Experts Speak

  • June 5, 2022
    QUAD is Not another NATO
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    QUAD lacks any worthwhile muscular policy and the US will likely continue to sit on the fence and let others do the fighting

  • June 5, 2022
    Border Infrastructure Management Authority
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Border Infrastructure Management Authority (BIMA) plan is reportedly being prepared for integrated infrastructure development considering that the people living along the LAC be considered as strategic assets

  • June 5, 2022
    China's Second Bridge on Pangong Tso
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The fact that China is constructing the second bridge simultaneously from both the north and south banks of Pangong Tso indicates the urgency that is being accorded to it by the PLA

  • June 5, 2022
    India-Japan Defence Collaboration
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indo-Japanese defence relations have witnessed an upsurge in recent years which includes joint bi-lateral and multi-lateral exercises. The next 2+2 Indo-Japanese Foreign and Defence Ministerial Meeting is to be held in Japan at the earliest.

  • May 26, 2022
    Pakistan Support to Taliban Backfires
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, a militant group also known as the Pakistani Taliban or the TTP has launched more than 124 terrorist attacks since the Taliban returned to power in Pakistan (including suicide attacks) from bases in Afghanistan

  • May 23, 2022
    The QUAD – Way Ahead
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The QUAD must prove that it can be an effective body, both to demonstrate its utility to its own members and to show to the regional community that it is capable of solving regional problems

  • May 16, 2022
    Boosting Indo-French Strategic Partnership
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Defence will likely continue as the cornerstone of the India-France Strategic Partnership, which has been further cemented through the recent meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron

  • May 16, 2022
    The WMD Birds
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Chinese military and government agencies had been using Dove drones and related devices in recent years. Possibly, these drones are also augmented as assassination weapons with built-in face recognition software, akin to the US. These drones pose a new angle to terrorism and assassinations, especially if launched in swarms.

  • May 16, 2022
    Offsets and Strategic Partnerships
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The offset clause in Inter-Government Agreements (IGA) was removed pursuant a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) tabled in Parliament, which said several offset contracts built into multiple defence deals had failed to bring in high-end military technology into the country

  • May 16, 2022
    Spike ATGMs and Sig Sauer Rifles
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) have both begun to induct ATGMs. The Army is inducting Spike LR2 launchers and missiles, while the IAF is integrating its Russian-origin Mi-17V5 helicopters with Spike NLOS (nonline of sight) missiles

  • May 16, 2022
    ATAGS User Trials Completed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The user trials this summer have just been successfully completed at the Pokhran field firing ranges. Reliability of both the guns was proven by firing multiple rounds in various, including bursts, intense and sustained modes.

  • May 16, 2022
    Pakistan's Proxy War Continues
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistanís proxy war against India will continue under their new Prime Minister with fresh impetus from Pakistanís DG ISI Lt General Nadeem Anjum. With Pakistan having an inexhaustible supply of terrorists, it is for India to continue in the defensive mode or transport the proxy war into Pakistani territory.

  • May 5, 2022
    De-conflicting Eastern Ladakh is Passé
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    We may continue military-to-military talks but any progress is unlikely unless China wants and we agree to shift our positions more west by couple of kilometres, calling them no-patrol-zones

  • May 5, 2022
    Of Lasers and UAVs
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There are good developments but the need is of speed, given the technological developments globally, particularly in China

  • May 5, 2022
    India-UK Defence Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated their commitment to boost the defence and security cooperation under the India-UK Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and enhance engagements in support of a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific

  • May 5, 2022
    Drone Making in India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The government has announced easing of rules for registration and operation of drones in the country, as also the Production Linked Incentive (PLI) scheme worth 120 crore to boost indigenous manufacturing of drones

  • May 5, 2022
    Toxin Hand of Friendship
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There was speculation about a possible change in stand of the new Sharif-governed Pakistan towards India. However, the fact that he was chosen for the post of Prime Minister by Pakistan's Army Chief General Bajwa, should put an end to speculation what India-Pakistan relations will be under Sharif.

  • April 16, 2022
    Fourth Indo-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The 2+2 Dialogue was broad based with in-person meetings between the respective Defence Ministers and Foreign Ministers of both countries, preceded by a virtual summit between PM Modi and President Biden

  • April 16, 2022
    Tour of Duty in Army
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Why would the youth like to join as a soldier under Tour of Duty (ToD) with uncertain future? Have we considered the dangers of youth well versed in the use of firearms let loose in the society? A much thorough analysis is needed for the ToD scheme to be enforced on the Armed Forces.

  • April 16, 2022
    Canada Mining Gold in Balochistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Nearly $10 billion shall be invested in Balochistan, including $1 billion that shall be invested in social upliftment projects such as roads, schools and hospitals. The Gold and Copper mining project shall make Balochistan the largest recipient of foreign direct investment in Pakistan.

