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Chinese ZTQ-15 light tank equipped with a 105-millimeter gun was recently in Chinese propaganda video which according to Chinese mouthpiece was moved to Tibet and close to LAC after a two-month recent standoff with the Indian Army in Galwan Valley with the Chinese troops, in response to the ZTQ-15 light tank being moved to the LAC, India airlifted T-90 and T-72 tanks which have better armor and firepower then ZTQ-15 but it is not made for mountain terrain and will be difficult to operate in narrow ridges of the terrain in case conflict does take place in the region.

Many defense analysts have been advocating India to develop a light tank for such terrain but such tanks can be stuck in long developmental delays and the cheaper and easier option could be to mount a 105-millimeter gun on DRDO-TATA developed Kestrel armored personnel carrier which was supposed to have a light tank variant to act as a stop gap measure. Continue reading


Today is 7th July 2020 and we are just 29 days away from 1st anniversary of Article 370 revocation and creation of Union Territory of Jammu Kashmir and Union Territory of Ladakh, on 5th August 2020. The current standoff that has been going on since May 2020 reached a tipping point last month when Indian and Chinese troops clashed in Galwan Valley or Patrolling Point 14. What happened next is known to all that India lost 20 brave soldiers but managed to kill more than 40 Chinese soldiers.

Due to obvious reasons it was important for both India and China to initiate de-escalation to stop any more bloodshed and disengagement to stop eye to eye confrontation through mirror deployment. After several rounds of failed military level talks a video call between Indian NSA Ajit Doval and Chinese Foreign Minister reports say Chinese troop have retreated 1.5 kms from their current position in Galwan valley that meant India too stepped back 1.5 kms from their own position they are holding now as part of CBM or Confidence Building Measure. Continue reading


Israel is known for its unique technologies in the fields of electronic, Cyber, Jamming, Radar Systems & other military applications. The clue was found during 70s when Israel got the first delivery of American F-16, Then they replaced Americans avionics with their indigenous systems & transformed it into a Superior platform. Americans got surprised to see such transformation.

As Israel is proficient in making sophisticated Weapon systems, one of its Jamming system in-cooperated with SU-30MKI has made it superior to Rival’s platform. After Galwan Valley Debacle, Certain media report that Chinese are deployed S-300 & S-400 systems near LAC, especially in Hotan Air base (S-400) due to presence of 50-60 Aircrafts compared to Ngari Air base. So, Indian military top brass came under pressure to deal with Chinese S-400. Soon After,  DM Rajnath Singh’s visit to Russia as the guest for Victory day celebration having meeting with his Russian Counterpart to request Russia to fastback S-400 as per schedule were reported. Continue reading


Selected Government of Imran Khan received a much-needed boost after Pakistani establishment agreed to the proposed plans of the Government to sponsor mass scale global protests on the first anniversary of the India scrapping of Art 370 and Art 35A in the former state of J&K in India after carrying out several rounds of meetings which were held by the Pakistani deep state and military establishment with their Civilian employees headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Lobby Groups in the United States and other major capitals of the world have been told to plan protests in front of Indian embassies but to COVID-19 restrictions in many countries, it has been now planned in some countries where restrictions to assemble will not be an issue. Lobby Groups will be bombarding fake sob stories from the Indian side of Kashmir in major liberal and pro-leftist publications around the world with active backing from Gulf-based media channels like Al Jazeera and Turkish state-owned media have been requested to run special programs on the day and Pakistani media have been issued military diktats to also keep Kashmir subject as the focus of the day. Continue reading


Although the chances, thankfully, are not high, we still often see newspaper articles and political analysts call for India to buy the F-35 Lightning II plane from the United States. This is, however, not a good idea. That, however, does not mean the F-35 is not a good aircraft. With the right tools and weapons support systems, it is a deadly opponent to face. However, it does not make a good case for India to procure such a fighter. India Should not buy the F-35 because we do not have the right support systems and funds to effectively use the F-35.

