Why India should reconsider F-16IN?









The MMRCA deal was officially ended by the Indian government in 2015.The deal which was supposed to purchase 126 Aircrafts to fill the gap between Light Combat Aircraft and Sukhoi 30 MKI Air priority fighter was the only hope to reach minimum sanctioned strength of 39.5 SQNs by 2017. As Airforce war waging capabilities are shrinking,this would posses a serious threat to the security of the nation in coming years. Indian Airforce Achieved sanctioned strength only during 1980's following the purchase of Mirage-2000 and Mig-29s. As the majority of the aircraft are well beyond life cycle,due to sluggish procurement processes and due to economic constraints,they were never replaced.Although a majority of them were upgraded and overhauled to extend the service life,repeated snags, and shortage of components,further undermines capabilities of Air force.

Massive search ops on for missing Indian Air Force An-32



IAF in along with navy and coast guard launched a massive rescue operation to find missing An-32,which was Enroute from Chennai to Port Blair. With 29 passengers including 6 crews on board it would be one of the biggest military aviation mishaps the country faced. According to ANI one P8 I & one Dornier aircraft were launched. and 4 Indian Navy ships diverted to join in Search & Rescue operations. The aircraft left Tambaram air base at 0730 am with 29 passengers on board. The ATC lost contact 16 minutes after the take off. According to sources,the aircraft was last seen on radar at 0812am. AN-32 known to its reliablity under all conditions. Indian Airforce operates close to 100 AN-32 as of 2016. 
For more updates:

https://twitter.com/ANI_news
http://www.firstpost.com/india/iaf-aircraft-with-29-on-board-goes-missing-2908558.html

Picture source:airline-pictures.net

INDIAN ARMED FORCES: MODERNIZATION PART I








PART-I

(i)Introduction
   (ii)Threat perception& Doctrines

PART II

(iii)Indian modernization process: History
(iv)Manpower and Equipment crisis
(v)Planned projects

PART III

(vi)Indian Procurement policy
(vii)The way ahead
(viii)Conclusion

PART I


INTRODUCTION


Modernisation of armed forces on par with varying threat perceptions and technological innovation is essential to have a phenomenal war waging capabilities. In the 21st century, it would be difficult for a manpower oriented army to win a major conflict with an enemy who is technologically superior. Both Afghan war and Iraq war demonstrated that it’s difficult to have a victory under asymmetric warfare conditions, were enemy movements are largely unpredictable. As countries tend to use asymmetrical warfare to weaken adversaries, without technological superiority, it would be difficult to attain total superiority against enemy forces.


India is the 7th largest country in the world. Its economy is flourishing at an astonishing rate of 7.2% per annum. But still its 1.2 million armed forces are yet to undergo modernization process. The restraint policies followed by the government of India forced armed forces to remain as a force, only are to be used as a last resort. From 1947 Kashmir War to 1999 Kargil war this restraint attitude of political leadership made the conflicts difficult to resolve and often failed to utilize the dominance that they had during course of war.



J-20:A Game changer for PLAAF




PLA is undergoing swift modernization and structural changes as part of its ambitious plan to become a formidable military power  in the region. The push for indigenisation helped PLAAF to become one of the most advanced airpower the world. After closely studying strategies of Falkland wars and Yom-Kippur wars, china made the significant change to combat strategies. They realized the need for building new aircraft that would possess long ranges and larger weapon carrying capacity. The J-20 was developed as part of J-XX program which started at late 1990's.

On 22 December 2010, the first J-20 prototype underwent high-speed taxiing tests outside the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute.It was first flown on 11 Jan 2011, just 2 days after the US secretary of Defense Robert Gates started visiting China. Although they claimed test was preplanned, most observers believe that China was intended to send a clear message to the west about it's growing military capabilities. In 5 years Chengdu Aerospace Corporation made a total of 9 prototypes with the latest prototype rolled out on Dec 2015. The latest prototype, which marked as 2101 suggests that it would be the first among Low Rate Initial Production airframes (LRIP), which is intended for military use. It signals J-20 may enter service before planned induction date.

UN report says Indian peacekeepers face sexual abuse charges


In recent years, global peacekeeping forces have faced mounting accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of authority, especially in impoverished areas. (http://blogs.cfr.org/patrick/files/2011/08/pk-photo.jpg)

Indian peacekeeping forces were accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in three cases between 2010 and 2013, a recent United Nations report has revealed, embarrassing the army that contributes the third-largest contingent to UN missions.
The allegations bring back memories of a cash-for-sex scandal in the Democratic Republic of Congo involving Indian personnel in 2008, when an investigation found at least 10 soldiers had sex with prostitutes in violation of the UN code of conduct. There were also allegations of some soldiers fathering children.

US Army Developing 'Star Wars Hoverbikes'





Someone in the US Army must have loved Star Wars, because theAmerican military is now on its way towards developing the hoverbikes featured in the sci-fi classic and implementing them in real-world battlefields.

