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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”