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Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation. Picture Source: thedrive.com

Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

In mid 2018, the then Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre informed the Lok Sabha that his ministry had initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It shall be used for national security and military strategic purposes and the government was studying a task force report  byContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation”

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China’s Serious Border Disputes With Most Neighbours – Unilateral Approach – India the Bulwark – Comprehensive Story. Image Credit: chinasage.info

China’s Serious Border Disputes With Most Neighbours – Unilateral Approach – India the Bulwark – Comprehensive Story

The Galwan Valley Stand-off has once again brought the attention of the world to Chinese approach to border disputes. Disputes with some countries have been resolved through arm-twisting and there are some like Pakistan who have ceded huge areas of land to seek military and financial help and the end to a great extent cededContinue reading “China’s Serious Border Disputes With Most Neighbours – Unilateral Approach – India the Bulwark – Comprehensive Story”

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Charles B. DeBellevue – Top American Ace of the Vietnam War – A Non-Pilot – First Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Ace. Picture Source: Wikipedia

Charles B. DeBellevue – Top American Ace of the Vietnam War – A Non-Pilot – First Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Ace

While aces are generally thought of exclusively as fighter pilots, but such status has been also accorded to gunners on bombers or reconnaissance aircraft, and to observers in two-seater fighters such as the early Bristol F-2b, and Navigators/weapons officers in aircraft like the F-4 Phantom. Because pilots often teamed with different air crew members, anContinue reading “Charles B. DeBellevue – Top American Ace of the Vietnam War – A Non-Pilot – First Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) Ace”

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T-90 “Bhishma” Tanks in Ladakh – A Comprehensive Look. Picture Source: ukdefencejournal.org.uk

T-90 “Bhishma” Tanks in Ladakh – A Comprehensive Look

The T-90 is a third-generation Russian battle-tank that entered service in 1993. The tank is a modern variation of the T-72B and incorporates many features found on the T-80U. Originally called the T-72BU, but later renamed to T-90, it is an advanced tank in service with Russian Ground Forces and the Naval infantry.  The T-90 uses aContinue reading “T-90 “Bhishma” Tanks in Ladakh – A Comprehensive Look”

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Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction & Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules. Picture Source: Wikipedia

Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction and Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules

Six Rafale are set to land on Indian soil at Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Ambala airbase in less than a month on 27 July 2020. Earlier India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had formally received the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft contracted at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore by India at a specialContinue reading “Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction and Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules”

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General Kalashnikov and His World Famous AK-47 – The MiG 21 of Rifles. Picture Credit: nytimes.com

General Kalashnikov and His World Famous AK-47 – The MiG 21 of Rifles

Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, the Russian Lieutenant General, inventor, military engineer, writer and small arms designer, is most famous for developing the world acclaimed and highest manufactured AK-47 assault rifle and its improvements, the AKM and AK-74, as well as the PK machine gun and RPK light machine gun. Kalashnikov was, according to himself, a self-taughtContinue reading “General Kalashnikov and His World Famous AK-47 – The MiG 21 of Rifles”

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Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender. Picture Credit: defenceaviationpost.com

Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender

The air dominance of the future will rely on long range airborne radars and sensors complemented by long range jam-proof missiles that will allow well Beyond the Visual Range (BVR) combat. Stealth and super-cruise will be added features of the fifth generation fighters. Most current 4th-plus generation fighters produced since early 1970s have more orContinue reading “Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender”

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“Triple Ace” Shot 17 aircraft in a Day – Hans-Joachim Marseille – Most Amazing and Ingenious Combat Pilot. Picture Credt: reddit.com

“Triple Ace” Shot 17 aircraft in a Day – Hans-Joachim Marseille – Most Amazing and Ingenious Combat Pilot

To be a Triple-ace in a day, the pilot must have destroyed 15 enemy aircraft in a single day. This has been achieved by only five pilots ever. All from the Luftwaffe. Hans-Joachim Marseille, also called “Stern von Afrika” (Star of Africa) by the Germans, shot down 17 Allied fighters in three sorties over North AfricaContinue reading ““Triple Ace” Shot 17 aircraft in a Day – Hans-Joachim Marseille – Most Amazing and Ingenious Combat Pilot”

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Hindu Kush, The Killing Fields, Drugs, Weapons, Terrorism and Invaders Gateway to India. Image Credit: japanesemythology.wordpress.com

Hindu Kush, The Killing Fields, Drugs, Weapons, Terrorism and Invaders Gateway to India

