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”

“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”

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”

“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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”