Changing Shades of Russian Weapon Deployment in Ukraine War

Picking up the Thread- the Premise The recent reports in the open source have stated that in the massive missile strikes on Ukraine between 06-10 Mar 2022, Russia has used ‘new age weapons’, namely the Kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles unstoppa

India’s March towards Achieving Hypersonic Capability

The Premise On 27 Jan 2023, the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha Coast was abuzz with hectic activity. At the countdown 5,4,3,2,1, now….. the Agni I Missile lifted off carrying the Hypersonic Technology Demonstration Vehicle (HSTDV) for the third

Defence Procurement & Production: A Feel of Fresh Air as the New Year Dawns

Premise A few days into the New Year and thinking of the year gone by, one gets a feel of ‘fresh air’ in the entire stance of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and their attitude towards the entire gamut of defence procurement. A resurgent mood is e

A Quiet Revolution in the Making

The RFP and Beyond On 07 Sept 2022, a Request for Technical and Commercial Proposal (RFP) was issued by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the design and developmentof 5 la

A ‘Quiet’ Test with a ‘Big’ Impact

The brief news item about the successful test-fire of the indigenously developed Very Short Range Air Defence System (VSHORAD) by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Interim Test Range at Chandipur on 27 Sep 2022[1] c

The Future of Ground Based Air Defence

Setting the Perspective Introduction This work carries the author’s perception of the required ‘future face of the nation’s Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD) which will be capable of countering the futuristic threats from our potential adversa

The Power of the ‘God of War’: Assessing the Russian advantage in Artillery in the Russo-Ukrainian War

The God of War Way back in 1944, when the ferocity of World War II was at its peak, Joseph Stalin made a statement; ‘Artillery is the God of War’. His remarks probably related to the fact that most of the combat deaths in the two World Wars and

Indigenisation: A New Awakening- Where are We Headed?

Setting the Perspective The Recent Past It was not very long ago when the word ‘indigenisation’ of defence equipment used to draw passive and uninspiring thoughts in the mind. Handled by a solitary branch under the Corps of EME in the Army, and

Ukraine: How is the Air and Air Defence War Unfolding ?

A Sequel This work is the sequel to the author’s earlier work titled, “Why the Ukrainian skies are still contested” available at[1]. Building on the thread of the earlier analysis, this work brings forward the assessment to th

Why the Ukrainian Skies are still Contested- An Assessment

The posers that demand an answer:- This work attempts an answer to the following posers in the context of the on-going air war between Russia and Ukraine:- How the forces measured up on both sides? How come till date, a mighty Air Force of a cou

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