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”

Dassault Rafale – The Gust of Wind – Despite COVID – All Set to Arrive on Schedule

There will be no delay in delivery of 36 Rafale jets to India as the timeline finalised for the supply of the fighter jets will be strictly respected, French Ambassador Emmanuel Lenain has said. “The contractual delivery schedule of the Rafale jets has been perfectly respected till now, and, in fact, a new aircraft wasContinue reading “Dassault Rafale – The Gust of Wind – Despite COVID – All Set to Arrive on Schedule”

Indian Military Aviation’s -French Connection

The Initial French Connection           The French arrived in India at Pondicherry in 1674. They later created colonies at Pondicherry, Karikal, Yanam, Mahe and Chandanagar. All these were peacefully transferred to India in 1954. Paris and New Delhi have had warm and business friendly relations from the very beginning. French supported us during cold warContinue reading “Indian Military Aviation’s -French Connection”

IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges

Indian Air Force (IAF) is today at an all time low in the number of fighter squadrons. Already down to 30 vis-a-vis the authorized 42, the numbers would go down further if some more squadrons are allowed to retire because of low availability of serviceable aircraft. As far back as 2001 IAF had apprised theContinue reading “IAF Growth and Indigenization Challenges”

Impact of COVID 19 on Civil Aviation Industry

The $880 billion global airline industry has been hit by Pandemic Corona virus COVID 19, described as the “biggest crisis in the history of aviation.” Headline such as “Airlines Could Lose $100+ Billion Due to Coronavirus“, “Demand has not declined; it has evaporated”, summaries. Entire countries are being closed off. The industry that has beenContinue reading “Impact of COVID 19 on Civil Aviation Industry”