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Defence Monitor | Dec 14, 2017
Guns & Rifles: Slow Pace of Artillery and Infantry Modernisation

Under the army's Field Artillery Rationalisation Plan formulated in 1999, the Regiment of Artillery had decided to standardise the calibre of its guns at 155 mm so as to be able to engage targets deep inside enemy lines and to reduce the logistics trail through commonality of ammunition. The...

India Strategic | Nov 5, 2017
डोकलाम: चीनी अश्वमेघ पर भारत की लगाम
Defence Monitor | Aug 3, 2017
आर्टिलरी आधुनिकीकरण: बढ़ते लेकिन धीमे कदम
Defence Monitor | Oct 1, 2016
Defence budget: Some worries

Parliament's Standing Committee on Defence has argued for long that the budgetary allocations made for defence are grossly inadequate. Former finance minister, Jaswant Singh, had created history of sorts by instituting a rolling, non-lapsable defence modernisation fund of Rs 25,000 crore in the...

The Indian Express | Feb 28, 2005
Maximising minimum security

Other notable measures included the establishment of a National Security Council with an active National Security Advisory Board, the partial merger of the three Services Headquarters with the Ministry of Defence and the establishment of the Strategic Forces Command to manage India's nuclear...

Hard News | Dec 1, 2004
Managing security

Though the National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council has drawn up a draft nuclear doctrine that is fairly comprehensive and a strategic forces command has been established, the remaining contours of the nuclear force structure, including its targeting, surveillance, early...

Jul 2, 2004
Chinks in the armour

Although India had established diplomatic relations with Israel under a Congress government headed by P V Narasimha Rao in 1992, the previous National Democratic Alliance government led by Atal Behari Vajpayee had warmed up to Israel like never before. Today, despite the Left's stance against...

Hard News | Jul 1, 2004
Military route to the civil services

While critics might argue that it would prevent qualified MBAs and engineers from joining the central services it is still debatable whether the 'generalist' central services really need them. Compulsory military service for the entry into the civil services will also result in giving civilian...

Sahara Time | May 28, 2004
Paramilitary Forces-II

The CPMFs must work out an arrangement with the army to not only allot more vacancies in army courses but also to run special courses for CPMF personnel in their training academies. With their present organisational structure, organic weapons and rudimentary surveillance capabilities, they are not...

The Statesman | Feb 26, 2004
Paramilitary Forces-I

The army, the navy, the air force and the coast guard are armed forces of the union. The Border Security Force was raised as a paramilitary force and was initially led by regular army officers.

The Statesman | Feb 25, 2004
But keep the powder dry in Kashmir

It allows the Pakistani army the freedom to continue its nefarious activities in Kashmir without fear. It allows the Pakistani army the freedom to continue its nefarious activities in Kashmir without fear of retribution.

The Indian Express | Jan 22, 2004
Tactical Nukes-II

Indian advocates of tactical nuclear weapons pre-suppose that when pushed to the wall, Pakistan would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against India's mechanised forces inside Pakistani territory. Many Indian analysts recommend that in response to a Pakistani nuclear strike on Indian forces,...

The Statesman | Jul 23, 2002
Tactical Nukes-I

An examination of the range of nuclear weapons, their yield, the location of the delivery system, the location of the target and the alert or readiness status of the weapon, reveals much overlap between tactical, theatre and strategic nuclear weapons. If nuclear weapons are to be employed as...

The Statesman | Jul 22, 2002
Internal Security

The-employment of the central security 'forces for internal security duties and counter-insurgency operations is mostly ad hoc and diverts their attention and resources from their primary roles.

The Statesman | Dec 17, 2001
Defence Cooperation

Headline-grabbing reports of a $10 billion long-term defence cooperation agreement between India and Russia during External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh's June 2001 visit to Moscow once again brought to the fore the extent to which the India-Russia defence cooperation relationship has recently...

The Statesman | Nov 26, 2001
Kashmir Success

Contrary to the canards being spread by vested interests, that the army is tired and India is negotiating from a position of weakness in J&K, the army has actually enhanced its capability to deal with the foreign sponsored insurgency by several orders of magnitude. The army has never been so assured...

The Statesman | Sep 15, 2001
Nation’s Pride-II

Dubbed "Scrupulously apolitical" the Indian army's greatest achievement since Independence is undoubtedly its monumental contribution to keeping the Indian nation united, despite strong fissiparous tendencies, strident religious fundamentalism, ethnic dissonance and externally aided insurgencies.

The Statesman | Aug 15, 2001
Nation’s Pride-I

For over 50 years since independence, the Indian army nas been at the forefront as the guarantor of the nation's freedom against external aggression, along with the Indian Navy and the Indian Air Force, and as the primary force engaged in keeping the nation together in the face of internal discord,...

The Statesman | Aug 14, 2001
Defence Intelligence

The artillery, firing large - calibre high explosive shells and 155-mm precision strike ammunition. Though precision-guided munitions are relatively more costly than standard high explosive shells, these 'smart' munitions are more effective since only a direct hit from a 'dumb' artillery shell can...

