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”

Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

The Galwan Valley skirmish between to major powers China and India once again brought war clouds on the horizon. The two airforces moved fighter jets to airbases near the place of action. Also there was a flurry of articles on the physical combat readiness state of the opposing air forces. Just last year, the IndianContinue reading “Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft”

Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

Much like the nuclear arms race of the 20th century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race poses the new challenge in 21st century. The autonomous operations by aerial drones, robots and naval systems are fast replacing the manned platforms in every role. Aerial systems which cover large distances at very high speeds will be the keyContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation”

Cyber Space – Tool for Influence Operations. China and Pakistan Most Active – Time to Get Right India

Immediately after the Galwan valley scuffle on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China, social media on both sides was abuzz pedaling their own narrative. Media like “Global Times”, an English-language Chinese newspaper under the Chinese government controlled People’s Daily were pushing to influence the public opinion. Earlier last year, in theContinue reading “Cyber Space – Tool for Influence Operations. China and Pakistan Most Active – Time to Get Right India”