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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, Header Image: Pinterest

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. Image Source: Pinterest

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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“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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