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India’s economic growth and technological stature present the opportunity for the IAF to push for creating an adequate military space capability as dictated by future projections
The Indian faith in the LCC model—initiated by Air Deccan, kept alive by IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir and recently rejuvenated by all the three full service carriers—is vindicated by recent figures
On April 1, 1954, Mukerjee was appointed Commanderin-Chief of the Indian Air Force—the first Indian to hold the post. In 1955, when the title of Commander-in-Chief was replaced by Chief of the Air Staff, Mukerjee automatically became the IAF’s first CAS.
Green business aviation is a continuous process of increasing efficiency, as well as reducing emissions, mainly through technological innovation
We hope for timely induction of the required weapon systems
Despite limitations, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles offer a number of advantages, foremost being the capability to join battle without exposing a pilot’s life to danger
There is general reluctance to bestow on even fully automated UAVs the final Authority to fire on a Target—the computer can pick targets so long as a human being pulls the trigger or vice versa
In years to come, the credibility of the IAF, and how it acquits itself in combat, will depend heavily on its force multipliers—more so, in how precisely it conducts air operations
In air defence operations, radars are vital for detecting hostile targets. On the other hand, stealth technology and ‘electronic counter-measure’ suites that evade or mislead radars have improved the survivability of attacking missions.
Riding on a combination of mediums, like fibre-optics and satcom, the IAF could become capable of conducting network-centric air operations
Lockheed Martin fields the F-16
In September, US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin flew the equivalent of an F-16IN Super Viper into Hindustan Aeronautics Limited airport at Bangalore
Future warfare will assume many forms and will be unpredictable. Coping with the changing security environment is the challenge before the IAF.
Hopefully by then, the Medium Combat Aircraft and the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft would constitute the high performance category in the IAF
To instill military discipline and pride in the blue uniform, the IAF needs to formulate innovative and creative HR policies in sync with the evolving socioeconomic environment
Pursuant to its efforts to make an impact on the mountaineering front, the IAF plans to conquer the ‘Seven Summits’—the highest peak in each of the seven continents