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Pursue defence agenda

Thursday, 29 Mar 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Defence Minister must make the most of her upcoming visit to Russia. India can not only benefit from its existing technologies but as a trusted friend it can partake of new technologies too Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be the first high-level visitor to Russia as President Vladimir Putin begins his...

Choosing the right alternative

Thursday, 15 Feb 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

An all-out war with Pakistan is out of the question. A tactical nuclear war too is not in our interest. The need, therefore, is to strengthen the IAF so as to acquire a true surgical strike option An usual script followed the recent terrorists’ attack on the Sunjuwan Army base. Defence...

India’s defence sector opportunity

Thursday, 25 Jan 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Can BRAHMOS, which has many firsts to its credit, be called a Make in India project? The short answer is ‘yes’ but some explanation of the DPP policy is required BrahMos Aerospace, the makers of BRAHMOS supersonic cruise missile, which completes 20 years on February 12, has many firsts to its...

Safeguarding Indian interests

Thursday, 18 Jan 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The PLA road in Shaksgam Valley is much more than just ‘provocative’. India needs to start talks with China, tone down the Army’s rhetoric and use the NSA route to accept Pakistan’s plan to offer CBMs In a show of militaristic strength, the Chief of Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, recently...

Decoding Trump's tweet

Thursday, 04 Jan 2018 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The purpose of Trump's tweet was to demonstrate solidarity with India on Pak-backed terrorism but also to bring Islamabad and New Delhi to the talks table The stoppage of USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan for 2018 within hours of US President Donald Trump’s tweet-threat to Pakistan is water off...

Fill the operational void

Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

It is disappointing that the BMS, though an asset for tactical operations, has been rejected by the Army brass. The Defence Minister must intervene to restore confidence of private industry With work on the Union Budget 2018 to start soon, the defence services are prioritising their allocations. Despite the lion’s share...

Bravado that constricted India

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

In 2004, when Gen NC Vij acknowledged publicly that India had a Cold Start doctrine, he narrowed Indian mobile forces' options in war The Indian media loves referring to Pakistan's Tactical Nuclear Weapons (TNW) just as their Pakistani counterpart relish citing Indian Army's Cold Start doctrine. These terms make sensational front-page...

Sky is the limit for cruise missile

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Given the many merits of cruise missiles, the test-firing of BrahMos-A must adhere to the timeline announced as it will open up avenues for India to acquire state-of-the-art technologies The supersonic BrahMos cruise missile air launch version (BrahMos-A) will be test-firing by the end of this year. This was disclosed by...

Time for the Army to face reality

Thursday, 28 Sep 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

The Indian military, especially the Army, needs to change its mindset on warfare. If done, Pakistan will feel compelled to control its proxy war into India; and China will become careful in its intrusions Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat’s recent call for the Army’s supremacy as compared with the...

Surely, the time is of essence

Thursday, 14 Sep 2017 | Pravin Sawhney | in Oped

Arresting dwindling combat strength of the IAF will be a priority for Sitharaman. Each category of the aircraft has specific roles and only a naÔve would suggest replacement of one category with another Arresting the dwindling combat squadron strength of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will be a priority of the...


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