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”

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”

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”

Air Defence Command – Need to Hasten Slowly – Serving Chiefs Best to Take Calls

In an interview to defence analyst Nitin Gokhale, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of Indian Armed Forces, General Bipin Rawat has explained in detail how he, along with the three service Chiefs, is evolving the Tri-Services Air Defence Command, a Maritime Command and creating joint Logistics nodes. He also mentioned that Joint operational commands areContinue reading “Air Defence Command – Need to Hasten Slowly – Serving Chiefs Best to Take Calls”

Covid, Revenue Cuts, Import Restrictions – IAF Operations

Path breaking defence reforms were announced by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday. As per media reports it has been confirmed that the first four Rafale will arrive in India by end July 2020. Meanwhile, in a web interaction with the defence think-tank, ‘Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses‘, Indian Army Chief General NaravaneContinue reading “Covid, Revenue Cuts, Import Restrictions – IAF Operations”

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”

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”

Impact of COVID 19 on Civil Aviation Industry

The $880 billion global airline industry has been hit by Pandemic Corona virus COVID 19, described as the “biggest crisis in the history of aviation.” Headline such as “Airlines Could Lose $100+ Billion Due to Coronavirus“, “Demand has not declined; it has evaporated”, summaries. Entire countries are being closed off. The industry that has beenContinue reading “Impact of COVID 19 on Civil Aviation Industry”

COVID 19 Impacts IAF’s Major Systems Supplies

The scheduled arrival of initial Dassault Rafale aircraft from France to India is May 2020. But we understand that the training of Indian pilots greatly slowed down since end February 2020 due need for lockdowns and social distancing.