Hindu Kush is an 800 km long Central Asian mountain range that rises north eastward from Kabul, which is at 5,900 feet, till it meets the Karakoram Range of the Great Himalayas. Inhabited by a million tribesmen, it separates the valleys of river Amu Darya to its north and Indus to the south. These mountainousContinue reading “Hindu Kush, The Killing Fields, Drugs, Weapons, Terrorism and Invaders Gateway to India”

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“Triple Ace” American Fighter Pilot “Robin Olds” – World War II and Vietnam War. Picture Credit: af.mil

“Triple Ace” American Fighter Pilot “Robin Olds” – World War II and Vietnam War

Robin Olds was a “triple ace” American fighter pilot with a combined total of 17 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a Brigadier General of the United States Air Force (USAF) after 30 years of service. The son of Army Air Force Major General Robert Olds, he wasContinue reading ““Triple Ace” American Fighter Pilot “Robin Olds” – World War II and Vietnam War”

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Design Copies – Reverse Engineering – Way to Aviation Power? Are J 20 and J 31 Overhyped. Image Credit: funnyjunk.com

Design Copies – Reverse Engineering – Way to Aviation Power? Are J 20 and J 31 Overhyped

Chinese government controlled media continuously keeps telling the world about China’s fast emerging aircraft industry. It is also to raise the morale of its own people and to give the impression of becoming a great military power. But great powers do not steal designs or unauthorisedly copy them flouting all intellectual property rights and normsContinue reading “Design Copies – Reverse Engineering – Way to Aviation Power? Are J 20 and J 31 Overhyped”

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Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India. Picture Credit: flightlineweekly.com

Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India

Unmanned aircraft technologies have now matured well beyond just  reconnaissance, security, and targeting. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are now under taking all missions including heavy-lift cargo. World is at a transition. There are some who see the JSF F-35 Lightening II as the last dedicated manned fighter/bomber. Solar-powered UAS are already flying. Currently, the solar-poweredContinue reading “Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India”

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Showdown in Ladakh – The IAF in a Two Front War. Picture Credit: SU 30 MKI economictimes.indiatimes.com

Showdown in Ladakh – The IAF in a Two Front War

          With a Major showdown including loss of life on both sides, things are heating up between India and China around the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Meanwhile the Pakistan DG Inter Services Public Relations (DGISPR) has tweeted that General Nadeem Raza, CJCSC, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS, Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, CNS, and AirContinue reading “Showdown in Ladakh – The IAF in a Two Front War”

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Air Defence of India – The Big Picture View. Picture Credit: militarywatchmagazine.com

Air Defence of India – The Big Picture View

Recent Chinese incursions in Ladakh and near threat of escalation, have once again got the military planners to look at Indian military preparedness. Just last year Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) attempted a large force ‘riposte’ on 27 February 2019 in response to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) deep air strikes on targets in Balakot. The PAF launched aContinue reading “Air Defence of India – The Big Picture View”

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The Iconic MiG-21- Great Design – Most Produced Supersonic Jet – Fearsome Reputation – Unending Service. Picture Credit: The Indian Express

The Iconic MiG-21- Great Design – Most Produced Supersonic Jet – Fearsome Reputation – Unending Service

Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shot down a Pakistani F-16 while flying a MiG-21 Bison, on February 27, 2019 during a showdown between the IAF and Pakistan Air Force (PAF). It not only sent ripples across the world but also brought the MiG 21 in headlines again. The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name:Continue reading “The Iconic MiG-21- Great Design – Most Produced Supersonic Jet – Fearsome Reputation – Unending Service”

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Air Power Transformational Challenges – India. Picture Credit: aame.in

Air Power Transformational Challenges – India

Indian Air Force (IAF) modernization is coming back into focus again and again. The IAF has hit an all time low of 30 fighter squadrons1 vis-a-vis the government authorized 42. Convergence of strategic interests between China and Pakistan and their rapidly modernizing air forces continues to be of concern. Chinese aircraft industry is churning stateContinue reading “Air Power Transformational Challenges – India”

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Fighter Ace Lydia Litvyak “White Lily” – Highest Aerial Victories by a Female Fighter Pilot. Picture Credit: warhistoryonline.com

Fighter Ace Lydia Litvyak “White Lily” – Highest Aerial Victories by a Female Fighter Pilot

Lydia Vladimirovna Litvyak  also known as Lilya, was a fighter pilot in the Soviet air Force during World War II. Historians’ estimates for her total solo victories from five to twelve, and two to four shared kills in her 66 combat sorties. In about two years of operations, she was the first female fighter pilot toContinue reading “Fighter Ace Lydia Litvyak “White Lily” – Highest Aerial Victories by a Female Fighter Pilot”