  • April 16, 2022
    Border Laxity is Dangerous
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The original deadline to complete the entire stretch of around 1,300 km roads to be constructed along the Indo-Nepal border was by 2016 at a cost of 3,900 crore. However, after a lapse of 12 years, only 29 per cent of the roads are completed.

  • April 16, 2022
    Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) Serial Production Cleared
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    This helicopter is equipped with all-weather combat capability to support the ground forces and would be a potent platform to meet the operational requirements of Indian Air Force & Indian Army

  • April 16, 2022
    Made in India Advances
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Privatisation is the way for India's defence industry to grow as we have more than enough potential in the private sector

  • April 6, 2022
    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Launches Spring Offensive
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    TTP's aim is to eventually overthrow the Pakistani government, take control, abrogate the Constitution and impose Sharia Law

  • April 6, 2022
    Military Satellites
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Currently, India has only two dedicated military satellites - the GSAT-7 (Rukmini) and GSAT-7A (Angry Bird) used by the Indian Navy and Air Force respectively. The GSAT-7B satellite would help the Indian Army enhance its surveillance in border areas.

  • April 6, 2022
    Boost to India-Maldives Relations
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Visit of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar is testimony to the importance that India attaches to its close and friendly relations with the Maldives

  • April 6, 2022
    ISIS Threat to India
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    A recent UN Report raises serious concerns over ISIS's continued attempts to revive itself in its core zone as well as expanding and strengthening its affiliates in several countries of Asia and Africa

  • April 6, 2022
    Airborne Exercises along Northern Borders
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Amid the heightened tensions with China, along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Army conducted airborne exercises to validate rapid response capabilities and seamless integration

  • March 21, 2022
    Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cascading Risks Globally
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    The global spikes in energy and food prices resulting from these supply chain disruptions will see many countries struggle with rising food and energy insecurity as well as increased inequality

  • March 16, 2022
    Ukraine Conflict is America Contrived
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    There is no prospect of peace because the US does not want it. Ukraineís President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is an American puppet playing proxy to the US, and has no compunctions about the destruction of his country.

  • March 16, 2022
    Darker Clouds Over Pakistan
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The resurgence of IS-K in Pakistan is bad news for Pakistan while the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) and other outfits are targeting the Pakistani security establishment and their supporters

  • March 16, 2022
    15th India-China Talks in Ladakh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    During the 15th round of talks, that lasted for around 13 hours, the Indian side pushed China for the resolution of remaining friction points in Ladakh but there was no breakthrough

  • March 16, 2022
    US Assistance During Aggression
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The manner in which the US propped up Ukraine, forced Russia to invade it and is now only pumping arms and mercenaries into Ukraine has blown the aura of support that the US had built around it

  • March 16, 2022
    Atmanirbhar in Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    “The biggest lesson is that we have to be ready to fight future wars with indigenous weapons and the steps towards Atmanirbhar Bharat in defence should be taken more urgently” —General Manoj Mukund Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff

  • March 14, 2022
    Foreign Fighters in Ukraine: A Doomsday Scenario
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Foreigners are not necessarily good for the very people they seek to defend. It has been amply proven that when foreign fighters deploy, violence against locals goes up.

  • March 7, 2022
    Sanctions against Russia has wider ramifications
    By Lt. General J.K. Sharma (Retd)

    Although economic sanctions are widely used, their effectiveness is often debated. For now, Western governments are putting a higher priority on their support for Ukraine but soon they will need to weigh on how much pain they are prepared to inflict on their own people.

  • February 28, 2022
    Lasers in Defence
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Recent advances in ultra-high-power lasers and laser weapons systems have shown the enormous potential of laser technology to revolutionise 21st century warfare

  • February 28, 2022
    Chinese Missile Repair Base in Bangladesh
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It is presumed that the maintenance and overhaul facility being set up will double up as a production assembly line of the FM-90 air defence missile system and its advanced variants in future

  • February 28, 2022
    Pakistani Duping FATF
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan is currently on the FATF 'Grey List' but needs to be placed on the 'Black List' having duped the FATF all these years; terrorism and terror financing continuing though front organisations and changing names of terror outfits.

  • February 28, 2022
    China Backstabs Nepal
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In 2020, reports began emerging that China was encroaching into Nepal by removing boundary pillars and constructing buildings despite the Nepal-China border having been ratified since 1960 and boundary pillars constructed all along

  • February 25, 2022
    Indian Dilemma Over the Russia Ė Ukraine Crisis
    By Lt. General Dushyant Singh (Retd)

    India has become closer to the US and the West in the recent past but it also enjoys traditionally a good relation with Russia