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Indian Airborne Troops Script History

On the eve of April 22, 2016, at Bamanwali, 60 km from Nal Air Field near Suratgarh, the Indian Army and the Air Force displayed highest levels of joint-man-ship. The Agra based 50 Para Brigade created a history by conducting an Air Assault that involved 1900 paratroopers, one Infantry Combat …

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Factors Affecting Outcome of War

What were the causes for Hindu defeats? The simple and short answer is ‘Military non-performance of the Hindus’. To examine the reasons of that non-performance, we have first to understand the nature of war, i.e. the factors that determine the outcome of war. ‘War’ is a three-letter dirty word, involving …

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Values in the Army

Wars, the product of forces in the international political stratosphere, are prosecuted by generals who are usually far from the battle-front. Battles are fought by middle-rank and junior officers, JCOs and soldiers. But even without formal declaration of war, the Indian army faces enormous challenges of defending inhospitable borders and …

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South China Sea on the Boil Again

There never seems to be a dull moment in so far as the raging controversy over the strategically located South China Sea is concerned. The most recent development in the high voltage melodrama surrounding the Sea China Sea was the slamming of US by Beijing for the escalation of tension …

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First Param Veer Chakra

The Independence of India came with the pain of partition and the 1947-48 Indo-Pak war. Soon after independence, Pakistan attacked Kashmir with tribals from the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) backed by the regular Pakistan Army. They were few kilometers away from Srinagar airport when Indian soldiers fought gallantly to …

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Will Advances in UAVs Edge Out Manned Aircraft?

Global Hawk The term ‘drone’ has hummed itself into aviation lexicon and is universally used to describe flying objects not carrying a human pilot; some other terms in general use for them are Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unpiloted Air System, Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) and aero-models. Their size varies from …

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Japan-China Spat and the G-7 meeting at Hiroshima

This year Japan is hosting the Group-7 meeting on 26-27 May at Ise Shima. Successive Japanese governments have always considered holding the high profile meeting as a significant diplomatic demonstration underlining the importance of their country. Japan has held the meeting of the Group five times since 1979 and the …

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A Curious Case of the Tail Wagging the Dog

Recently, we had the strange case of China setting aside its claims to great power responsibility by taking action at preventing UN sanctions against a known terrorist, Masood Azhar, Chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), a prominent terror organization from Pakistan, which has engineered a number of cross border attacks in …

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