History of F-35 :The F-35 Lockheed is designed and developed by Locked Martin. It had its first flight in 2006 and about 500 aircraft are currently in service. The US plans on procuring about 2500 such aircraft. The program is seriously criticized for cost overruns and delays by the US congress. Continue reading


As China ups the ante all across the LAC its high time India has taken steps to counter the Chinese dragon. India has started using all within its power to pressurize China, as Ladakh standoff continues to drag on. While India has banned 59 Chinese apps on account of security issues, there are other steps being taken to counter Chinese narrative.

India in order to counter the Chinese narrative has decided to boost radio transmission of its Chinese mandarin language radio programs, through All India Radio targeting the mainly Han Chinese living central and coastal China. Earlier it was 3 to 4 times a week for a 90 minute program. But now plans have been set rolling to start daily programs in Mandarin so as to allow more and more Chinese citizens to know what people n other countries think about them or what is actually happening in China We all know how China controls information, people living in one region most of times don’t know what is happening in other regions. Continue reading


Ilya Tarasenko, CEO, MiG Corporation has confirmed that talks to sell 21 unused airframes to India is underway and has been fast-tracked under request from India recently, as both sides work to conclude a contract for the sale of currently under storage airframes of the Mig-29s and UPG Upgrade Kits to make them same as the current upgraded fleet of MiG-29UPG in Indian Air Force.

Airframes manufactured for a certain export customer were put on cold storage at various facilities of the MiG Corporation after the deal collapsed nearly 20 years ago. Complete fuselage along with wings and other airframes have been inspected by IAF Team last year and was reported back that indeed airframes have been unused and can be used to integrate into a new fighter jet back home. Continue reading


As preparation for a possible conflict with China in high, mountainous areas grows, the Indian Army for years has not been able to procure High altitude weaponry to face China front and has it has built up its resources for the Pakistan front until the deadly clash with Chinese in Galwan Valley of Ladakh. Indian Army’s armored directorate a few years back had identified high altitude weapons systems like Light Battle Tank and Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH) and Light Combat Helicopter which it could need in case of war with China but procurement of those has been stuck in the red tape of bureaucracy.

Indian Army procured BAE System developed M-777 Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH) from the United States recently but the purchase was of limited quantity and to equip its forces from Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal to Assam it could require nearly 5 times more ULH in its inventory due to which Local Private Sector company like Bharat forge had developed MArG 155 mm / 39 caliber ULH and Truck-mounted MArG 155 mm / 39 caliber ULH for the Army but Army is yet to test the system or clear it for procurement. Continue reading


Beijing for long has ensured that Taiwan has starved of defense weapons while it continues to sell weapon systems to all neighbors of India especially Pakistan and Bangladesh which are to be used against India in the possible full-fledged war and yet, China continues to disregard sales of such offensive weapons like Submarines and missiles in the neighborhood while Taiwan is solely depended on the United States for its weapon purchase while other countries have been bullied by China.

Recent clashes in Galwan Valley of Ladakh is India’s opportunity to create a two-front situation for china which is particularly sensitive about Taiwan declaring its independence from China. India needs to first establish a diplomatic relationship with Taiwan and later offer the sale of weapons to Taipei which many countries have refused to supply them in the past. Continue reading


Tender documents floated by State-owned DRDO shows that work on VL-SRSAM (Vertically Launched -Short-range Surface Air to Missile ) System based on Astra beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile has begun and tender documents call for interested parties to submit bids of VL-SRSAM missile integration Jig. has been informed that VL-SRSAM will be developed in two variants for Air Force and Indian Navy. The air force will get high mobility Truck-mounted canister based VL-SRSAM and Navy will get Canister based VL-SRSAM for its frontline warships which will replace ageing Israeli supplied Barak-1 Point Defence interceptor missiles which were procured after India ended its Tri-service Trishul SRSAM program in 2006 due to technical issues. Continue reading


Pakistani Analysts have criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan for not openly supporting China after clashes with India in Galwan Valley of Ladakh. analyst in the televised debate said that ” Khan Saab has time to poke Modi on Indian Lockdown measures but is silent on twitter regarding support to China on Galwan Valley clash with India”. , another panelist said that provoking India at this time when temperatures are high can be counterproductive for Pakistan and it can backfire as Modi might order strikes in Pakistan due to which Khan is mum on this matter.

