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War for Sale: Private Military Companies and International Relations

Introduction Although mercenaries have existed as long as the history of warfare itself, the 20th Century saw the resurgence of mercenary groups when states in the aftermath of WW2 and in the background of the Cold War were skeptical to get their hands dirty in smaller conflicts. The emergence of a lot of newly independentContinue reading “War for Sale: Private Military Companies and International Relations”

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MILITARY AVIATION INDIGENOUS PRODUCTION – STRATEGY INDIA

India’s defence aviation industry is at times accused of not having significantly met the indigenous production needs of the air arms of the Indian armed forces despite being in existence for nearly seven decades. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), for long had master the art of license production, wherein they assembled aircraft from Original Equipment ManufacturerContinue reading “MILITARY AVIATION INDIGENOUS PRODUCTION – STRATEGY INDIA”

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Chinese Wing Loong UAVs – Proliferating Across the World

The Chengdu Pterodactyl I, also known as Wing Loong, is a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of China. Designed for surveillance and aerial reconnaissance platform, the Pterodactyl I is capable of being fitted with air-to-surface weapons for use in an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) role.Continue reading “Chinese Wing Loong UAVs – Proliferating Across the World”

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Leasing Defence Equipment – Faster, Cheaper, and Effective

Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) 2020 that became effective last year, was meant to hasten the procurement process. It introduced for the first time the option for the armed forces to procure military equipment on lease. Given the resource crunch facing the Indian armed forces, the option of leasing would be a handy option for theContinue reading “Leasing Defence Equipment – Faster, Cheaper, and Effective”

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Drones – Security, Sovereignty and Identities

Drone attacks entered the mainstream news and gained prominence around the very beginning of the 2010s decade their increased usage by the Obama administration, even though it wasn’t the first time drones were used in the role. The use of drone strikes to eliminate supposed terrorist elements hurting the American War on Terror in AfghanistanContinue reading “Drones – Security, Sovereignty and Identities”

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A Professional’s Rambling? Evolution of Airpower – Challenges, Questions, and Thoughts

End of Manned Figher Jet Era? During an informal chat with Lt. Gen John Thompson of US Space Command, Elon Musk made a very provocative statement and that too, in a room full of fighter pilots. He stated that the manned “fighter jet era has passed”. This happened during the annual US Air Force Association’sContinue reading “A Professional’s Rambling? Evolution of Airpower – Challenges, Questions, and Thoughts”

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Does India Need a Long-Range Bomber?

A saying that was allegedly unpopular with fighter pilots is that there are only two types of pilots, those that drop bombs and those who support them. While fighter flying has attained a type of romantic image of the rakish cur with goggles and a devil-may-care attitude, the bomber has created a more sinister imageContinue reading “Does India Need a Long-Range Bomber?”

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People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force – A Comprehensive Look

Red Echo, a hacker group affiliated with the Chinese government, repeatedly targeted the control rooms that manage India’s critical power grids in a massive campaign that could have caused widespread blackouts. The Chinese hackers, however, failed to break into the systems, and no data breach was detected because of the attacks, India’s power ministry saidContinue reading “People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force – A Comprehensive Look”

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The MiG 29 ‘Baaz’ Story By A Young Defence Enthusiast

It was in the 1970s-80s that the Indian Air Force was turning a new page and a lot of major acquisition programs were initiated during the period to replace the older fleet making the air force practically brand new. These were done in the aftermath of one of the most influential aircraft deals by theContinue reading “The MiG 29 ‘Baaz’ Story By A Young Defence Enthusiast”

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Akash Air Defence Missile– India’s Formidable Weapon System

Akash is a medium-range mobile surface-to-air missile defence system developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and produced by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for Missile Systems, Bharat Electronics (BEL), Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division and Larsen & Toubro for radars, control centres, launcher systems. The Akash New Generation missile system can target aircraftContinue reading “Akash Air Defence Missile– India’s Formidable Weapon System”

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Indian Defence Budget 2021-22 – Is it Enough?

The total defence budget for 2021-22 saw only a marginal hike of around 1.4 percent. But the good news was that the Capital budget for modernisation jumped by nearly a 19 percent raise. Interestingly the figures released showed that an unbudgeted Rs 20,776 crore was additionally spent to buy military hardware to immediately beef upContinue reading “Indian Defence Budget 2021-22 – Is it Enough?”

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Analysis of Peacetime Attrition of Historical IAF Aircraft

As a long term, non military observer of the Indian Air Force for over 50 years I believe I have a unique outsider’s perspective of the Air Force. In this era of social media the number of military aviation enthusiasts and followers can be seen to be enormous, but up to the early 1990s observersContinue reading “Analysis of Peacetime Attrition of Historical IAF Aircraft”

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Change of Guard in the US and Indo-Pacific Strategy – A View

The US declassified a Secret 10-page document titled, “US Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” (Framework), on 12th January, 2021 (US EST). This document would not normally have been due for public release until the year 2043. The Framework also had an attached statement by Robert C. O’Brien, Assistant to the President for National Security, datedContinue reading “Change of Guard in the US and Indo-Pacific Strategy – A View”

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Space – China the Emerging Power

“The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.” – Konstantin Tsiolkovsky “We will build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for new journeys to the worlds beyond our own.” – George W. Bush          Continue reading “Space – China the Emerging Power”

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Artemis – The Humanities Return to the Moon

