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Sandeep Unnithan

Sandeep Unnithan

Executive Editor, India Todaysandy@intoday.com
The writer is Executive Editor, India Today.

By Sandeep Unnithan

India’s light tank debate crosses shores

The PLA’s aggressive deployment in eastern Ladakh and its potential of quickly escalating into a full-blown conflict has seen the Indian army going in for fast track purchases to meet equipment shortfalls.

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How Ladakh row could speed up Indo-US intel sharing

The 2020 standoff will not lead to an Indo-US military alliance but it will deepen the existing strategic partnership between the two countries.

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Why the PLA is posturing at the LAC

Chinese troops have ingressed at four major points while Beijing has laid claim to the entire Galwan Valley.

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Modi-Morrison summit: How Beijing's belligerence makes the ‘Quad’ more attractive for New Delhi

Australia may join the tri-lateral Malabar-2020 naval exercise scheduled between India, Japan and the US later this year, a Quadrilateral of democracies.

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Ladakh Standoff: The Chinese knee in India’s neck

The People's Liberation Army of China acted in a pre-meditated fashion to move into eastern Ladakh, violating multiple boundary agreements. New Delhi has limited military options to end the stalemate.

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Why we need 'Made in India' kits for our men at Siachen

The prospect of Indian soldiers wearing Made in China gear alone should propel indigenisation efforts.

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A chronicle of life and limb on LoC

The study by army doctors has minutely studied the pattern of limb injuries sustained by its men over the last six years.

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Why the Indian Army needs a K-9 edge

It is time clearly, the army turned to man’s best friend to hunt terrorists.

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The truth about the bioweapon hazard story

If weaponised viruses are indeed at work, then India’s biological warfare preparedness is sure to receive a boost.

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New weapons to combat coronavirus

Two critical defence ministry stakeholders, DRDO and OFB, have joined the war against Covid-19.

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Indian Navy will consider subs by the Kilo

The Kilo class is the most numerous submarine class operated by the Indian Navy.

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DailyO's Good Books: 'Operation X: The Untold Story of India's Covert Naval War in East Pakistan 1971'

Presenting a riveting excerpt from Captain MNR Samant and Sandeep Unnithan's thrilling account of the war that made Bangladesh and India's secret naval service that swung the war.

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Why India left the US ‘hanging’ and bought powerful S-400 missiles from Russia

The US had offered India defence equipment to counter Russia’s offer and even gave India warnings of ‘consequences’ but India didn’t give in.

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A Balakot that wasn’t: Vajpayee planned strike post Parliament attack in 2001

A Prime Minister to Remember written by former Navy Chief Admiral Sushil Kumar reveals the aftermath of the brazen terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament and the ill-timed Operation Parakram.

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India’s Infantry Combat Vehicles project may just die from apathy

FICV was supposed to give Indian Army a modern edge on the battlefield but with the Army failing to convince the bureaucracy to push the project through, it will float in an eternal orbit.

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Kaun banega COSC or Chairman of the Chiefs of Staffs Committee?

Without a mandate and clearly defined executive powers, the permanent COSC may just remain a ceremonial post of little consequence.

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Why Army will have to wait more for new carbines

A technical committee of the ministry of defence has raised questions over pricing.

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Sri Lanka’s Islamist nightmare: Why the investigation is being closely watched by India and Maldives

The ISIS aims to heighten religious tensions through mass casualty attacks on places of worship. Sri Lanka has so far not focused intensively on ISIS recruits and splinter groups. That will change.

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Mission Shakti: Technology demonstrator or new weapon in the arsenal?

The Project Shakti technology demonstrator brings out India’s latent capability to detect, track and destroy satellites in orbit. It is unclear whether this test was a one-off or the start of a formal ASAT programme.

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The red tape and delay in procuring specialised firepower from the United States

The elite Special Force units have resorted to stripping de-commissioned battle tanks or using weapons recovered from militants in the absence of the equipment to be procured from the US.

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To Russia with love: Undeterred by looming threat of US sanctions, why India is going ahead with joint ventures with Russian arms firms

A majority of the government-to-government deals are being directly steered by the PMO underlining their strategic nature.

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Pulwama attack: Why SVBIEDS are favored by terror groups for mass casualty attacks

The return of the car bomb, and more worryingly, volunteers willing to drive them, pose deadly new challenges.

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Why the AgustaWestland case is unlikely to go away

After the 2G scam, it is the most powerful symbol of UPA corruption.

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Why Admiral Sunil Lanba’s visit to a French nuclear shipyard is significant

India has closely followed the development of France’s new attack submarine for over a decade owing to its potential to transform the navy’s submarine arm.

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Did Las Vegas shooter use military-style sniping tactics to maximise death toll?

Stephen Paddock, the alleged perpetrator of the deadliest shooting in US history, used assault rifles to kill 59 persons and wound over 500 others.

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How lack of synergy is hurting Indian Army's hunt for weapons

When the various stakeholders in an organisation work in silos, you have a malaise that could kill Make in India.

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Snakes in the backyard: China and Pakistan betray grand delusions

Islamabad and Beijing think the infrastructure of terrorism can co-exist with economic infrastructure.

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