The design of the new vehicle will apparently be taken straight from the scenes of Luke Skywalker and the ewoks hurtling through the forest moon of Endor in the 1983 film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

BrahMos to Boost the Strike Capacity of Indian Air Force



 It’s primed to be a packed year ahead for the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with upcoming flight-test of the missile aboard a modified Su-30 MKI of the Air Force and the prospect of the Indian Army raising two more BrahMos missile regiments.
The BrahMos air-launched version will be flight-tested aboard the IAF’s Su-30 MKI fighter in 2015 itself, Sudhir K Mishra, CEO and managing director of Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL), told ‘Express’ during a recent visit to the company’s Thiruvananthapuram unit.

Permanent Chairman to COSC: Implications and Analysis






Indian armed forces are  3 rd largest military force and World’s largest standing volunteer army. But in 21st century numbers alone doesn't matter, if we need a total supremacy over enemy, we need modern equipment and a robust chain of command.  If we are having a strong chain of command and a decision taking body, we will clearly have an advantage over enemy because, this will help us to execute our missions, swiftly and in more organised manner, with the optimum usage of our resources.

The Kargil war reflected the weakness of our decision taking body, which impacted our missions as well as reduced the number of choices we had at that time. Even though we succeeded in foiling Pakistani attempt to internationalize Kashmir issue, it was more a wake up call for the government to restructure our command chain. Kargil review committee submitted their report on Feb 23, 2000.The cabinet committee on security later appointed a group of ministers to study the report. The group of ministers held a total of 27 meetings and in order to facilitate their work, it had set up four task forces, one each on Intelligence apparatus, Internal Security, Border Management and Management of Defence. The group of ministers submitted their report to Prime Minister on Feb 26, 2000.

South China Sea conflict:Simplified


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The South China Sea encompasses an area of 1.4 million square miles of ocean and several hundread small islads,atolls,rocks and shaols with a cumulative land area of about six square miles.Most of the Islands are inhabitable and submerged even under low tides.The islands have no indegenous population,but now the countries are promoting migration to these islands to extend their claims.The area is rich in natural resources, but most of it is difficult to develop and thus far relatively unexploited.More than half of the world's commerce travels by sea and about half of the world's oil tankers are passing through this waters.This further escalates the conflict.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Why India should reconsider F-16IN?








The MMRCA deal was officially ended by the Indian government in 2015.The deal which was supposed to purchase 126 Aircrafts to fill the gap between Light Combat Aircraft and Sukhoi 30 MKI Air priority fighter was the only hope to reach minimum sanctioned strength of 39.5 SQNs by 2017. As Airforce war waging capabilities are shrinking,this would posses a serious threat to the security of the nation in coming years. Indian Airforce Achieved sanctioned strength only during 1980's following the purchase of Mirage-2000 and Mig-29s. As the majority of the aircraft are well beyond life cycle,due to sluggish procurement processes and due to economic constraints,they were never replaced.Although a majority of them were upgraded and overhauled to extend the service life,repeated snags, and shortage of components,further undermines capabilities of Air force.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Massive search ops on for missing Indian Air Force An-32


IAF in along with navy and coast guard launched a massive rescue operation to find missing An-32,which was Enroute from Chennai to Port Blair. With 29 passengers including 6 crews on board it would be one of the biggest military aviation mishaps the country faced. According to ANI one P8 I & one Dornier aircraft were launched. and 4 Indian Navy ships diverted to join in Search & Rescue operations. The aircraft left Tambaram air base at 0730 am with 29 passengers on board. The ATC lost contact 16 minutes after the take off. According to sources,the aircraft was last seen on radar at 0812am. AN-32 known to its reliablity under all conditions. Indian Airforce operates close to 100 AN-32 as of 2016. 
For more updates:

https://twitter.com/ANI_news
http://www.firstpost.com/india/iaf-aircraft-with-29-on-board-goes-missing-2908558.html

Picture source:airline-pictures.net

Friday, March 18, 2016

INDIAN ARMED FORCES: MODERNIZATION PART I







PART-I

(i)Introduction
   (ii)Threat perception& Doctrines

PART II

(iii)Indian modernization process: History
(iv)Manpower and Equipment crisis
(v)Planned projects

PART III

(vi)Indian Procurement policy
(vii)The way ahead
(viii)Conclusion

PART I


INTRODUCTION


Modernisation of armed forces on par with varying threat perceptions and technological innovation is essential to have a phenomenal war waging capabilities. In the 21st century, it would be difficult for a manpower oriented army to win a major conflict with an enemy who is technologically superior. Both Afghan war and Iraq war demonstrated that it’s difficult to have a victory under asymmetric warfare conditions, were enemy movements are largely unpredictable. As countries tend to use asymmetrical warfare to weaken adversaries, without technological superiority, it would be difficult to attain total superiority against enemy forces.


