Military Development: India must catch up in the fighter aircraft race


Following the Balakot surgical strike by the Indian Air Force on a Jaish-e-Muhammed terror training camp, there has been talk of a new proactive Indian defence doctrine.

I have alluded to this in my previous articles as India possibly shifting from ‘defensive defence’ to ‘active defence’ as its fundamental military approach.

While I do question the shift – pursuing active defence in India’s specific regional situation would mean we are seen as the aggressors and lose the moral high ground; plus we don’t face an existential crisis like Israel on account of Pakistan-based terrorism – the Balakot episode has put the spotlight on India’s military preparedness. Read More

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