Experts Speak

  • Improving night fighting capability
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    As per media reports, MoD has approved purchases for improving the night warfare capabilities of the Army at a cost of US$3.2 billion. This is good news but going by past experience of excruciatingly long procedures, how many years elapse before this equipment actually gets fielded is anybody's guess.

  • RoboSen is good — But we have miles to go
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    DRDO has just unveiled RoboSen (short for 'Robot Sentry'). Its employability is for guarding a house, office or industrial unit. It can move around the premises, take photographs of all suspicious objects and movement, enabling law enforcement agencies to act, as and when required.

  • India joins ICBM 5000+ league
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    India successfully undertook the fourth and final test firing of the Agni-V today (December 26) from Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha. This is a wholly indigenously developed ICBM, which by itself is a gigantic achievement.

  • Heart of Asia — Pak proxies named
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    In his inaugural address at the Sixth Ministerial 'Heart of Asia' Conference at Amritsar, represented by some 30 countries and international and regional organizations and co-chaired by Finance Minister of India and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the following...

  • Visit of Israeli President — cementing ties
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The eight-day visit to India in November by President Reuven Rivlin of Israel further cemented India-Israel bilateral relations. His visit was the first one by an Israeli President after 1996 when President Ezer Weizman had visited India.

  • Coming — Armed drones
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan tested its indigenous 'Burraq' UCAV last year and according to the Dawn quoting industry insiders, in 2015 China had offered to sell Pakistan its CH-3 UCAV, which can carry two laser-guided missiles or bombs.

  • IA and PLA 'Hand-in-Hand' again
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After a almost an eight year red-taped procurement procedure, the Army has got the delivery of 20,000 bullet proof jackets and another 30,000 are to follow. The Army needed 3,53,765 new jackets sanctioned as per a plan in 2009.

  • Bullet proof jackets for Army — Trickling in
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After a almost an eight year red-taped procurement procedure, the Army has got the delivery of 20,000 bullet proof jackets and another 30,000 are to follow. The Army needed 3,53,765 new jackets sanctioned as per a plan in 2009.

  • Terror attack in Nagrota — What beyond?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Pakistan-sponsored terrorists struck at two places in Jammu region of &K on November 29. In two major terror attacks, that rocked Jammu region on Tuesday, seven army personnel, including a Major, were killed and eight other security personnel, including a BSF DIG, were injured, before six heavily-armed terrorists were eliminated in the separate fierce encounters.

  • Finally M777 howitzers through FMS
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    After almost seven years of discussion, trials and choosing, India and the US today inked a nearly Rs 5,000 crore deal for 145 x M777 ultra-light howitzers; India signed the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) on November 30...

  • PM Modi's Japan visit — Historic nuclear deal signed
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Japan on November 11-12 may be termed the most historic as making an exception; Japan has signed a civil-nuclear cooperation deal with India.

  • ISRO: Of Satellites, Moon and Mars
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It may be recalled that on June 22, 2016, India launched 20 satellites in one go, which was the maximum ever by ISRO.

  • Blacklisting Redefined
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Since December 2014, media was reporting that a new government policy legalizing middlemen in arms purchases, a source of massive controversies...

  • OROP: One-Man Judicial Commission
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Politicization of the unfortunate suicide of Subedar Ram Kishan Grewal was indeed bad. The JCO's suicide note reportedly stated he was taking that drastic action not having been given the benefit of OROP.

  • Internet of Things (IoT) and Dangers in Cyberspace
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Much has been said in recent years about Internet of Things (IoT); it is coming, it has arrived or it is growing rapidly. But the enormity of IoT can be gauged from the one forecast that by 2030 there will be over 26 billion connected devices that would average to about six connected devices per each person on this planet.

  • Xi Jinping — China's "Core Leader"
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Communist Party of China (CPC) has anointed President Xi Jinping as the "Core Leader" of China, which places him on par with Mao Tse Tung and Deng Xiaoping.

  • Visit of Aung San Suu Kyi
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Myanmar Foreign Minister and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's four-day visit to India after attending the BRICS summit at Goa provided fresh impetus to India-Myanmar relations.

  • Deriding military — Continues unabated
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The latest attack on the military's ethos came from the MoD through the GoI letter number A/24577/CAO/CP Cell dated October 18, described by a national daily in talking about rank "equivalence" between defence officers and "armed forces headquarters civil service officers".

  • Excalibur — Stopgap or final?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    It was only four months back (July 2016) when media reported that the Army junked DRDO's 5.56mm Excalibur assault rifle. Resultantly, Army's quest for a state-of-the-art assault rifles got been extended.

  • Hand in Hand is Good — But what about Stab in the Back?
    By Lt. General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Indian and Chinese army troops carried out a joint exercise in Eastern Ladakh on October 19, led by Brigadier R S Raman and Senior Colonel Fan Jun respectively