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China’s Aviation Industry Forging Ahead, Yet Critical Technology Challenges. Picture Credit: businessinsider.in

China’s Aviation Industry – Forging Ahead, Yet Critical Technology Challenges

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”– Leonardo DaVinci “The opportunity to secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by theContinue reading “China’s Aviation Industry – Forging Ahead, Yet Critical Technology Challenges”

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HAL – Time to Get Going – A Comprehensive Story. Picture Credit: defence.pk

HAL – Time to Get Going – A Comprehensive Story

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has once again come in the eye of the storm after a respected Test Pilot and former Indian Navy Chief did a candid interview with the web portal LiveFist and highlighted what HAL could have done better in some areas. Last year HAL was in similar situation when a public debateContinue reading “HAL – Time to Get Going – A Comprehensive Story”

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Pakistan Air Force Operational Airbases – A Comprehensive Look. Picture Credit: suchtv.pk

Pakistan Air Force Operational Airbases – A Comprehensive Look

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has three geographical Commands, Northern Air Command (NAC), Peshawar, Central Air Command (CAC), Lahore, and Southern Air Command (SAC), Karachi. It has two functional Commands, the Air Force Strategic Command (AFSC), at Islamabad, and Air Defence Command (ADC), at Rawalpindi. PAF has a total of 21 air bases, comprising 13Continue reading “Pakistan Air Force Operational Airbases – A Comprehensive Look”

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JF-17 Thunder Fighter Aircraft – Crown Jewel of Sino-Pak Aviation Connect. Picture Credit: Wikipedia.

China Designed and Substantially Produced JF-17 Thunder Fighter – Crown Jewel of Sino-Pak Aviation Relations

The latest Block III variant of Chinese ‘designed for Pakistan’ multirole fighter aircraft JF-17 ‘Thunder’ reportedly flew its maiden flight on December 15, 2019 in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan. The world has been closely watching China’s fast emerging military aircraft industry. JF-17 whose development began much later than India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) ‘Tejas’Continue reading “China Designed and Substantially Produced JF-17 Thunder Fighter – Crown Jewel of Sino-Pak Aviation Relations”

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Growing Big – Know About Chinese Airborne Forces. Picture Credit: militaryleak.com

Growing Big – Know About Chinese Airborne Forces

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) recently carried out a large-scale exercise involving thousands of paratroopers to check its preparedness in transporting soldiers and armoured vehicles from a central Chinese province to border areas near India in China’s northwest. They deployed latest weapons including the Type 15 light battle tank and the new 155-MM vehicle-mountedContinue reading “Growing Big – Know About Chinese Airborne Forces”

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Understanding India-China Standoff – A Basic Primer. Picture Credit: nationalheraldindia.com

Understanding India-China Standoff – A Basic Primer

India has thus far, politically, and as a nation, been very diffident about dealing with China possibly haunted by the ghosts of our defeat in 1962, when China regularised its encroachments into Indian territory, and converted these into the present day Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the Aksai Chin area, an area the sizeContinue reading “Understanding India-China Standoff – A Basic Primer”

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German Ace – General Adolf Galland – 104 Aerial Victories Picture Credit: warrelics.eu

German Ace – General Adolf Galland – 104 Aerial Victories – all against the Western Allies

Adolf Josef Ferdinand Galland was a German Luftwaffe General and flying ace who served throughout the WW II in Europe. Flew 705 combat missions. On four occasions, he survived being shot down, and was credited with 104 aerial victories, all against the Western Allies. He became a glider pilot in 1929. In 1932, he graduated asContinue reading “German Ace – General Adolf Galland – 104 Aerial Victories – all against the Western Allies”

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft – Options India. Picture Credit: militarywatchmagazine.com

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft – Time To Get Act Right India

The Indian government just cleared the development of the twin engine deck-based fighter (TEDBF) for Indian Navy. The development phase is expected to cost between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 Crore. First Flight is tasked to be done in six years. Indigenisation is clearly the focus, and rightly so. Meanwhile just last year the airContinue reading “Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft – Time To Get Act Right India”

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Advantage The Woman Terrorist. Picture Credit: english.manoramaonline.com

Advantage The Woman Terrorist

Thenmozhi “Gayatri” Rajaratnam more famously known as ‘Dhanu’ blew herself on 21 May 1991 in a suicide bombing attack to assassinate former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. 14 others were also killed in the south Indian town of Sriperumbudur near Chennai. She was known to have been a member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil EalamContinue reading “Advantage The Woman Terrorist”