 “Pushing the boundaries of space exploration, science, and technology once again, America is on the verge of exploring more of the Moon than ever before. This new era of lunar exploration is called Artemis. Named after the twin sister of Apollo, she is the Goddess of the Moon, and we are the Artemis Generation” saysContinue reading “Artemis – The Humanities Return to the Moon”

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USI Strategic Dialogue Series – “Pakistan China Aerospace Nexus”

United Service Institution of India (USI) a 150 year old institution, has recently started Strategic Dialogue Series of Interviews. The first among these was with the Founder of Air Power Asia Air Marshal Anil Chopra. The subject was the “Pakistan China Aerospace Nexus”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrbOd8VgFDc&feature=emb_logo

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The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Advantage Hindsight: A View

Russian President Vladimir Putin made a televised statement confirming the details of the Russian brokered peace deal, which provided for “complete cessation of hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh”. The agreement went into effect at 01:00 local time (21:00 GMT) on 10 Nov 2020, just prior to the announcements. Armenia’s PM, Nikol Pashinyan, first made the announcementContinue reading “The Nagorno-Karabakh War: Advantage Hindsight: A View”

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Evolving Aircraft Cockpit Technologies

A cockpit or flight deck is the area, usually near the front of an aircraft or spacecraft, from which a pilot controls the aircraft. The cockpit of an aircraft contains flight instruments on an instrument panel, and the controls that enable the pilot to fly the aircraft. In most airliners, a door separates the cockpit from the aircraft cabin. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, all major airlines fortified theirContinue reading “Evolving Aircraft Cockpit Technologies”

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The Air War of 1971: Memories of a Teenager

In January 1971 I entered my final year of school. Already there were rumblings in the media of serious events in East Pakistan, which was to become Bangladesh by the end of the year. In March 1971 after the Dhaka University massacre by the Pakistan Army, refugees started pouring into India and war clouds beganContinue reading “The Air War of 1971: Memories of a Teenager”

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5G Risks and Challenges for Aviation

5G in telecommunications, is the fifth generation technology standard for broadband cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, and is the successor to the current 4G networks. 5G networks are predicted to have more than 1.7 billion subscribers worldwide by 2025. Like its predecessors, 5G networks are cellular networks, in whichContinue reading “5G Risks and Challenges for Aviation”

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Wing in Ground Effect – Flight in an Ekranoplan

In 1998/99 I had the unique opportunity to take two flights in Volga-2 ekranoplan produced by Volga Shipyard in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The small ekranoplan for non-military use like the eight seat Volga-2 were developed as small water taxis. They were part of the ground-effect vehicle (GEV), also called a wing-in-ground-effect (WIGE), ground-effect craft, wingship,Continue reading “Wing in Ground Effect – Flight in an Ekranoplan”

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My Flight in MiG 31 Foxhound – Life Time Experience

The Mikoyan MiG-31 ( NATO reporting name: Foxhound) is a supersonic interceptor aircraft that was developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces. The aircraft was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 “Foxbat”; the MiG-31 is based on and shares design elements with the MiG-25. The MiG-31 has the distinction of being among the fastest combat jets in theContinue reading “My Flight in MiG 31 Foxhound – Life Time Experience”

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General Atomics – The Power House of Unmanned Systems

General Atomics is an American energy and defence corporation with interests in diversified technologies. It was founded on July 18, 1955 as a Division of General Dynamics, in San Diego, California, by Frederic de Hoffmann with assistance from notable physicists Edward Teller and Freeman Dyson “for harnessing the power of nuclear technologies for the benefitContinue reading “General Atomics – The Power House of Unmanned Systems”

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Major Aircraft Turbofan Engine Manufacturers

The turbofan engine market is dominated by a handful of, mostly western, players. These are General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt and Whitney, in order of market share. General Electric and Safran of France have a joint venture, CFM International. Pratt & Whitney also have a joint venture, International Aero Engines with Japanese Aeroengine Corporation and MTUContinue reading “Major Aircraft Turbofan Engine Manufacturers”

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India’s Neighbourhood – Pakistan The Fountainhead of World Terrorism. Header Image: indiatvnews.com

India’s Neighbourhood – Pakistan The Fountainhead of World Terrorism

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is the world’s fifth-most populous country with a population of around 212 million. It has the world’s second-largest Muslim population. It is the 33rd-largest country by area, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is borderedContinue reading “India’s Neighbourhood – Pakistan The Fountainhead of World Terrorism”

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China’s Aggressive Aerospace Push

“We must have some of our people learn aviation, for we can use them whenever we are in need”.—Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (1909) As China’s military expands, so does its world influence. Chinese aerospace developments have been making headlines for over a decade. The “Made in China 2025” industrial plan, which targets 10 high-value industrial sectorsContinue reading “China’s Aggressive Aerospace Push”

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Unified Combatant Command – India

India’s newly minted Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat has been driving quick changes to Indian military structures. The Kargil Review Committee set up immediately after the Kargil war had made many recommendations. Among them were issues related to National Security Council, intelligence, counter-terrorist operations, border management, defence budget and modernisation, National Security ManagementContinue reading “Unified Combatant Command – India”

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China’s Rising Aerospace Power

“To secure peace is to prepare for war”—Carl von Clausewitz Napoleon once said, “China is a sleeping giant, let her lie and sleep, for when she awakens, she will astonish the world.” By the turn of the 21 st century the sleeping giant was not only awake but heavily influencing and, in many ways dictatingContinue reading “China’s Rising Aerospace Power”

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Element Air – Joint Operations – Indian Armed Forces

