In this Issue – October 2020

Letter from the Editor


Between Ifs and Buts
The IAF needs a lot of government support and a spate of good luck to keep its modernisation on track

Air Shield
Russia’s S-400 is the much-needed air and missile defence system for the IAF

Flying to Sustain
IAF plays a prominent role in the northern sector

Invest in the Future
The need of the hour is a technologically strong and advanced air force

On a Building Spree
China continues to expand its ground-based combat-support infrastructure in both XUAR and TAR

Rafale is Here, Finally
With the induction of the fighter jets, IAF seeks new capabilities

War Fighting Wares
Private participation in aerospace is the way forward to innovate and indigenise

Why India Needs Bombers?
To counter China’s expansionist moves at the borders and its H-20 stealth bomber


Having Operationalised the Ground Segment of IACCS, We Are Now in the Process of Integrating and Operationalising the Airborne & Space Segments
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC

ALH and its Derivatives Can Operate At An Altitude of 5km Plus Which Few Of The Competitors’ Platforms Can Reach
Chairman and managing director, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, R. Madhavan

Our Training Methodology Has Evolved With a Vision to Deal with the Unconventional Situations and Techniques
Director General, Border Security Force, Rakesh Asthana

We’re Proud That Today Our Mistral ATAM Air-To-Air Missile System is Fully Integrated on Both the LCH and ALH
Spokesperson, MBDA India

We Are Open to Supporting India’s AMCA Programme… Our F-21 Proposal For the IAF Would be a Key Enabler of Close Collaboration on Advanced Fighter Aircraft
Vice president and chief executive, Lockheed Martin India, William L. Blair

For Defence Platforms, we are Offering India Fully-Networked Solutions and I Believe This Leapfrogging in Capability is a Key Differentiator for the Long-Term
Vice president, Boeing Defence, Space & Security, India Michael Koch


Why Thailand Matters
Its strategic location in the Indian Ocean makes it important to China’s maritime expansion plans


View from the Industry | Make Bold Beautiful
Right government policies, private players and robust R&D can together work towards a successful defence exports strategy

By Invitation | Defence Digitisation
A unified defence network will help to win future wars

By Invitation | For a Better Tomorrow
Thales will continue to provide Indian armed forces with best solutions and services

By Invitation | President and country head, Pratt & Whitney Ashmita Sethi
The Liberalisation of the MRO Sector Will Provide the Country With a Strong Operational Ecosystem for Both Domestic And International Players

By Invitation | The Road to Self-Reliance
A vibrant local defence industry eco-system will benefit both domestic and international demand


Humans and Machines
John Edward Jackson

None of Us Has the Time to Make All the Mistakes Ourselves… So, We Should Learn from the Mistakes and Successes of Others
Capt. John E. Jackson, United States Navy (retd)

On the Same Page
David A. Deptula, Lt Gen. USAF (retd)


First Person
Ghazala Wahab

Pravin Sawhney



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