Experts Speak

  • February 25, 2022
    Europe on the edge: Russia attacks Ukraine
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    On the international political front, Russia is facing condemnation from Western powers over its actions in Ukraine with the European Union vowing to hold Moscow accountable for the military operation

  • February 12, 2022
    Border Villages and National Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Under the Vibrant Village Programme (VVP), villages near the LAC in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim and Arunachal are to be developed. How many and where will they come up, given the aggressive posture of PLA, empowered by China's New Border Law plus road connectivity?

  • February 12, 2022
    Smarticle Robots - and more
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Smarticle research has the potential to make robots capable of changing their shapes, modalities and functions

  • February 12, 2022
    Quantum Communications
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Quantum technology is evolving quickly and no doubt will have a significant impact not only on warfare but also in terms of national security. However, experts are still not certain what exactly this impact will be!

  • February 12, 2022
    Comforting from the Cold
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government could consider providing onboard heating and ventilation system in Cheetah and Chetak helicopters as well – same as being done for the Light Utility Helicopters (LUH)

  • February 2, 2022
    Defence Budget Allocation 2022-2023
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Budget 2022-23 has been increased to 5.25 lakh crore for 2022-23 from the previous FY allocation of 4.78 lakh crore with a major push on ensuring self-reliance in manufacturing of military platforms

  • February 2, 2022
    China's Mechanical Yak and More
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The People's Liberation Army (PLA) may use the Mechanical Yak to bring supplies of munitions and food to plateaus, mountains, deserts and forests where standard vehicles have difficulty crossing

  • February 2, 2022
    SPARSH – Bane of Vulnerable Segment?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    SPARSH will create unending problems for the pensioners, widows and disabled veterans, and as such, should have been discussed with veterans before commencing its implementation

  • February 2, 2022
    Learning Ancient Indian Statecraft
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Our ancient texts have universal applicability and drawing the right lessons would help us not only in strengthening our cultural values but also in building credible national security architecture

  • February 2, 2022
    The Indigenous Rifle Saga
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The foot soldier is generally forgotten in the race of big-ticket weapon systems

  • January 29, 2022
    Look Beyond Traditional Contact Warfare
    By Lt. General Abhay Krishna (Retd)

    Are we prepared today to foil a cyber-attack on our Railway Network, Banking System or Power Grid? The nature of cyber-attacks is such that it is almost always difficult to pinpoint the source of the attack, giving perpetrating nation-states plausible deniability.

  • January 15, 2022
    Defence Budget 2022-23
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The crux of a defence budget should be to systematically improve the military's capability to meet future threats in keeping with the changing battlefield environments in the 'shortest possible period'

  • January 15, 2022
    14th Corps Commander-level Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 14th round India-China Corps Commander Level Meeting was held at Chushul-Moldo border meeting point on the Chinese side on January 12, 2022 with representatives from the defence and foreign affairs establishments of both sides present at the meeting

  • January 15, 2022
    Army's Quantum Lab and AI Centre
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Indian Army has recently established a Quantum Laboratory, with supports from the National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and an AI Centre at the Military College of Telecommunication Engineering (MCTE), Mhow in Madhya Pradesh to spearhead research and training in these key emerging fields

  • January 15, 2022
    Pakistan Army Insults Own Uniform
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistani army continue to disown and refuse to take back the bodies of the killed infiltrators identified as Pakistani nationals

  • January 15, 2022
    The Railgun
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The railgun is a linear motor, typically designed as a weapon which uses electromagnetic force to launch high velocity projectiles that do not contain explosives but rely on the projectile's mass, high speed and kinetic energy to inflict damage

  • January 15, 2022
    BrahMos Exports Get Going
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Negotiations for BrahMos between India and the Philippines had been going on for the last few years but the obvious roadblock was Manila's budgetary constraints

  • January 3, 2022
    Taliban Threaten Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Afghan Taliban Intelligence Chief of Eastern Nangarhar province has warned Pakistani soldiers saying, "If you violate the boundary line, be ready for war with us. We love fighting you more than the Jews. We still have a lot of work to do."

