The Formidable General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper for Indian Armed Forces

Two General Atomics “Predator B” drones, also called the MQ-9 Reaper Sea Guardian, has been leased by the Indian Navy, in November 2020, from the USA for extended surveillance in the Indian Ocean. These drones are operating from INS Rajali near Arkonnam on the east coast. They are under the operational control of Indian NavyContinue reading “The Formidable General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper for Indian Armed Forces”

Lethal Autonomous Aerial Weapon Systems – Realities of the Future

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region in late 2020, included the heavy use of missiles, drones, and rocket artillery. Clearly, Azerbaijani drones were the centre of attention in this war and helped Azerbaijan take control of the skies. Azerbaijani drones provided significant advantages in ISR as well as long-range strikeContinue reading “Lethal Autonomous Aerial Weapon Systems – Realities of the Future”

Chinese Wing Loong UAVs – Proliferating Across the World

The Chengdu Pterodactyl I, also known as Wing Loong, is a Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group of China. Designed for surveillance and aerial reconnaissance platform, the Pterodactyl I is capable of being fitted with air-to-surface weapons for use in an unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) role.Continue reading “Chinese Wing Loong UAVs – Proliferating Across the World”

A Professional’s Rambling? Evolution of Airpower – Challenges, Questions, and Thoughts

End of Manned Figher Jet Era? During an informal chat with Lt. Gen John Thompson of US Space Command, Elon Musk made a very provocative statement and that too, in a room full of fighter pilots. He stated that the manned “fighter jet era has passed”. This happened during the annual US Air Force Association’sContinue reading “A Professional’s Rambling? Evolution of Airpower – Challenges, Questions, and Thoughts”

General Atomics – The Power House of Unmanned Systems

General Atomics is an American energy and defence corporation with interests in diversified technologies. It was founded on July 18, 1955 as a Division of General Dynamics, in San Diego, California, by Frederic de Hoffmann with assistance from notable physicists Edward Teller and Freeman Dyson “for harnessing the power of nuclear technologies for the benefitContinue reading “General Atomics – The Power House of Unmanned Systems”

Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India

Unmanned aircraft technologies have now matured well beyond just  reconnaissance, security, and targeting. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are now under taking all missions including heavy-lift cargo. World is at a transition. There are some who see the JSF F-35 Lightening II as the last dedicated manned fighter/bomber. Solar-powered UAS are already flying. Currently, the solar-poweredContinue reading “Aviation – The Future is Unmanned – Time to Get Going India”

Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology

Policing is about monitoring the activities of people to protect them and to enforce law. World has moved a long way from the baton-wielding policeman with advanced electronic sensors and fast data transmission making it possible for early detection and quick response to curb crime. Indian Prime Minister Modi’s National Smart Cities Mission for convertingContinue reading “Aerial Policing: Advantage Altitude & Technology”

Israel India’s Natural Aerospace Partner

Israeli Iron Dome system intercepting shooting down a large number of Hamas rockets, during the recent very intense conflict, was watched closely in India on social media and covered in detail by TV channels. According to an international survey Israelis like Indians the most. There is a ground swell of pro-Israel opinion in India alsoContinue reading “Israel India’s Natural Aerospace Partner”