In this Issue – October 2021

Letter from the Editor


The Vulnerable Sky
The government must not rush into Theatre Commands without factoring in the IAF concerns

Think Big, Think Deep
How to fix the capability gap in the future IAF fixed wing fleet

No Time to Lose
Delayed inductions are making it difficult for the IAF to plan for its future force levels with any degree of certainty

The Importance of the Unmanned
The government needs to prioritise IAF’s requirement for armed and unarmed drones

Smart Attack
The IAF is now inducting smart weapons to add to its precision weapons inventory

A Simulated Reality
Embracing technology, the IAF is increasingly opting for state-of-the-art training systems

A Bridge Across the Sky
An overview of the IAF exercises reflects the foreign policy priorities of the government


We are Awaiting the Requirements for the MRFA Competition to Assess if F-15EX Would Fit Well into Indian Air Force’s Force Structure
Managing Director, Boeing Defence India, Surendra Ahuja

Partnership is in the DNA of MBDA And it’s Important to be in Touch With all Major Players in India
General Delegate India, MBDA, Boris Solomiac


India and the World | Some Highs Some Lows
India-US relationship has been a rollercoaster ride until now

Caught Between Acronyms
Could AUKUS undermine QUAD in the long run?

Agenda Driven
AUKUS will not undermine QUAD; might even benefit India

Air Show China | Unmanned Surprises
The Zhuhai Air Show underscored China’s focus in the coming years

Picture Story | Air Show in Kashmir
Taking the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ to Kashmir, the Indian Air Force carried out an air display over Dal lake in Srinagar on the morning of September 26.


Cyber Weapons do not Exist in a Vacuum. They Evolve as Defences (and to a Lesser Extent, Goals) Evolve
Martin C. Libicki, author of Cyberspace in Peace and War (2nd Edition)

War by Other Means
How cyberattacks can stymie the US efforts to defend Taiwan against Chinese aggression. An extract

Continuing Conflict
Can the situation in Tibet be considered peaceful and the conflict resolved? An extract


Towards Bi-Multipolarity
Andrew Korybko

Nuclear Assurance
Cdr S Shrikumar (retd)

Breach in the Citadel
Brig Rajiv Williams (retd)




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