MiG 21 and IAF: A Developmental Perspective

This is a story that traces MiG 21’s history with Indian Air Force (IAF) and impact from a developmental perspective rather than an operational one. How the legend was born into IAF. Due to the large number of types inducted, IAF had an important role in developmental cycle of the plane and hence, had impactContinue reading “MiG 21 and IAF: A Developmental Perspective”

Vimana: The Ancient Indian Aerospace Craft – Time for Indigenisation

Atmanirbharta (indigenisation), or achieving self-reliance in defence manufacturing is one of the key national objectives of India today. The focus has been on reducing dependency on defence imports and indigenisation of the items presently being imported. A key area of action is the aerospace, which is not only cost intensive but also sees early obsolescence.Continue reading “Vimana: The Ancient Indian Aerospace Craft – Time for Indigenisation”

Electronic Warfare -Trends – Time For India to Become Atamnirbhar

Electronic warfare (EW) is any action involving the use of the electromagnetic spectrum (EM spectrum) or directing the energy to control or attack an enemy, or impede enemy use of EM spectrum. The purpose of electronic warfare is to deny the opponent the advantage of, and ensure friendly unimpeded access to, the EM spectrum. EW canContinue reading “Electronic Warfare -Trends – Time For India to Become Atamnirbhar”

Chengdu J-20 Overhyped or Reality – A Comprehensive Story

The Sino-Indian face-off in Ladakh continues towards the harsh forthcoming winter. As the excitement of Rafale induction into Indian Air Force (IAF) settles, it is time to have a fresh look at China’s J-20 which has started becoming operational in sizeable numbers. Is it overhyped or a reality that India must try and fully understandContinue reading “Chengdu J-20 Overhyped or Reality – A Comprehensive Story”

Messerschmitt – The Great German Aircraft Maker of World War II – Bf 109, Bf 110 and Me 262

Messerschmitt AG was a German share-ownership limited, aircraft manufacturing corporation named after its chief designer Willy Messerschmitt from mid-July 1938 onwards, and known primarily for its World War II fighter aircraft, in particular the Bf 109 and Me 262. The company survived in the post-war era, undergoing a number of mergers and changing its name from Messerschmitt to Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm before being bought by Deutsche Aerospace (DASA, now part of Airbus) inContinue reading “Messerschmitt – The Great German Aircraft Maker of World War II – Bf 109, Bf 110 and Me 262”

China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia – Implications India

The Chinese arms industry is the world’s second-largest producer of munitions, a clear shift from a decade ago when China was a major arms importer, says a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). It has overtaken Russia in arms production, a country that was once a major supplier of arms to China.Continue reading “China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia – Implications India”

Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment

India has decided to ban 47 more Chinese Apps. This is in addition to the 59 banned in June 2020. Meanwhile Huawei laid off staff in India, and cut revenues up to 50% amid calls to boycott Chinese goods. President Trump thinks Huawei is a threat to national security.  British Prime Minister Boris Johnson,  saysContinue reading “Huawei 5G and Security Implications – A Comprehensive Assessment”

Sukhoi – The Great Aircraft Design House – Some of The Best Airborne Platforms

The Joint Stock Company (JSC) Sukhoi Company is a major Russian, formerly Soviet, aircraft manufacturer, with its headquarters in Moscow, that designs both civilian and military aircraft. It was founded by Pavel Sukhoi in 1939 as the Sukhoi Design Bureau (OKB-51). In February 2006, the Russian government merged all Russian major aircraft design houses, the Sukhoi, Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Irkut, Tupolev,Continue reading “Sukhoi – The Great Aircraft Design House – Some of The Best Airborne Platforms”

BrahMos -The Great Indian “Atmanirbhar” Story – A Significant Weapon

          BrahMos gets ‘war-ready’ amid India-China border standoff were the headlines in media in mid June 2020. Earlier the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft was inducted at Thanjavur IAF airbase equipped with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile in January 2020. In Ladakh region, Chinese have been posturing both on the land and in the air. While the IndianContinue reading “BrahMos -The Great Indian “Atmanirbhar” Story – A Significant Weapon”

Evolutionary Spiral of Electronic Warfare – Critical Operational Capability

 “Next War will be won by the side that best exploits the Electromagnetic Spectrum.” – Admiral Sergei Gorshkov         The electromagnetic (EM) spectrum has been employed for more than 100 years, starting with wireless telegraphy.  With technological advances, the width of the Electromagnetic spectrum has been increasing exponentially for employment in communication, sensor technology, dataContinue reading “Evolutionary Spiral of Electronic Warfare – Critical Operational Capability”