SP's Land Forces - Issue 04 - 2013

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    COVER STORY
    India's Infantry Modernisation
    By Lt General (Retd) V.K. Kapoor

    While the likelihood of full scale state-on-state wars may be reduced, India will more likely face border skirmishes on its unresolved borders and low intensity conflict operations including counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency in the future.

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    SOUTH EAST ASIA
    Small Arms Modernisation in South East Asia
    By Brigadier (Retd) Vinod Anand

    Over a period of time not only have some of the South East Asian nations upgraded and modified the infantry weapons...

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    CENTRAL ASIA
    Stability & Peace in Afghanistan
    By Brigadier (Retd) Vinod Anand

    The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation possibly is looking for an all-inclusive framework under the auspices of the UN that should help Afghanistan in post-2014 era.

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    INTERVIEW
    'India has got by far the fastest growth'

    SP’s Land Forces Editor-in-Chief Jayant Baranwal had an exclusive tete-รก-tete with Mark Kronenberg, Vice President, International Business Development, Boeing Defense Space and Security.

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    INTERVIEW
    'The right-hand drive Humvee was developed with an emphasis on South East Asia and especially India'

    SP’s Land Forces Editor-in-Chief Jayant Baranwal had a conversation with Thomas R. Douglas, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, AM General.

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    INTERVIEW
    'Innovation is at the core of ReconRobotics success'

    In an interview with the Editor-in-Chief of SP’s Land Forces Jayant Baranwal, the President & CEO of ReconRobotics Alan F. Bignall outlines the success of ReconRobotics.

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    SHOW REPORT
    DSEi Demonstrates Strong Growth of Military Equipment
    By R. Chandrakanth

    This year, the show attracted over 30,000 of the global defence and security industry professionals to source the latest equipment and systems, develop international relations and generate new business opportunities

  • MIDDLE EAST
    The Syrian Imbroglio
    By Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch

    The support to Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime is from the Sunni Arab nations, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the US. The irony of the situation is that the US which launched GWOT to fight Al-Qaeda is now using Al-Qaeda to support Syrian rebels in a bid to change the regime in Syria.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Arjun Mk.II begins user trial-by-fire

    It's the most crucial phase for Project Arjun. The new and improved Arjun Mk.II has begun user trials in the deserts of Rajasthan, an exercise that hopefully confirm its usefulness to the Indian Army. With over 90 improvements to the base Mk.I version, the Chennai-based Combat Vehicles R&D Establishment...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Fresh Nag ATGM trials successful

    After major setbacks a year ago, the Nag anti-tank guided missile project has bounced back, with a series of successes at the Mahajan Field Firing Range in Rajasthan in recent trials, where the missile was tested with a new imaging infrared (IIR) seeker of much higher resolution than the earlier one.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    LoC tension spurs concerns over infantry modernisation

    The high degree of ceasefire violations on the line of control (LoC) has heightened awareness of slow progress in infantry modernisation in the country. The Army's Infantry Directorate has called for a meeting to speed up...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Indian Army for SIMFIRE shooting simulators for battle tanks & ICVs

    In an effort to hone up firing skills among its mechanised forces, the Indian Army is looking to economise on ammunition and move largely to the realm of simulators, a global best practice among militaries in the west.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Army orders more INVAR for T-90S

    In a big relief coming in for the Mechanised Forces, the Indian Army has finally managed to conclude a long-awaited Rs 3,000-crore deal for additional INVAR anti-tank guided missiles license built by Bharat Dynamics Ltd with Russian technology.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    India, US ready to sign deal for 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers

    History may be around the corner for the Indian Army's artillery regiment, with the first ever acquisition deal for howitzer guns since the Bofors scam in the 1980s. The US Pentagon has provided final notification to the US Congress...