Another panelist argued that if Pakistan doesn’t stand with China at this moment when it is facing global isolation due to the COVID-19 situation it will also stay away from Pakistan in any possible conflict with India in the future. Continue reading


Ghulam Rasool Galwan, a Ladakhi explorer from Leh, was the first to explore the course of the river. In 1892.He was part of a British expedition team that was exploring the areas to the north of the Chang Chenmo valley, when they ran into this previously unknown river valley, which was later named after him. This is one of the rare instances where a major geographical feature is named after a native explorer.

As it happened that on a mission with Dunmore Murray, 7th Earl of Dunmore, he was part of a group that hit a wall of tall mountains and steep gorges with no possible way out. The 14-year-old boy, Ghulam Rasool Galwan instead went ahead to search for a possible route out. To everyone’s surprise, he found a relatively easier passage through the ravines that helped the expedition to go ahead without much difficulty. Impressed, Dunmore Murray decided to name the newfound passage through the edge of water naming it as Galwan nullah or river. Continue reading


Capture of Inner Mongolia 1934– How China subdued and captured the inner Mongolia region in past few hundred years is well known. When mongols living in those areas rose against oppression of Chinese monarchs, they were brutally overpowered with men, little kids murdered, women sold to slavery. Chinese claim over inner Mongolia, is mostly related to long march done before WW2 by the communist army when they were on the run from pursuit by Chiang Kai Shek’ Republic of China army.

It is mostly in inner Mongolia that they found refuge to recover themselves. Even in modern times, after end of WW2, when the mongols of Inner Mongolia were trying to assert their legitimacy, they were brutally suppressed. Can the Chinese government wash its hand off sin to brutally suppress the mongols of Inner Mongolia? Continue reading


In the events leading upto the current standoff in Ladakh region it would be wise to try and understand some important incidents in the second half of the 20th century regarding China. There are several prisms through which the nature of Chinese intrusions can be viewed. However I shall focus on one theme only which is to understand the reasons as to why China resorts to these sudden provocative maneuvers seemingly out of the blue and whether there is a precedent to it. We need to look back at some major incidents that occurred in the 1960s to see some parallels to the happenings of the past few years which have culminated in the current faceoff.

Throughout the 1960s the changing geopolitical situation and China’s own domestic political changes led to increasing border issues cropping up between China and the Soviet Union in the Manchurian region amongst other regions. As the Chinese increasingly started claiming several areas which were controlled by the Soviets, incursions became common with even chinese civilians crossing the border to confront the soviet border patrols. Continue reading


Deception is an art in which the dragon seems to have acquired great mastery. The recent standoff seems to be a grim reminder of how two large trading nations can still come to loggerheads thanks to hegemonic attitude and unilateral belligerence. Troops both from India and China were caught in eyeball to eyeball confrontation at Galwan, Pangong Tso and Naku la with differing accounts coming in media and wait for official joint statement of disengagement on all stand off locations still on.

These are not merely frontier locations but highly strategic points where the PLA has made strategic incursions. Experts do differ in the assessment of how deep Chinese incursions are, but ,have certainly voiced concerns at the presence of Chinese troops there. Now, the obvious question must be why so concerned about this confrontation as perception of LAC both in the eastern and western sector differs and such acts keep on taking place. It is so because this time incursions did not take place based on difference in perceptions but in areas where the PLA has long believed it’s claims did not lie, especially the Galwan valley. This valley was witness to Indo China clashes during 1962 war. The way the PLA brought in heavy machinery and armament raised certain valid questions Continue reading