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Chinese Incursion of April 2013 – Assessment Still Relevant – Stance Stronger

No international conference, be it in the Western hemisphere or in Asia, is complete without a discussion on the expanding Chinese economy, its belligerent attitude towards its Asian neighbours, and what it would mean for the region and the rest of the world. In India, however, it is only the analysts and strategists that discussContinue reading “Chinese Incursion of April 2013 – Assessment Still Relevant – Stance Stronger”

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Cyber Warfare a Key Element of Multi Domain Wars. Picture Credit: info-stor.co.uk

Cyber Warfare a Key Element of Multi Domain Wars – Time to Push India

War is both timeless and ever changing. While the basic nature of war is constant, the means and methods we use evolve continuously. Actions by a nation-state to penetrate another nation’s computers or networks for the purposes of causing damage or disruption can be termed as cyber warfare. Strategic cyber-attacks could be on a nationsContinue reading “Cyber Warfare a Key Element of Multi Domain Wars – Time to Push India”

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What Holds Back Indian Military Aviation Development – Historical Perspective. Picture Credit: swarajyamag.com

What Holds Back Indian Military Aviation Development – Historic Perspective By a Retired Surgeon

When the then defence minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman released a list of defence related items to be sourced from Indian industry alone. I saw some amused or sarcastic comments on social media about the low technological level needed for those items. Many educated Indians sneer at products of Indian industry, thinking that it would beContinue reading “What Holds Back Indian Military Aviation Development – Historic Perspective By a Retired Surgeon”

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Flight Safety – Locust Swarm Could Be Worst than a Bird Strike. Picture Credit: khaleejtimes.com

Flight Safety Locust Swarm Could Be Worse than a Bird Strike

A massive Locust swarm, called tiddi dal in India, hit the city of Jaipur on Monday, 25 May 2020,  as urban residents panicked as if it was the “last year for humankind”. In January this year, an Ethiopian Airlines jet was forced to make an emergency landing after it flew into a swarm of locusts thatContinue reading “Flight Safety Locust Swarm Could Be Worse than a Bird Strike”

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“Johnnie” Johnson – Highest Scoring Western Allied Fighter Ace in WW II Against Germany Picture Credit: starduststudios.com

“Johnnie” Johnson – Highest Scoring Western Fighter Ace in WW II Against Germany

Air Vice Marshal James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson, CB, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar. A Royal Air Force (RAF) flying Ace of the World War II. He was a qualified engineer, and a passionate rugby player. Johnson was interested in aviation. When  applied to join the RAF, he was initially rejected, first on social,Continue reading ““Johnnie” Johnson – Highest Scoring Western Fighter Ace in WW II Against Germany”

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Is It Too Late for America To Challenge China. Picture Credit: beltandroad.news

Authoritarian China Pulling Ahead of Democratic America

The relationship between the two most powerful economies USA and China have been complex, and have fluctuated varying from positive to highly negative. USA and China did not establish relations for 25 years after Korean war and only in 1972, US President Richard Nixon visited China. As China began opening its economy in 1980s, andContinue reading “Authoritarian China Pulling Ahead of Democratic America”

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Ladakh Face-off, Taiwan, Hong Kong – Xi tells PLA Step up Combat Readiness. Picture Credit: Deccan Herald

Muscle Flexing Xi? Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ladakh

Chinese army must step up combat readiness, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said, as the country increases defence spending to tackle “security threats from Taiwan independence forces”. Xi told Chinese military officers on the sidelines of  the annual meeting  of the National People’s Congress. Meanwhile China had stunned Hong Kong when it announced it wouldContinue reading “Muscle Flexing Xi? Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ladakh”

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Chinese in Ladakh – Revisit Air War Lessons from Kargil War. Picture Credit: India Strategic

Chinese in Ladakh – Revisit Air War Lessons from Kargil War

India is witnessing its worst-ever border tensions since the Kargil battle in 1999. Chinese army has diverted about 5,000 troops, who were carrying out a massive exercise, towards various points of the Line of Actual Control on its side. Transgressions have been reported at multiple locations in eastern Ladakh, in the larger Hot Springs areaContinue reading “Chinese in Ladakh – Revisit Air War Lessons from Kargil War”

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Air Defence Command – Need to Hasten Slowly – Serving Chiefs Best to Take Calls. Picture Credit: tfipost.com

