US-China Strategic Competition in Indo-Pacific

Indo-Pacific has become the new arena for great power rivalry. The region generally comprises the Indian Ocean, the western and central Pacific Ocean, and the seas interlinking the two near the Indonesia archipelago. The region had seen some great battles between the U.S. and Japanese military after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour in December 1941,Continue reading “US-China Strategic Competition in Indo-Pacific”

The Game Changer of the future- Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft

There were several updates regarding the Advanced medium-weight combat aircraft (AMCA) in recent days, the most important of them being the commencement of manufacturing of 1st prototype of AMCA. The AMCA will be a futuristic 5th generation aircraft that would also incorporate some features of planned 6th generation aircraft all over the globe, the developmentContinue reading “The Game Changer of the future- Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft”

Prioritising IAF’s Unmanned Offensive and Defensive Capability

“Victory smiles upon those who anticipate the changes in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur.”– Giulio Douhet For long, defence establishments around the world have been working and preparing for the future that would be unmanned. Videos of the Israeli-made Harop loitering munitions, reportedly used by AzerbaijanContinue reading “Prioritising IAF’s Unmanned Offensive and Defensive Capability”

Airpower: Harnessing the Power of Drone Swarms in Combat

The State of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhri on assuming the office of Chief of Air Staff on September 30th last year had in his first media interaction stated that the IAF presently has 30 fighter squadrons.  The Chief further stated that “Our count will remain around 35 tillContinue reading “Airpower: Harnessing the Power of Drone Swarms in Combat”

Ukraine War. The War in the Air. An Analysis. Air Marshal Anil Chopra

Overview of Conflict The global attention at this moment continues to be on the very serious conflict that began on 24 February 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine. The Russo-Ukrainian war actually began in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Ukraine is the second-largest European nation after Russia, with an area of 603,550 sq. km.Continue reading “Ukraine War. The War in the Air. An Analysis. Air Marshal Anil Chopra”

WAR IN UKRAINE: INDIA BALANCING PRINCIPLES AND NATIONAL INTERESTS

Breach of Ukrainian Sovereignty and Territorial Integrity The screaming headlines, ‘Putin Invades Ukraine’, announced to the world on 24 Feb 2022 that Putin had finally gone ahead and shown the ‘will’ to bring to fruition his pre-meditated plan; the capability had been assembled at the right places much earlier. All along, Putin kept insisting thatContinue reading “WAR IN UKRAINE: INDIA BALANCING PRINCIPLES AND NATIONAL INTERESTS”

Ukraine Crisis – A Backgrounder

German Naval Chief’s Delhi Visit The German naval chief Vice Admiral Schonbach’s visit to New Delhi in January 2022 coincided with the last docking of the German naval frigate Bayern at Mumbai, after having departed Germany in August 2021 and having sailed through the Indo-Pacific region. Schonbach alluded to the fact that the ship’s routeContinue reading “Ukraine Crisis – A Backgrounder”

India: National Security Snapshot

The Big Picture (HT, 09 Jan 2022) by Raghu Raman, the founding CEO of NATGRID, alludes to India’s burgeoning internal “half front”, which may prove to be our “Achille’s Heel”. The half front that he is referring to are the internal issues that are causing fissures and cracks in the hugely diverse Indian society, whichContinue reading “India: National Security Snapshot”

Aviation & Environment – The Way Ahead

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate (UNFCCC) was finally held from 1-12 November 2021, in Glasgow, UK. With climate change intensifying and scientists warning that humanity is running out of time to limit global warming to 1.5° Centigrade over pre-industrial levels. TheContinue reading “Aviation & Environment – The Way Ahead”

Military Aviation Indigenous Production – Strategy India

India’s defence aviation industry is at times accused of not having significantly met the indigenous production needs of the air arms of the Indian armed forces despite being in existence for nearly seven decades. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), for long, had mastered the art of license production. After a partial success with the HF-24 ‘Marut’,Continue reading “Military Aviation Indigenous Production – Strategy India”