With the official creation of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), it is hoped that jointness will the main driver that will get a major push. Real jointness is when land, air and naval commanders jointly formulate, train, orchestrate and implement war plans. Employment of forces in the modem battlefield to achieve military objectives takesContinue reading “Element Air – Joint Operations – Indian Armed Forces”

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Indian Power Projection – Element Air

With expansionist China and a powerful India having a serious Face-off in Ladakh. It is a great time to talk about Indian defence capability and ability for power projection. A few general points first India’s traditional foreign-policy orientation was not for military power projection. Things have changed. In 2014, PM Modi told the military commandersContinue reading “Indian Power Projection – Element Air”

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Joe Biden – President Elect

Joe Biden First became a U.S. senator from Delaware in 1972. Joe Biden had made two earlier bids for presidency in 1988 and 2008, but did not make beyond the Democratic primaries. In 2009 he became the Vice President in Obama Administration. Biden was among those in the Situation Room the night that Navy SEALsContinue reading “Joe Biden – President Elect”

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India’s Neighbourhood Series – China

India is the largest country in South Asia. It is the second-most populous country, the seventh-largest country by land area, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India isContinue reading “India’s Neighbourhood Series – China”

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India’s Missiles Development Program

India today has developed, tested, operationalized and is developing a number of missile systems that are limited to only a handful of countries including ICBMs, ASATs, SLBMs and hypersonic weapon systems. Threats posed by enemy missile systems led to the pursuit of Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. India produces most of defined MTCR defined missile technologies required to be integrated to produce most missileContinue reading “India’s Missiles Development Program”

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Indo American Security Enabling Defence Agreements and Defence Cooperation

On 27 October 2020, the United States and India signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), enabling greater information-sharing and further defence cooperation, to counter China’s growing military power in the region. The U.S. has four “foundational” agreements that it signs with its defence partners. The Pentagon describes the agreements as “routine instruments that the U.S.Continue reading “Indo American Security Enabling Defence Agreements and Defence Cooperation”

China the Rising Aerospace Power – Implications for India

China, The Rising Aerospace Power – Implications for India

Napoleon once said, “China is a sleeping giant, let her lie and sleep, for when she awakens, she will astonish the world.” By the turn of the 21 st century the sleeping giant was not only awake but heavily influencing and, in many ways dictating world affairs. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has had anContinue reading “China, The Rising Aerospace Power – Implications for India”

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Ernst Udet – the Highest Scoring Surviving German Air Ace of WW I

Ernst Udet – the Highest Scoring Surviving German Air Ace of WW I

Ernst Udet was a German pilot during World War I and a Luftwaffe Colonel-General (Generaloberst) during World War II. Udet joined the Imperial German Air Service at the age of 19, and eventually became a flying ace of World War I, scoring 62 confirmed victories by the end of his life. The highest scoring German fighter pilot to survive that war, and theContinue reading “Ernst Udet – the Highest Scoring Surviving German Air Ace of WW I”

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Richard Ira Bong – the most decorated American fighter pilot and Top Air Ace

Richard Ira Bong was a United States Army Air Forces major and Medal of Honor recipient in World War II. He was one of the most decorated American fighter pilots and the country’s top flying ace in the war, credited with shooting down 40 Japanese aircraft, all with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter. He died in California while testing a Lockheed P-80 jet fighter shortly before the war ended. EarlyContinue reading “Richard Ira Bong – the most decorated American fighter pilot and Top Air Ace”

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Smaller Quick Launch Satellites – Future of Space – Action Time India

A new era of small satellites has emerged augmenting larger systems and, in some cases, replacing them. Governments are taking a new look at small satellites, as commercial customers use them for their flexibility, speed of development, resiliency, low cost, and tolerance of risk in cutting edge technology. New constellations of 1000-plus satellites are beingContinue reading “Smaller Quick Launch Satellites – Future of Space – Action Time India”

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MBDA – The Power House of Missile Systems

With the induction Rafale and the Meteor and SCALP missiles, more Indians have heard the name MBDA. India has had an old association with MBDA and its earlier Avatars and also the joint venture partners. MBDA is a European developer and manufacturer of missiles. The company name emerged from the initials of the names of theContinue reading “MBDA – The Power House of Missile Systems”

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Billy Bishop, Victoria Cross – the top Canadian and British Empire Ace of all Time – 72 Air Victories

William Avery Bishop, VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED (8 February 1894 – 11 September 1956) was a Canadian flying ace of the First World War. He was officially credited with 72 victories, making him the top Canadian and British Empire ace of the war. He was a Victoria Cross recipient who rose to become an Air Marshal. During the Second World War, Bishop was instrumentalContinue reading “Billy Bishop, Victoria Cross – the top Canadian and British Empire Ace of all Time – 72 Air Victories”

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Defence Budget – How Much India Must Afford

Military budgets often reflect how strongly a country perceives the likelihood of threats against it, or the amount of aggression it wishes to conjure because of its global ambitions. A military budget (or military expenditure), also known as a defence budget, is the amount of financial resources dedicated by a state to raising and maintaining an armed forces or other means essential for defence purposes. FinancingContinue reading “Defence Budget – How Much India Must Afford”

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‘Tiger Squadron’ Birth of Military Aviation in India

October 1932 was a historic month for Indian Aviation. Indian Air Force was officially established on 08 October and on 15 October JRD Tata of Tata Airlines flew his aircraft beginning an airmail service between Karachi and Madras via Ahmedabad and Bombay. The month thus marked the birth of both military and civil aviation inContinue reading “‘Tiger Squadron’ Birth of Military Aviation in India”