Air Defence Command – Need to Hasten Slowly – Serving Chiefs Best to Take Calls

In an interview to defence analyst Nitin Gokhale, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of Indian Armed Forces, General Bipin Rawat has explained in detail how he, along with the three service Chiefs, is evolving the Tri-Services Air Defence Command, a Maritime Command and creating joint Logistics nodes. He also mentioned that Joint operational commands areContinue reading “Air Defence Command – Need to Hasten Slowly – Serving Chiefs Best to Take Calls”

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Dassault Rafale – The Gust of Wind – Despite COVID – All Set to Arrive on Schedule. Picture Credit: Dassault Aviation

Dassault Rafale – The Gust of Wind – Despite COVID – All Set to Arrive on Schedule

There will be no delay in delivery of 36 Rafale jets to India as the timeline finalised for the supply of the fighter jets will be strictly respected, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said. “The contractual delivery schedule of the Rafale jets has been perfectly respected till now, and, in fact, a new aircraft wasContinue reading “Dassault Rafale – The Gust of Wind – Despite COVID – All Set to Arrive on Schedule”

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China’s Economy Shrinks, Defence Budget 2020 Up 6.6%. Picture Credit: Imaginechina via Associated Press

China’s Economy Shrinks, Defence Budget 2020 Up 6.6%

Coronavirus hit China’s economy shrank 6.8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with a year earlier. China’s defence spending in 2020 will rise 6.6% from 2019, according to a report issued at the opening of the country’s annual meeting of parliament on 21 May 2020. The growth is slower than last year, 2019, whenContinue reading “China’s Economy Shrinks, Defence Budget 2020 Up 6.6%”

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Ace of Aces Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron”. Picture Credit: flickr.com

Ace of Aces. Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron”

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, more commonly known as Baron von Richthofen, and famous as the “Red Baron”, was a fighter pilot with the Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte (German Air Force, air arm of the Imerial German Army) during World War I. He is considered the ace-of-aces for his 80 air combat victories. Originally a cavalryman, Richthofen transferred to theContinue reading “Ace of Aces. Manfred von Richthofen “Red Baron””

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Walchand Hirachand Doshi – Visionary – First Aircraft Factory, Shipyard and Car Factory. Picture Credit: Better India

Walchand Hirachand Doshi – Visionary – First Aircraft Factory, Shipyard and Car Factory

Seth Walchand Hirachand Doshi was a visionary Patriot, who pioneered Industrial revolution in pre-independent India. A man of courage, conviction and self-belief, who envisioned the Industrial needs of Independent India, who in the first half of 20th century was a towering person, who stood out as the pioneering nation builder, who despite all adversities undertook theContinue reading “Walchand Hirachand Doshi – Visionary – First Aircraft Factory, Shipyard and Car Factory”

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India Gets Going. Rule based Flying first. Trains Next. Picture Credit: Bloomberg

India Gets Going. Rule based Flying first. Trains Next

All flights were stopped in late March, two months back, when the country went into lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus. On 20 May, the Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that domestic flight operations will start from Monday, 25 May. Mr Puri also tweeted that domestic passenger flights would resume “in aContinue reading “India Gets Going. Rule based Flying first. Trains Next”

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Aviation Key to Special Operations. Image Credit: Wiki Commons

Aviation Key to Special Operations

On May 2, 2011, a group of special operators from the top secret U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) descended on an unassuming compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The members of SEAL Team Six shot and killed the infamous Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. Due to an accident during the operation, they had to leaveContinue reading “Aviation Key to Special Operations”

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Military Airfield Security. Picture Credit: ifsecglobal.com

Military Airfield Security

In March 2020, an Islamic State militant fired mortars at U.S. and international troops at Bagram airfield, north of Kabul, which is controlled by the  U.S. forces, despite the U.S. signing a peace deal with the Taliban. Earlier on December 11, 2019, the Taliban had attacked Bagram airbase, using two car bombs which killed twoContinue reading “Military Airfield Security”

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Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology. Image Credit: fox61.com

Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology

Policing is about monitoring the activities of people to protect them and to enforce law. World has moved a long way from the baton-wielding policeman with advanced electronic sensors and fast data transmission making it possible for early detection and quick response to curb crime. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s National Smart Cities Mission for convertingContinue reading “Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology”

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Autonomous Aerial Weapon and Platforms. Picture Credit: Defense News

Autonomous Aerial Weapon and Platforms

On 14 September 2019, drones were used to attack the Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais. The Houthis claimed responsibility, and stated they used ten drones in the attack launched from Yemen. Saudis said that many more drones and cruise missiles. The very accurate attack caused precise hits and large fires at theContinue reading “Autonomous Aerial Weapon and Platforms”