  • January 3, 2022
    Samudrayan and Indigenous AERV
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    First unmanned trial of MATSYA 6000 and the induction of the first set of indigenously developed next-generation Armoured Engineer Reconnaissance Vehicle (AERV) will contribute immensely to Atmanirbhar Bharat

  • January 3, 2022
    Agni-P, Pralay and SMART Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) massed up along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) for possible conflict, India has conducted multiple tests of strategic and tactical strike weapons as a signal to China

  • January 3, 2022
    MArG 155–BR, ATAGS and Dhanush
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Modernisation plan of the Indian Army to procure indigenous 3,000-3,600 howitzers by 2025-27 as part of the Field Artillery Rationalisation Programme (FARP) has run into problems

  • January 3, 2022
    Sino-Indian New Year Handshake
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The gesture is supposed to cool down tensions before the 14th round of Corps Commander-level talks in Eastern Ladakh

  • December 13, 2021
    Indo-Russian Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The friendship between India and Russian has stood the test of times and through difficult situations. Both have now signed a programme of cooperation in the field of defence for the next ten years (2021-2031).

  • December 13, 2021
    Debauch Politicians with Pakistani Souls
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The ilk of Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other separatists know that talks with Pakistan to stop terrorism in J&K are useless because terrorism is the main forte of the Pakistani military and confrontation with India helps them retain their stranglehold over Pakistan

  • December 13, 2021
    SCO Cyber Security Seminar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This was the second time India was hosting such a cyber security seminar and first after it took over the Chair of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) Council

  • December 13, 2021
    UGVs for Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Army Design Bureau (ADB) had sought tailor-made technology for the Army for inducting tactical UGVs for close quarters surveillance and combat

  • December 13, 2021
    VL-SRSAM and Pinaka-ER Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The VL-SRSAM, based on Astra Mark-1 air-to-air missile, is a quick reaction surface-to-air missile which has a maximum speed of Mach 4-5 and was conceived for area and point defence to protect naval platforms

  • December 2, 2021
    Tibetan Recruitment in PLA
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China has launched a compulsory recruitment drive for Tibetans in the Chumbi Valley, between Sikkim and Bhutan and some other areas, so that each Tibetan household has to compulsorily provide one youth for recruitment in the PLA

  • December 2, 2021
    Weapons by Private Firms
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Home Ministry held discussions with some 17 private companies for manufacture of arms. It is known that a number of Indian private companies are into defence manufacturing.

  • December 2, 2021
    Exploiting the Kartarpur Corridor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara, final resting place of Guru Nank Dev, situated on the banks of Ravi River in Pakistan, is 120 kms from Lahore and 3-4 km from the Indo-Pak border, and is most sacred to the Sikhs

  • December 2, 2021
    Indigenous LCH, Drones and EW Suit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking on the occasion of 'Rashtra Raksha Samarpan Parv' said, “For a long time, we were a nation that was a weapons and defence equipment buyer. Today the mantra is 'Make in India, Make for the World'.”

  • December 2, 2021
    Recent Terror Attacks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both China-Pakistan are arming and supporting multiple terrorist groups in India. China has been supporting and arming insurgents in India both in the northeast and in the Maoists belt. Pakistan has been trying to destabilise Punjab for past several years.

  • November 14, 2021
    Boosting Army's Air Defence Capability
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has lauded the joint efforts of multiple agencies in developing, what he termed, one of the best state-of-the-art missile systems in the world that will prove to be a game changer in the air defence capabilities of Indian armed forces

  • November 14, 2021
    Agni V and LRB Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Agni-V marks, through its use of a canister-launched missile, a shift in India's missile deployment approach as the warheads for such missiles would have to be mated before the missile is sealed into its canister. This would indicate that India would be keeping a proportion of its nuclear missiles in fully operational configuration.

  • November 14, 2021
    Is China Readying for a Limited War?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China is hardening its force posture including in Eastern Ladakh; demonstrated by the series of operational and tactical measures it is continuing to take. This is hardly to only intimidate India.

