In this Issue – October 2022

Letter from the Editor


Big Hype Over Small Gains
Aatmanirbhar abhiyan pushing military to induct mediocre arms, equipment from indigenous sources

Fight to Win
The importance of true jointness, eschewing inter-force rivalry, cannot be overemphasised

Long Road Ahead
Comprehensive policy needed to compete with exporters from China, Israel etc

Vikrant Is Ready, Not Home Yet
Fighters and helicopters for aircraft carrier still to identified, it also doesn’t have dedicated berth yet

Aim Local For Small Arms
Basic weapons should be manufactured indigenously to meet India’s huge requirement


Vice president and chief executive, Lockheed Martin India, William L. Blair
The JVs and Partners we Have Established Over the Last Decade Have Generated Value… Lockheed Martin has Invested Over USD 100mn in Manufacturing Equipment, Tooling, IP at These JVs

Director, L&T MBDA Missile Systems Limited, Arun Ramchandani
The Next Step is for the LTMMSL to Win New Flagship Missile Programmes to Meet the Requirements of the Indian Armed Forces

Vice president & country director, India, Thales Ashish Saraf
Thales Will Continue to Develop its Footprint in India by Strengthening its Local Teams, Partnerships And Innovation

Team, Boeing India Pvt Ltd
We are Developing MSMEs in Support of Our Commitment to Aatmanirbhar Bharat. Over 25 Per Cent of our Suppliers from India are MSMEs


General Director, United Aircraft Corporation, Yury B. Slyusar
We Are in Close Contact with Our Indian Colleagues and are Actively Discussing the Modernisation Programme for the Su-30MKI Fleet of the IAF


Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC
The IAF Believes That the Integration of Cyber and Electronic Domains has the Capability to Bring Down the War Fighting Capability of an Adversary

Air Officer Commanding-In-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force, Air Marshal Manavendra Singh, AVSM VRC VSM ADC
We have introduced a disruptive pattern of training… All trainees are being imparted knowledge about other branches to make them multiskilled and more adaptable

Sukhoi Upgrade Poised For Takeoff
With Russia badly hit by western sanctions, HAL to develop new avionics for the fighters

Need for More Joint Exercises
Inter-service training in war-like scenario helps in better coordination and preparation

IAF’s Aerial Edge
Wide range of imported missile systems has given more teeth to India’s air power

IAF Inducts LCH
It has met all challenges of hot and high terrain like no other attack helicopter

Choppers From HAL of Fame
Growing portfolio of indigenously-developed helicopters in various versions bodes well for Indian armed forces

Numbers Remain Short
IAF will have 35 squadrons for next decade as against authorised strength of 42


There is a Need for More Integration of Knowledge Between Military and Civil Academic Institutions, as Well as Between Military and Opensource Intelligence Agencies
Mick Ryan, the author of War Transformed: The Future of Twenty-First Century Great Power Competition and Conflict

When Future Coalesces With Present
Military institutions must make a series of bets on the likelihood of possible future scenarios and their potential impacts. An extract




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