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Covid, Revenue Cuts, Import Restrictions – IAF Operations Picture Credit: Reditt

Covid, Revenue Cuts, Import Restrictions – IAF Operations

Path breaking defence reforms were announced by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday. As per media reports it has been confirmed that the first four Rafale will arrive in India by end July 2020. Meanwhile, in a web interaction with the defence think-tank, ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses‘, Indian Army Chief General NaravaneContinue reading “Covid, Revenue Cuts, Import Restrictions – IAF Operations”

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Fighter Ace Douglas Bader – Determined Dogmatic and Fearless Picture Credit: OwlCation

Fighter Ace Douglas Bader – Determined Dogmatic and Fearless

Gp Capt Sir Douglas Robert Bader, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC&Bar, DL, FRAeS was a Royal Air Force (RAF) flying ace of World War II. He was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probable, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged. Bader joined the RAF in 1928, and was commissioned inContinue reading “Fighter Ace Douglas Bader – Determined Dogmatic and Fearless”

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Fighter Aces – Erich Hartmann – 352 Aerial Victories. Picture Credit: You Tube

Fighter Aces – Erich Hartmann – 352 Aerial Victories

Erich Alfred Hartmann was a German fighter pilot, serving with Luftwaffe, during World War II and the most successful fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. He flew 1,404 combat missions and faced 825 air combat engagements. He was credited with shooting down 352 Allied aircraft, which included 350 Soviet and 2 American. In his flyingContinue reading “Fighter Aces – Erich Hartmann – 352 Aerial Victories”

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AMCA and LCA Mk II – Challenges and Options Picture Credit: Economic Times

AMCA and LCA Mk II – Challenges and Options

The Balakot air strikes in February 2019 and the air combat thereafter in which a MiG 21 Bison of Indian Air Force (IAF) had to engage a much more modern F-16 of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has once again brought IAF modernization back into focus. The then IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, hasContinue reading “AMCA and LCA Mk II – Challenges and Options”

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Time to Clear Civil Flights With COVID-19 Protection. Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons

Time to Clear Civil Flights With COVID-19 Protection

Indian Prime Minister Modi just announced a 2 million Crore special economic package to restart the economy despite the fact that COVID-19 continues to spread unabated. Till date the PM has maintaining a cautious and graded approach. In his initial speech, he said “Jaan hai to Jahaan hai”. As lockdown was greatly affecting individual life,Continue reading “Time to Clear Civil Flights With COVID-19 Protection”

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Aircraft Missiles – Far-reaching Advances Astra Missile Picture Credit: New Indian Express

Aircraft Missiles – Far-reaching Advances

The advent of the air launched missiles greatly changed the dynamics of aerial combat. Air-to-Air Missile (AAM) is fired from an aircraft against another aerial platform to destroy it. The shorter range ones are typically armed with rocket motors having mostly solid fuel, but sometimes liquid fuel too. Ramjet engines, as used on the Meteor missileContinue reading “Aircraft Missiles – Far-reaching Advances”

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Pakistan Air Force – A Comprehensive Story, Picture Credit: National Interest

Pakistan Air Force – A Comprehensive Story

The nearly 700 aircraft, and 70,000 personnel strong Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Pāk Fizāʾiyah, is tasked primarily with the aerial defence of Pakistan with a secondary role of providing air support to the Pakistan Army and Navy. It was establishment as the Royal Pakistan Air Force after India’s partition in 1947, and was alloted 2,332 personnel, and aContinue reading “Pakistan Air Force – A Comprehensive Story”

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Indo-Japan Strategic Revival

Japan has been revisiting its entire approach to national security. They want to move ahead of the American security and nuclear umbrella. Rise of China, and USA’s commitments in the Middle East and Europe had given a tacit nod for Japan to gradually stand on its own security feet. India and Japan have traditionally hadContinue reading “Indo-Japan Strategic Revival”

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US Iran Conflict- Security Complexities India

The killing Iranian Major General Qasim Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and commander of the Quds Force on 3 January 2020 through an American drone strike had the risk of a major conflict erupting in the Middle East. U.S. drones struck a convoy carrying the defacto second most powerful man in Iraqi hierarchyContinue reading “US Iran Conflict- Security Complexities India”

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Aircraft Carriers in Age of Hypersonic Weapons