  • November 2, 2021
    China-Turkey Arming Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A China-Pakistan-Turkey triad will be adverse for India both in the conventional and sub-conventional spheres, given that China-Pakistan and Turkey-Pakistan have already been collaborating at the sub-conventional level.

  • November 2, 2021
    China's Nuclear FOBS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to reports, China undertook not one but two FOBS tests this summer. The FOBS has implications for nations in China's crosshairs particularly for Taiwan since there is no defence against such a weapon presently.

  • November 2, 2021
    China's Anti-Stealth Radar
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The radar was touted to be revolutionary technology which is a significant addition to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) anti-stealth capabilities and is seen as a major challenge for America's highly advanced F-35 and F-22 fighter jets

  • November 2, 2021
    New Army Aviation Brigade
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The function of the new army aviation brigade is largely for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities but it can support the Army for other tasks...

  • November 2, 2021
    All Weather Road to Tawang
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Under construction at an altitude of 13,500 feet with latest Austrian technology and outlay of over 7,000 crore the Sela Tunnel is an engineering marvel.

  • October 16, 2021
    Minority Killings in Kashmir Valley
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It may appear that the above minority killings in the Valley are in response to signs of normalisation returning and hindering government plans to return Kashmiri Pandits to J&K

  • October 16, 2021
    13th India-China Military Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the meeting, the Indian side made constructive suggestions for resolving the remaining areas but the Chinese side was not agreeable and also could not provide any forward-looking proposals. The meeting thus did not result in resolution of the remaining areas.

  • October 6, 2021
    Rocket Force and Theatre Commands
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A committee was constituted that includes Vice Chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force, Chief of Integrated Defence Staff and representatives of other ministries and departments, to resolve internal differences of Armed Forces, consult external stake holders like the MHA and MoF and look into the structure, composition, nomenclature and reporting channels of the proposed tri-Service commands

  • October 6, 2021
    Simulators for Armed Forces
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The policy document lays emphasis on indigenous design and development as well as outsourcing of operation and maintenance of simulators to the Indian companies

  • October 6, 2021
    Prime Minister Modi Meets Global CEOs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The excellent initiative taken by the Prime Minister in meeting with the CEOs of global firms will help improve the technological prowess of India, improve the economy, contribute towards Atmanirbhar Bharat and open up more employment opportunities

  • October 6, 2021
    More Arjun Main Battle Tanks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Infused with 72 new features and more indigenous content from the earlier variant, the Arjun Mk-1A is expected to provide effortless mobility in all terrains, besides precise target engagement during day and night

  • September 16, 2021
    India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both India and Australia agreed to work jointly to realise full potential of the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).

  • September 16, 2021
    Forces Arming for Drone Warfare
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    All the three services of the Indian Armed Forces are moving ahead speedily for the acquisition of Drones and Anti-Drone technologies, mostly indigenous systems that are developed by Indian companies

  • September 16, 2021
    Afghanistan - Terror Renaissance
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Taliban's interim government includes some 14 UN-designated terrorists. Out of the 98 US-designated terrorist organisations globally, 20 are located in Afghanistan-Pakistan region - 13 in Afghanistan and seven in Pakistan.

  • September 6, 2021
    Decoding the Taliban Puzzle
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is ample proof of Pakistani regulars and Mujahids fighting alongside Taliban in covert mode, with Pakistani officers even leading Taliban columns. The Taliban were raised in Peshawar, not in Kandahar as believed.

  • September 6, 2021
    Coming - 70,000 AK-203 Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The contract for these 70,000 was signed between the MoD and Russian representatives, in the presence of officials from Indo-Russia Rifles Pvt Ltd. These rifles are expected to begin arriving in the country from November this year.

  • September 6, 2021
    China's Kabul Diplomacy
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan lost no time in opening diplomatic dialogue with the Taliban, indirectly signaling China's recognition of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan

  • September 6, 2021
    Light Drone Interceptor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The terrorist threat to India has gone up with the Taliban taking control of Afghanistan. The possibility of terrorists using drones has certainly gone up, as is the possibility of CBRN attacks.

