Experts Speak

  • Coming — Armed drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan tested its indigenous 'Burraq' UCAV last year and according to the Dawn quoting industry insiders, in 2015 China had offered to sell Pakistan its CH-3 UCAV, which can carry two laser-guided missiles or bombs.

  • IA and PLA 'Hand-in-Hand' again
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After a almost an eight year red-taped procurement procedure, the Army has got the delivery of 20,000 bullet proof jackets and another 30,000 are to follow. The Army needed 3,53,765 new jackets sanctioned as per a plan in 2009.

  • Bullet proof jackets for Army — Trickling in
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After a almost an eight year red-taped procurement procedure, the Army has got the delivery of 20,000 bullet proof jackets and another 30,000 are to follow. The Army needed 3,53,765 new jackets sanctioned as per a plan in 2009.

  • Terror attack in Nagrota — What beyond?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan-sponsored terrorists struck at two places in Jammu region of &K on November 29. In two major terror attacks, that rocked Jammu region on Tuesday, seven army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other security personnel, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.

  • Finally M777 howitzers through FMS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After almost seven years of discussion, trials and choosing, India and the US today inked a nearly Rs 5,000 crore deal for 145 x M777 ultra-light howitzers; India signed the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) on November 30...

  • PM Modi's Japan visit — Historic nuclear deal signed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan on November 11-12 may be termed the most historic as making an exception; Japan has signed a civil-nuclear cooperation deal with India.

  • ISRO: Of Satellites, Moon and Mars
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It may be recalled that on June 22, 2016, India launched 20 satellites in one go, which was the maximum ever by ISRO.

  • Blacklisting Redefined
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Since December 2014, media was reporting that a new government policy legalizing middlemen in arms purchases, a source of massive controversies...

  • OROP: One-Man Judicial Commission
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Politicization of the unfortunate suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal was indeed bad. The JCO's suicide note reportedly stated he was taking that drastic action not having been given the benefit of OROP.

  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Dangers in Cyberspace
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Much has been said in recent years about Internet of Things (IoT); it is coming, it has arrived or it is growing rapidly. But the enormity of IoT can be gauged from the one forecast that by 2030 there will be over 26 billion connected devices that would average to about six connected devices per each person on this planet.

  • Xi Jinping — China's "Core Leader"
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) has anointed President Xi Jinping as the "Core Leader" of China, which places him on par with Mao Tse Tung and Deng Xiaoping.

  • Visit of Aung San Suu Kyi
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's four-day visit to India after attending the BRICS summit at Goa provided fresh impetus to India-Myanmar relations.

  • Deriding military — Continues unabated
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The latest attack on the military's ethos came from the MoD through the GoI letter number A/24577/CAO/CP Cell dated October 18, described by a national daily in talking about rank "equivalence" between defence officers and "armed forces headquarters civil service officers".

  • Excalibur — Stopgap or final?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It was only four months back (July 2016) when media reported that the Army junked DRDO's 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army's quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles got been extended.

  • Hand in Hand is Good — But what about Stab in the Back?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian and Chinese army troops carried out a joint exercise in Eastern Ladakh on October 19, led by Brigadier R S Raman and Senior Colonel Fan Jun respectively

  • India-Russia relations take next step
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The recent meet between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Putin of Russia on the sidelines of the BRICs summit at Goa and the deals signed between India and Russia have silenced the critics that the Modi Government is putting all its eggs in the basket of America.

  • Surgical strike in cyberspace
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    While the surgical strikes by Indian Special Forces in PoK on September 28 was heating up the digital media both in India in Pakistan, opposition parties baying for proof and Nawaz Sharif in denial till Ghulam Akbar, SP of Mirpur spilled the beans, surgical strikes by Indian hackers were also hitting Pakistan in cyberspace.

  • Big ticket acquisitions — Overshadowing cutting edge again?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, the MoD is working towards seeking an annual hike of eight percent in terms of capital expenditure in the next decade...

  • SAARC shuns Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan is blaming India for pulling out from the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.

  • Coming up — Israel type border fence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Post the visit of Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Israel last year and Pakistan's heightened hostility and persistent infiltration attempts, the government appears all set to install an Israel type of fence along our western border.

  • Give more to private sector
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the second half of 1980's the Army went in for import of man-portable paratrooping parachutes from South Korea and Poland. Since the imports were done in bulk to make up operational voids there were no elaborate tests within India.

  • New Long Range SAM
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India successfully conducted the second test of the new Indo-Israeli surface to air missile (LRSAM) on September 20 from the launching complex - III of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur-on-sea.

  • Army Design Bureau is good but need to look far beyond
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Setting up of the Army Design Bureau (ADB) in August this year is a good step even though late by few decades.

  • When will our military get its due?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War". We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • Equipping Units — Slapped by UN this time
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War". We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • Terrorist State — will Pakistan get the tag?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    September 20 was historical with US Congressman Ted Poe, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, introduced 'H.R.6069, the Pakistan State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act' in the US Congress.

  • Indian Army Launches Surgical Strikes along the Line of Control
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    Since 1989 Pakistan has waged an unrelenting asymmetric war on India which we call "Proxy War". We have been dealing with the terrorists sent by Jihadi Tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Toiba or Jaish-e-Mohammed who have their home and hearth in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • Beyond the Surgical Strike
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Indian Army has now been given a free hand to take appropriate action against the enemy operating across the LoC from PoK.

  • India Responds to Uri Terror Strike
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India executed surgical strikes against multiple terrorist launch pads-cum training camps in four sectors of POK on night September 28-29. Post the Uri terrorist attack, Nawaz Sharif had shed the fake mask of friendship...