SP's Land Forces - Issue 4 - 2018

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    EXCLUSIVE

    INTERVIEW
    ‘Artillery Rationalisation Plan was first perceived in the year 2000 wherein, medium guns with 155mm calibre were made the standard gun system’

    Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd), Senior Technical Editor, SP’s Land Forces in an exclusive interview with Lt General P.K. Srivastava, Director General of Artillery, who spoke comprehensively on artillery’s modernisation programme and challenges thereof

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    SPECIAL FEATURE
    Linking Force Sizing Decisions to Future Capability Outcomes

    The recent initiative by the Army Chief to right size and restructure the Indian Army is an exigent and laudable initiative, writes Lt General A.B. Shivane (Retd)

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    ARTILLERY
    More Muscle
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    The Army is currently in the process of inducting 145 x M777 Ultra Lightweight Howitzers from BAE Systems at a cost of about $750 million. K9 Vajra-T 155 mm/52 calibre tracked self-propelled gun system is also under induction.

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    TECHNOLOGY
    Role of Technology in Law Enforcement
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Remarkable new digital technologies are transforming the ways police protect and serve, allowing agencies to prevent crimes more effectively and solve crimes faster.

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    ARTILLERY
    Thundering Artillery: Strengthening India’s Defence Capabilities

    Artillery is inarguably the most lethal form of land-based armament currently employed.

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    HADR
    Operation Madad – Indian Army’s ‘Madad’ to Kerala
    By Rohit Srivastava

    True to its tradition of service before self, Indian Army during the Kerala floods, selflessly provided the much needed relief

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    NIGHT VISION
    Image Intensifiers — the Key to Night Vision
    By Lt General Naresh Chand (Retd)

    Image intensification is the basis of night vision thus an image intensifier is a device for increasing the intensity of existing light in the environment for an optical system to enable to operate in low-light conditions

  • EXERCISES
    Indian Army on an Exercise Spree
    By Rohit Srivastava

    Contributing to the Indian diplomatic and strategic outreach, Indian Army, in last one month, has been involved in various bilateral and multi-lateral exercises

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    INDO-US RELATIONS
    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue
    By Lt General P.C. Katoch (Retd)

    Discussions were wide ranging covering the geopolitical and geostrategic developments including in the Korean Peninsula and the Af-Pak region.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Unified Commanders’ Conference - 2018

    The two day Unified Commanders’ Conference for the year 2018 commenced on Jul 30, 2018 at New Delhi.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Sucessful Flight Test of Prahar

    Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the indigenously developed surface-to-surface tactical missile ‘Prahar’, from Launch Complex-III, ITR, Balasore.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Second flight test of MPATGM sucessful

    Indigenously developed Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM), was successfully flight tested for the second time from the Ahmednagar range on September 16, 2018.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Cyient - BlueBird JV wins its first order for SpyLite mini UAS

    Cyient Solutions & Systems Pvt. Ltd. (CSS), a joint venture between Cyient Ltd. and BlueBird Aero Systems, Israel, today announced that it has received its first supply order from a unit of the Indian Army...

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Ashok Leyland wins a tender for Defence Tracked Combat Vehicle

    Ashok Leyland announced a tender win in the Tracked Vehicle space. This tender is for developmental work and marks Ashok Leyland’s foray into tracked vehicle business.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    HAL sucessfully demonstrates 10Kg helicopter UAV

    The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited successfully demonstrated flight of a 10Kg Rotary Wing (Helicopter) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (RUAV).

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    Sucessful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’

    Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ has been successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter in the ranges of Pokhran.

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    NEWS IN BRIEF
    Ballistic Missile Interceptor AAD sucessfully flight tested

    DRDO conducted the successful test of the Ballistic Missile Interceptor Advanced Area Defence (AAD) from Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    US move India into Elite Strategic Allies list

    Giving boost to bilateral relations, US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross United States, on July 30, announced inclusion of India to the Strategic Trade Authorization (STA) Tier 1, one of the most coveted lists of trading partners.

  • NEWS IN BRIEF
    Appointments

    Lt General Abhay Krishna, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM took over as the Army Commander, Central Command; Lt General Manoj Mukund Naravane, AVSM, SM, VSM took over as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Command.

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    Editorial
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    The lead article in this issue is an interview with the Director General of Artillery, Lt General P.K. Srivastava on the occasion of the 191 Gunners’ Day on September 28, 2018.