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

Six Rafale are set to land on Indian soil at Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Ambala airbase in less than a month on 27 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”

Showdown in Ladakh – The IAF in a Two Front War

          With a Major showdown including loss of life on both sides, things are heating up between India and China around the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Meanwhile the Pakistan DG Inter Services Public Relations (DGISPR) has tweeted that General Nadeem Raza, CJCSC, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, COAS, Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, CNS, and AirContinue reading “Showdown in Ladakh – The IAF in a Two Front War”

Air Power Transformational Challenges – India

Indian Air Force (IAF) modernization is coming back into focus again and again. The IAF has hit an all time low of 30 fighter squadrons1 vis-a-vis the government authorized 42. Convergence of strategic interests between China and Pakistan and their rapidly modernizing air forces continues to be of concern. Chinese aircraft industry is churning stateContinue reading “Air Power Transformational Challenges – India”

LCA ‘Tejas’ OBOX oxygen system for COVID-19 Hospitals

On September 19, 2019 when Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was making his first flight on LCA ‘Tejas’, scientists of Defence Electro medical & Bio-Engineering Laboratory (DEBEL), a DRDO laboratory, had briefed that the on-board oxygen (OBOX) generating system under development would be ready for LCA by early 2020. The oxygen in most fighters is carriedContinue reading “LCA ‘Tejas’ OBOX oxygen system for COVID-19 Hospitals”

Rafale Induction & Operationalisation – Challenges and Opportunities

India’s Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh is set to formally receive the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft contracted at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore by India at a special ceremony in  France on 08 October, 2019. Interestingly it happens to be the Air Force Day, and coincides with Dussehra this year, that marksContinue reading “Rafale Induction & Operationalisation – Challenges and Opportunities”

Challenges of Integrated Air Defence

On 27 February Indian Air Force (IAF) was engaged in active combat thwarting the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte to IAF’s Balakot strikes on 26 February. PAF had launched a 24 aircraft force offensive strike mission against India in Jammu and Kashmir sector. Indian air defence aircraft and weapons which were on a high alertContinue reading “Challenges of Integrated Air Defence”

IAF HADR and Casevac Capability – First Responder – Immediate Relief and Saving Lives

The speed at which the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved equipments, personnel and National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams in anticipation of Cyclone ‘Vayu’ in June 2019 and earlier after earthquake in Sikkim or Nepal, or floods in Uttarakhand  had again and again highlighted its first responder capability. The world praised India for its “remarkable”Continue reading “IAF HADR and Casevac Capability – First Responder – Immediate Relief and Saving Lives”

Militarization of Space – India’s Imperatives

The ultimate desire of a space-power is to dominate the use of space and have space-based systems that allow destruction of enemy targets in space and on earth, and deny the enemy full access to space including preventing the enemy from launching satellites and destroying or degrading enemy satellites in space

Apache and Chinook – Rotary Wing Capability Boost – IAF

The first India Air Force (IAF) squadron of the 22 Apache AH-64 E(I) attack helicopter was formed at Pathankot in September 2019. Selected air and ground crew had undergone training at the training facilities at US Army base Fort Rucker, Alabama. The Apache will be a significant boost to IAF’s combat capability. The helicopter isContinue reading “Apache and Chinook – Rotary Wing Capability Boost – IAF”