IAF’s Fighter Fleet Requirements and Options Ahead

The Galwan showdown of June 2020 and the continuing stand-off between the world’s two powerful nations India and China has brought the focus back on Indian Armed Forces capability building. Indian Air Force‘s (IAF) fighter fleet modernisation has been in discussion. The convergence of strategic interests between China and Pakistan and their rapidly modernizing airContinue reading “IAF’s Fighter Fleet Requirements and Options Ahead”

MILITARY AVIATION INDIGENOUS PRODUCTION – STRATEGY INDIA

India’s defence aviation industry is at times accused of not having significantly met the indigenous production needs of the air arms of the Indian armed forces despite being in existence for nearly seven decades. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), for long had master the art of license production, wherein they assembled aircraft from Original Equipment ManufacturerContinue reading “MILITARY AVIATION INDIGENOUS PRODUCTION – STRATEGY INDIA”

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”

IAF’s Training Aircraft Requirements and Indigenous Development Status – A Comprehensive Picture

With a renewed emphasis on “Atmnirbharta” (Indigenisation) it is nice to see that the two trainers under development by Hindustan Aeronautics Lt (HAL), the HTT-40 and the IJT have taken centre stage again. A country that has successfully built the modern Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’ and is now flying in Indian air Force’s (IAF) combatContinue reading “IAF’s Training Aircraft Requirements and Indigenous Development Status – A Comprehensive Picture”

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”

IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges

The serious show down with the Chinese in Ladakh has forced significant mobilisation of forces from both sides. Defence analyst are closely comparing the defence preparedness of the armies and air forces of the two sides across the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Under these circumstances there is a need to look at the stateContinue reading “IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges”