SP's Land Forces - Issue 01 - 2015

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    COVER STORY
    Modernisation of the Indian Army
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    The capital budgets, which are meant for procurement of equipment, when analysed for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15, seem to suggest that no significant changes in equipment status of the Army will come about in the near future

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    MODERNISATION
    Modernisation of Army Air Defence
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    India’s land-based AD weapons have alarming gaps and the proverbial AD umbrella is leaking heavily which needs immediate rectification

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    HELICOPTERS
    Military Helicopters in India
    By Lt General B.S. Pawar (Retd)

    The operational diversities of the Indian military coupled with variety of terrain (from sea level to Siachen Glacier) underline the need for state-of-the-art, modern technology helicopters capable of operating both by day and night

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    MARKETING FEATURE
    TOR – Today and Tomorrow Air Defense

    In competitive development of air attack means and air defense equipment it has long ago become apparent a tendency when domain of confrontation of these armaments transfers to near ground level.

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    NEIGHBOURHOOD
    Chinese Military Continues Developing High-altitude Western Frontier
    By Dr Monika Chansoria

    The Chinese Government promulgated the ‘Great Western Development’ strategy in 1999...

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    MIDDLE EAST
    The Islamic State – Self-styled Caliphate
    By Lt General V.K. Kapoor (Retd)

    ISIS has rapidly expanded its control over Iraq and Syria by seizing towns and cities near major supply routes, critical infrastructure and border crossings

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    MARKETING FEATURE
    Almaz-Antey – Russia's Leader in Air Defense

    Almaz-Antey Air Defense Concern nowadays combines over 50 enterprises, scientific research institutes and design bureaus being Russia’s leading producer and developer of the modern air defense systems.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Arjun Mk.II Tank Clears All Army Trials, Service Next Year

    The Arjun Mk.II main battle tank has cleared all user trials with the Indian Army successfully and now awaits a maintenance evaluation by the Army and, crucially, a detailed evaluation by the Director General of Quality Assurance.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Army still awaits 'cornershot' weapon capability for pistols

    The Indian Army, which made known its requirement for a corner-shot capability that allows it to mount in-service 9mm pistols for firing from around a corner, a capability widespread with tactical special units in the US and Israel...

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    Para (SF) Urgently Require General Purpose Machine Gun

    The Para (SF) units of the Indian Army require an unspecified number of General Purpose Machine Guns (GPMG) on a fast-track basis for which an RFI is expected shortly. The new general purpose machine guns will be for its Parachute (Special Forces) battalions to augment...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Army revives interest in Light Specialist Vehicle

    Unable to bring to fruition a 6 year quest for a light specialist vehicle, the Army plans to announce afresh its interest in procuring an undisclosed number of a common Light Specialist Vehicle (LSV) for all arms in a 3,500-kg unladen weight class category with a payload capacity of 900-1200 kg.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Indian Army for Heavy Recovery Vehicle

    The Indian Army is looking to procure an unspecified number of heavy recovery vehicles to recover stalled, overturned or broken down heavy or armoured vehicles of the forces. The Army is looking for a vehicle capable of providing recovery cover for vehicles over 15 tons in all terrain...

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Raven UAV to be pushed under Indo-US DTTI

    Considered one of the most combat-proven tactical surveillance mini drones in current operations, the AeroVironment RQ-11 Raven is not new to the Indian armed forces. In 2009, during the Yudh Abhyas at Babina in Uttar Pradesh, the Indian Army got a first hand look at Raven operations in a combat scenario.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Indian Army for large-scale mapping project

    The Indian Army's Military Survey (GSGS) is planning to map certain areas of the country on large scale. As a test bed three areas have been selected for large scale mapping. All the areas are required to be mapped using latest digital mapping techniques, including GIS creation.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Army for Night Sight for Automatic Grenade Launcher systems

    The Indian Army is looking to procure Thermal Imaging Sights for its in-service 30 mm Automatic Grenade Launcher (AGL-17)/Automatic Grenade System (AGS-30) systems.

  • SP'S EXCLUSIVES
    Army to make MMGs night-capable

    The Indian Army is looking to procure thermal imaging sights for its 7.62mm medium machine guns in service.