  • August 21, 2021
    Geopolitical Shifts Could Unfold Post T-Afghanistan
    By Vice Admiral Shekhar Sinha (Retd)

    China is entering this space created by the withdrawal of US troops. It will like to swiftly maneuver in order to gain significant advantage towards solidifying its continental strategy driven by BRI.

  • August 19, 2021
    Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Although Pakistan plays a major role in Afghanistan in practically all segments, yet Afghanistan would not like to be seen as a mere crony of Pakistan.

  • August 15, 2021
    Army's Contribution in Olympics
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Army has always contributed sportsmen at national and international sports events. For the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, 12 Indian Army personnel formed part of the Indian contingent.

  • August 15, 2021
    Seventh War Olympics
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The competition fosters military to military cooperation while building upon the best practices of participating nations.

  • August 15, 2021
    US Superpower Image Cracks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    With the pull-out from Afghanistan, the superpower image of the US has taken a severe hit and that too at a time when Washington may have to deal with China and Russia collectively

  • August 15, 2021
    K9 Vajra Mountain Trials Successful
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    According to sources in the defence and security establishment, trials of 3 x K9 Vajra which were sent to Ladakh earlier this year have been successful and because it is tracked, the movement in the mountains becomes easier so the system can be deployed strategically.

  • August 6, 2021
    Xi Jinping in Occupied Tibet
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During Xi's visit to Lhasa, public movement was restriced, work in factories and sites was halted and flying of kites and drones prohibited

  • August 6, 2021
    Coming - MQ-9 Reapers and Armed Herons
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Once cleared by the DAC, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) will need to give its final approval before procurement of the Predator-B armed drones can move forward

  • August 6, 2021
    China Breaching Indian Security
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian companies are aiding China breach security at various levels in India by supplying fake and cheap spare parts and sub-standard quality Chinese surveillance devices for use in our military equipment and defence establishments

  • August 6, 2021
    Clipping Wings of OFB Worker Unions
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Essential Defence Services Bill-2021 effectively rules out future strikes by workers' federation of OFB unless they want to defy the bill by going on strike and challenge the government to collectively dismiss them

  • July 22, 2021
    Success of MPATGM: Huge boost to indigenisation
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The timing of the success is even more significant as it has happened at a time when the border stand-off with China still continues

  • July 19, 2021
    The Disengagement Quagmire
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi agreed to complete disengagement in September 2020, China has continued to dither disengaging from Gogra, Hot Springs and Depsang

  • July 19, 2021
    Procuring Kamov Helicopters
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Armed Forces urgently need 498 light utility helicopters to replace their obsolete single-engine Cheetah/Chetak fleets, which have been dogged by a high crash rate and serviceability problems.

  • July 19, 2021
    The Drone Challenge
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Drone Rules, 2021 will lead to an explosion of drone use in India. The number of unregulated but active over 6,00,000 drones in India could jump to 10-20 times that number of drones, regulated through self-certification.

  • July 19, 2021
    The Taliban Game Plan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Taliban want to establish an Islamic Emirate ruled by Taliban rule and with Sharia imposed throughout Afghanistan. The peace talks are more of a game for Taliban concurrent to their offensive.

  • July 17, 2021
    Air Defence Gun Systems - Light at the end of the Barrel
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The projected requirement would be a minimum of 1000 guns in a phased manner and it is obvious that 6000 crores is not enough. More funds will be allotted depending on the success of the project.

  • July 6, 2021
    Jammu Drone Attack is Wakeup Call
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Drone threat is not merely cross-border but equally potent from the hinterland. Therefore, merely deploying drone defence dome systems along the borders will not be enough.

  • July 6, 2021
    Russia Sprut Tanks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Russia in September 2020, Russia offered the Sprut SDM1 light tanks in response to Rajnath mentioning that India was looking for light tanks. Now Russia has responded to the RFI with the same offer.

