SP's Land Forces - Issue 05 - 2013

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Issue Features

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    ISR: The Essential Force-Multiplier
    By Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch

    We are in a state of perpetual conflict, which has become a global phenomenon with many nations engaged in asymmetric wars.

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    Night Vision Technologies
    By Lt General (Retd) P.C. Katoch

    Night vision devices (NVDs) comprise an image intensifier tube, a protective housing and a mounting system.

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    DPP 2013 vs. DPP 2011
    By Brigadier (Retd) Rahul Bhonsle

    A comparative overview of DPP 2013 and DPP 2011 indicates that for the first time, there is greater clarity on defining indigenisation and how this is to be achieved.

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    Army's Equipment Profile
    By Lt General (Retd) V.K. Kapoor

    The defence budget for 2013-14 grew by five per cent over the previous year, with defence capital acquisitions growing by nine per cent.

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    Egypt's Destiny at the Crossroads
    By Ranjit Gupta

    Western countries have repeatedly called for Morsi’s reinstatement. The US has lost standing and become unpopular with all sides.

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    Future Trends in Army Air Defence Systems
    By Lt General (Retd) Naresh Chand

    Air defence has evolved due to the rise of air power which initially started with fighter/bomber aircraft.

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    Focus on Cost-effective Technologies
    By SP’s Special Correspondent, Washington DC

    The scene at AUSA 2013 was contrasting, while Army Generals after Generals talked about downsizing and prioritising...

    Military Exercises with Friendly Countries
    By Lt General (Retd) V.K. Kapoor

    Joint training, mutual interaction and sharing of experiences amongst both the armies shall further strengthen cultural and historical ties between the nations and take the bilateral relations forward

    US Marines-Indian Army amphibious staff exercise

    The US Marines 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) and troops from the Indian Army's 91 Brigade conducted a joint amphibious staff exercise Shatrujeet 13 this month in Kochi, Trivandrum and Peryakadu on the west coast, along with staff exchanges in Goa.

    Indo-Russia Military Exercise Indra 2013

    Taking military-to-military relations to the next level, the first combat group level exercise between India and Russia, Indra-13, has been conducted successfully in the Thar Desert, with both sides satisfied with the level of interopability and cooperation established in the joint military training drill.

    DRDO to unveil export variant of Prahaar missile in Korea

    Pragati, a modified only-for-export variant of the Defence Research and Development Organisation's (DRDO's) newest tactical surface-to-surface battlefield missile Prahaar...

    Army for 49 hand-launched UAS

    The Indian Army is looking for 49 man-portable hand launched unmanned air systems specifically designed for tactical surveillance in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir. The Army's Udhampur-based Northern Command has floated a tender specifying the need for a system that is capable of over-the-hill...

    Golden 2013 for ALH Dhruv

    2013 has been a blessed year for the indigenous advanced light helicopter (ALH) Dhruv helicopter. Following the handing over the first weaponised Dhruv variant, christened 'Rudra' to the Indian Army earlier this year, the proven helicopter platform clocked 100,000 flying hours this month...