In this Issue – March 2023

Letter from the Editor

Cover Story

The Wrong Lessons
The budget shows lack of clarity on the new age war

Mind the Gap
Need better balance between revenue and capital budget for defence modernisation, given the threat from China

Money Falls Short
Modernisation of armed forces stalled because of fiscal pressure, global economic uncertainties

Growing Challenges, Shrinking Funds
The budget suggests that government is not taking defence preparedness seriously


The Show of Our Times
Aero India 2023 showcases indigenous defence industry to the world

We Are Friends
US puts it weight behind Aero India 2023; brings the largest delegation ever to the show

JVs & MoUs at Aero India
Thales and BDL to join hands to ‘Make in India’ 70mm laser guided rocket solution

Aiming for the Sky
HAL lines up many products but loss of Malaysian Air Force tender is a sign of export challenges

Truncated Expo, Advantage HAL
With limited presence of foreign exhibitors, Indian companies dominated the show

Engines of Growth
Indigenous MRO set to fly with large engine orders for commercial aircraft, fighter jets, military helicopters

Su-30MKI Set for Lethal Makeover
UAC commits to fighter’s upgradation in India with indigenous components

Kalyani Group Forges Ahead
Company has got many export orders & plans to deepen engagement with Indian armed forces

Aero India Show News
B-1B Lancer Heavy Bombers Return to Aero India, Underscoring US-India Strategic Partnership

Growing bonhomie with UAE
Emirate’s military company to partner with Indian firm to manufacture small arms

IDEX Show News
RAFAEL Inaugurates its UAE Facility at IDEX 2023


J&K is a Sensitive Border State and a Hostile Population Within Would Further be Detrimental for Indian Security Interests
Anuradha Bhasin, author of A Dismantled State: The Untold Story of Kashmir After Article 370

A Fear That Refuses To Go
How revocation of Article 370 has reinforced old insecurities. An extract

No Longer in the Shadow
Former R&AW chief A.S. Dulat’s memoirs, A Life in the Shadows, chronicles a life spent in pursuit of conversation

Behind the Scenes
How Ajit Doval showed all attributes of a spymaster right at the start of his career. An Extract


Leadership Key to CI Success
Brig. Ravi Palsokar (retd)

Price of Peace
S.K. Sood



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