In this Issue – January 2018

Letter from the Editor

COVER STORY

Purple Reigns
The Indian Army and the art of joint-ness

Schooled to Think
Governments have to look beyond just good military training college

A Shot in the Arm
Modernisation of Army Air Defence gathers speed with acquisition cases being on track

Smart Ally
Arjun Mark 2 comes with 93 improvements on the earlier version

Armour Piercer
The DRDO has the arduous task of developing a MPATGM for the army after the Spike ATGM is out of the race

Shoot to Kill
The Indian Army has finally readied one of its largest procurement plans for infantry modernisation

A Brush with Bravery
A civilian’s salute to the Indian soldier

Light in the Dark
The Indian Army is moving to thermal imagers from the traditional II devices

First In, Last Out
Well-equipped combat engineering units are a necessity in conventional and asymmetric conflicts

Short on Firepower
In its second report, the CAG has criticized the MoD for its lack of storing functioning ammunition

Serious Shortfall
Stop-gap measures cannot cover up the need for small arms procurement

INTERVIEWS

‘Achieving joint-ness and integration is a continuous process and it is work in progress. A lot has been done, is being done and is yet to be done’
Chief of Integrated Staff to Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee Lt Gen. Satish Dua

‘The Longer the Programme (P-75I) Gets Delayed, The Certainty of Mazagon Being Allowed to Bid Increases’
Chairman, FICCI defence committee, whole-time director and senior executive VP for L&T’s defence business, Jayant Damodar Patil

‘80% of our deployment is in operational theatres. It does cause a lot of stress in the sense that he (the soldier) works away from the family in hostile environment’
Director General, Central Reserve Police Force, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, IPS

FEATURE/REPORT

Trump’s Tweet
It was not aimed at Pakistan but was an indirect message of solidarity with India

Deep Connect
Between capabilities and ToT, Airbus Helicopters believes it has the best solution for navy’s NUH programme

Leap of Faith
With digital designing, Russian Helicopters moves towards modern production techniques for Ka-226T

Flight of the ‘Gryfalcon’
The new generation MMRCA for PLAN is getting ready to take-off

The Minister Speaks
The government will undertake reforms to improve the productivity and efficiency of ordnance factories

Long Overdue
Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissions INS Kalvari into the navy

Civil Aviation News

COLUMNS

Money Over Matter
Maj. Gen. Mrinal Suman (retd)

Pressure Tactics
Lt Gen. B.S. Nagal (retd)

Too Little Too Late
Lt Gen. Vinod Bhatia (retd)

First Person
Ghazala Wahab

Bottomline
Pravin Sawhney