India is the 7th largest country in the world. Its economy is flourishing at an astonishing rate of 7.2% per annum. But still its 1.2 million armed forces are yet to undergo modernization process. The restraint policies followed by the government of India forced armed forces to remain as a force, only are to be used as a last resort. From 1947 Kashmir War to 1999 Kargil war this restraint attitude of political leadership made the conflicts difficult to resolve and often failed to utilize the dominance that they had during course of war.



Wednesday, December 30, 2015

J-20:A Game changer for PLAAF



PLA is undergoing swift modernization and structural changes as part of its ambitious plan to become a formidable military power  in the region. The push for indigenisation helped PLAAF to become one of the most advanced airpower the world. After closely studying strategies of Falkland wars and Yom-Kippur wars, china made the significant change to combat strategies. They realized the need for building new aircraft that would possess long ranges and larger weapon carrying capacity. The J-20 was developed as part of J-XX program which started at late 1990's.

On 22 December 2010, the first J-20 prototype underwent high-speed taxiing tests outside the Chengdu Aircraft Design Institute.It was first flown on 11 Jan 2011, just 2 days after the US secretary of Defense Robert Gates started visiting China. Although they claimed test was preplanned, most observers believe that China was intended to send a clear message to the west about it's growing military capabilities. In 5 years Chengdu Aerospace Corporation made a total of 9 prototypes with the latest prototype rolled out on Dec 2015. The latest prototype, which marked as 2101 suggests that it would be the first among Low Rate Initial Production airframes (LRIP), which is intended for military use. It signals J-20 may enter service before planned induction date.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

UN report says Indian peacekeepers face sexual abuse charges

In recent years, global peacekeeping forces have faced mounting accusations of sexual harassment and abuse of authority, especially in impoverished areas. (http://blogs.cfr.org/patrick/files/2011/08/pk-photo.jpg)

Indian peacekeeping forces were accused of sexual exploitation and abuse in three cases between 2010 and 2013, a recent United Nations report has revealed, embarrassing the army that contributes the third-largest contingent to UN missions.
The allegations bring back memories of a cash-for-sex scandal in the Democratic Republic of Congo involving Indian personnel in 2008, when an investigation found at least 10 soldiers had sex with prostitutes in violation of the UN code of conduct. There were also allegations of some soldiers fathering children.

US Army Developing 'Star Wars Hoverbikes'




Someone in the US Army must have loved Star Wars, because theAmerican military is now on its way towards developing the hoverbikes featured in the sci-fi classic and implementing them in real-world battlefields.

The design of the new vehicle will apparently be taken straight from the scenes of Luke Skywalker and the ewoks hurtling through the forest moon of Endor in the 1983 film Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

BrahMos to Boost the Strike Capacity of Indian Air Force


 It’s primed to be a packed year ahead for the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with upcoming flight-test of the missile aboard a modified Su-30 MKI of the Air Force and the prospect of the Indian Army raising two more BrahMos missile regiments.
The BrahMos air-launched version will be flight-tested aboard the IAF’s Su-30 MKI fighter in 2015 itself, Sudhir K Mishra, CEO and managing director of Indo-Russian joint venture BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL), told ‘Express’ during a recent visit to the company’s Thiruvananthapuram unit.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Permanent Chairman to COSC: Implications and Analysis





Indian armed forces are  3 rd largest military force and World’s largest standing volunteer army. But in 21st century numbers alone doesn't matter, if we need a total supremacy over enemy, we need modern equipment and a robust chain of command.  If we are having a strong chain of command and a decision taking body, we will clearly have an advantage over enemy because, this will help us to execute our missions, swiftly and in more organised manner, with the optimum usage of our resources.

The Kargil war reflected the weakness of our decision taking body, which impacted our missions as well as reduced the number of choices we had at that time. Even though we succeeded in foiling Pakistani attempt to internationalize Kashmir issue, it was more a wake up call for the government to restructure our command chain. Kargil review committee submitted their report on Feb 23, 2000.The cabinet committee on security later appointed a group of ministers to study the report. The group of ministers held a total of 27 meetings and in order to facilitate their work, it had set up four task forces, one each on Intelligence apparatus, Internal Security, Border Management and Management of Defence. The group of ministers submitted their report to Prime Minister on Feb 26, 2000.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

South China Sea conflict:Simplified

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The South China Sea encompasses an area of 1.4 million square miles of ocean and several hundread small islads,atolls,rocks and shaols with a cumulative land area of about six square miles.Most of the Islands are inhabitable and submerged even under low tides.The islands have no indegenous population,but now the countries are promoting migration to these islands to extend their claims.The area is rich in natural resources, but most of it is difficult to develop and thus far relatively unexploited.More than half of the world's commerce travels by sea and about half of the world's oil tankers are passing through this waters.This further escalates the conflict.
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