Air Force

Touching the Sky – August 2016
With LCA Tejas inducted into IAF squadron service, development of future versions is now assured
A FORCE Report

No Fear of Flying – July 2016
IAF inducted first three women fighter pilots into service
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Like Father, Like Son – January 2016
Air Marshal K. S. Gill and his son fly Hawk MK 132 together in formation
A FORCE Report

Threats from Above – November 2015
Different weapons are required for air defence as no single system can counter the entire air threat spectrum
By Brig. MKK Iyer

Take Off Stalled – November 2015
Airbus A330 MRTT and Boeing KC-767 are the only NG tankers available today
By Atul Chandra

Lost Opportunity – November 2015
5th generation fighters to enter operational service in the next few years
By Atul Chandra

Now in the Air – October 2015
BrahMos on Su-30MKI to be flight-tested early next year
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

The Road Ahead – October 2015
Multiple challenges continue to face the IAF, particularly its fighter fleet
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Ethically Right – October 2015
An international framework on the use of drones during conflicts should be worked out
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Whipping Up a Storm – October 2015
IAF will finally get 22 Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 15 Boeing CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters
By Atul Chandra

A Fine Balance – October 2015
The Indian Air Force is striving to maintain its combat edge
By Atul Chandra

Target Lock – October 2015
Missile and Precision Munitions technology continues to evolve
By Atul Chandra

Vintage Beauty – October 2015
Harvard Trainer HT-291 to make its maiden public appearance at Air Force Day Parade
By Atul Chandra

Down, But Not Out – March 2015
IAF’s fighter fleet over the next two decades
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Homegrown Might – February 2015
HAL displayed its impressive range of indigenously designed and developed helicopters at Aero India 2015
By Atul Chandra

Invisible Cogs – February 2015
IAF force multipliers of the unglamorous kind are equally important for the smooth functioning of the armed forces
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur VM (retd)

Through the Looking Glass – February 2015
A futuristic look at the IAF in 2024 and beyond
By Atul Chandra

Waiting in the Wings – December 2014
Airbus Defence and Space will be hoping for a quick finalisation of their bid for the Avro replacement programme
By Atul Chandra

Chinks in its Armour – November 2014
IAF’s 82nd Raising Day parade highlighted that modernisation should not be delayed
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

New Gen Tactical Transport – November 2014
Embraer’s all new KC-390 military transport has the capability to garner a substantial slice of the tactical military transport market
By Atul Chandra

IAF’s Two-Front Dilemma – October 2014
Both China and Pakistan are modernising at a frenetic pace
By Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar (retd)

Flying the Fleet – October 2014
Aircraft maintainability is shifting from spares and support to guaranteed availability on the flight line
By Atul Chandra

Experienced Hands – October 2014
Air power led by the IAF plays a crucial role in India’s defence posture
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Smooth Chopper Ride – October 2014
Boeing’s Apache and Chinook helicopter programmes are almost ready to join the IAF
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Future Planning – October 2014
A look at the IAF in 2024 and possible future aircraft options
By Atul Chandra

One Step Backward – October 2014
The scrapping of the 197 helicopter programme will majorly affect AAC and IAF operations in north Kashmir
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Two to Tango – August 2014
Joint air exercises are a significant tool for operational preparedness
By Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Hard Reality Check – July 2014
India should look to playing the role of a regional humanitarian aid provider
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Winds of Change – July 2014
Ensuring that delayed crucial aviation projects are delivered fast should be the new government’s priority
By Atul Chandra & Dilip Kumar Mekala

Advanced Airfields – July 2014
The Modernisation of Airfield Infrastructure (MAFI) project is now well underway and delivering results
By Atul Chandra

Off the Radar – July 2014
The government should speed up its project of integrating India’s coastline into one radar network
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Powerful Push – July 2014
Aero engines continue to push the boundaries of technology in the quest to cater for increased performance and substantially improved fuel efficiency
By Atul Chandra

Regional Heavy Lifters – June 2014
Embraer’s KC-390 tactical military transport and HAL-UAS’ MTA will compete for the same market
By Atul Chandra

Congestion Clearance – June 2014
As passenger traffic grows in India, investing in state-of-the-art technology for civil airports is imperative
By Atul Chandra

Learning to Fly – June 2014
The National Civil Aircraft Development (NCAD) programme is an ambitious and high risk project
By Atul Chandra

Faster and Quicker – May 2014
The new government has to take steps towards reenergising air power
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Top up Order – April 2014
IAF releases RFI for 106 PC-7 MK II Basic Trainers to be procured under the ‘Buy & Make (Indian)’ category
By Atul Chandra

