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”

Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

The Galwan Valley skirmish between to major powers China and India once again brought war clouds on the horizon. The two airforces moved fighter jets to airbases near the place of action. Also there was a flurry of articles on the physical combat readiness state of the opposing air forces. Just last year, the IndianContinue reading “Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft”

IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges

The serious show down with the Chinese in Ladakh has forced significant mobilisation of forces from both sides. Defence analyst are closely comparing the defence preparedness of the armies and air forces of the two sides across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Under these circumstances there is a need to look at the stateContinue reading “IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges”

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”

Launch of Air Power Asia

         Despite being just a little over century old, air power has dominated all conflicts since World War 2. In last few decades it has become imperative to win the air war before surface forces can succeed, Arab-Israeli wars, Falklands, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan have all seen dominance of air power. Armies and Navies areContinue reading “Launch of Air Power Asia”

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”

Hypersonic Weapons Disruption of Status Quo – Time to Push India

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

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”

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”

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

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