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French Colonel René Paul Fonck – The Highest Scoring All-time Allied Ace of Aces – 75 Victories

Colonel René Paul Fonck (27 March 1894 – 18 June 1953) was a French aviator who ended the First World War as the top fighter ace and, when all succeeding aerial conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries are also considered, Fonck still holds the title of “all-time Allied Ace of Aces”. He received confirmation for 75 victories (72 soloContinue reading “French Colonel René Paul Fonck – The Highest Scoring All-time Allied Ace of Aces – 75 Victories”

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India All Set for “Air Force One” Boeing 777s

Two brand new Boeing 777-300 are all set to arrive and join the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Air Headquarters Communication Squadron, also referred to as the VVIP squadron. There are only three designated VVIPs in India. These are the President, Vice President and the Prime Minister. IAF’s VVIP Squadron the “Pegasus’           Induction of theContinue reading “India All Set for “Air Force One” Boeing 777s”

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“Night Witches” – The All Female Soviet Night Bomber Aviators of WW II. Header Image: Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation

“Night Witches” – The All Female Soviet Night Bomber Aviators of WW II

“Night Witches” was a World War II German nickname for the all female military aviators of the 588th Night Bomber Regiment, known later as the 46th “Taman” Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment, of the Soviet Air Forces. Though women were initially barred from combat, Major Marina Raskova used her position and personal contacts with the Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars, Joseph Stalin, to obtain permissionContinue reading ““Night Witches” – The All Female Soviet Night Bomber Aviators of WW II”

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Single Pilot Resource Management: the Need for Formal Training

There is no one right answer in aeronautical decision-making. Each pilot is expected to analyze each situation in light of experience level, personal minimums, and current physical and mental readiness level, and make his or her own decision. Single-pilot resource management (SRM) is the art of managing all onboard and outside resources available to aContinue reading “Single Pilot Resource Management: the Need for Formal Training”

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Günther Rall – Third Highest scoring Air Ace of All Times – 275 Victories

Günther Rall – Third Highest scoring Air Ace of All Times – 275 Victories

General Günther Rall was a highly decorated German military aviator, whose military career spanned nearly forty years. Rall was the third most successful fighter pilot in aviation history, behind Gerhard Barkhorn, who is second, and Erich Hartmann, who is top scoring air ace of all times. Rall flew combat missions in the Battle of France, and Battle of Britain. He wasContinue reading “Günther Rall – Third Highest scoring Air Ace of All Times – 275 Victories”

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Nuclear Dynamics South Asia – A Comprehensive Look. Image Source: strafasia.com

Nuclear Dynamics South Asia – A Comprehensive Look

Pakistan continues to be obsessed with Kashmir and just yesterday Prime Minister Imran Khan once again brought up the issue at UNGA. Pakistan also continues to support cross border terrorism. As war clouds hover over Ladakh, and world’s two largest armies ,  are face-to-face, and also with Pakistan continuing to invoke nuclear threat every nowContinue reading “Nuclear Dynamics South Asia – A Comprehensive Look”

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Unfolding Technologies and Future of Life

Science and development are making quantum leaps forward and changing our life style. Technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives by creating amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. It has paved the way for multi-functional devices like the smart phone. Computers are increasingly faster, more portable, and higher-powered than everContinue reading “Unfolding Technologies and Future of Life”

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MiG 21 and IAF: A Developmental Perspective. Picture Credit: english.mathrubhumi.com

MiG 21 and IAF: A Developmental Perspective

This is a story that traces MiG 21’s history with Indian Air Force (IAF) and impact from a developmental perspective rather than an operational one. How the legend was born into IAF. Due to the large number of types inducted, IAF had an important role in developmental cycle of the plane and hence, had impactContinue reading “MiG 21 and IAF: A Developmental Perspective”

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German Air Ace Gerhard Barkhorn – Second Highest Scoring Ace of All Times

Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn (Gerd being short form for Gerhard) was the second most successful fighter ace of all time after fellow Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann. Other than Hartmann, Barkhorn is the only fighter ace to ever exceed 300 claimed victories. Barkhorn flew his first combat missions in May 1940, during the Battle of France and then the Battle of Britain without shooting down any aircraft. His firstContinue reading “German Air Ace Gerhard Barkhorn – Second Highest Scoring Ace of All Times”

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New Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga – Continuity of Shinzo Abe Legacy? – Implications India. Picture Credit: time.com

New Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga – Continuity of Shinzo Abe Legacy? – Implications India

After 8 years of Abe Shinzo’s unprecedented stint, on 16 September, Japan has a new prime minister in Suga Yoshihide, who was a longtime Chief Cabinet Secretary, and a very trusted lieutenant of Abe. As expected, Suga Yoshihide, won the approval in an internal Liberal Democratic Party vote. As the world watches with positive hope,Continue reading “New Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga – Continuity of Shinzo Abe Legacy? – Implications India”

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The Strategic Bomber – Necessity or Luxury – Hello India Picture Source: businessinsider.in

The Strategic Bomber – Necessity or Luxury – Hello India

With Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6 bombers positioned in large numbers at Kashgar, and also a few at Hotan, both in Xinjiang, not too far from the Ladakh border, it is time to understand the importance and role of strategic bombers. The major world powers have had strategic bombers  since World WarContinue reading “The Strategic Bomber – Necessity or Luxury – Hello India”

