In this Issue – March 2018

Letter from the Editor

COVER STORY

Nightmare on the LC
And the hinterland is no better

Save Our Men
Steps towards peace with Pakistan should be made if we don’t want to lose our soldiers every year

One Big Threat
This will come from Pakistan backed by China, and India should know whether it is militarily prepared

Look for Solutions
Pakistan’s proxy war can be limited by restoring the IAF’s combat edge

Time is Running Out
A dialogue with the Kashmiri youth is essential to check the growing menace of terrorism

INTERVIEWS

For more than 75 years, we have supported India’s airlines with the very best airplanes and services, and we have deep knowledge of what they need to be successful in this very competitive market
Senior vice president, Asia Pacific & India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Dr Dinesh Keskar

The GTF programme is continuing to attract new orders and is ramping up production deliveries, all the while supporting a growing in-service fleet. It’s the industry-disrupting technologies that set the GTF apart from its competition’
Managing director, India, Pratt & Whitney, Palash Roy Chowdhury

I Imagine the Argument will be Around Entropy as we live in an Increasingly Information Rich World
Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Bath, Professor David Galbreath

FEATURE/REPORT

Sky is the Limit
HAL offers private players to license manufacture ALH Dhruv for civil operations

Tall Promises
This year’s budget has focused on expansion of airport infrastructure

Rise and Fall of Air India
The stage is all set for the sale of the heavily-in-debt national carrier

Discussions and Delays
Defence acquisition continues to be plagued by indecisiveness, confusion and red tapism

Beyond Indian Ocean
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman says that India is looking at the Indo-Pacific also

Forward Edge Defence
China’s present maritime security initiatives reflect a sea change in strategic priorities

Protective Gear
The Indian Army wishes to acquire the much sought after Active Protection Systems

Helping Hands
Jamia Millia Islamia’s Akashdeep programme provides distance education to Indian armed forces personnel

Strong Support
A few foreign players are offering state-of-the-art Landing Helicopter Docks to the Indian Navy

Hi-tech Runways
The government has to speed up airfield modernisation for NewGen aircraft to be effective

Singapore Air Show News
Dassault’s Falcon 8X Makes Debut at the Show

Time for Action
Safran Helicopter Engines and HAL’s joint venture Helicopter Engines MRO Pvt Ltd holds a lot of promise for India’s aircraft

Capability Building
To overcome language barrier, ITBP officers will now learn Chinese

Civil Aviation News

BOOKS

Words of Wisdom
A must read for those involved in military selection, training, education or decision making

Worldwide Web of Terror
Internet will be the new battlefield for ISIS, says Edna Fernandes’ The Hollow Kingdom: ISIS and the Cult of Jihad

COLUMNS

Think Big and Clear
Col Tej Dalal (retd)

First Person
Ghazala Wahab

Bottomline
Pravin Sawhney