Army

Force Protection – June 2018
Indian soldiers will soon get made in India bullet-proof jackets
By Lt Gen. Rameshwar Yadav (retd)

Fighting Dirty – June 2018
Sapta Shakti Command’s month-long exercise Vijay Prahar concludes
A FORCE Report

India, Pak agree to respect ceasefire – June 2018

Force Protection – June 2018
Indian soldiers will soon get made in India bullet-proof jackets
By Lt Gen. Rameshwar Yadav (retd)

Follow the Leader – May 2018
Indian Army apes Russia’s pioneering trends in armoured/mechanised warfare
By Prasun K. Sengupta

Force Multipliers – April 2018
The demand for UAVs is on the rise in the Indian armed forces
By Aditya Kakkar

Starting Afresh – April 2018
The government has opened bids for indigenous development of FICVs
By Aditya Kakkar

Ammo Needed – April 2018
Both private and public sectors together can address India’s dismal ammunition requirement
By Aditya Kakkar

Going Hi-Tech – April 2018
Military helicopters in India need a technological upgrade to meet future challenges
By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Road to Power – April 2018
The Border Roads Organisation needs to pull up its socks in the interest of national security
By Lt Gen. Vinod Bhatia (retd)

Cry of Help – April 2018
Modernisation of the infantry is being delayed by serious flaws in the procurement procedure
By Lt Gen. Rameshwar Yadav (retd)

Nightmare on the LC – March 2018
And the hinterland is no better
By Pravin Sawhney

Save Our Men – March 2018
Steps towards peace with Pakistan should be made if we don’t want to lose our soldiers every year
By Pravin Sawhney

One Big Threat – March 2018
This will come from Pakistan backed by China, and India should know whether it is militarily prepared
By Pravin Sawhney

Discussions and Delays – March 2018
Defence acquisition continues to be plagued by indecisiveness, confusion and red tapism
By Jaison Deepak

Protective Gear – March 2018
The Indian Army wishes to acquire the much sought after Active Protection Systems
By Jaison Deepak

Helping Hands – March 2018
Jamia Millia Islamia’s Akashdeep programme provides distance education to Indian armed forces personnel
By Aditya Kakkar

General’s Concerns – February 2018
The issue of Doklam dominated COAS’s annual press conference
By Aditya Kakkar

Protection Gear – February 2018
Add-on armour is a cheaper and effective solution on the battlefield against mean machines such as RPGs
By Jaison Deepak

Purple Reigns – January 2018
The Indian Army and the art of joint-ness
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

A Shot in the Arm – January 2018
Modernisation of Army Air Defence gathers speed with acquisition cases being on track
By Brig. MKK Iyer (retd)

Smart Ally – January 2018
Arjun Mark 2 comes with 93 improvements on the earlier version
By Jaison Deepak

Armour Piercer – January 2018
The DRDO has the arduous task of developing a MPATGM for the army after the Spike ATGM is out of the race
By Aditya Kakkar

Shoot to Kill – January 2018
The Indian Army has finally readied one of its largest procurement plans for infantry modernisation
By Aditya Kakkar

A Brush with Bravery – January 2018
A civilian’s salute to the Indian soldier
By Suhas Kadlaskar

Light in the Dark – January 2018
The Indian Army is moving to thermal imagers from the traditional II devices
By Jaison Deepak

First In, Last Out – January 2018
Well-equipped combat engineering units are a necessity in conventional and asymmetric conflicts
By Jaison Deepak

Short on Firepower – January 2018
In its second report, the CAG has criticized the MoD for its lack of storing functioning ammunition
By Aditya Kakkar

Serious Shortfall – January 2018
Stop-gap measures cannot cover up the need for small arms procurement
By Jaison Deepak

Schooled to Think – January 2018
Governments have to look beyond just good military training college
By RAdm. Sudhir Pillai (retd)

The Minister Speaks – January 2018
The government will undertake reforms to improve the productivity and efficiency of ordnance factories
By Aditya Kakkar

Being Unserious – November 2017
Why threats of Cold Start and TNWs are mere rhetoric
By Pravin Sawhney

For Soldiers’ Comfort – November 2017
A slew of companies is trying to make life easier for soldiers living in harsh terrains
By Jaison Deepak

Joint Action – November 2017
Exercise INDRA 2017 includes for the first time all three services of the armed forces
A FORCE Report

