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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”