Saurav Jha

  • Some notes on DRDO's PDV ballistic missile defence interceptor

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In late April, the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) unveiled the PDV, which has been designed to serve as an exo-atmospheric interceptor for India's...

  • Interview with the Chief of DRDO, Avinash Chander -Part II

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Saurav Jha: Talking about the future, one area that is always supposed to be 'five years away' is that of directed energy weapons (DEW). India...

  • Interview with Dr Avinash Chander, DRDO Chief and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The new Narendra Modi government gave the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), a major vote of confidence in its first budget by substantially hiking...

  • Indian Army C4ISR trends

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Indian Army (IA) believes that state of the art intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems can serve to give it an advantage over even...

  • The Sonar market in India 'hots' up

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Defence procurement in India has often been characterized by the need to make a decision between importing an off-the-shelf system on operational grounds and waiting...

  • The Indian Military looks East

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Earlier this year, President Pranab Mukherjee laid the foundation stone of an Indian Army (IA) 'air defence' (AD) station at Nabagram in Murshidabad district, West...

  • Technology is increasingly driving India's homeland security market

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    India's homeland security (HS) spend is now larger than the overall defence budget of many countries. Understandably this sector is attracting just as much attention...

  • Trends in combat jet sensors of relevance to the Indian Air force's transformation

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In 2007 during the run up to the medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) decision, the then air chief had remarked that what matters today is...

  • Putting the Indian Army's desire to import assault rifles in perspective

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Not all Armies in the world fight with a domestically developed standard issue rifle. The Indian Army (IA) however is not one of them and...

  • Safe city concept lays the groundwork for Modi's smart cities

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The unsavoury events of the past decade, ranging from mass terrorist attacks to public crimes against women has created the need for safer Indian cities....

  • In conversation with Chairman of the Atomic Energy Comission

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Narendra Modi's government has indicated a renewed push in the area of civil nuclear energy, which is a key component of India's strategy to enhance...

  • Guest Post #8: A quick primer on the real dynamics of the Iraq situation by A Durai

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Like Sudan, Iraq has a large problem of uniting two ethnicities - Arab and Kurd into a united nation state with equal rights for both....

  • In Snowden's Wake - A PRISMatic view of India-US relations

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    It came as a surprise to many Indians last year when it was publicly learnt thanks to whistle blower Edward Snowden's revelations that India was...

  • India and the Pacific Alliance

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Pacific Alliance (PA) is an emerging trade bloc comprising Chile, Mexico, Peru and Colombia. It accounts for about a third of Latin America's GDP...

  • Boost public-private partnerships in Indian industry to make the most out of FDI in Defence

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Last October India's flagship 'make' (high-tech systems) program under the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) -2011, the Tactical Communication System (TCS), finally got some momentum going...

  • Evolving radar systems for C-RAM roles in the future

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Insurgent organizations all over the world are looking beyond small arms and shoulder launched weapons that are the usual staple of their arsenals. Middle Eastern...

  • New power projection capabilities sought for the Indian Navy- Fleet Support Ships

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In a signal that the Indian Navy (IN) is looking to push further into the Southern Indian Ocean Region (IOR) besides being ready to operate...

  • A half-yearly look at DRDO's ongoing missile projects

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    As we approach the end of the first half of 2014, it is worthwhile to look at how the year so far has been for...

  • Countering Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the Indian Context

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    It is now apparent that the maoists are increasingly dependent on IEDs to further their asymmetric war on the Indian State. In fact, given that...

  • Why the 'New York Times' does not get Narendra Modi's rise

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Well for one, its correspondents probably spend a disproportionate amount of time talking to the 'elite' of India to put trends in 'perspective'. I of...

  • Aviation assets for India's paramilitary forces

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Heightened operational tempo as well increased area of responsibility for India's Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) necessitates the induction of more integral aviation assets for...

  • Beware of those PhDs Mr Modi

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In today's guest post, we have, once again, India's leading security expert, Col RSN Singh laying bare his views on the hidden threats to India's...

  • India's missile build up gathers pace with Monday's Brahmos test by the Indian Army

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Monday's test by the Indian Army (IA) of a deep penetration version of the Brahmos symbolizes the emergence of a new era in standoff strike...

  • Small is powerful: Nanotechnology based security applications in India

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    A stream of nanotechnology (nanotech) based products is beginning to emerge in India with applications in the security realm. Besides DRDO, serious innovation is being...

  • Why the Dassault Rafale will be purchased by the Indian Air Force

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In 2011, the IAF managed to get the government to revise its sanctioned combat squadron strength upwards to 42 from the previous 39.5. This decision...

  • The case for speeding up India's domestic fifth generation fighter projects

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Indian Air Force's (IAF) quest for its first fifth generation fighter has been running into the usual back and forth with the Russians as...

  • No FIRE escape for China

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In March 2013, 16000 dead pigs were found floating in the Huangpu river that is the source of Shanghai's drinking water supply. The pigs had...

  • An 'engine' for India's growth

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    As India and China build their respective aerospace industries, the one glaring gap remains their inability to mass produce wholly indigenous modern aircraft engines. ...

  • CCTVs and the move to make Indian cities safer across states

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The arrest of Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal has served to highlight the increasing role played by CCTV footage in terror investigations. Not only has...

  • The Indian move towards MIRVs

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    India's pursuit of multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) technology has been variously described as being in the design or technology development phase in recent...