Fitness Test – November 2017
Army’s armoured vehicles get the long overdue upgrades
By Jaison Deepak

A Stitch in Time – October 2017
A new start-up has come up with solutions for wound management
By Jaison Deepak

More Power to Fire – October 2017
Artillery upgradation finally gets a boost as first two M777 ULH come to India
By Maj. Gen. Harsha Kakar (retd)

Much Ado About Nothing – September 2017
Modi government should ditch bombast and focus on building military power to avoid crises like Doklam
By Pravin Sawhney

Beyond Surgical Strikes – September 2017
Special Operation Forces should be utilised to its full potential
By Pravin Sawhney

Fired Up – August 2017
Indian Army has speeded up its artillery acquisition
By Jaison Deepak

Green Light at Last – August 2017
OFB and BEL will carry out the upgrades on 693 BMP-2s of the Indian Army
By Prasun K. Sengupta

Dependable Ally – September 2016
A variety of Russian military platforms dominate the Indian Army
By Rahul Bedi

Men and Machines – August 2016
Time to seriously consider downsizing the army and bringing in technological innovations
By Maj Gen Sheru Thapliyal (Retd)

The Long and Short of It – April 2016
To meet future challenges, Army Air Defence has to be well equipped
By Brigadier MKK Iyer, SM

Face the Enemy – March 2016
The proxy war against Pakistan will not stop as long as India continues to counter insurgency operations in J&K
By Pravin Sawhney

Multiple Battlefronts – January 2016
The government should not neglect the needs of the Indian Army
By Lt Gen. Vinod Bhatia (retd)

Target Lock – January 2016
Attention is now being given to the Army’s Air Defence Needs
A FORCE Report

Recoil Effect – January 2016
The Indian Army faces challenges when it comes to acquisition of modern small arms systems for its infantry
A FORCE Report

Protect the Protector – November 2015
Government must wake up to the urgent need of ballistic body armour for the armed forces
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Aerial Engagement – September 2015
Army’s Air Defence needs are seeing greater momentum
By Atul Chandra

Crossing the Rubicon – September 2015
The least the government can do to honour those who have served the nation is to implement the OROP
By Lt Gen. Mukesh Sabharwal (retd)

Arming the Army – August 2015
The armed forces urgently need to modernise the weaponry
By Lt Gen. Vinod Bhatia (retd)

Not a Small Matter – August 2015
The army needs to revamp its small arms
By Rahul Bedi

Marching into the future – January 2015
As yet another Army Day is celebrated, here’s an assessment of the Indian Army
By General V. P. Malik (retd)

And Happily Ever After – January 2015
A transparent promotion system and opportunities for re-employment after retirement are the need of the hour
By Lt Gen. Mukesh Sabharwal (retd)

From the Valley to Kargil – January 2015
The 8 Mountain Division fulfilled its role brilliantly during both CI operations and conventional warfare
By Lt. Gen. Mohinder Puri (retd)

The Maroon Beret – January 2004
Keeping up with posting one archival article a week, here is a nugget from January 2004, when FORCE visited Indian Army’s training school for Special Forces in Nahan. The first-ever comprehensive feature that covered the training as well as the transition of the Para battalions into Special Forces. 15 years later, the issues that FORCE raised then remain. Read on
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The War Zone – December 2003
Following up on the inaugural cover story of FORCE, here is another treasure from our archives. In November 2003, FORCE team spent a week in the Jammu division of Kashmir. Starting with the Rashtriya Rifles’ Delta force headquarters in the Doda sector of Jammu division to get first-hand experience of Indian Army’s counter-insurgency operations, the December 2003 cover story included interviews with chief minister J&K Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, chief secretary Sudhir Bloeria, Northern Army Commander Lt Gen. Hari Prasad, Director General, BSF Ajai Raj Sharma, Inspector General, BSF, Jammu division, Dilip Trivedi, Inspector General CRPF, Jammu Division, C. Balasubramaniam and countless unnamed officers from across the uniform. Field reporting at its best. Read on
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Line of (no) Control – August 2003
The mountains straddling the Line of Control are beautiful and inviting, but the invitation is steeped in deception. Lieutenant Mehta (not his real name, of course), has been, in his own words, doing the ‘parikrama’ of these challenging ranges for the last one month and he is still learning which peaks are friends and which are foes. You can’t blame this on his ineptitude, because, the LoC defies logic.
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

 

 

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