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Mig-21: Over 50 Glorious Years of Service in Indian Air Force
The aircraft entered production in 1959 and over a period of next 25+ years, more than 11,000 MiG-21s of various variants were produced. If we factor into account the Chinese copy of MiG-21, J-7, into account, then more than 14,000 …
Restructuring the Indian Army – Taking the War into Tibet?
There have been consistent reports over last couple of years regarding restructuring and reorganization of the Indian Army. These are aimed at making the army a ‘lean and mean’ machine as well as to improve the ability to fight and …
Demise of HF-24 Marut – Was lack of engines the real cause?
HF-24 'Marut' was independent India's first attempt at creating a supersonic fighter aircraft and ushering self reliance in the critical field of fighter aircraft aviation. The country did invest considerable resources into the project and went to the extent of …
India, China and Shaksgam Valley
View Of Shaksgam Valley Towards Gasherbrums From Terrace Above The Shaksgam River On Trek To Gasherbrum North Base Camp In China Source: http://www.mountainsoftravelphotos.comThis article was first published in Swarajya (link)on 5th May, 2018Of late, boundary related issues have again cropped-up in …
Pakistan Army and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
Source: InternetDoctrine of Offensive-DefenseThe Pakistan Army (PA) strategy against India calls for 'offensive-defense', also known as the Strategy of Riposte. This strategy calls for the armor heavy Strike Corps of Pakistan Army to seize initiative and attack across a narrow …
Dolam Stand-Off: Where do we stand?
Link to my previous detailed analysis on Doklam stand-off: http://vatsrohit.blogspot.in/2017/07/doklam-plateau-india-bhutan-and-china.htmlA simple comparison between number of troops actively deployed or dedicated to the Sino-Indian border by India and China will show that India has disproportionate advantage. Sure, China or People Liberation Army …
Indian Army and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles
NAMICA firing 3rd gen F&F NAG missileIndia has selected the Israeli made 3rd generation, Fire and Forget (F&F) Spike-MR anti-tank guided missile for equipping its infantry. The missile has been developed by Rafael Advanced Defense System. Rafale has tied with …
Doklam Plateau – India, Bhutan and China Stand-Off
As I write this, India finds itself in a border stand-off with China. But unlike other times when India and China squared off due to difference in ‘perception’ of Line of Actual Control (LAC) along their vast border from eastern …
On Army Chief Selection, Seniority and Merit
The elevation of Lt. General Bipin Rawat to the post of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) after superseding two other Army Commanders’ senior to him has created the quite expected controversy. There are as many arguments out there against this …
Attack on Pathankot AFS: Quick Assessment
A quick summary and assessment of events basis whatever I’ve come across in the media. I’ve also added my comments along with it.The terrorists entered India on the intervening night of December 31 and 1st January. Some news reports have …
IAF Re-Equipment Imperatives: An Analysis
Source: Indian ExpressThe issue with respect to declining number of squadrons in Indian Air Force has gained prominence over last couple of years. Recently, we have had news about IAF having presented a scenario to GOI about squadron strength declining …
Indian Tank Ammunition Scenario -KE Penetrators
IntroductionTanks employ two main types of ammunition to defeat armor of opposing tanks. One type is called HEAT (Hi-Explosive Anti-Tank) while the other is called APFSDS (Armor Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot). Russian have introduced anti-tank missiles being fired from …
Artillery Divisions in Indian Army – An Analysis-Part 2
IntroductionIn last post on the topic of artillery divisions in the Indian Army, I tried to spell out my understanding on the philosophy behind having artillery division and the likely equipment profile in current scenario.Another aspect of the artillery divisions …
Artillery Divisions in Indian Army – An Analysis-Part 1
IntroductionThe Indian Army saw advent of its first Artillery Division in the form of 40th Artillery Division, which, if I remember correctly, was raised in late 90s. Since then, Indian Army has raised two more such formations with fourth artillery …
Update: More Images-IA Canal Crossing Operations
Happened to come across some more images of Indian Army undertaking canal crossing operations. These are also from various exercises conducted by the IA over last couple of years.1. T-72 entering the bridge over a canal.2. BMP-2 crossing  the bridge over …
Indian Army – Bridging Equipment for Plains
Indian Army faces serious water based obstacles on its western border. In an earlier analysis, I had presented a photo essay on  the canal/water crossing operations as practiced by the Indian Army during various exercises. To undertake such operations, right kind of …
Indian Army – Water Obstacle Crossing Operations
We have seen that the territory to the west is strewn with canals and other water obstacles of varying sizes. So, it is but obvious that managing such obstacles should be one of the top priorities of the army. In this article, …
Pakistan: Defense Canals in South Punjab and Sindh-II (Rahim Yar Khan)
Introduction In this section of analysis about Canal based defenses in Pakistan, we look at the general area of Rahim Yar Khan (RYK) city. RYK is also the southernmost district in Pakistan Punjab and lies opposite Jaisalmer District in the …
Strategic Importance-South Punjab and Sindh
  Introduction Year 2002 was a landmark as far as the war fighting philosophy of the Indian Army is concerned. Or, to put it more accurately, it demonstrated for the first time that Indian Army was ready to go beyond …
Pakistan-Defense Canals in South Punjab and Sindh-1 (Sulemanki-Fort Abbas)
A. IntroductionBambanwala Ravi Bedian Link Canal (BRB Canal), better known as Ichhogil Canal, is synonymous with the 1965 Indo-Pak war and Lahore sector of the war. This canal ran 8 km inside Pakistan and proved to be a formidable defensive …