die for a cause diseased by treachery and celebrated by heroism. The territorial desire of Pakistan has cost dearly to the generations stifled in this conflict. This fight has devastated many a homes with ever widening chasm and deepening scars.
Punctuated by blood curdling violence, Kashmiris are prisoners of a historic mistake. In the ongoing series of Pakistan’s grand design to wrest control of this state, a proxy war was unleashed by them in 1989. This war still continues as I write.
Same Country, Same Army, Same Enemy: But Now A Different Result - Lt Gen JS Bajwa (Editor)
INDIAN DEFENCE REVIEW COMMENT :
Multiple Origin Fleet: Complexities for the IAF - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
Army Aviation - the Arm of the Future? - Lt Gen BS Pawar
Spurring the Growth of Civil Aviation & Defence Aerospace in India - Sqn Ldr Vijainder K Thakur
Hegemonic Global Competition in the 21st Century - Lt Gen HPS Klair
South China Sea Imbroglio: PLA’S Grand Strategy of ‘Unrestricted Warfare’ - Maj Gen Rajiv Narayanan
India-China Relations: Any Way Forward? - Sumant Dhamija
Confronting Modern Air Threat - Maj Gen AK Mehra
Nicobar as an IAF base in the Indian Ocean: Strategic Asset or Liability? - Special Correspondent
BrahMos Missile in North-Eastern State: Is The Dragon Nervous? - Sumit Walia
Kashmiri Shops in Tourists Spots: Is there More than What Meets the Eye? - Sanjeev Nayyar
Mormugao in the Series of Indian Naval Destroyers - Danvir Singh
The Submarine Arm of the Indian Navy - Cmde Arun Kumar
Developing Stealth Technology: Lessons from the US Xst/F117 Programme - Prof Prodyut Das
Tiered Defence: Putting the Sam in Perspective - Lt Gen (Dr) VK Saxena
Scorpene Leak: Why the Navy Ought to Perturbed and not Paranoid - Cmde CP Srivastava
Its not Pakistan, its Kashmir...! - Alpana Kishore
Kashmir - Let the Truth be Told - Lt Gen JS Bajwa
Emerging threat of Grassroots Terrorism and Lone Wolf Actors in India - Dr V Balasubramaniyan
Insurgency in the Northeast: Is there Light at the End of the Tunnel? - Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal
Pakistan: Who Decides Next Army Chief - RSN Singh
Airborne Electronic Warfare: Silent Force Multiplier - Air Marshal Anil Chopra
Aerospace and Defence News - Priya Tyagi
Government’s New Defence Initiative: Committee of Experts - Lt Gen Gautam Banerjee
Implications of Terror Strike in Dhaka - Dr N Manoharan & Dr Bidanda Chengappa
Budgeting for Defence - Lt Gen Prakash Katoch
‘Deep Operations’ Theory: 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War - Col JK Achuthan
Surgical Strike: Would Pakistan have Learnt its Lesson? - Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja