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 – First Responder – Immediate Relief and Saving Lives

The speed at which the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved equipments, personnel and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams in anticipation of Cyclone ‘Vayu’ in June 2019 and earlier after earthquake in Sikkim or Nepal, or floods in Uttarakhand  had again and again highlighted its first responder capability. The world praised India for its “remarkable”Continue reading “IAF HADR and Casevac Capability – First Responder – Immediate Relief and Saving Lives”

China-Pakistan Aerospace Nexus – Pakistan Hangs on Coat Tails

The JF-17 “Thunder” is a third generation plus fighter aircraft developed by China, for Pakistan. It can be considered a show-case of Sino-Pak defence cooperation. Pakistan continues to be China’s strongest ally. Their relationship became very close after Sino-Indian war of 1962. Pakistan ceded to China, 5,180 Sq. Km of land in Karakoram region ofContinue reading “China-Pakistan Aerospace Nexus – Pakistan Hangs on Coat Tails”