Plugging the Gap – March 2014
The IAF issues RFI for IJT on account of repeated delays with HJT-36 ‘Sitara’
By Atul Chandra

Invisible Presence – March 2014
Boeing and Insitu Group-developed ScanEagle and Integrator UAS are in a class of their own
By Atul Chandra

The Game Changer – February 2014
The Avro replacement procurement plan can boost India’s indigenous industries
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

The New Chief – January 2014
ACM Arup Raha has the onerous task of taking the IAF to its full combat glory
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Back from the Brink – January 2014
LCA Tejas attains Initial Operational Clearance with the Indian Air Force
By Atul Chandra

The curtains fall on the MiG-21 FL – January 2014
The IAF retires the fighter that brought it glory in the 1971 war
By Atul Chandra

Revolution in Training Affairs – January 2014
New inductions have ushered in state-of-the-art training methods in the IAF and IN
By Atul Chandra

Self Reliance for Success – December 2013
CII and CAPS discuss opportunities and challenges in the Indian aerospace sector
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Joint Strike – December 2013
IAF-Navy operations have to be synchronised to tackle any threat on our eastern sea board
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Off the Deck – December 2013
Naval aviation is on its way to becoming a potent naval air arm in the region
By Atul Chandra

Training on Track – November 2013
The IAF’s Pilatus PC-7 MK-II is quickly proving itself to be an excellent basic trainer
By Atul Chandra

Air Power – November 2013
The IAF marked its 81st annual Raising Day parade with a spectacular air display
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Solo Flight – November 2013
The transformation of a cadet into an Air Warrior begins at the Air Force Academy
By Atul Chandra

Transformation – October 2013
In its 81st year, the IAF has a lot of rethinking to do in order to meet the twin challenges of Pakistan and China
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Importance of Plan A – October 2013
MMRCA contract will not be signed soon
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

A Better Alternative – October 2013
Before Tejas Mk II is brought in, experts should weigh all the pros and cons
By Parvez Khokhar

Super Power Capabilities – October 2013
With the induction of C-17 Globemaster III and C-130 J aircraft, IAF has got a power boost, as was demonstrated at Hindan
By Dilip Kumar Mekala

Custodian of the Skies – October 2013
After an eventful year, the IAF must look at embracing futuristic technologies and becoming a force to reckon with
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Interview – October 2013
With the C-27J, the IAF could have an aircraft capable to do, literally, the entire mission possible in supporting logistic needs all around the country
Alenia Aermacchi test pilot, Gianni Ammoniaci

Separated at Birth – September 2013
Jointness of the armed forces is essential for the true combat power to be unleashed
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Change and Thrive – September 2013
New acquisitions and upgrades will drive the market for medium military transport aircraft
By Atul Chandra

Air Power – August 2013
An evaluation of the threats and challenges before the IAF
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Such a Long Wait – August 2013
Tejas Mk1 and Mk2 will test the capabilities of ADA and HAL to the hilt
By Atul Chandra

Opportunity Beckons – August 2013
A multitude of programmes will stretch HAL’s capabilities to the limit
By Atul Chandra

Mighty Jet touches down – July 2013
First Boeing C 17 Globemaster III for IAF arrives on schedule
By Atul Chandra

Summer of 1999 – July 2013
On the 14th anniversary of the Kargil conflict, a view from the 5th floor of IAF HQs
By AVM Manmohan Bahadur (retd)

Landing on Schedule – June 2013
The first P-8I for the Indian Navy arrives at Arakkonam
By Atul Chandra

Fuelling the Need – June 2013
A330 MRTT will be a key force multiplier for the IAF
By Atul Chandra

Delayed Delivery – June 2013
As modernisation of the armed forces continues, some critical programmes are indefinitely stuck
By Atul Chandra

Yawning Gap – April 2013
South Asian Air Power Imbalance and the PAF
By The Military Analyst

Turbo Power – April 2013
HAL selects the Turbomeca Shakti engine over the LHTEC CTS-800
By Atul Chandra

Helicopters Next-Gen – April 2013
Eurocopter X3 and Sikorsky X2 show the way forward for rotary wing technology
By Atul Chandra

Small Wonders – April 2013
Technology requirements continue to increase for UAVs
By Atul Chandra

Strategic Reach – October 2012
As Indian Air Force is 80, its overarching vision is turning into a reality
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Reaching Across – October 2012
It’s this ‘quality’ that has won Indian Air Force accolades at home and abroad
By Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar (retd)

