Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
TopicAIR FORCE

Topic: AIR FORCE

PLA ‘fully rotates’ troops as China & India both beef up presence in eastern Ladakh for winter

Almost all soldiers deployed by PLA at forward points along LAC for the winter are in their early 20s, a move seeking to ensure they can take on harshness of climate.

Modi govt okays 6 more ‘eyes in the sky’ for IAF, DRDO project to cost Rs 11,000 crore

The DRDO will get 6 aircraft from Air India, get them modified & fit them with the Airborne Early Warning & Control system that can detect & track all flying objects faster than ground-based radars.

India begins theaterisation of military, unified commands will take 2-3 years to create

Services have been told to dual-task commander-in-chief rank officers to work on structures of 4 identified theatres — 2 led by Army, 1 each by Air Force & Navy.

Raising theatre commands can’t be left to the military. It’s a govt’s job all over the world

The government made a fundamental error of judgement by making the CDS first among equals and not senior by rank/appointment to the Service Chiefs.

Army, Navy, IAF to jointly train for nuclear biological chemical warfare and intelligence

Integrated Defence Staff headquarters has planned joint tri-services institutes for training in select subjects at existing institutes.

Why India needs two maritime theatres of command, not one

Bay of Bengal to Arabian Sea, the waters that surround India have distinct geographies and politics. Indian military’s most significant reform can’t skip that fact.

India plays into China’s hands if we lament 1962 or criticise Modi govt and military

To pressure Modi government and military from our drawing rooms, without knowing what is happening at LAC at 15,000-feet, is an irresponsible act.

On coronavirus, Indians can overcome fear the way I did on my MiG-21 in 1986

Fear for a soldier is the onset of doubt that a mission won’t be accomplished. But fear is never the solution, India should know that as it fights coronavirus.

Indian Army, Air Force and Navy must work out a joint media policy for information warfare

To excel in the information warfare, India’s defence forces need to see the media as a force multiplier, and not as a necessary evil.

Army and IAF fought over Apache choppers, costing us Rs 2,500 crore more. Blame their silos

Purchase of 28 Apache helicopters is the prime example of how India could have worked out a better deal had the IAF and Army not acted in silos.

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Representational image | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Indian law needs to account for women, make finance inclusive

Indian women face multiple barriers in accessing finance in an equitable manner. Research suggests adding a gender lens to existing laws and financial products is crucial.
Vehicles at a petrol pump station in Bengaluru, on 4 March 2021 | Photo: Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg

Heatwave sends Indians into air-conditioned cars for relief, petrol sales soar

Petrol sales have gone up 14% during 1-15 May from the corresponding period in April, a considerable amount especially in comparison to other fuels.

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Desi defence start-up helps Army go off decades-long dependence on imported cold-weather gear

While AROO does research on the product, manufacturing is handled by another company with which it has a tie-up. The first set of AROO gear was delivered in second half of 2021.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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