SP's Land Forces - Issue 3 - 2018

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Issue Features

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    LEAD STORY
    Defexpo-2018 Show of Strength
    By Rohit Srivastava

    The highlight of the show was the confident Indian industry which is sure of its capability to deliver products as per the forces’ requirement.

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    ASIA-PACIFIC
    China Well Ahead of India in Asia-Pacific
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Lowy Institute’s inaugural ‘Asia Power Index’ ranks India as the fourth most powerful country in the region and called it ‘A Giant of the Future’

  • NATIONAL SECURITY
    Establishment of the Defence Planning Committee in India Under the NSA
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Setting up DPC appears to be a hurried step perhaps because of the recent presentation made to the PM by Dr Subhash Bhamre, MoS for Defence that ‘Make in India’ is struggling due to lack of accountability amongst the bureaucracy.

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    STRATEGIC AFFAIRS
    US Pulls Out of Nuclear Deal with Iran — Impact on India
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Interestingly, Iran’s nuclear programme actually began with help from the US; under its “Atoms for Peace” programme, America supplied a test reactor that came online in Tehran in 1967 during rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

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    SHOW PREVIEW
    Eurosatory 2018: A Preview
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Focusing on the current security requirements, Eurosatory is following the evolution in this domain and is putting forward creativity and innovative technology of its exhibitors

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    UNMANNED
    Coming – Chinese Robot Tanks
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India should prepare for conflict that would likely combine robotics and AI; UGVs, drone swarms, quantum communications, cyber attacks and more

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    EXERCISE
    Exercise Harimau Shakti: Honing Tactical & Technical Skills
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The exercise, was held in the dense forests of Sengai Perdik, Hulu Langat, Malaysia, and was aimed at “bolstering cooperation and coordination” between the armed forces of the two countries

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    MMP (Missile Moyenne Portée-Medium Range Missile)

    Missile Moyenne Portée – Medium-Range Missile (MMP) is a new-generation, surface-attack missile system designed for the French Army.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Saab to deliver Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system to Swedish forces

    The Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) has placed an order for the delivery of Saab’s new and advanced Carl-Gustaf M4 weapon system.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Indian Armed Forces want over 400 drones, next-generation weapons

    The Indian armed forces over the next decade want over 400 drones, including combat and submarine-launched remotely piloted aircraft...

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Tata Motors delivers Safari Storme SUVs to Indian Army

    Tata Motors has reportedly begun delivering Safari Storme vehicles to the Indian Army. On April 27, 2017, Tata Motors announced a contract for the supply of 3,192 units of the Tata Safari...

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    India conducts life extension test-firing of BrahMos missile

    India has successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in Balasore, Odisha, as part of the weapon system’s service life extension programme.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    VICIS wins contract to upgrade US Army combat helmets

    Sports protective technologies provider VICIS has secured a contract to improve combat helmets for the US Army and the US Marine Corps (USMC).

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Appointments

    Lt General D. Anbu, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, GOC-in-C Northern Command, took over as the Vice Chief of Army Staff, in Delhi, on June 1, 2018, Lt General Ranbir Singh, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, SM, DCOAS (IS&T), on promotion...

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    Editorial
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    On hearing the news on April 18, 2018, that the government had announced the establishment of a Defence Planning Committee (DPC) under the chairmanship of the National Security Adviser (NSA), as a permanent body, which was intended to “facilitate a comprehensive and integrated planning for defence matters” - the old English proverb came to my mind “The triumph of hope over experience”.