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Finnish Ilmari Juutilainen – The Double Fighter Knight – Highest Scoring Non-German Ace – 94 Aerial Victories. Image Source: sotapolku.fi

Finnish Ilmari Juutilainen – The Double Fighter Knight – Highest Scoring Non-German Ace – 94 Aerial Victories

Eino Ilmari “Illu” Juutilainen was a fighter pilot of the Ilmavoimat (Finnish Air Force), and the top scoring non-German fighter pilot of all time. This makes him the top flying ace of the Finnish Air Force, leading all Finnish pilots in score against Soviet aircraft in World War II (1939–40 and 1941–44), with 94 confirmed aerial combat victories in 437 sorties, though he himself claimed 126 victories.Continue reading “Finnish Ilmari Juutilainen – The Double Fighter Knight – Highest Scoring Non-German Ace – 94 Aerial Victories”

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China and Russia the Unequal, Unreal, Complex Relationship. Image Source: rg.ru

China and Russia the Unequal, Unreal, Complex Relationship

The complex geo-politics of the world has been reshaping nearly every two decades. Russia and China are two giant neighbours that occupy the largest land mass of Asia. Traditionally they have been two antagonist societies but often chose marriage of convenience. Their relations in the post World war II era have been vacillating between extremes.Continue reading “China and Russia the Unequal, Unreal, Complex Relationship”

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Iranian Air Ace Jalil Zandi – 11 Aerial Victories. Highest-Scoring Pilot ever on F-14 Tomcat. Image Source: Pinterest

Iranian Air Ace Jalil Zandi – 11 Aerial Victories. Highest-Scoring Pilot ever on F-14 Tomcat

Brig. General Jalil Zandi was a fighter pilot in the Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force who served during all of the Iran–Iraq War. His combat record qualifies him as one of the most successful pilot of that conflict in air-to-air combat, as well as one of the best Iranian Aces ever. It also made him the highest-scoring pilot in the history of the F-14Continue reading “Iranian Air Ace Jalil Zandi – 11 Aerial Victories. Highest-Scoring Pilot ever on F-14 Tomcat”

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Crew Resource Management (CRM) and the Aircraft Commander – A View. Image Source: flightsafety.org

Crew Resource Management (CRM) and the Aircraft Commander – A View

Many an air accidents have occurred because of flaws in management of the very important resource, the cockpit crew.  Crew resource management or cockpit resource management (CRM) is a set of training procedures for use in environments where human error can have devastating effects. Used primarily for improving aviation safety, CRM focuses on interpersonal communication, leadership, and decision making in the cockpit of an airliner. Its pioneer wasContinue reading “Crew Resource Management (CRM) and the Aircraft Commander – A View”

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Israel’s Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein – Ace of Aces of Supersonic Fighter jets – 17 Aerial Victories. Picture Credit: iaforgil

Israel’s Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein – Ace of Aces of Supersonic Fighter jets – 17 Aerial Victories

Brigadier General Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein (also called Giora Even) of the Israeli Air Force (IAF), is a fighter ace credited with 17 victories, 16 against Egyptian jets, making Epstein the “Ace of Aces” of supersonic fighter jets. Epstein was an active IAF pilot from 1956 until May 26, 1997, when he retired at age 59. Like many retired IAF flyers,Continue reading “Israel’s Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein – Ace of Aces of Supersonic Fighter jets – 17 Aerial Victories”

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Vimana: The Ancient Indian Aerospace Craft – Lessons for Indigenisation. Image Source: look4ward.co.uk

Vimana: The Ancient Indian Aerospace Craft – Time for Indigenisation

Atmanirbharta (indigenisation), or achieving self-reliance in defence manufacturing is one of the key national objectives of India today. The focus has been on reducing dependency on defence imports and indigenisation of the items presently being imported. A key area of action is the aerospace, which is not only cost intensive but also sees early obsolescence.Continue reading “Vimana: The Ancient Indian Aerospace Craft – Time for Indigenisation”

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Electronic Warfare -Trends – Time For India to Become Atamnirbhar. Image Source: japcc.org

Electronic Warfare -Trends – Time For India to Become Atamnirbhar

Electronic warfare (EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum (EM spectrum) or directing the energy to control or attack an enemy, or impede enemy use of EM spectrum. The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent the advantage of, and ensure friendly unimpeded access to, the EM spectrum. EW canContinue reading “Electronic Warfare -Trends – Time For India to Become Atamnirbhar”

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Highest Scoring Night Ace – German Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer – 121 Victories

Highest Scoring Night Ace – German Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer – 121 Victories

Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer was a German Luftwaffe night-fighter pilot and the highest-scoring night fighter ace in the history of aerial warfare. All Schnaufer’s 121 victories were in World War II, and mostly against British four-engine bombers. For his excellent combat record, he was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Germany’s highest military decoration at the time,Continue reading “Highest Scoring Night Ace – German Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer – 121 Victories”

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Quadrilateral Security Dialogue -The Quad – Anti-China Alliance? – Where Does India Stand? Picture Credit: lowyinstitute.org

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue -The Quad – Anti-China Alliance? – Where Does India Stand?

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) is an informal strategic forum between the United States, Japan, Australia and India that is maintained by semi-regular summits, information exchanges and military drills between member countries. The forum was initiated as a dialogue in 2007 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, with the support of Vice President Dick Cheney of the US, Prime Minister John Howard of AustraliaContinue reading “Quadrilateral Security Dialogue -The Quad – Anti-China Alliance? – Where Does India Stand?”

