(Former DG, Air Defence, Indian Army) (Higher Defence Analyst)

Contributions 
Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020: Effective Implementation is the Key Following closely on the heels of Draft Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020, which was open for comments till 10 Aug 2020, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has formulated another document called Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020, ...

India’s Air Defence: What Needs to be Integrated? The issue of creation of Air Defence Command is very much relevant in the current context with many subject matter experts (or otherwise) giving their special comments on what needs to be done and what must be avoided. While the author’s detaile...

Countering the Dragon in the Skies This is a linked brief with the previous work titled ‘Power Behind Arrogance’ carried on the VIF portal on 23 Jun 2020.1 The previous article dealt with the analysis of the air and missile arsenal of China. It analysed how the Chine...

DTIS – Keeping up the Pace and Momentum On 30 Apr 2020 the Prime Minister (PM) held a meeting with various stakeholders to discuss ways to boost the Defence and Aerospace sector1. Within a fortnight of this important meeting, the Defence Minister has launched the Defence Testing...

Beyond the COVID-19: Indian Defence Industry The social media is bulging at seams in making unending predictions by the hour related to the ‘life after Covid’. The continuum ranges from a ‘total doomsday’ scenario painted by the naysayersto the ‘we will win’ and how the life will be...

Occasional Papers 
DPP 2016: An enabler, not a show-stopper DPP or no DPP the onus of success or failure lies in the hands of those who operate the DPP. Like they say, the law is only as good as the enforcer of the law. DPP 2016 or DPP 2056, it will be only as good as the persons who operate it, who interpret...

Anti Satellite Weapons: A Likely Future Trajectory The concept of ASAT weapons has evolved over time as a logical progression from the mother concept of Anti Ballistic Missiles (ABM) or its more recent coinage,the Ballistic Missile defence (BMD)-- a Missile-based defence against the adversary's threa...

Growing Muscle of PLAAF Steady Growth. Although some signs of a somewhat waning economy are now visible in China (economic growth rate sliding down from 10.5% in 2010 to 7.4% in 2014) she has experienced a steady growth cycle for the past two decades, catapulting the...

Issue Briefs 
Power behind Arrogance: Assessment of China’s Air and Missile Arsenal Going backwards from recent acts of Chinese belligerence and barbaric conduct in Galwan (sic) totally divorced from all ethos of soldiering, into events of the recent past, a pattern emerges. A pattern of Chinese aggressiveness, arrogance and more; u...

Swarm Drones: Attacker’s Delight, Defender’s Nightmare Ever since the emergence of the unmanned phenomenon, the warfare has never been the same. Starting from their very humble beginnings of giving the war-fighter the marginally incremental capability to ‘look around the corner and over the hill’ the...

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