Indian Army

The day my father went to war

I distinctly remember that morning of late May 1999. The whole family was up earlier than usual for two reasons. One, I was going to Lucknow from Bareilly for appearing in some competitive entrance examination. And other was that my father was going to war. From Guwahati to Bareilly It…

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Dolam Stand-Off: Where do we stand?

Introduction A 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 (PLA) can and will bring in troops based outside of Tibet but the same will take time,…


Indian Army and Anti-Tank Guided Missiles

[This article was researched upon and published originally in 2017 on my earlier blog. So, some information is dated as DRDO has achieved important milestones with many domestic anti-tank guided missile programs.] India has selected the Israeli made 3rd generation, Fire and Forget (F&F) Spike-MR anti-tank guided missile for equipping…



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 act of the government as there are in its favor….


Indian Tank Ammunition Scenario -KE Penetrators

Introduction Tanks 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 the main gun of T-90 tanks and the same…


Artillery Divisions in Indian Army – An Analysis-Part 2

Introduction In 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 in the Indian Army which has not yet…