  • July 6, 2021
    Beyond the Decision to Corporatise OFB
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Government has approved restructuring of the OFB and the 41 OFs into seven Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) but their accountability, efficiency and competitiveness will improve only with privatisation

  • July 6, 2021
    Defence Cyber Command
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian Government is planning to set up a 'proper' Cyber Command in the hinterland of Madhya Pradesh for providing a fighting edge to the proposed Theatre Commands

  • July 6, 2021
    Child Soldiers of Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    US has added Pakistan in the list of countries under Child Soldier Prevention Act (CSPA) which prohibits the issuance of licenses for direct commercial sales of military equipment to such governments

  • July 6, 2021
    Agni Prime Successfully Tested
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Agni Prime is part of a much larger arsenal that India wants to deploy in the Indo-Pacific region to effectively deter China in the maritime domain

  • July 2, 2021
    Drone Attack: Are We Prepared Enough?
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    While the discussion around the use of armed drones is not new, not only do these concerns remain unresolved but, with drone warfare continuing to expand and evolve, new layers are being added to the controversies posed by the use of armed drones

  • June 22, 2021
    The Taliban Factor
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India has lagged in establishing contacts with the Afghan Taliban despite writing on the wall over the past several years that they will likely come to power in Kabul after the exit of US troops from Afghanistan or have a major say in governance

  • June 22, 2021
    Second Negative Import List
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    An all around growth of our defence industry is required, not through the DRDO-OFB-DPSUs alone with role of private defence industry and MSMEs relegated to being subcontracted to the governmental defence industrial complex

  • June 22, 2021
    Border Infrastructure
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Chinese aggression in 2020 has woken up India to its strategic inadequacies including in border infrastructure

  • June 22, 2021
    FRCV to The Fore
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In conformity with the emerging future threat spectrum and the technological advancements, the Indian Army intends to induct a new state-of-the-art and technology-enabled tank

  • June 19, 2021
    Pearl in the String
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan earlier had some misgivings on the economic viability of CPEC and that it represents a debt trap but on May 24, 2021, he met China's Ambassador to Pakistan and reiterated the highest priority accorded by his government to the CPEC

  • June 17, 2021
    Integrated approach to Air Defence in India
    By Lt. General A.P. Singh

    The AD architecture world over, throws up three types of integration i.e., geographical integration, resources/assets integration and the functional integration.

  • June 11, 2021
    FRCV - Aimed to Shock and Awe
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The RFI states that the Indian Army requires state-of-the-art Main Battle Tank namely Future Ready Combat Vehicle (FRCV) to replace the existing tank fleet.

  • June 11, 2021
    Army Triggers Atmanirbhar
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The Indian Army, to boost self reliance, has set up its own Army Design Bureau (ADB) for indigenous procurements and reduce import dependence

  • June 6, 2021
    Another Chinese Conquest in Colombo
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    China getting 220 acres on 99 years lease and 49 acres free-hold in Colombo Port City is a massive strategic victory for Beijing

  • June 6, 2021
    The Offset Googly
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Offset clause in Inter-Government Agreements (IGA) under the Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP 2020) was removed and a new category for leasing military equipment introduced.

  • June 6, 2021
    Bhutan's Summer of 2021
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Over the years China has occupied a large swath of territory in Western Bhutan through salami slicing

  • June 6, 2021
    Counter Maoist Operations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Maharashtra Police had undergone training at the Counter Terrorism and Jungle Warfare (CTJW) College at Kanker in Chhattisgarh between 2008 and 2011, after which they established their own training establishment near Nagpur employing a veteran army officer for initial few years

  • June 6, 2021
    New Runway in Mauritius
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India is fully financing a new three kilometre long runway on the island of North Agalega to develop the Agaléga islands and resolve infrastructural problems faced by the inhabitants

  • June 2, 2021
    Unite to Fight Corona Delta and Pernicious Forces
    By Lt. General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    Investigations on the CORONA being a bio warfare are already on and the circumstantial evidence points too strongly towards China. Hope India was not a victim of bio warfare as efforts to bring down India...

