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”

The Strategic Bomber – Necessity or Luxury – Hello India

With Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) H-6 bombers positioned in large numbers at Kashgar, and also a few at Hotan, both in Xinjiang, not too far from the Ladakh border, it is time to understand the importance and role of strategic bombers. The major world powers have had strategic bombers  since World WarContinue reading “The Strategic Bomber – Necessity or Luxury – Hello India”

IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations

With little follow-on action by China after the marathon Corps Commander level talks, the two armed forces continue to be eye-ball to eye-ball across the Line of actual control (LAC). Indian Army (IA) and Indian Air Force (IAF) have always had a yearlong active action in Ladakh region ever since the Siachen glacier became theContinue reading “IAF in Ladakh – All Set For Extended Stay and Winter Operations”

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”

Resurrecting the Super Marine Spitfire MV 459 at Air Force Station Ambala, India

          Finding of a wreckage of an old aircraft was reported to the Ambala air base Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Air Commodore SK Sofat by the Ambala  Superintendent of Police, Shri Hardeep Singh Doon, late in the evening of 05 Feb 2003. Sofat was AOC Ambala from 01 Oct 2002 to 30 Sep 2003. ImmediatelyContinue reading “Resurrecting the Super Marine Spitfire MV 459 at Air Force Station Ambala, India”

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”

India’s British Origin Military Aircraft – A Historic Connect

Most British origin military aircraft have seen through India in a great way during the various wars, and during peace. The Lysander, Hurricane, Spitfire in World War II; the Tempest in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947-48; the Vampires in 1962 and 1965, the Canberra in 1962 Sino-India war and subsequent in all actions with Pakistan;Continue reading “India’s British Origin Military Aircraft – A Historic Connect”

F-15EX and F-18 on Offer – India Big Destination for Boeing

As early as February 2020, there were reports that Boeing wants to sell the heavy-duty F-15EX fighter to India. F-15EX is the latest variant of the F-15E Strike Eagle multirole fighter. Is it a new prospective candidate for the multirole fighters that Indian Air Force (IAF) has been desperately trying to acquire since 2001? TheContinue reading “F-15EX and F-18 on Offer – India Big Destination for Boeing”

Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction and Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules

Five Rafale are set to land on Indian soil at Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Ambala airbase in less than a month on 29 July 2020. Earlier India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh had formally received the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft contracted at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore by India at a specialContinue reading “Rafale Set to Arrive in Ambala – Induction and Operationalisation – Plan to Compress Schedules”

Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender

The air dominance of the future will rely on long range airborne radars and sensors complemented by long range jam-proof missiles that will allow well Beyond the Visual Range (BVR) combat. Stealth and super-cruise will be added features of the fifth generation fighters. Most current 4th-plus generation fighters produced since early 1970s have more orContinue reading “Lockheed F 21 – Still In the Fray – In Some Ways a Contender”