Wing in Ground Effect – Flight in an Ekranoplan

In 1998/99 I had the unique opportunity to take two flights in Volga-2 ekranoplan produced by Volga Shipyard in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. The small ekranoplan for non-military use like the eight seat Volga-2 were developed as small water taxis. They were part of the ground-effect vehicle (GEV), also called a wing-in-ground-effect (WIGE), ground-effect craft, wingship,Continue reading “Wing in Ground Effect – Flight in an Ekranoplan”

My Flight in MiG 31 Foxhound – Life Time Experience

The Mikoyan MiG-31 ( NATO reporting name: Foxhound) is a supersonic interceptor aircraft that was developed for use by the Soviet Air Forces. The aircraft was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau as a replacement for the earlier MiG-25 “Foxbat”; the MiG-31 is based on and shares design elements with the MiG-25. The MiG-31 has the distinction of being among the fastest combat jets in theContinue reading “My Flight in MiG 31 Foxhound – Life Time Experience”

Major Aircraft Turbofan Engine Manufacturers

The turbofan engine market is dominated by a handful of, mostly western, players. These are General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt and Whitney, in order of market share. General Electric and Safran of France have a joint venture, CFM International. Pratt & Whitney also have a joint venture, International Aero Engines with Japanese Aeroengine Corporation and MTUContinue reading “Major Aircraft Turbofan Engine Manufacturers”

China’s Aggressive Aerospace Push

“We must have some of our people learn aviation, for we can use them whenever we are in need”.—Dr. Sun Yat-Sen (1909) As China’s military expands, so does its world influence. Chinese aerospace developments have been making headlines for over a decade. The “Made in China 2025” industrial plan, which targets 10 high-value industrial sectorsContinue reading “China’s Aggressive Aerospace Push”

India’s Missiles Development Program

India today has developed, tested, operationalized and is developing a number of missile systems that are limited to only a handful of countries including ICBMs, ASATs, SLBMs and hypersonic weapon systems. Threats posed by enemy missile systems led to the pursuit of Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme. India produces most of defined MTCR defined missile technologies required to be integrated to produce most missileContinue reading “India’s Missiles Development Program”

China, The Rising Aerospace Power – Implications for India

Napoleon once said, “China is a sleeping giant, let her lie and sleep, for when she awakens, she will astonish the world.” By the turn of the 21 st century the sleeping giant was not only awake but heavily influencing and, in many ways dictating world affairs. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has had anContinue reading “China, The Rising Aerospace Power – Implications for India”

Smaller Quick Launch Satellites – Future of Space – Action Time India

A new era of small satellites has emerged augmenting larger systems and, in some cases, replacing them. Governments are taking a new look at small satellites, as commercial customers use them for their flexibility, speed of development, resiliency, low cost, and tolerance of risk in cutting edge technology. New constellations of 1000-plus satellites are beingContinue reading “Smaller Quick Launch Satellites – Future of Space – Action Time India”

MBDA – The Power House of Missile Systems

With the induction Rafale and the Meteor and SCALP missiles, more Indians have heard the name MBDA. India has had an old association with MBDA and its earlier Avatars and also the joint venture partners. MBDA is a European developer and manufacturer of missiles. The company name emerged from the initials of the names of theContinue reading “MBDA – The Power House of Missile Systems”

Nuclear Dynamics South Asia – A Comprehensive Look

Pakistan continues to be obsessed with Kashmir and just yesterday Prime Minister Imran Khan once again brought up the issue at UNGA. Pakistan also continues to support cross border terrorism. As war clouds hover over Ladakh, and world’s two largest armies ,  are face-to-face, and also with Pakistan continuing to invoke nuclear threat every nowContinue reading “Nuclear Dynamics South Asia – A Comprehensive Look”

Unfolding Technologies and Future of Life

Science and development are making quantum leaps forward and changing our life style. Technology has revolutionized our world and daily lives by creating amazing tools and resources, putting useful information at our fingertips. It has paved the way for multi-functional devices like the smart phone. Computers are increasingly faster, more portable, and higher-powered than everContinue reading “Unfolding Technologies and Future of Life”