Sushant Singh

Air Chief B S Dhanoa writes to each officer: Be ready for operations at short notice
Sat, May 20, 2017

“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice.

After three decades, a 155mm howitzer for the army – what does it mean?
Fri, May 19, 2017

The M-777 howitzers, with a range of 24-40 kilometres, have been designed for firing Indian ammunition in Indian conditions, and are already in service with the US, Canadian and Australian armies.

For Valley success, Army wants social media outreach, full AFSPA cover
Thu, May 18, 2017

The Supreme Court’s recent judgment on AFSPA, ruling that an FIR can be filed against Army officers operating in an area under the jurisdiction of AFSPA, has also made the senior leadership unsure.

Army gets its first artillery guns three decades after Bofors, will be tested at Pokhran today
Thu, May 18, 2017

The Rs 2,900-crore deal, which was a government-to-government deal under the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) route, was completed in November last year.

China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Politics, security risk amid sweeping China influence
Tue, May 16, 2017

The 231-page CPEC long-term plan document envisages a deep and broad-based penetration of most sectors of Pakistan’s economy as well as its society by Chinese enterprises and culture

Politics, security key risk amid sweeping China influence: Plan Paper
Tue, May 16, 2017

The port of Gwadar in Balochistan “is positioned as the direct hinterland connecting Balochistan and Afghanistan.”

Pakistan army note hints at worry about India’s LoC response
Mon, May 15, 2017

“Any misadventure by Indian Army across Line of Control will be a miscalculation, shall be responded with full force and could lead to unintended consequences,” Pakistan army’s ISPR said in a statement

Army is not against Kashmiris, our job is to separate, target terrorists: Gen Rawat
Sat, May 13, 2017

“We are not returning to classical CASO in Kashmir, because we know they cause hardship to the local people. These are area search operations. It is not even a cordon,” General Rawat said.

Of 142 ‘IS-linked Indians’, 96 held, questioned, or killed, says study
Thu, May 11, 2017

While there was just the lone case of an IS-linked individual in 2013, and 6 cases in 2014, the number shot up to 35 in 2015, and 75 in 2016.

Joint operations vs integrated command: Understanding a new way to fight wars
Wed, May 10, 2017

A committee appointed by the Defence Ministry has recommended creating 3 integrated theatre commands of the Indian armed forces — northern, western and southern — instead of the 17 in place currently. The Indian Express explains how this may work.

Three services are split on forming joint theatre commands
Tue, May 09, 2017

The Army is in favour of the proposal, while the Air Force is strongly opposed to it. While the Navy’s view is more nuanced, it too is not in favour of implementing the proposal currently.

Biggest combing in 15 years: Army, police security net around Shopian
Fri, May 05, 2017

Four soldiers injured, one civilian driver killed in attack

Two soldiers beheaded: DGMO warns Pakistan counterpart, BSF says attack ‘very well-coordinated’
Wed, May 03, 2017

According to sources, the BAT, which attacked the patrol and mutilated the bodies, comprised soldiers from this battalion.

DGMO warns Pakistan counterpart, BSF says attack ‘well coordinated’
Tue, May 02, 2017

In a statement, Pakistan Army said the “Indian counterpart was told that there has been no CFV (ceasefire violation) or crossing of Line of Control by Pakistani troops from Pakistan side nor mutilation of Indian soldiers’ bodies.”

Indian soldiers mutilated: Pakistan Army attackers crossed LoC, Army Chief reaches Srinagar
Tue, May 02, 2017

Barbaric, says Arun jaitley, won’t go in vain; BSF and Sikh regiment personnel beheaded; Pakistan denies

A Delhi traffic circle, a faraway port, and a tale of rare heroism, gallantry
Mon, May 01, 2017

In September 1918, the Hyderabad, Jodhpur and Mysore Lancers won one of the most celebrated battles of World War I, capturing the present-day Israeli city of Haifa from the Ottoman Army. A century on, neither the Indian Army nor the children of Haifa have forgotten the bravery of the ‘Teen Murti’.

