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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

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 S-440 Triumf Picture Credit: BBC News

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 Image Credit: Wikipedia

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, Image Credit: livescience.com

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 Image CrediT: Statesman

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, Image Credit: Pinterest

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 Capability Crucial or Overrated – An Analysis

In the recent decades the world has invested a great amount of time and energy 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 stage itself.Continue reading “Aircraft Stealth Capability Crucial or Overrated – 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 Image Credit: Pioneer

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. Image Credit: Indian Air Force

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 and Military Operations. Image Credit: Forbes

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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Weapons Insights. Image Credit: National Interest

Hypersonic Weapons Disruption of Status Quo

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”

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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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Air Defence Systems. Image Credit: Defence Talk

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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HADR by Indian Air Force, Image Credit: IAF

IAF HADR and Casevac Capability

The speed at which the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved equipments, personnel and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams in anticipation of Cyclone ‘Vayu’ recently and earlier after earthquake in Nepal had once again highlighted its first responder capability. The world praised India for its “remarkable” response and described the country’s disaster management capabilities asContinue reading “IAF HADR and Casevac Capability”

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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

The cyber era has widened the battlefield to cover entire societies, and has made the global public into an active participant. Today, controlling information flows is very complex and difficult. Any form of information, fact or rumor, spreads much quicker and more freely in the cyber domain.

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