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

Contributions 
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 developme...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 EM...

VIF 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...

VIF Briefs 
CAATSA and S-400: The American Dilemma - An Analysis After flashing in fury about an year back and eventually loosing much of its sheen and venom thereafter, the threat of CAATSA is alive, dangling yet again like the proverbial ‘Sword of Damocles’ over the fate of India’s purchase of S-400 syste...

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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