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  • Has the Time Come to Replace Manned Combat Aircraft With Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles?

    A quantum jump in the operational role of UAVs can be expected only with a breakthrough in Artificial Intelligence. Until that happens, their will increase gradually to reach about 50 per cent of combat operations over the next three decades.

    August 16, 2017

    Transfer of Defence Technology: Exploring the Avenues for India

    India has been the recipient of transfers of defence technology predominantly through the licensed manufacture mode which, while being cheap and easy to implement, has some major limitations. This article looks into alternate modes of technology transfer and explores additional possibilities through a broad perspective on technology development. It also attempts to assess the relative strengths of each mode, the challenges in implementation and indicate a way forward to meet suitable national goals.

    July 2017

    Does Acquisition of Critical Technologies through ToT truly benefit India?

    While developing critical defence technologies has undeniable benefits, their acquisition through Transfers of Technology brings numerous complexities and eventually may deliver limited benefits.

    June 20, 2017

    Transfer of Defence Technology to India: Prevalence, Significance and Insights

    Transfer of technology has been prevalent in numerous forms across the world, both in the civil as well as defence domains, and India is no exception. These transfers, primarily in the form of licenced manufacture, have provided a significant boost to the production capabilities and self-reliance of developing nations in the past and hold great promise, in the future, for nations that do not have a well-developed science and technology base.

    October 2016

    Transfer of Defence Technology: A Critical Analysis

    Transfer of Defence Technology: A Critical Analysis

    ‘Transfer of Technology’ does not magically elevate defence production capabilities to cutting-edge levels and help attain future self-reliance because technology sellers employ restrictive trade practices to prevent such an eventuality.

    April 12, 2016

    Navin Sharma asked: What is Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and how important it is for India?

    Reply: Please refer to the following:

    Keynote Address by Foreign Secretary Shri Ranjan Mathai at the Ministry of External Affairs – Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) National Export Control Seminar, April 18, 2012 (Click here).

    Rajiv Nayan, “Update on India’s Membership of Multilateral Export Controls Regimes”, Commentary, December 19, 2012.

    Relevance of Cloud Computing for Defence

    Technology has always played the key role in defining the outcome of war. A modern-day military is investing in cutting-edge technologies to leverage their benefits in the evolving nature of warfare, which encompasses every aspect of science. In the case of information and communication technology (ICT), the research and development has unleashed vast potential for civilian and military applications, which vary from simple logic execution to high-end supercomputing.

    April 2014

    Stealth Technology and its Effect on Aerial Warfare

    Stealth Technology and its Effect on Aerial Warfare

    In aerial warfare technology has progressed rapidly from the frail and flimsy machines seen in the air in the first half of the twentieth century. This monograph attempts to commence task of explaining stealth technology, looking at possible counters to stealth and discussing the ways in which stealth technology changes the conduct of aerial warfare.

    2014

    3D Printing and Defence: A Silent Revolution

    In a 3D printing technology, an object is created layer by layer through a specially designed printer using plastic or other materials. The most striking thing about 3D printing is the way it can convert the digital inventory into physical objects thereby reducing the requirement of critical storage space drastically.

    January 03, 2014

    Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

    Space Capability and India's Defence Communications Up to 2022 and Beyond

    Military organisations worldwide have steadily increased reliance on space assets for communications, surveillance, and navigation. India has sufficient space capability as compared to China.

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