Almost Real – October 2012
Helicopter simulators are training solutions for the future
By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Window of Opportunity – October 2012
The Indian private sector should contend for the AVRO replacement programme
By Atul Chandra

New Predators – July 2012
Armed UAVs, their strength & limitations and the future of air warfare
By Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar (retd)

Fighting Fit – July 2012
IAF modernisation needs to be sustained across the 12th and 13th plan periods
By Atul Chandra

Coming of Age – June 2012
HAL would be the third largest producer of light military helicopters by 2020
By Atul Chandra

Into the Future – June 2012
Next generation hybrid helicopters will fly twice as fast and twice as high
By Atul Chandra

Seek to Defend – June 2012
Indian rotorcraft will require large numbers of weapon and EW systems
By Atul Chandra

Rotary Wing Bonanza – June 2012
Indian military rotary wing requirements continue to attract global helicopter majors
By Atul Chandra

Air Support – May 2012
Perfected over the years, IAF’s air maintenance now work to clockwork precision
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Sky Scrapers – December 2011
IAF is setting up a war-gaming centre to upgrade skills and expertise of its air warriors
By Prasun K. Sengupta

Chief Charms Bangalore – December 2011
LCA Tejas to achieve Final Operational Clearance (FOC) after another two years
By Atul Chandra

Man, Money and Machines – December 2011
HAL and India’s future as an aerospace power are inextricable
By Atul Chandra

Seek to Destroy – November 2011
Indigenous programmes for air defence surveillance radars offer credible options for IAF
By Atul Chandra

All Weather Annihilator – November 2011
Boeing’s Apache is all set win the IAF’s attack helicopter contract
By Atul Chandra

Sentinel of the Sea – November 2011
The P8I fleet will help plug major gaps in the Indian Navy’s surveillance issues
By Atul Chandra

Cusp of Change – October 2011
The IAF is the only force with the capability to provide deterrence
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Two Front Saga – October 2011
China’s local-border war and Pakistan’s 5th war against India
By Air Cmde Jasjit Singh (retd)

Back to the Future – August 2011
Indian input to exceed one third of the total D&D of the IAF’s FGFA
By Atul Chandra

The Chosen Fleet – June 2011
Eurofighter and Rafale will come equipped with advanced missiles for air-to-air and air-to-ground role
By Atul Chandra and Nitasha Chawla

Winged Power – February 2011
IAF likely to double its tactical and strategic lift capabilities in the next five years
Prasun K. Sengupta

Transformation – February 2011
At Aero India 2011, focus would be on the Indian Air Force
Pravin Sawhney & Ghazala wahab

Interview – February 2011
‘The IAF is funding up to 30 per cent of the Design and Development Cost of LCA MK-II’
ACM P.V. Naik

Wind Weaver – October 2010
Aerostats are ideal platforms to elevate variouspayloads for prolonged durations of time
Lt Gen. B.S. Pawar [retd]

Two Views – October 2010
China looms large not only on the Indian mindscape but the airspace as well
Pravin Sawhney & Ghazala wahab

IAF and Air Power Projection – October 2010
The present capabilities of the IAF are not adequate for a full-scale ‘two-front’conventional war
Air chief Marshal F.H. Major [retd]

Building Capabilities – October 2010
Indian Air Force prepares for the China front
Pravin Sawhney & Ghazala wahab

Interview – October 2010
‘With the Kind of Air Assets that areComing into this Sector, We will BeAble to Support the Army as far as AirDefence is Concerned’
Air Marshal K.K. Nohwar VM

Interview – October 2010
‘IAF Envisages a Combat Strength of 40Squadrons by Year 2020’
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal, P.V. Naik PVSM, VSM, AdC

IACCCS Being Enhanced
The upgraded ADIZ will extend the IAF’s airspace management and surveillancecoverage
By Prasun K. Sengupta

Beyond Borders -October 2007
IAF needs to work hard on strategic reach and parallel war
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Operation Safed Sagar – October 2006
By Air Chief Marshal A.Y. Tipnis

‘The C-130J Hercules is a Special Operations Version, Which is Being Considered’ – October 2006
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Shashi P. Tyagi PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC

‘The Nuclear Factor Does Not Impinge Upon My Conventional Capabilities’ – October 2006
Air Officer Commanding-in chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal A.K. Singh

Indian Aerospace PowerOctober 2006
New Capabilities, New Thinking, New Roles
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab

Divided by Space June 2005
At tactical level, the air force and the army will have to wage their own battles

Wings of Passion – June 2005
The Indian Air Force must become a truly offensive and a strategic force
By Pravin Sawhney and Ghazala Wahab