Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

In mid 2018, the then Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre informed the Lok Sabha that his ministry had initiated the process of preparing Indian defence forces in use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It shall be used for national security and military strategic purposes and the government was studying a task force report  byContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation”

Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction and Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules

Five Rafale are set to land on Indian soil at Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Ambala airbase in less than a month on 29 July 2020. Earlier India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had formally received the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft contracted at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore by India at a specialContinue reading “Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction and Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules”

Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender

The air dominance of the future will rely on long range airborne radars and sensors complemented by long range jam-proof missiles that will allow well Beyond the Visual Range (BVR) combat. Stealth and super-cruise will be added features of the fifth generation fighters. Most current 4th-plus generation fighters produced since early 1970s have more orContinue reading “Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender”

Design Copies – Reverse Engineering – Way to Aviation Power? Are J 20 and J 31 Overhyped

Chinese government controlled media continuously keeps telling the world about China’s fast emerging aircraft industry. It is also to raise the morale of its own people and to give the impression of becoming a great military power. But great powers do not steal designs or unauthorisedly copy them flouting all intellectual property rights and normsContinue reading “Design Copies – Reverse Engineering – Way to Aviation Power? Are J 20 and J 31 Overhyped”

The Iconic MiG-21- Great Design – Most Produced Supersonic Jet – Fearsome Reputation – Unending Service

Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shot down a Pakistani F-16 while flying a MiG-21 Bison, on February 27, 2019 during a showdown between the IAF and Pakistan Air Force (PAF). It not only sent ripples across the world but also brought the MiG 21 in headlines again. The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 (NATO reporting name:Continue reading “The Iconic MiG-21- Great Design – Most Produced Supersonic Jet – Fearsome Reputation – Unending Service”

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”

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”