Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology

Policing is about monitoring the activities of people to protect them and to enforce law. World has moved a long way from the baton-wielding policeman with advanced electronic sensors and fast data transmission making it possible for early detection and quick response to curb crime. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s National Smart Cities Mission for convertingContinue reading “Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

IAF HADR and Casevac Capability

The speed at which the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved equipments, personnel and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams in anticipation of Cyclone ‘Vayu’ recently and earlier after earthquake in Nepal had once again highlighted its first responder capability. The world praised India for its “remarkable” response and described the country’s disaster management capabilities asContinue reading “IAF HADR and Casevac Capability”