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Japanese Zero Fighter Air Ace Tetsuzō Iwamoto “Tiger Tetsu”- 94 Aerial Victories – Greatest Japanese Fighter Ace of All Time. Image Source: Wikipedia

Japanese “Zero” Fighter Air Ace Tetsuzō Iwamoto “Tiger Tetsu”- 94 Aerial Victories – Greatest Japanese Fighter Ace of All Time

Lieutenant Junior Grade Tetsuzō Iwamoto was one of the top scoring aces among Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) fighter pilots. He joined the Imperial Navy in 1934 and completed pilot training in December 1936. His first combat occurred over China in early 1938. He emerged as one of the top aces of the Imperial Japan during WWII, credited with at least 94Continue reading “Japanese “Zero” Fighter Air Ace Tetsuzō Iwamoto “Tiger Tetsu”- 94 Aerial Victories – Greatest Japanese Fighter Ace of All Time”

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Chengdu J-20 Overhyped or Reality – A Comprehensive Story. Picture Credit: asiatimes.com

Chengdu J-20 Overhyped or Reality – A Comprehensive Story

The Sino-Indian face-off in Ladakh continues towards the harsh forthcoming winter. As the excitement of Rafale induction into Indian Air Force (IAF) settles, it is time to have a fresh look at China’s J-20 which has started becoming operational in sizeable numbers. Is it overhyped or a reality that India must try and fully understandContinue reading “Chengdu J-20 Overhyped or Reality – A Comprehensive Story”

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Messerschmitt – The Great German Aircraft Maker of World War II – Bf 109, Bf 110 and Me 262. Picture Credit; You Tube

Messerschmitt – The Great German Aircraft Maker of World War II – Bf 109, Bf 110 and Me 262

Messerschmitt AG was a German share-ownership limited, aircraft manufacturing corporation named after its chief designer Willy Messerschmitt from mid-July 1938 onwards, and known primarily for its World War II fighter aircraft, in particular the Bf 109 and Me 262. The company survived in the post-war era, undergoing a number of mergers and changing its name from Messerschmitt to Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm before being bought by Deutsche Aerospace (DASA, now part of Airbus) inContinue reading “Messerschmitt – The Great German Aircraft Maker of World War II – Bf 109, Bf 110 and Me 262”

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China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia – Implications India. Picture Credit: reuters.com

China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia – Implications India

The Chinese arms industry is the world’s second-largest producer of munitions, a clear shift from a decade ago when China was a major arms importer, says a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). It has overtaken Russia in arms production, a country that was once a major supplier of arms to China.Continue reading “China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia – Implications India”

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Understanding Chinese Belligerence and India’s Strategic Options. Picture Credit: You Tube

Understanding Chinese Belligerence and India’s Strategic Options

The 10 hours of talks at the Corps Commander level on 02 Aug 2020 seem to have made no further progress in the disengagement process, as there appear to be a total lack of trust, as also, varying perceptions between the two sides. On 28 Jun 2020, the Chinese side had claimed that the “processContinue reading “Understanding Chinese Belligerence and India’s Strategic Options”

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Air Ace Ivan Kozhedub the Highest Scoring Allied and Soviet fighter pilot of World War II. Image Source: sputniknews.com

Air Ace Ivan Kozhedub the Highest Scoring Allied and Soviet fighter pilot of World War II

Ivan Nikitovich Kozhedub was a Soviet World War II fighter ace. Credited with over 62 victories. He was the highest scoring Soviet and Allied fighter pilot of World War II. He is one of the few pilots to have shot down a Messerschmitt Me 262 jet. He was made a Hero of the Soviet Union on three occasions (4 February 1944, 19 AugustContinue reading “Air Ace Ivan Kozhedub the Highest Scoring Allied and Soviet fighter pilot of World War II”

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Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Ethnic Strife And The Chinese Iron Hand. Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Ethnic Strife And The Chinese Iron Hand

Xinjiang is officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). It is an autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China, located in the northwest of the country. Being the largest province-level division of China and the 8th-largest country subdivision in the world, Xinjiang spans over 1.6 million km² (640,000 square miles). The Aksai Chin region, administered by China mostly as part of Xinjiang’s Hotan Prefecture, was once aContinue reading “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region – Ethnic Strife And The Chinese Iron Hand”

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75 Years of Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – The Only Use of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict. Image Credit: ibtimes.co.uk

75 Years of Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – The Only Use of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict

The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, with the consent of the United Kingdom, as required by the Quebec Agreement. The two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians, and remain the only uses of nuclear weapons in armed conflict ever.          Continue reading “75 Years of Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – The Only Use of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict”

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Chinese Communist Party’s Military – Xi Jinping’s Absolute Control. Image Source: sundayguardianlive.com

Chinese Communist Party’s Military- Xi Jinping’s Absolute Control

The near 100 million member Communist Party of China (CPC) continues to closely run China. Very tightly government controlled China suffers from a wide-range societal complexities. Among them, the one that has direct impact on foreign relations and internal dynamics are Communist Party’s full control over military. Dissent of any kind is snubbed with an ironContinue reading “Chinese Communist Party’s Military- Xi Jinping’s Absolute Control”

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Vietnamese Fighter Ace Nguyễn Văn Cốc – The Highest Scoring Pilot in Vietnam War. Image Source: tintuc24.host