Kupwara attack: Meanwhile, spike in infiltration bids south of Pir Panjal range
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

According to sources in the Army, there have been 60 instances of ceasefire violations until mid-April in the 16 Corps Zone, the area that falls south of Pir Panjal.

Kupwara attack: Militants strike Army camp near LoC, Captain is among 3 personnel killed
Fri, Apr 28, 2017

Two militants were gunned down by troops while a third slipped away, leaving behind his weapon.

Security forces wary over video of Jaish, Hizb and Lashkar men together
Thu, Apr 27, 2017

The armed militants of the three outfits were reportedly marching in front of the camera in the 45-second video shot in a forested area.

Unrest in Kashmir: Situation fragile…Battle of minds as vital as bullets, says Srinagar Corps chief
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Lt Gen J S Sandhu says violence will go on, ‘developments on expected lines’

Support to terrorists, their glorification, increased radicalisation are issues of concern: Lt General JS Sandhu
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Social media has facilitated organising of such protests: Lt General JS Sandhu

The army view: Summer will be very hot if we don’t bring down temperatures
Sun, Apr 23, 2017

Although it is only the month of April, the Army is seeing higher intensity of terrorist action in the Valley.

Man tied to jeep: Army convenes Court of Inquiry
Fri, Apr 21, 2017

The CoI will be headed by an officer of the rank of Colonel and the report is expected to be submitted by May 15.

Canadian Defence Minister in India: Arun Jaitley raises Ontario’s 1984 riots resolution
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

He assured the Indian government that it was a private member’s bill in a provincial assembly and reflected neither the views of the Canadian government or the provincial Ontario government.

How the Navy names its ships, subs
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

On Monday, the Navy’s new, indigenously designed guided missile destroyer INS Chennai was dedicated to the city whose name it bears. How did the warship come to be called Chennai? On what basis does the Indian Navy give names to its vessels?

Meaning: Mother of all Bombs
Mon, Apr 17, 2017

What is this weapon, and how does it work?

Word of caution from ex-Army officers: be militarily correct, need political healing touch
Sun, Apr 16, 2017

Lt Gen Subrata Saha (retd), who was 15 Corps Commander at Srinagar till August 2015, emphasised the need for a long-term strategic solution.

Anantnag by-elections: ‘Polls deferred due to shortage of forces, public anger after deaths’
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

According to the security official, their target for the Anantnag bypolls was to have a 15-20 per cent turnout.

Displaying unusual solidarity, Indian and Chinese navies jointly respond to a piracy attack in Gulf of Aden
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Indian naval ships INS Mumbai, INS Tarkash, INS Trishul and INS Aditya were proceeding on deployment to the Mediterranean and passing through the Gulf of Aden.

The Message Is The Medium
Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Lessons from Rwanda genocide tell us to worry about hatred on WhatsApp.

No women Air Force cadets opt for combat role
Fri, Mar 24, 2017

It was in October 2015 that the IAF announced that women cadets would be given the choice to be fighter pilots, on an experimental basis for a period of five years.

Defence allocation: A battle for funds
Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The defence budget for FY18 has come down to 1.56% of gross domestic product at `2,74,114.12 crore, compared with 1.65% in the current FY17, perhaps the lowest since India lost the border war to China in 1962

Eye on China, India to raise second division for mountain corps
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

The 15,000-strong division is expected be fully operational in two-three years, said sources, adding that the organisational structure and manpower were in place, and equipment and stores would follow.

Shadowy feature of fragile democracies, ‘seen’ now in the US
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Aides of the US President have alleged that the “Deep State” is out to target his administration. To Indians, the expression is familiar in the context of Pakistan — but what does the Deep State really mean?

As Parrikar exits, all eyes on Jaitley for defence reforms
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

While this will be Parrikar’s fourth stint as CM of his home state, his sudden exit leaves the Defence Ministry at a critical juncture.

Simply put: Why Sahayak is ‘buddy’ for Army, ‘servant’ for critics
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

SUSHANT SINGH explains the history, background and controversy over the colonial era practice that many find abhorrent, but which the Army is unwilling to junk