May 25, 2017
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Burgeoning alliance
JUNE 2014: India and Russia are all set to develop a new generation fighter plane which is known as PAK-FA, a fifth generation aircraft based on T-50 prototype model that can challenge even most advanced fighters in the world, perhaps, performing better in some segments than the F-22 Raptor.

Russia and India are jointly developing two versions of the combat aircraft - a two-seater version to meet the requirements of India’s air superiority policy of Indian Air Force, and a single-seat version for the Russian Air Force.

While India’s HAL is giving technological support to the project in many new areas, Sukhoi has constructed three prototypes at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Production Association (KNAAPO) in Russia’s Far East.
 
Behind enemy lines
MAY 2014: In today’s swift and intense warfare of 21st century, the Special Forces have already earned a special position for themselves by the way of showing the world that they can handle very high risk missions without much problems and take them to a logical conclusion with greater precision and lightening speed.

The US Navy SEALs have gone far too ahead of all other Special Forces after they seized Osama Bin Laden in his hide out with a precision which has never been seen in the history of military-intelligence parlance anywhere in the world.

It had not only demonstrated a high degree of precision but an operation many could not even fathom that how it was managed with so much risk involved in the entire operation which was being live monitored by US President
 
Lurking fingers
APRIL 2014: Cyber security systems, including network centric warfare systems and platforms, are proving to be the main weapon of new generation and hi-tech battlefield that is swift, lethal and decisive.      

As the effort to dominate cyber space has increased tremendously in last five years, it is now a necessity that without access to timely situational awareness, the vital concept of 21st Century warfare may be lost much before it could even start.

Militaries all over the world now rely on the fact that cyberspace is not just becoming a dominant platform for life but it is also becoming the century’s dominant platform for hi-tech warfare.

As political and military decisions are made to protect and preserve the 21st Century way of life, one cannot help but wonder how well informed these decisions will be.
 
Escaping hazard
MARCH 2014: The military modernization of China has surprised every country in the world. The best thing about the whole modernization process of Chinese military is that they are preparing themselves to counter any kind of futuristic threats. China is having border dispute with many countries in the region but with India it is a serious bone of contention.

The changing requirement of modern battlefield has increased the risks coming from unexpected and deadly threats. The new war scenario can be lethal and precise aimed at maximum damage. And the fear of getting such means of weapons in the hands of adversaries or non state actors poses a bigger challenge.

China is also now preparing its military to meet all eventualities in this direction for which it has decided to equip its forces with latest generation of counter NBC warfare equipments. 
 
Deep tracking
FEBRUARY 2014: The maritime surveillance is undergoing a sea change due to advent of long range surveillance and reconnaissance technologies which most modern navies are now attempting to integrate into their command and control structure to meet new challenges.

The sea borne threats are multiplying in view of deteriorating security situation and strategic rivalry among newly emerging powers in Asia and Africa who often tend to take a narrow view of the whole spectrum of maritime challenges.

Maritime Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capability is the precursor technology to ward off threats in the middle of the sea from far away coasts and any attempt by hostile forces can be neutralized within minimum possible time frame.
 
Stout punch
JANUARY 2014: Since the sea warfare is changing at a rapid pace with the introduction of best of technology into the sea borne underwater operations, most navies are finding it difficult to detect undersea activities of stealth submarines which can defy sometimes most modern technical capability of a well equipped force.

More than 35 countries are currently operating a series of modern submarines, both conventional and nuclear capable, which can operate so silently that one cannot even think about their presence in such deep waters close to coastal waters.

Submarines are equipped to defy heavy under sea current and magnetic response of seabed at times of critical moment but this appears to be a cat and mouse game where movement signature’s of a ship can be a dangerous signal for the enemy to strike.
 
Particle soldiers
DECEMBER 2013: With the increase in advanced research and rapid use of nanotechnology for military purposes, the fundamental meaning of warfare is changing due to high level of success in developing lethal weapons and platforms which can withstand massive ordnance burst and cause high intensity damage.

Nanotechnology is giving the military application a new meaning which will give the user a range of options to destroy targets from thousands of miles away and use secret weapons which can be invisible to naked human eyes or even high speed sensors.

The world is becoming robotic and there is a keen interest that the weapons should be invisible. That can only happen if there is widespread research in nanotechnology for military purposes.
 
Wheels of thrust
NOVEMBER 2013: Infantry Combat Vehicles are fast dominating the battlefield as ground troops will have to take physical control of the enemy territory to announce complete victory in a modern war which tends to be more complex today than it was in the last century.  

Without a credible ICV loaded with explosive reactive armor, it will be extremely dangerous to fall into the trap of enemy high intensity anti-tank weapons which can pierce the armor and hazardous mine fields and IEDs which kill more troops than in any direct assault or aerial bombardment.

To overcome such a new trend, India is preparing itself against all odds. India now plans to overhaul and upgrade its entire fleet of over 2,000 infantry combat vehicles with advanced weaponry and night-fighting capabilities as Indian Army badly needs to augment its capacity building.
 
Risks of radiation
OCTOBER 2013: Nuclear, chemical and biological (NBC) weapons and related technologies have created enormous problems that it has now assumed a dangerous proposition and failing to take timely steps at a global level may result in catastrophic like situation of unprecedented scale.   

The current situation of NBC proliferation activities presents a gloomy forecast that NBC weapons could fall into the wrong hands due to large scale proliferation and secret programs run by rouge states and undesired elements.   

Indeed, such weapons present a great danger as they are capable of causing damage on an immense scale and possibly killing hundreds of millions of people while destroying the basis of civilized life over wide areas.
 
Mitigating risks
SEPTEMBER 2013: Going by 21st century military technology trend, a smart Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) is designed and developed for some application specific missions to operate predominantly in hazardous environments. A UGV architecture that would provide an effective and economic path to modernization for technology insertion over time should be key factor of military modernization program.

The urgent need to transform the Indian Army, from one characterized by heavy armor and firepower into a lighter, more responsive force that is at once both lethal and survivable, has made development of practical UGV systems a necessity for the future.


The role of UGV in modern warfare is growing due to technology insertions which could be primarily aimed