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Networked warfare
When the August-launched GSAT-7 satellite became operational in mid-September last year the Indian Navy became better able to keep under surveillance its area of concern which spans three huge water bodies-the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. It will improve the network centricity between its airborne, surface
 
Deceptive attack
One would have thought that given the advancement in radar technology which enabled ground-based militaries to detect and deal with attacking aircraft, the aircraft would have by now become redundant to warfare. It has not. This is mainly because of concomitant developments that enabled the aircraft to operate and fight in hostile
 
Access to space
In what could be described as a historic achievement of immense scientific and technological significance, India’s first ever interplanetary probe, Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), with a lift off mass 1340-kg was put into a elliptical orbit around the earth by means of the augmented version of the four stage space workhorse, Polar Satellite
 
Critical mission
With the Government of India dithering over giving final clearance to the much talked of high profile programme for the Indian manned spaceflight, this project of national importance has ceased to be on the priority list of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). For the sustained focus of ISRO on the Mars orbiter mission implied 
 
Crucial link
Given the Indian context the thought arises whether the efficacy of the Network Centric Warfare system (NCW) depends on the existence of a Chief of Defence Staff and the absence of turf wars between the users of the system. Concomitantly, will turf wars disappear once the CDS is operational? As things stand an indigenously developed system
 
Eye in the sky
Air defence, perforce, is a multilayered concept. Till India went nuclear it was sufficient to be able to detect and engage low-flying aircraft and medium range missiles armed with conventional warheads. No more. India now has to ensure that all means of ingress into its airspace are well covered by sensors so as no nuclear-tipped 
 
Information dominance
Network centric warfare or NCW is redefining the future battlespace. In the information age, power is increasingly derived from information sharing, information access and speed. The Indian armed forces are moving fast in this direction. Modern age is of technology and information. The numerical strength does not 
 
Flying scanners
In an age of supersonic fighters and long range ballistic and cruise missiles, Indian Armed Forces would always feel handicapped due to the lack of air based surveillance platforms for providing sufficient air coverage. The armed forces would have no reaction time, which is often within seconds and minutes and only an AWACS can enable
 
Harnessing potentiality
In what has been described as a major step towards acquiring an independent satellite based navigation capability, India’s first dedicated GPS (Global Positioning System) satellite IRNSS-1A was successfully placed into orbit by means of the four stages, Indian space work-horse, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in July 1. It took around 20
 
Catching early
For centuries, the mighty and magnificent Himalayas have remained an integral and inseparable part of the national consciousness of India. India’s spiritual literature describes Himalayas as the veritable symbol of divinity, nobility and immortality. As the snow clad abode of Gods, Himalayas continues to be held in reverence by a large segment of the