Earlier in February 2020, the CDS, General Rawat made a statement that he would rather, Indian Navy buy submarines, and use money to build air-strips on the far-flung Indian islands in the Andaman, than invest in an aircraft carrier.  A few days later he acknowledged that the Navy had its eyes set on a thirdContinue reading “Aircraft Carriers in Age of Hypersonic Weapons”

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S-400 Triumf – Strategic Deal for India

  Amid the United States CAATSA (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) fears and visible apprehensions, Russian President Putin and Indian Prime Minister Modi signed the Rs 40,000 Crore ($ 5.43 billion) of 5 regiments of S-400 Triumf air defence missiles deal on 05 October 2018 at Delhi. The US sanctions against Russia were inContinue reading “S-400 Triumf – Strategic Deal for India”

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Israel India’s Natural Aerospace Partner

According to an international survey Israelis like Indians the most. There is a ground swell of pro-Israel opinion in India also as an all-weather friend. For long the India-Israel relations were held hostage to India’s support for Palestine; dependence on Arab oil; indirect influence of Arab Muslim populations on Indian domestic politics; India being closerContinue reading “Israel India’s Natural Aerospace Partner”

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Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat

The air combat engagement between Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) during PAF riposte after Balakot air strikes in February 2019, is being discussed in air forces across the world to draw lessons for future trends in air combat. One thing that came out clear was the need for long range sensorsContinue reading “Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat”

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Indo-Russian Aerospace Bear Hug

Putin’s Russia is trying to rise back to its Soviet day glory of excellence in Science and technology and especially aerospace. In the early 1950s Communist Soviet Union was looking for influential third world friends and newly independent India wanted friends without strings. In its desire to contain communism, USA wanted to befriend India, butContinue reading “Indo-Russian Aerospace Bear Hug”

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Post COVID Strategy India

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has reportedly asked policy think tank NITI Aayog to prepare a list of goods and services that are likely to be in demand in international markets once the covid-19 pandemic subsides. There is a global sentiment among major foreign corporations to move out of China. The falling oil pricesContinue reading “Post COVID Strategy India”

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Indian Military Aviation’s -French Connection

The Initial French Connection           The French arrived in India at Pondicherry in 1674. They later created colonies at Pondicherry, Karikal, Yanam, Mahe and Chandanagar. All these were peacefully transferred to India in 1954. Paris and New Delhi have had warm and business friendly relations from the very beginning. French supported us during cold warContinue reading “Indian Military Aviation’s -French Connection”

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Aircraft Stealth – Crucial Capabilty – Counters – Affordability – Over-rated – An Analysis

In the recent decades the world has invested a great amount of time, energy and money on stealth technology in the endeavour to delay the military airborne platforms to be seen by the adversary. Most new platforms are designed by incorporating some level of ‘stealth’ or ‘low observable’ (LO) technology at the initial design stageContinue reading “Aircraft Stealth – Crucial Capabilty – Counters – Affordability – Over-rated – An Analysis”

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Global Military Spending: An Analyses

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report released on 27 April 2020 indicates that the global military spending has hit new highs reaching $ 1917 billion in 2019.  The total represents an increase of 3.6 percent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010. The five largest spenders in 2019, which accountedContinue reading “Global Military Spending: An Analyses”

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Indo-US Defence “Make in India” Aviation Initiative

The discussions on Indo-US nuclear deal in 2005 actually started the India-US strategic cooperation, and possibly of India leaning towards USA. Because of years of military purchases from Soviet Union, later Russia, the process had its complexities. India needed high technology American military hardware. U.S. wanted the big market for arms and nuclear industry. TheContinue reading “Indo-US Defence “Make in India” Aviation Initiative”

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Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

The Indian Air Force‘s (IAF) Balakot strikes and the air combat that followed in response to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte on 27th March 2019, rekindled interest in fighter aircraft technologies and air combat capabilities. Combat aviation has not only become the most preferred means of prosecution of war but has seen the fastestContinue reading “Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft”

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IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges

Indian Air Force (IAF) is today at an all time low in the number of fighter squadrons. Already down to 30 vis-a-vis the authorized 42, the numbers would go down further if some more squadrons are allowed to retire because of low availability of serviceable aircraft. As far back as 2001 IAF had apprised theContinue reading “IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges”

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Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

Much like the nuclear arms race of the 20th century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race poses the new challenge in 21st century. The autonomous operations by aerial drones, robots and naval systems are fast replacing the manned platforms in every role. Aerial systems which cover large distances at very high speeds will be the keyContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation”

