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”

Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India

Unmanned aircraft technologies have now matured well beyond just  reconnaissance, security, and targeting. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are now under taking all missions including heavy-lift cargo. World is at a transition. There are some who see the JSF F-35 Lightening II as the last dedicated manned fighter/bomber. Solar-powered UAS are already flying. Currently, the solar-poweredContinue reading “Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India”

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”

What Holds Back Indian Military Aviation Development – Historic Perspective By a Retired Surgeon

When the then defence minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman released a list of defence related items to be sourced from Indian industry alone. I saw some amused or sarcastic comments on social media about the low technological level needed for those items. Many educated Indians sneer at products of Indian industry, thinking that it would beContinue reading “What Holds Back Indian Military Aviation Development – Historic Perspective By a Retired Surgeon”

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”

Autonomous Aerial Weapon and Platforms

On 14 September 2019, drones were used to attack the Saudi Aramco oil processing facilities at Abqaiq and Khurais. The Houthis claimed responsibility, and stated they used ten drones in the attack launched from Yemen. Saudis said that many more drones and cruise missiles. The very accurate attack caused precise hits and large fires at theContinue reading “Autonomous Aerial Weapon and Platforms”

AMCA and LCA Mk II – Challenges and Options

The Balakot air strikes in February 2019 and the air combat thereafter in which a MiG 21 Bison of Indian Air Force (IAF) had to engage a much more modern F-16 of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has once again brought IAF modernization back into focus. The then IAF Chief, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, hasContinue reading “AMCA and LCA Mk II – Challenges and Options”

Aircraft Carriers in Age of Hypersonic Weapons

Earlier in February 2020, the CDS, General Rawat made a statement that he would rather, Indian Navy buy submarines, and use money to build air-strips on the far-flung Indian islands in the Andaman, than invest in an aircraft carrier.  A few days later he acknowledged that the Navy had its eyes set on a thirdContinue reading “Aircraft Carriers in Age of Hypersonic Weapons”

Aircraft Stealth – Crucial Capabilty – Counters – Affordability – Over-rated – An Analysis

In the recent decades the world has invested a great amount of time, energy and money on stealth technology in the endeavour to delay the military airborne platforms to be seen by the adversary. Most new platforms are designed by incorporating some level of ‘stealth’ or ‘low observable’ (LO) technology at the initial design stageContinue reading “Aircraft Stealth – Crucial Capabilty – Counters – Affordability – Over-rated – An Analysis”