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”

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”