Vietnamese Fighter Ace Nguyễn Văn Cốc – The Highest Scoring Pilot in Vietnam War

Nguyễn Văn Cốc  is a former North Vietnamese MiG-21 fighter ace of the Vietnamese People’s Air Force’s (VPAF) 921st Fighter Regiment. Van Coc was shot down before scoring his first kill on Jan. 2, 1967 in Operation Bolo, a U.S. aerial ambush. He ejected and survived, and then went on to destroy an F-105 in an attack out of theContinue reading “Vietnamese Fighter Ace Nguyễn Văn Cốc – The Highest Scoring Pilot in Vietnam War”

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Sinicization of Tibet. Image Source: http://www.pig333.com

Sinicization of Tibet

                Sinicization of Tibet is a phrase which is used for Chinese rule in Tibet in reference to the cultural assimilation which has occurred in Tibetan areas of China (including the Tibet Autonomous Region and surrounding Tibetan-designated autonomous areas) and has made these areas resemble mainstream Chinese society. The changes, which have been evident since the incorporation of Tibet into the People’s Republic of China in 1950–51, have beenContinue reading “Sinicization of Tibet”

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Chinese Communist Party Control Over Media – A Comprehensive Assessment. Image Source: economist.com

Chinese Communist Party Control Over Media – A Comprehensive Assessment

Very tightly government controlled China suffers from a wide-range societal complexities. Three that have impact on foreign relations and internal dynamics are Communist Party of China’s (CPC) full control over military and media and fragile social balance. In the last seven decades China has gone through serious cultural shocks, and the ‘One Child Policy’ has hadContinue reading “Chinese Communist Party Control Over Media – A Comprehensive Assessment”

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Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment. Image Credit: preview-www.dwnews.com

Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment

India has decided to ban 47 more Chinese Apps. This is in addition to the 59 banned in June 2020. Meanwhile Huawei laid off staff in India, and cut revenues up to 50% amid calls to boycott Chinese goods. President Trump thinks Huawei is a threat to national security.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,  saysContinue reading “Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment”

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COVID-19 and the Future of the Civil Aviation Sector. Picture Source: timesnownews.com

COVID-19 and the Future of the Civil Aviation Sector

The doomsday scenario for civil aviation occurred in Feb-March 2020 when it was seen that many countries had to go into lockdown. The spread of the Covid-19 virus became almost uncontrolled and the only way to prevent a nation from being overwhelmed by it appeared to be stopping its people from going out, and notContinue reading “COVID-19 and the Future of the Civil Aviation Sector”

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German Ace – Hans-Ulrich Rudel – Eagle of the Eastern Front – Greatest Fighter Pilot and Most Decorated German in WW II. Image Source: warhistoryonline.com

German Ace – Hans-Ulrich Rudel – Eagle of the Eastern Front – Greatest Fighter Pilot and Most Decorated German in WW II

Hans-Ulrich Rudel was a German ground-attack pilot, and the most decorated German serviceman of World War II, being the sole recipient of the Knight’s Cross with Golden Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. Post-war, he was a prominent neo-Nazi activist in Latin America and West Germany. During the war, Rudel was credited with the destruction of 519 tanks, as well as one battleship, one cruiser,Continue reading “German Ace – Hans-Ulrich Rudel – Eagle of the Eastern Front – Greatest Fighter Pilot and Most Decorated German in WW II”

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IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations. Picture Source: indian-aerospace-defence-news-iadn

IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations

With little follow-on action by China after the marathon Corps Commander level talks, the two armed forces continue to be eye-ball to eye-ball across the Line of actual control (LAC). Indian Army (IA) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have always had a yearlong active action in Ladakh region ever since the Siachen glacier became theContinue reading “IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations”

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Vulnerabilities of the People’s Liberation Army Picture Source: latimes.com

Vulnerabilities of the People’s Liberation Army

It cannot be easy to maintain the largest standing army in the world. Despite serial reductions in numerical strength, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China now has about 2 million personnel. Information about the PLA is available in plenty, but does not go beyond the repetitive references to seven military regions (now five theaterContinue reading “Vulnerabilities of the People’s Liberation Army”

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Belt and Road Initiative – Strategic Goals – Now A Debt Trap – Security Implications India. Image Credit: foxnews.com

Belt and Road Initiative – Strategic Goals – Now A Debt Trap – Security Implications India

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is an ambitious program to connect China with Asia, Africa and Europe via land and maritime networks along six corridors with the aim of improving regional integration, increasing trade and stimulating economic growth. The name was coined in 2013 by China’s President Xi Jinping, who drew inspiration from the concept ofContinue reading “Belt and Road Initiative – Strategic Goals – Now A Debt Trap – Security Implications India”

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Sukhoi – The Great Aircraft Design House – Some of The Best Airborne Platforms. Picture Source: defenceaviationpost.com

Sukhoi – The Great Aircraft Design House – Some of The Best Airborne Platforms

The Joint Stock Company (JSC) Sukhoi Company is a major Russian, formerly Soviet, aircraft manufacturer, with its headquarters in Moscow, that designs both civilian and military aircraft. It was founded by Pavel Sukhoi in 1939 as the Sukhoi Design Bureau (OKB-51). In February 2006, the Russian government merged all Russian major aircraft design houses, the Sukhoi, Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Irkut, Tupolev,Continue reading “Sukhoi – The Great Aircraft Design House – Some of The Best Airborne Platforms”

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India China Face-off – Employment of Air Power. Image Source: dnaindia.com

