In this Issue – April 2019

Letter from the Editor


Modi’s Military
By focussing more on projection, the NDA government has weakened national security

All the Prime Minister’s Men
Growing politicisation of defence institutions is a matter of concern

Pride of Place
The versatile and reliable Mirage 2000s have become the IAF’s go-to platforms for critical operations

It’s Shopping Time
Both the IAF and Indian Army are busy upgrading their basic support infrastructure

India’s Eyes
Homegrown Optical Targeting Pods is a leap forward that the IAF must take


In Good Shape
The IAF is well equipped with an enviable fleet of attack helicopters

Smart Surveillance
MHA’s BOLD-QIT project will supplement its CIBMS initiative along the Indo-Bangladesh border to prevent any kind of encroachments

For a Robust Navy
Acquisition of NMRHs and NUHs should be fast-tracked

In the Nation’s Interest
The FRCV and FICV programmes need a solid push

Moment of Reckoning
India’s sub-sea fleet needs an overhaul

Propelling the IAF
India should focus on making its own state-of-the-art turbo jet engines

The Heavy Lifter
Boeing Chinook CH-47F (I) is now a part of the IAF’s inventory

Invaluable Assets
Increased focus on UAVs with strike capabilities dominates defence acquisitions

As Good as Real
Shortage of advanced simulators in both military and civil sectors has to be filled up

Giant Leap into Space
India’s first manned space mission is scheduled for December 2021

Turbulence Ahead
Rising operational costs and infrastructural hurdles hurt business aviation in India

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Civil Aviation Briefs


Books | Force of the Future
How information technology is changing Chinese shipbuilding industry

Books | Project Hate
How the faulty vision based on notions of exceptionalism is cleaving the Indian society


A Game Changer
Air Marshal Ramesh Rai (retd)

Long Way to Go
Debalina Ghoshal

Internal Matters
Ramesh Chandra

Beyond Revenge and Rhetoric
R.C. Sharma

First Person
Ghazala Wahab


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