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LCA ‘Tejas’ OBOX oxygen system for COVID-19 Hospitals

On September 19, 2019 when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was making his first flight on LCA ‘Tejas’, scientists of Defence Electro medical & Bio-Engineering Laboratory (DEBEL), a DRDO laboratory, had briefed that the on-board oxygen (OBOX) generating system under development would be ready for LCA by early 2020. The oxygen in most fighters is carriedContinue reading “LCA ‘Tejas’ OBOX oxygen system for COVID-19 Hospitals”

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Hypersonic Weapons Disruption of Status Quo – Time to Push India

The withdrawal of USA and Russia from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in February 2019, spurred fresh arms development. Meanwhile, in December 2019, Russia announced that it had deployed its first hypersonic nuclear-capable missiles. President Putin described the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle, which can fly at 27 times the speed of sound, as aContinue reading “Hypersonic Weapons Disruption of Status Quo – Time to Push India”

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Rafale. Image Credit: Aero India

Rafale Induction & Operationalisation – Challenges and Opportunities

India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh is set to formally receive the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft contracted at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore by India at a special ceremony in  France on 08 October, 2019. Interestingly it happens to be the Air Force Day, and coincides with Dussehra this year, that marksContinue reading “Rafale Induction & Operationalisation – Challenges and Opportunities”

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Challenges of Integrated Air Defence

On 27 February Indian Air Force (IAF) was engaged in active combat thwarting the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte to IAF’s Balakot strikes on 26 February. PAF had launched a 24 aircraft force offensive strike mission against India in Jammu and Kashmir sector. Indian air defence aircraft and weapons which were on a high alertContinue reading “Challenges of Integrated Air Defence”

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IAF HADR and Casevac Capability – First Responder – Immediate Relief and Saving Lives

The speed at which the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved equipments, personnel and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams in anticipation of Cyclone ‘Vayu’ in June 2019 and earlier after earthquake in Sikkim or Nepal, or floods in Uttarakhand  had again and again highlighted its first responder capability. The world praised India for its “remarkable”Continue reading “IAF HADR and Casevac Capability – First Responder – Immediate Relief and Saving Lives”

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Impact of COVID 19 on Civil Aviation Industry

The $880 billion global airline industry has been hit by Pandemic Corona virus COVID 19, described as the “biggest crisis in the history of aviation.” Headline such as “Airlines Could Lose $100+ Billion Due to Coronavirus“, “Demand has not declined; it has evaporated”, summaries. Entire countries are being closed off. The industry that has beenContinue reading “Impact of COVID 19 on Civil Aviation Industry”

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Rafale. Image Credit: Aero India

COVID 19 Impacts IAF’s Major Systems Supplies

The scheduled arrival of initial Dassault Rafale aircraft from France to India is May 2020. But we understand that the training of Indian pilots greatly slowed down since end February 2020 due need for lockdowns and social distancing.

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Militarization of Space – India’s Imperatives

The ultimate desire of a space-power is to dominate the use of space and have space-based systems that allow destruction of enemy targets in space and on earth, and deny the enemy full access to space including preventing the enemy from launching satellites and destroying or degrading enemy satellites in space

Apache and Chinook – Rotary Wing Capability Boost – IAF

The first India Air Force (IAF) squadron of the 22 Apache AH-64 E(I) attack helicopter was formed at Pathankot in September 2019. Selected air and ground crew had undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama. The Apache will be a significant boost to IAF’s combat capability. The helicopter isContinue reading “Apache and Chinook – Rotary Wing Capability Boost – IAF”

Cyber Space – Tool for Influence Operations. China and Pakistan Most Active – Time to Get Right India

Immediately after the Galwan valley scuffle on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, social media on both sides was abuzz pedaling their own narrative. Media like “Global Times”, an English-language Chinese newspaper under the Chinese government controlled People’s Daily were pushing to influence the public opinion. Earlier last year, in theContinue reading “Cyber Space – Tool for Influence Operations. China and Pakistan Most Active – Time to Get Right India”

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China-Pakistan Aerospace Nexus – Pakistan Hangs on Coat Tails

The JF-17 “Thunder” is a third generation plus fighter aircraft developed by China, for Pakistan. It can be considered a show-case of Sino-Pak defence cooperation. Pakistan continues to be China’s strongest ally. Their relationship became very close after Sino-Indian war of 1962. Pakistan ceded to China, 5,180 Sq. Km of land in Karakoram region ofContinue reading “China-Pakistan Aerospace Nexus – Pakistan Hangs on Coat Tails”

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