Jan-Feb 2016

  • INDO-US JOINT EXERCISES: AN AMERICAN PERSPECTIVE
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    The statements below are from US personnel who took part in joint training with Indian Forces. Indian Armed Forces remain well trained and motivated, despite the many challenges they face in terms of equipment profile, modernisation, shortages and voids in weapon holdings —Editor. Ex Yudh Abayas “The U.S. Soldiers learned counterinsurgency and jungle warfare operations […]

  • DRONES: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    The use of drones in the private sector is a thriving business in the US. In early January 2016, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) started the process of maintaining a database for recreational users of drones and within a fortnight had registered about 181,000 drone users. It is expected that 1 million drones will […]

  • THE S 400 TRIUMF
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    The S-400 TRIUMF (NATO codename SA-21 Growler) is an antiaircraft and anti-missile system, which is capable of intercepting all types of modern air weaponry, including fifthgeneration warplanes, as well as ballistic and cruise missiles at a maximum range of nearly 250 miles. India is procuring the S 400 TRIUMF from Russia as part of its […]

  • PAKISTAN TO GET F-16 FIGHTER JETS
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    In February 2016, the Obama administration approved the sale of eight F-16 Fighter Jet aircraft to Pakistan, as well as radars and other equipment. An attempt by Republican Senator Rand Paul to prevent the sale under the Arms Control Act was blocked in March by the US Senate. Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would […]

  • PROJECT SCORPENE
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    The Indian Scorpene project envisions the production of six submarines, to be delivered to the Indian Navy by 2020. Sea trials, which began in December 2015 are currently underway and will continue till September this year when the first submarine of the Kalvari class is likely to be commissioned. This is a class of diesel-electric […]

  • BEST SERVICE HOSPITAL
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    The award for the best and second best Service Hospital in the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2015 was won by Command Hospital (Eastern Command), Kolkata, with the runner up position going to INHS Asvini. While presenting the awards and citations on 18 February 2016, the Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar praised […]

  • PRESIDENT AWARDS STANDARD TO 119 HU
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    At a colourful ceremonial parade, held at Air Force Station Jamnagar on 04 March 16, The President of India awarded the Presidential Standard to 119 Helicopter Unit and the Presidential Colours to 28 Equipment Depot. Indian Air Force’s operational squadrons become eligible for award of Presidential Standard after completion of 18 years of service to […]

  • IGNORE THE FORCES AT OWN PERIL
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    Even though the threats to Indian security have far from subsided and the wish list of the armed forces, for modern weapon systems being long – with many items on their inventory now three or four decades old – the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, chose to make no mention of what would be the allocation […]

  • BALI FOR AN UNFORGETTABLE HOLIDAY
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    My wife Tannie and I have never had a better holiday than the ten days we spent in Bali. Although exotically foreign, Bali offers a feeling of human warmth. And, for Indians, a deep river of an ancient common culture is also seductively alluring Do not however expect a tropical paradise. Other countries have better […]

  • TOFU ALL THE WAY
    Posted in: Jan-Feb 2016

    Starters, Soup and Main Dish Tofu Starters Tofu is one of the most delicious foods which also contains healthy amounts of protein, iron and calcium. Fried tofu is easy to make and is an excellent starter. All that is required is firm Tofu, oil to shallow fry and some soya sauce to serve with. Cut […]