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  • Aravind asked: As reported in the media, does HAL just import components and assemble finished products instead of manufacturing them locally?

    Kishore Kumar Khera replies: The Hindustan Aircraft Limited, later named Hindustan Aeronautics Limited or HAL, was established in 1940. During the initial phase, HAL provided maintenance support to various combat aircraft of the allied forces in World War II and, subsequently, commenced licensed production of combat aircraft. After Independence in 1947 and its nationalisation, HAL grew in strength to design combat aircraft.

    Defence Modernisation: A Silver Lining in the Dark Clouds?

    The presentation of the Union budget on February 1 is expected to ensure full utilisation of allocated funds and will ensure that ‘New Schemes’ can be processed, approved and contracted from April 1, 2017.

    January 27, 2017

    10 Questions the Standing Committee on Defence needs to ask MoD

    The objective of asking these question should be to elicit information that generates a well-informed debate on, and facilitates the result-oriented monitoring of, the MoD’s handling of matters related to the defence budget.

    February 13, 2017

    Defence Budget 2017-18: Chugging Along

    Budget is not just all about figures but also a statement of policy. The Defence Budget for 2017-18 contains no hint of any intention of the government to bring about a paradigm shift in the defence policy.

    February 02, 2017

    A Requiem for 2016

    Higher Defence Management, Civil-military relations and force modernisation were three critical areas in which there was little or no movement in the year gone by.

    January 02, 2017

    Integrating Defence Plans with Niti Aayog’s Long Term Vision

    Defence Plans and Niti Aayog

    While it may be tempting for the Niti Aayog to make deep inroads into defence planning, it would be wise to focus only on those areas that do not disturb the core function of defence preparedness.

    June 06, 2016

    Discontinuance of National Five Year Plans – Time to Revaluate Defence Planning

    India Defence Planning

    Defence planning has had a troubled history since its inception, in spite of several experiments with the structures and processes of planning. It will, therefore, be in the fitness of things to re-evaluate the existing architecture of planning.

    April 11, 2016

    Adequate Empowerment of the Services and Financial Oversight Yet to be Achieved

    Adequate Empowerment of the Services and Financial Oversight Yet to be Achieved

    Converting the Services` HQs as departments of the government within the scope of Allocation of Business Rules, with responsibility to Parliament for obtaining defence appropriations, may be in the long-term interests of the country.

    June 23, 2015

    Core Concerns in Indian Defence and the Imperatives for Reforms

    Core Concerns in Indian Defence and the Imperatives for Reforms
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2014

    India's current defence imperatives transcend the ideeological 'defence vs. butter' debate. Even while there may be no profound existential concerns, the geo-political reality of a deeply troubled neighbourhood, long legacy of border disputes with neighbours in the north and west and a widening spectrum of potential warfare from conventional and strategic to the asymmetric can be ignored at our own peril.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-818-7,
    • Price: ₹. 1095/-
    • E-copy available
    2014

    Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence: Removing the Cobwebs

    Dysfunctional Operating Environment in Defence:  Removing the Cobwebs

    The effort to set right the operating environment has to start with creating a mechanism to review the existing devolution of power comprehensively based on clearly defined principles and not in an ad hoc manner.

    November 05, 2014

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