CHINA'S BRI DEBT TRAP: SRI LANKAN ECONOMY IN COLLAPSE
How the collapse of Sri Lankan economy is turning into a political crisis? What is it that has led to the current collapse of Sri Lankan economy? In what way is China's Belt & Road Debt Trap (BRDT) connected with it? What are the possible solutions to the economic crisis that resulted in political crisis? In what way, if any, could India be of help to Sri Lanka, if only to overcome the current multiple crises? VIJAY KUMAR KAUL answers
DEFENCE INDUSTRIAL CORRIDORS DESERVE HONEST APPRAISAL
AMIT COWSHISH explains how after more than four years of the government decision, the impact of the DICs on defence production remains hazy
BOOSTING MARITIME SECURITY
India needs to think of how to integrate the armed services in a national maritime policy and to work with friendly neighbours in a broader IOR context
Decoding Russia's Digital Offensive
When Russia invaded Ukraine more than a month ago, it was feared that there would be massive cyber-attacks on Ukraine and its supporters, including the NATO powers led by the United States. But such is the situation today that it is Russia that is complaining of being the target of cyber offensives.
AN ATMANIRBHAR CARBINE: MSMC (JVPC) IS READY FOR INDUCTION INTO THE INDIAN ARMY
In a major leap forward in the domain of infantry modernisation, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has declared that a carbine, jointly developed by its Pune-based facility and the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB), has completed its final phase of user trials by the Indian Army and is ready for induction.
EMERGENCY PROCUREMENTS FILLING UP THE GAPS
Threatened by a hostile China on its borders, India has taken a wholesome approach towards military modernisation through urgent procurement of cutting-edge weapon systems and advanced platforms.
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR COMMAND: SENTINEL OF THE EAST
Before migrating into the theatre command concept, it would be worthwhile to study the shortfalls experienced by the Tri-Services Command in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands and make good the deficiencies. The rejuvenated Tri-Services Command could then be graduated into a full-fledged theatre command by ploughing in additional resources, carrying out course corrections and expanding the role.
INCONGRUITY OF AMERICAN ARMS SALES TO EAST EUROPEAN NATIONS
VAISHALI BASU SHARMA explains how massive American arms sales to East European countries, including Ukraine, outweigh any security or economic benefits they produce
INDIAN MISSILE PROWESS
RAJIV NAYAN details how India today is a full-fledged missile superpower with a range of missiles in different categories. The only way ahead now lies in testing and operationalising the Agni-VI ICBM at the earliest.
MIDHANI HAS EXPORTED TO ABOUT 10 COUNTRIES IN US, EUROPE AND ASIA PACIFIC GEOGRAPHIES
MIDHANI is now producing complete spectrum of armour products made of composites as well as armour steel including helmets, BR patkas, BR shield, etc., explains DR S K JHA, Chairman and Managing Director, Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited in this one-on-one with GEOPOLITICS
INSIGHTEON'S UNIQUE 'WARGAME' ON OFFSET PENALTIES
Insighteon Consulting ran an interactive wargame on February 23 and 24, with the aim of ascertaining the reasons behind the failure to fulfil offset obligations leading to penalties, and options available to hasten the process of achieving closure of defence offset obligations.
ONGOING RFIS: AN AMBITIOUS ROAD TO 2024 AND BEYOND
While a whole gamut of mega defence acquisitions is being planned, the government is sparing no efforts towards engaging with Indian and overseas vendors through a considerable number of feasibility studies, AONs and EOls.
As India looks for a Medium Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA), AMIT GUPTA argues why the country should make the calculated choice of buying a second order of the French Rafale fighter
WILL DEFENCE EXPO DELIVER ON DEFENCE EXPORTS?
VIJAY KUMAR SAXENA examines the complex issue of defence exports and the monumental challenges it poses.
TOWARDS A VIABLE DEFENCE INDUSTRY
NINAD D SHETH reports that while ‘Make in India’ in defence gets an investment kickstart, technology challenges and the poor records of India’s Defence Public Sector Undertakings are matters of worry
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP MODEL THE ROUTE TO ATMANIRBHARTA IN DEFENCE
MUKESH BHARGAVA argues why India needs to invest in building long-term indigenous capabilities in the private industry through a special partnership model to achieve the goal of self-reliance through ‘Make in India’
SHELVING DEFENCE IMPORTS
Identifying the challenges that an Indian defence industrial complex faces, ANDREW FERNADES suggests how to meet them.
ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST MANUFACTURERS OF ENGINES FOR AIRPLANES AND HELICOPTERS
MOTOR SICH JSC, company specializing in designing, manufacturing and after-sales servicing gas turbine aero engines, industrial gas turbine drives, and gas turbine power stations powered by these drives. Recently, the company has been actively making efforts to build the helicopter industry in Ukraine. MOTOR SICH JSC, company specializing in designing, manufacturing and after-sales servicing gas turbine aero engines, industrial gas turbine drives, and gas turbine power stations powered by these drives. Recently, the company has been actively making efforts to build the helicopter industry in Ukraine.
NEED FOR A COMPLETE DEFENCE ECOSYSTEM
G RAJ NARAYAN argues why the government should have a holistic integrated approach for Atmanirbharta of MSMEs
Cyber Warfare: Fighting The Invisible Enemy
The Indian government is in the process of executing some radical reforms which will completely change the way the wars are fought against enemies in the realm of cyberspace
Safeguarding India From Digital Foes
With India facing a number of cyberattacks in recent times, the big question still remains unanswered- How to safeguard India’s vital strategic installations from digital terrorists?
THE DEFEXPO MOVES TO GUJARAT
The 12th edition of Defence Expo will be held in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat. AMARTYA SINHA outlines the plans for this edition and the legacy of the show
Rosoboronexport presents new Russian export products
Rosoboronexport has summed up its efforts to promote Russian weapons and military equipment on the world market in 2022.
TU-160M2 BOMBER MAKES FIRST FLIGHT
United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) on January 12 flew the first newly assembled Tu160M2 bomber from the Kazan Aviation Plant in Russia. The first flight lasted about 30 min. and reached an altitude of 600 metres, UAC said in its announcement.
UNVEILING THE NEXT DIMENSION OF WARFARE
With the rest of the world developing unmanned ground vehicles at a breakneck speed, it is time for India to join the bandwagon at the earliest
ISRO PLANS LAUNCH OF TWO PSLV-BASED MISSIONS
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has decided to open its account for the year 2022 with the launch of two space missions in February and March. The two missions if launched successfully, will set the ball rolling for the next set of missions including the first developmental flight of the Gaganyaan capsule in its unmanned avatar, and the much-awaited SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle)-D1 mission in April and May respectively.
NORTHERN SEA ROUTE AS A MODERN SILK ROAD: THE PERSPECTIVES FOR INDIA
The Chennai-Vladivostok Sea corridor has been actively developing now, and the joint development of the Northern Sea Route will allow India to gain reliable access to huge Russian hydrocarbon deposits located on the Arctic shelf.
HAL signs mega contract with BEL
In a major boost to indigenisation, HAL has signed a mega contract with Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for development and supply of major avionic equipment for the LCA Tejas Mk1A programme.
DEFENCE BUDGET 2022-23: STAYING THE COURSE FOR BETTER OR WORSE
While the hype over 68 percent of the capital procurement budget being earmarked for procurement from the domestic industry is understandable, omission of any reference to setting up of the non-lapsable fund for defence modernisation was surprising.
Boosting Connectivity To The LAC
Following the Galwan Valley skirmish in 2020 and its aftermath, the Indian government has embarked on an ambitious infrastructure building mission to boost connectivity all the way up to the India-China border. A special report