October 17, 2021
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Integrated approach
ISR capabilities and advanced technology

Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) are central to the conduct of warfare both in attack and defence.

India has over the past two decade bought all kinds of sensors (airborne and land based) to try and improve its ISR capabilities but events have shown that the country is singularly lacking in intelligence and capabilities of surveillance and reconnaissance at moments critical to the national territorial integrity or even humanitarian uses like search and rescue.

For a moment one can keep intelligence (the absence of which has caused grave harm to the nation be it in Kargil, or Mumbai or the attack on Parliament and the latest Pathankot attack) aside.

In surveillance and reconnaissance India has been shown up to be absolutely incompetent given the cases of the Arunachal Chief Minister’s helicopter disappearance; the Karnataka Chief Minister’s air accident; the Coast Guard Fokker Friendship aircraft disappearance over the Bay of Bengal and now the repeat i
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