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Timed with Aero India 2019, Geopolitics February 2019 issue takes an indepth look at India's depleting Air Force squadron strength in a hostile strategic environment and advocates that the defence budget has to be at least 2.5 per cent of GDP for next two decades in general and capital budget of Rs 60,000 crore a year for the Indian forces. The magazine also details the need of additional fighter aircraft on a priority basis. While the preference for additional Rafales and a new MMRCA might be the IAF's choice, secondary options such as the purchase of additional Tejas Mk.1s and Su-30MKIs need to be considered. A close look at the fighters on offer from six global firms that have expressed interest after the Request for Information (RFI) was floated last year. Also a detailed study about which platforms would be suitable for the fleet with a focus on indigenisation. Plus: Details about the five new helicopter types that the IAF will induct over the next few years and all our regular features.
Geopolitics is an authoritative, independent and professional source of information about India's defence, security and diplomacy scenario. Providing a unique perspective on issues of the region, particularly with respect to security and defence, Geopolitics is a source of information and ideas for the civil-military establishment, manufacturers, academicians and the common man, who wish to make informed choices on geopolitical realties of the sub-continent. An unputdownable monthly publication from Newsline Publications, Geopolitics provides a forum for the significant and high profile community comprising decision-makers and policy-makers involved in India's National Security to express views on a wide range of issues from international diplomacy to multilateralism to the goings-on in the defense business across the world.