December 2018

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy

On the occasion of 47th anniversary of the Navy Day on 04 Dec 2018, we were privileged to get an interview with Admiral Lanba. In a freewheeling QA session with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat), the CNS was forthcoming with answers to our queries in a frank and forthright manner. The questions were wide ranging, covering a large canvas, as would befit the occasion. Excerpts from the interview:

UAVs and UCAVs in India Way to Go

Since their induction into military service, UAVs and UCAVs have steadily assumed an increasing role in defining and shaping the nature of operations. The article emphasises the urgency for India to procure  those with cutting edge technologies, simultaneously  building indigenous capabilities by harnessing the potential in the private sector

The Taliban Resurgence

The article details events of the recent past, which evince that the Taliban is growing from strength to strength in Afghanistan. As the USA seems to be becoming ‘war weary’ both Russia and China are looking at it as a window of opportunity to gain a foothold to further their interests and in this quagmire, India must ensure that its interests are not eroded

The Return of the Taliban

The Microchip War

Manipulating microchips that form the very roots of communications and computing technologies, with the objective to first observe and later deny and degrade adversaries is the new technological battleground. The article provides an insight into how China, the major perpetrator on this front, is seeking to leverage and enhance its existing capabilities and why nations across the globe, including India and particularly its Armed Forces must remain wary of the same.

Scholar Warriors

The article stresses upon the need for a Soldier to have knowledge of aspects related to cultural relativity so that he understands beliefs, values, and practices of the people he must deal with, including the enemy, rather than judge them against his own criteria. This will provide a definite  edge in dealing with people related issues, which are of great consequence, especially  in situations like the one being faced in J&K

Raid on Karachi 04 December 1971

A cogent account of the planning and execution of Indian navy’s audacious Raid on Karachi during the 1971 War, to emphasise  why the day of the Raid merits being commemorated each year as Navy Day

In the 1962 Indo-China war, and the 1965 Indo-Pak War, the Indian Navy played little role. In fact, they were at the receiving end in 1965 when the Pakistani navy launched a much-publicized raid on the Indian port of Dwarka with a force of seven warships causing extensive damage. In 1971 came payback time.

INTERVIEW :Chief of the Naval Staff, Indian Navy

Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC

On the occasion of 47th anniversary of the Navy Day on 04 Dec 2018, we were privileged to get an interview with Admiral Lanba. In a freewheeling QA session with South Asia Defence & Strategic Review (Defstrat), the CNS was forthcoming with answers to our queries in a frank and forthright manner. The questions were wide ranging, covering a large canvas, as would befit the occasion. Excerpts from the interview:

Global Ramificationsof the India Russia Defence Deal

India’s signing of a deal with Russia in October 2018 for procurement of the S400 Triumf Air Defence System comes in the backdrop of the grain of the growing Indo-US defence relations and in spite of US cautions. An analyses of several global and regional  geo-political and geo-strategic ramifications for both India and Russia, with emphasis on the significance of the ‘China factor’ on both nations.

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