India China Face-off – Employment of Air Power

The marathon talks of over 14 hours between the Corps Commanders of India and China, at Chushul, on the 14th of July has reportedly gathered forward traction on the disengagement process, from all the four stand-off points. As reported by the Hindustan Times of 16 Jul 2020, officials in the know stated that, “it looksContinue reading “India China Face-off – Employment of Air Power”

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Gabby Gabreski: America’s Two-War Ace – WW II and Korea. Picture Source: Pinterest

Gabby Gabreski: America’s Two-War Ace – WW II and Korea

Francis Stanley “Gabby” Gabreski was a Polish-American career pilot in the United States Air Force (USAF). He was the top American and United States Army Air Force (USAAF) fighter ace over Europe during World War II and a jet fighter ace with the Air Force in the Korean War. Although best known for his credited destructionContinue reading “Gabby Gabreski: America’s Two-War Ace – WW II and Korea”

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BrahMos -The Great Indian “Atmanirbhar” Story – A Significant Weapon. Picture Source: thehindu.com

BrahMos -The Great Indian “Atmanirbhar” Story – A Significant Weapon

          BrahMos gets ‘war-ready’ amid India-China border standoff were the headlines in media in mid June 2020. Earlier the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft was inducted at Thanjavur IAF airbase equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in January 2020. In Ladakh region, Chinese have been posturing both on the land and in the air. While the IndianContinue reading “BrahMos -The Great Indian “Atmanirbhar” Story – A Significant Weapon”

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Evolutionary Spiral of Electronic Warfare – Critical Operational Capability. Picture Source: Wikipedia

Evolutionary Spiral of Electronic Warfare – Critical Operational Capability

 “Next War will be won by the side that best exploits the Electromagnetic Spectrum.” – Admiral Sergei Gorshkov         The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum has been employed for more than 100 years, starting with wireless telegraphy.  With technological advances, the width of the Electromagnetic spectrum has been increasing exponentially for employment in communication, sensor technology, dataContinue reading “Evolutionary Spiral of Electronic Warfare – Critical Operational Capability”

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Resurrecting the Super Marine Spitfire MV 459 at Air Force Station Ambala, India. Picture Source: airliners.net

Resurrecting the Super Marine Spitfire MV 459 at Air Force Station Ambala, India

          Finding of a wreckage of an old aircraft was reported to the Ambala air base Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Commodore SK Sofat by the Ambala  Superintendent of Police, Shri Hardeep Singh Doon, late in the evening of 05 Feb 2003. Sofat was AOC Ambala from 01 Oct 2002 to 30 Sep 2003. ImmediatelyContinue reading “Resurrecting the Super Marine Spitfire MV 459 at Air Force Station Ambala, India”

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Lockheed Martin – World’s Largest Defence Contractor – Some of the Greatest Aerospace Platforms. Picture Source: va.org

Lockheed Martin – World’s Largest Defence Contractor – Some of the Greatest Aerospace Platforms

Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American aerospace, defence, arms, security, and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests. It is the world’s largest defence contractor, with net sales of $59.8 billion in 2019, a record order book of $144 billion, and market capitalization was valued at US$109.83 billion at end of 2019. Lockheed Martin ranked No. 57Continue reading “Lockheed Martin – World’s Largest Defence Contractor – Some of the Greatest Aerospace Platforms”

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Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy, DFC – The First and the Only Indian Air Ace. Image Source: twitter @Imdineshpurohit

Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy, DFC – The First and the Only Indian Air Ace

World War I had about 1.5 million Indians fighting in every theatre of the battle. Among the handful of Indians who fought in the air was a gifted combat pilot who would go on to become India’s first and only fighter ace, Indra Lal ‘Laddie’ Roy. Yet few Indians know about the story of this incredibleContinue reading “Lieutenant Indra Lal Roy, DFC – The First and the Only Indian Air Ace”

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IAF’s Flying Trainer Requirements and Indigenous Development Status – A Comprehensive Picture. Image Source: commons.wikimedia.org

IAF’s Training Aircraft Requirements and Indigenous Development Status – A Comprehensive Picture

With a renewed emphasis on “Atmnirbharta” (Indigenisation) it is nice to see that the two trainers under development by Hindustan Aeronautics Lt (HAL), the HTT-40 and the IJT have taken centre stage again. A country that has successfully built the modern Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ and is now flying in Indian air Force’s (IAF) combatContinue reading “IAF’s Training Aircraft Requirements and Indigenous Development Status – A Comprehensive Picture”

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IAF’s British Origin Aircraft – Historic Connect. Picture Credit: sputniknews.com

India’s British Origin Military Aircraft – A Historic Connect

Most British origin military aircraft have seen through India in a great way during the various wars, and during peace. The Lysander, Hurricane, Spitfire in World War II; the Tempest in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947-48; the Vampires in 1962 and 1965, the Canberra in 1962 Sino-India war and subsequent in all actions with Pakistan;Continue reading “India’s British Origin Military Aircraft – A Historic Connect”

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F-15EX and F-18 on Offer – India Big Destination for Boeing. Picture Source: military.com

F-15EX and F-18 on Offer – India Big Destination for Boeing

As early as February 2020, there were reports that Boeing wants to sell the heavy-duty F-15EX fighter to India. F-15EX is the latest variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter. Is it a new prospective candidate for the multirole fighters that Indian Air Force (IAF) has been desperately trying to acquire since 2001? TheContinue reading “F-15EX and F-18 on Offer – India Big Destination for Boeing”

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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

Five Rafale are set to land on Indian soil at Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Ambala airbase in less than a month on 29 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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