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Group Captain Dr Ajey Lele

Gp Capt Dr Ajey Lele is Deputy Directer General, Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. An ex-Indian Air Force Officer, he holds a Master's degree in Physics (Pune University), an MPhil in Defence and Strategic Studies (Madras University), and a doctorate from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His areas of research include issues related to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Space Security, and Strategic Technologies.

Latest Articles

Ariane 6 – Europe’s long-awaited odyssey in space

The Ariane 6 is 56-62 m high – taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa and weighs around 900 000 kg (900 tonnes), roughly equivalent to two fully loaded Boeing 747-8 airplanes.

50 years of Pokhran-I

Only having nuclear weapons is not sufficient, when a country wants to establish a potent nuclear deterrence mechanism. What is important is to have a reliable nuclear weapon delivery system.

Iran, Israel, and military gambling

The ongoing political ‘drama’ between Iran and Israel is keeping the world on the tenterhooks. No country wants it to escalate to a full-blown war.

MIRV technology – modernizing India’s nuclear arsenal

DRDO recently completed the first flight test of a MIRV missile. This is an important step towards strengthening India’s nuclear triad.

Hamas attack and Israeli intelligence failure

The surprise attack on Israel by Hamas, brings to the fore the importance of intelligence in any conflict be it a full-scale war or an act of terror.

Mission Chandrayaan-3 – India’s successful soft landing on the Moon

Chandrayaan-3 has chosen the South Pole of the Moon since it is suitable for finding water. ISRO is now planning a joint mission with Japan in the near future

Moon Rovers – impressive past and the present

People in general remember the achievers, who accomplish something first. Neil Armstrong was the first human to walk on the Moon’s surface during Apollo 11’s historic Moon landing in 1969. But very few know the other eleven who have walked on the lunar surface.

Will Russian Luna 25 beat Chandrayaan-3 to land first on the...

Russia's Luna-25 would be reaching the Moon in five days and may take another five to seven days to position itself for a Moon landing. Chandrayaan-3 is likely to attempt Moon landing on 23 Aug 2023, hence there is a likelihood that Luna-25 would land before Chandrayaan-3. Both these missions would be exploring the Moon’s South Pole and if all goes well Luna-25 would be the first craft on land on the South Pole of the Moon.

Chandrayaan-3: ISRO’s second attempt for soft-landing on Moon

Chandrayaan-3 India’s third spacecraft towards the Moon, began its journey on 14 July 2023. India's future moon agenda depends on the success of this mission

Moon – laboratory for understanding the universe

The moon is the Earth's only natural satellite and has fascinated humans since time immemorial. The moon affects the ocean tides and impacts the lives of people

Artemis Accords: What India stands to gain or lose?

Artemis Accords represents NASA’s articulation about how the world should approach technological and policy issues for planning and executing missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Poisoning of school girls in Afghanistan: mistake, or mischief

On 03/04 Jun 2023, two incidents of poisoning took place in two schools in Afghanistan in which almost 80 girls’ fell sick and needed to be hospitalized.

Why Geoffrey Hinton, the father of Artificial Intelligence (AI) quit Google?

Geoffrey Hinton the 75-year-old scientist known as the father of Artificial Intelligence quit Google expressing fears that AI research is going in the wrong direction

US Air Force F-22 Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off South...

The US military shot down a Chinese spy balloon in the United States (US). The incident is being viewed as an unacceptable violation of U.S. sovereignty.

Space debris: is the USA serious about solving the problem?

Presently, there are approximately 8,000 metric tons of space debris, which include at least 900,000 individual pieces of space debris that are possibly harmful to the health of satellites. It is also important to remove/reduce the existing space debris so that outer space becomes cleaner and safe for satellite operations.