April 2018

Infantry-Honing the Edge

The Indian infantry is by far one of the most battle hardened and combat rich force in  the world, constantly and continuously in a state of war albeit small  wars or low intensity conflicts. The Indian soldier too is also by far one of the best in the world; a thorough professional, committed, dedicated, always effective without fail, despite a lack of wherewithal, costing the minimum and delivering the maximum.

Road Bound Logistics in India: Need for a Better ‘Road Culture’

Road infrastructure forms one of the most important elements of military logistics both during peace and war. Development of road network in sync with our strategic requirements is not only an asset for the armed forces but also gives a new dimension to economic development in some of the neglected areas. In order to access a remote area which is important from the military point of view, road connectivity is the immediate upgradation from an Animal Transport (AT) track that the army explores.

GOCO-A need to think before we leap

The above thought process of the Shekatkar Committee makes it evident that one of the aims of GOCO is to create a manpower surplus for other commitments of the Army. To me it also gives reasons to believe that the Committee had an impression that these 30,000 combatants are all associated with repairs of vehicles. Should the eight ABWs employing around 13000 civilians and only 2000 combatants be put into a tail spin for this obsession for more boots on the ground? From where will the remaining savings of 28,000 personnel come?


Defstrat: Could you talk about how successful BEL has been in attaining technological leadership in defence electronics? Please share details about the major achievements recently?

The Indian Navy: Pushing the ‘Make-by-India’ and ‘Make-for-India’ Programmes

Given all the hype and hoopla accompanying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Make-in-India’ campaign over the past few years, it is quite unsurprising to find that there is, particularly amongst the lay public, a fair degree of confusion between the terms ‘Make-in-India’ and ‘Indigenisation’. The fact is that the former encourages largely-foreign major manufacturing-companies to set-up manufacturing-units in India - whether for consumption by the Indian market itself or for export from India to markets in other countries.