Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat

The air combat engagement between Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Indian Air Force (IAF) during PAF riposte after Balakot air strikes in February 2019, is being discussed in air forces across the world to draw lessons for future trends in air combat. One thing that came out clear was the need for long range sensorsContinue reading “Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat”

Indo-Russian Aerospace Bear Hug

Putin’s Russia is trying to rise back to its Soviet day glory of excellence in Science and technology and especially aerospace. In the early 1950s Communist Soviet Union was looking for influential third world friends and newly independent India wanted friends without strings. In its desire to contain communism, USA wanted to befriend India, butContinue reading “Indo-Russian Aerospace Bear Hug”

Post COVID Strategy India

National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval has reportedly asked policy think tank NITI Aayog to prepare a list of goods and services that are likely to be in demand in international markets once the covid-19 pandemic subsides. There is a global sentiment among major foreign corporations to move out of China. The falling oil pricesContinue reading “Post COVID Strategy India”

Indian Military Aviation’s -French Connection

The Initial French Connection           The French arrived in India at Pondicherry in 1674. They later created colonies at Pondicherry, Karikal, Yanam, Mahe and Chandanagar. All these were peacefully transferred to India in 1954. Paris and New Delhi have had warm and business friendly relations from the very beginning. French supported us during cold warContinue reading “Indian Military Aviation’s -French Connection”

Aircraft Stealth Capability Crucial or Overrated – An Analysis

In the recent decades the world has invested a great amount of time and energy on stealth technology in the endeavour to delay the military airborne platforms to be seen by the adversary. Most new platforms are designed by incorporating some level of ‘stealth’ or ‘low observable’ (LO) technology at the initial design stage itself.Continue reading “Aircraft Stealth Capability Crucial or Overrated – An Analysis”

Global Military Spending: An Analyses

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) report released on 27 April 2020 indicates that the global military spending has hit new highs reaching $ 1917 billion in 2019.  The total represents an increase of 3.6 percent from 2018 and the largest annual growth in spending since 2010. The five largest spenders in 2019, which accountedContinue reading “Global Military Spending: An Analyses”

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 Indian Air Force‘s (IAF) Balakot strikes and the air combat that followed in response to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte on 27th March 2019, rekindled interest in fighter aircraft technologies and air combat capabilities. Combat aviation has not only become the most preferred means of prosecution of war but has seen the fastestContinue reading “Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft”

IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges

Indian Air Force (IAF) is today at an all time low in the number of fighter squadrons. Already down to 30 vis-a-vis the authorized 42, the numbers would go down further if some more squadrons are allowed to retire because of low availability of serviceable aircraft. As far back as 2001 IAF had apprised theContinue 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”