Post Archive

2014

The Indian Ex-Servicemen Movement is protesting the re-appointment of an official in the Department of Ex-Servicemen Welfare perceived to have a history of antipathy towards veterans’ interests.

Air Marshal M Matheshwaran analyzes exactly why the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft will never fully meet the ASR and cannot become the IAF ‘s frontline fighter in the Lo segment.

Air Marshal M Matheswaran (retired) goes back in history to examine the reasons why the Light Combat Aircraft project has failed to meet expectations.

Before the new Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar holds the first meeting of his Defense Acquisitions Council on Friday, Air Vice Marshal (retired) Manmohan Bahadur has some ideas on energizing Indian defense industry.

A former JAG officer writes to Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, asking him to ensure ‘Indian Military Veterans like me command respect and dignity in my own country too, just as we do, ironically, in other democracies’.

Rosoboronexport wrote to Indian evaluators saying that they did not feel it necessary to conduct a proper summer demonstration of their Igla-S VSHORAD system.

After spending USD 30 billion on the FGFA and USD 20 billion on the MMRCA, the Indian Air Force will be left with a serious shortfall of at least 14 squadrons in 2032, going by the ‘best-case scenario’.

BAE Systems has figured out a way to convert unguided 70 mm rockets into guided weapons, typically onboard attack helicopters, with a component that has a tongue-twisting acronym.

The Indo-US Defense Policy Group meet to be held in Washington DC this week comes shortly after a perceived snub to the US offer to co-produce Javelin ATGMs with the Indian order for Israeli Spike ATGMs.

Captain HS Jhajj was the first navy pilot to be trained on the Boeing P-8I Long Range Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft and would have been the first CO of the P-8I Sqn.

Journalist Man Aman Chhina has posted a blog about the participation of 61 Cavalry officers in a polo match with Pakistan at a time of tensions on the border.

Colonel Vinay Dalvi, a former APTC instructor has solicited feedback from the community of veterans on the incident and drawn varied thoughtful responses, all of which censure the misconduct.

“It is clarified that any form of corporal punishment or ragging is unacceptable in any Army training institution and we have a zero tolerance policy towards such behaviour,” said Major General Shokin Chauhan.

Is corporal punishment an acceptable way to discipline juniors in the military? Watch this video and tell us what you think.
Saab offers #MakeinIndia plan for the Gripen (+ Video)

Saab’s Lars-Olof Lindgren says his company has been quietly working on a plan to build the Gripen in India and has already done a lot of the homework for it.

RAF Eurofighter Typhoons and Airbus A-330 MRTT refueling and transport aircraft will be in the capital on their way to Malaysia.

The team is in the US to discuss the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) and terms for the new Defense Framework Agreement in a trip timed just before the Modi visit.

While General Atomics’ Predator and Reaper drones are not licensed for export to India, Lall will be promoting a line-up of commercial products, besides the EMALS system being developed by the company.

The armed forces personnel to be awarded for gallantry this Independence Day include Major Mukund Varadarajan, who is being awarded the Ashok Chakra, posthumously.
Video: Vayu-StratPost Air Power Roundtable VI

The final session of the roundtable summarized the state of Indian air power and discussed ways to alleviate the difficult situation the air force could find itself in future.