  • May 20, 2021
    American Sunset in Afghanistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The US war in Afghanistan is the longest in which some 2,312 US military personnel have died since their invasion in 2001

  • May 20, 2021
    Military Officers As Bureaucrats
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Appointment of serving military officers as Additional Secretary and Joint Secretaries in the DMA is not a big deal as is being made out

  • May 20, 2021
    2-DG Drug Helping COVID-19 Patients
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    DRDO affiliated Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) worked in partnership with Dr Reddy's Laboratories for the clinical trials showing it to be effective in controlling the pandemic

  • May 20, 2021
    Plugging Armed Forces Criticalities
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Armed Forces are looking at leasing more military equipment and platforms from foreign countries to plug critical operational deficiencies

  • May 20, 2021
    India-UK Defence Cooperation
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Modi-Johnson virtual meet and adoption of the India-UK Roadmap to 2030 have opened new vistas for taking the bilateral defence relationship to the next level

  • May 14, 2021
    Army needs Light Tanks
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    The main gun of the Light Tanks should have advance multipurpose 'Smart Munitions' and be able to fire tube launched anti-tank guided missile with the capability to defeat tanks and soft skinned vehicles.

  • May 14, 2021
    Update on China's intrusion in Ladakh
    By Lt. General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Chinese side made several attempts to cross the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in other parts of the Western Sector which included Kongka La, Gogra and North Bank of Pangong Lake.

  • May 6, 2021
    Did Beijing Trigger Second Virus Wave?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Within India, Delhi (the national capital), Mumbai (the financial capital) and Bengaluru (the IT capital) are most affected. This creates the impression that akin to 'tactical nukes' China has developed 'tactical bio-bombs'

  • May 6, 2021
    China Deploys Long Range MLRS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The MLRS will enable the PLA to strike deeper across the LAC especially with China having extended its map grids into India that will enable acquiring targets on the Indian side

  • May 6, 2021
    Light Tanks for Indian Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The new RFI issued by the Indian Army calls for a light tank featuring a multiple, modular and upgradable weapon system with the capability to destroy and offer countermeasures

  • April 20, 2021
    Major Maoist Strike - no lessons learned
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Another tragedy in counter-Maoist operations indicates that lives of the jawans is cheap and the hierarchy, both political and the police force, remain lackadaisical

  • April 20, 2021
    11th India-China Military Talks
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Unlike the last few rounds of talks, there was no India-China joint statement. This is maybe because China is not for anymore disengagement.

  • April 20, 2021
    India in China's Cyber Crosshairs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) has recently stated that China is capable of launching cyber attacks on large amount of Indian systems

  • April 20, 2021
    India-Kyrgyz Republic Special Forces Exercise
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Both countries have signed several framework agreements, including on culture, trade and economic cooperation. Joint Special Forces Exercise 'Khanjar' has now become an annual affair.

  • April 6, 2021
    US Secretary of Defence visit to India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Austin said elevating the India-US defence relationship is a priority for the Biden administration while describing the partnership as a stronghold of a free and open Indo-Pacific region

  • April 6, 2021
    HPM Armed Drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The counter-drone arms race is leading to advance research and development to implement technologies that will detect and defeat swarms

  • April 6, 2021
    Mine-Proof FICV and High Altitude Vehicles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In mid-2017, US offered US-India-Israel trilateral production of FICV under the India-US Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) but little has happened over past so many years

  • April 6, 2021
    Light Specialist Vehicles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    These LSVs are capable of performing in extreme terrain, with maneuverability, high speed and stability, has the provision to mount a rocket launcher and machine guns, and can be airlifted and dropped into enemy territory, for use as an advance fast strike vehicle

  • April 6, 2021
    Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook's India Visit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence and security relations between India and Republic of Korea have been on the rise with regular interactions at multiple levels including at ministerial levels

  • March 19, 2021
    First Quad Leaders Summit
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The first ever Quad Leaders Summit did give a new signal to China. But the question is whether the Quad will force China to back off?

  • March 19, 2021
    Rohingyas in Jammu
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Nationality verification for them is being done and on this basis the procedure for deportation will be initiated. However, India has no extradition treaty with Myanmar. The problem of Rohingyas in Jammu is far more serious as it also endangers security.