The Statesman | Nov 20, 2000
Militancy in Kashmir: Trends and responses

Attempts were made by the ISI to widen the arc of militancy to areas in the States bordering J&K, such as in the Dalhousie-Chamba area of Himachal Pradesh. When finally implemented, these measures will help to prevent forced migration of members of the minority community and enable the JKP and the...

The Sentinel | Sep 29, 2000
“No first use” Doctrine India’s strategic dilemma

While India may have no intentions of launching a major conventional offensive into Pakistan, given India's conventional superiority, Pakistan has based its national security strategy on the first use of nuclear weapons to prevent its comprehensive military defeat like in 1971 and its disintegration...

The Tribune | Jul 15, 2000
Indian Army at fifty: Guarantor of the nation’s freedom

Throughout the fifty years since independence, the Indian Army has been at the forefront as the guarantor of the nation's freedom against external aggression and as the primary force engaged in keeping the nation together in the face of internal discord, communal disharmony and fissiparous...

Jan 1, 2000
Why India can’t intervene

Perhaps the real reason for India not having exercised the military rescue option, the primary option under such circumstances, is that India lacks the military capability to plan and execute the type of operation that the situation demands. Though these countries support the anti-Taliban Northern...

The Indian Express | Dec 31, 1999
India’s external security environment: A review

India has adopted a policy of "zero tolerance" for terrorism and has clearly stated that there can be no meaningful discussions with Pakistan till that country completely stops the sponsorship of terrorism in India. China's unjustifiable opposition to India's nuclear weapons programme, its...

Strategic Analysis | Dec 5, 1999
Security agenda for the government

A comprehensive national security strategy should then be formulated to deal with the threats so that the responsibilities of the armed forces and concerned government departments are clearly enunciated. Though the National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council has drawn up a...

Hindustan Times | Oct 26, 1999
Return of the jackboot

While the ill-conceived Kargil misadventure venture was the catalyst that hastened confrontation between the members of the power troika in Pakistan, the origins of the conflict lay in Sharif's diplomatic overtures towards India and the Pakistan military leadership's discomfort with his Kashmir...

The Indian Express | Oct 15, 1999
Kargil intrusions : Pakistan getting desperate

If the Pakistan Army and the ISI have carried out these elaborate intrusions without the prior approval of their Prime Minister, it is apparent that the Army continues to call the shots in Pakistan and negotiating with the elected leadership of that country will be futile and perhaps even...

Jun 1, 1999
Izzat ‘O’ Iqbal in Kashmir

With 120 men routinely out on a daily basis, and taking into account the normal commitments of a field regiment, the personnel generally available in the regiment area during daytime are the Commanding Officer or Second-in-Command, Adjutant or Quarter Master, Subedar Major, Regiment Havildar Major,...

The Artillery Journal | Aug 4, 1998
On target, on time – everytime

If there is a requirement of providing fire support, it is cardinal of faith among Gunners that, no matter how impossible the going, the guns will be brought to the selected gun position and made operational well before the stipulated time. Traditionally, after an exercise, when the guns are brought...

The Artillery Journal | Aug 4, 1997
Honour, glory and competence in Kashmir valley

"The crisp order was answered by an AK4/ burst from the militant in the co-driver's seat, in the general direction of the voice. One of the militants in the body of the tipper also fired a few swift bursts."Number 2 Section, Fire, the Major ordered and, taking careful aim at the Codriver, he led the...

The Artillery Journal | Aug 4, 1995
Glimpses of hi-tech artillery battle

The solution includes the number and name of fire units, shell and fuze combination and the number of rounds to be fired, based on the Artillery Commander's laid down criteria regarding percentage of casualties, degree of neutralisation etc. Just before the guns fire their first salvo of pre H Hour...

The Artillery Journal | Aug 4, 1992
Break-in operations: A fresh look at some important artillery aspects

Present day planning of artillery operations for a break-in battle is largely based on Montgomery's North Africa Campaign, particularly the last battle of EI Alamein, and its characterised by dumping of enormous quantities of ammunition, extensive preparatory bombardment and continuous covering...

The Artillery Journal | Aug 4, 1989
Soldier Citizens

Since the dawn of civilization, military service in India has always had a place of honour among the vocations. A period of military service is a vital part of a citizen's education for life in a world where disorder is rampant.

Sainik Samachar | Dec 1, 1985
Sentinels of the sky

The 40 mm L-70 Gun with the 'Superfledermaus' fire-control system was introduced into service, the control and reporting system was improved further, and latter coordinated with the IAF. By 1971, the Air Defence Gunners were full of confidence in their new weapons and ready for any eventuality....

Sainik Samachar | Sep 11, 1985
Halt! Action front

A hurriedly designed 10 Pr gun, with the revolutionary new breech mechanism saw the First World War through and was then superseded by the 2.75 in BL gun. The mountain gunners swore by their screw guns and these guns were immortalised by Rudyard Kipling in his famous ballad "Screw Guns" which still...

The Artillery Journal | Aug 4, 1985
Tactics without tears

Tactics is in a different boat-intangible situations, a plethora of possibilities with a thin, mobile line between 'tactically sound' and 'tactically unsound', and a colossal amount of unrelated facts and figures, give students psychedelic nightmares. TEN POINT PLAN. This discourse has been guided...

The Artillery Journal | Jan 4, 1979