September 25, 2017
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Versatile platform
JULY-AUGUST 2017: India is looking forward to position itself for a more ambitious role in the region as a maritime security provider. India is willing to safeguard its key strategic and economic interests in the region through international naval cooperation and power projection.
 
Tracking enemy
JULY-AUGUST 2017: ISR has existed in one shape or other ever since the dawn of warfare. Over the centuries nature of ISR has not changed, but the character has. In todays complex and ever changing operational environment, the demand for comprehensive situational awareness continues to grow. Today’s modern conflicts demand rapid, agile, and assured operations to meet decision support needs across air, space, and cyberspace domains, and all environments from permissive to denied. Synchronizing forces across the three domains in time and purpose for effect is paramount for mission success
 
Spy fish
MAY-JUNE 2017: Technology has been a major driver of evolution of the war tactics around the world. The Ocean remains a treacherous and vast area to monitor, deliver help, or enforce the law. Governments seeking to control maritime borders, minimize illegal trafficking, and protect ocean ecosystems face daunting surveillance challenges. Finding better ways of observing and reporting on the interior of the ocean, its seafloors and coastal boundaries remain principal objectives of the marine community.
 
Fire punch
MAY JUNE 2017: India is in the process of redesigning its Artillery Corps requirements to meet a two-and-a-half front war scenario the fulcrum of which will lie in the high Himalayas. The two-and-a- half has become a descriptive of the new hybrid warfare expected to be unleashed against India by China and Pakistan and their hordes of jihadi terrorists with Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as the focal points. There will have to be a clear assessment of the kinetic capacities in the hands of Indian soldiers who will, apart from dealing with the enemies, have to contend with the ruggedness of the terrain and the vicissitudes of the weather conditions.
 
Striking bees
MARCH-APRIL 2017: Choppers may be slightly outdated in modern warfare due to their sluggish speed and reliability but these machines are being used for a wide range of other roles in the theatre which is helping ground forces to clear off the enemy area with tremendous advantages.
 
Hunting in depth
MARCH-APRIL 2017: The Indian Navys anti-submarine warfare department began operations with fixed wing aircraft operating from on board India’s first aircraft carrier, the INS Vikrant. The French Alize aircraft was the backbone of the anti-submarine protection provided to the aircraft carrier task force in both peacetime and during hostilities.
 
Robotic vigilance
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: There are drones in the sky, in R(D centers and more varieties are making their debut as the advantages of pilotless aircraft are becoming more obvious by the day. India is involved in a plethora of experiments to create drones for different uses within the country but given the manner in which
 
Keeping a tab
JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017: The easy manner in which Indian land frontiers have been breached in recent times by terrorists bent on inflicting damage on military targets in the hinterland begs a case for upgrading aerial component in both the daylight and night-time surveillance, reconnaissance and Intelligence gathering.
 
Integrated approach
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016: 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.
 
Long wait
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2016: The tactic that helped the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance gain political ascendancy during and after the Rajiv Gandhi involvement in the Bofors howitzer scandal appears set to haunt the Narendra Modi-led NDA in its attempts to buy assault rifles for the Indian Army. Both episodes have but one fatal consequence for the Indian Army and the nation-self-inflicted delays in acquisition.