Saurav Jha

  • Coolest Geeks in India #2: An interview with Captain S Ramaprasad (rtd), VSM, Indian Navy and Managing Director of Kaptron

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    To be dominant in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), India must stay at the cutting edge of anti-submarine warfare capability which naturally continues to depend...

  • The growth of the Indian Army's helicopter inventory

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Army Aviation Corps (AAC) of the Indian Army (IA) is just shy of being three decades old. In that period, it has probably become...

  • A look at the Indian Army's Main Battle Tank programs

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In August 2014, the Defence Acquisition Council(DAC) finally gave the go ahead for 118 Arjun Mk-2 MBTs for an order value of about Rs 6600...

  • A look at the Indian Army's Main Battle Tank programs

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In August 2014, the Defence Acquisition Council(DAC) finally gave the go ahead for 118 Arjun Mk-2 MBTs for an order value of about Rs 6600...

  • Maiden canisterised launch of the Agni-V ICBM marks India's arrival as a missile power

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    This morning's maiden canisterised launch of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) developed Agni V Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) marks the arrival of India...

  • Terror boat incident brings India's post-Mumbai Coastal Security Network into focus

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The 'terror boat' incident off the coast of Gujarat shows that the seaborne option continues to find favour with Pakistan based terrorist networks post 26/11....

  • Some trends in sonar technology

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    With the advent of ever smarter and faster anti-ship missiles, many navies around the world have shifted their focus to the underwater dimension for credible...

  • A note on India's Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) project

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Chinese today are flying two fifth generation fighter prototypes, at least one of which will enter series production sometime in the next decade. It...

  • The Radiance of Tejas: A bright prospect for ‘Make in India’

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    I must state at the outset, that the title of this post is a tribute to B.Harry, a true geek whose wantonly premature demise was...

  • The Radiance of Tejas: A bright prospect for 'Make in India'

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    I must state at the outset, that the title of this post is a tribute to B.Harry, a true geek whose wantonly premature demise was...

  • Guest Post #11: Is Citizen Services an unattainable myth in India? by Sarajit Jha

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Whilst Lincoln's ideal state of government i.e by the people, of the people and for the people has remained elusive, one can argue, that in...

  • A look at the Indian Navy's Project 75I tender to #MakeinIndia six diesel-electric submarines

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    In late October 2014, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) cleared the long pending Project 75I, a proposal by the Indian Navy (IN) to acquire six...

  • Indian Army Air Defence futures

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Indian Army's (IA) Air Defence (AD) corps has long been considered the most neglected of its specific arms. However with the induction of the...

  • Coolest Geeks in India post #1: An Interview with 'The Third Curve' author Mansoor Khan

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The growth that the world has seen since the beginning of the industrial age has been hydrocarbon based. Today some thinkers are increasingly worried that...

  • Guest Post #10: Developing a Maritime Security Coalition Architecture for the Indo-Pacific by Col Grant Newsham

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Today's guest post is written by Colonel Grant Newsham, who retired from the US Marine Corps and is based in part on a presentation he...

  • The Indian Navy's quest for amphibious assault ships

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The Indian Navy's (IN) role in relief and rescue operations during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami won it plaudits from the international community while underlining...

  • Can Videshi be used to benefit Swadeshi? Examining FDI in defence

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    As military modernization gathers pace under the new Modi-led dispensation in Delhi, liberalized foreign direct investment (FDI) rules for the defence sector in its first...

  • GSAT-7 bolsters Indian Navy's Network Centric Warfare (NCW) capability

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    Effective maritime domain awareness (MDA) in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is a strategic imperative for the Indian Navy (IN). Achieving this goal dovetails with...

  • Trends in India's military simulation market

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The use of simulators as a training and operational readiness tool in the Indian military has risen considerably since the 2000s. Today, simulator use in...

  • Seeking the future: An interview with Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Director Research Centre Imarat

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The brainchild of former President APJ Abdul Kalam, Research Centre Imarat is India's premier missile sub-systems laboratory. With a vast forested campus RCI is the...

  • Guest Post #9: The Alchemy of ISIS by Ravikant Mishra

    Geek At Large |  Saurav Jha
    The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a matter of great concern for India and the world. The ISIS represents...

  • 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...