SP's Aviation - Aero India 2021 Special

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    SPACE | PRIVATISATION
    Space’s Privatisation to Launch Expansive Growth
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    Opening up the space sector to private companies is likely to allow better availability of resources for ISRO to carry more ambitious space exploration missions

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    VIEWPOINT | AIRBUS C295
    Replacement of Avro By C295 - Programme Moving Ahead
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Finalisation of the long-pending deal for the C295 will bring much-needed relief not only for the IAF and the Indian aerospace industry, but also for the OEM

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    VIEWPOINT | LCA MK 1A
    Procurement of 83 LCA Tejas Mk 1A Cleared
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Clearance of the deal for 83 LCA Tejas Mk 1A will be a major step forward in the ambitious ‘Make in India’ programme aimed at achieving the national goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat

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    MILITARY | MODERNISATION
    The Indian Air Force in Transition
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    In the era of the bi-polar world, as India was close to the Soviet Union, the IAF had a dominating presence of Russian aircraft including fighters, transports and helicopters

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    EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO SP’s

    MILITARY | CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
    “Our challenge is to increase the synergy and cohesiveness to ensure joint operations in true sense. Air Power would play a very significant and critical role.”

    In an exclusive interview to Jayant Baranwal, Editor-in-Chief, SP’s Aviation on the occasion of Aero India 2021 Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff, gave some very candid, genuine and insightful responses

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    MILITARY | COMBAT SQUADRONS
    Depleting Numbers - Cause for Concern
    By Group Captain C.J. Weir (Retd)

    India’s military planners have then to make crucial assessments and decide on a military air strategy that will allow the IAF to optimally employ the depleted air assets

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    MILITARY | FIGHTERS
    Urgency of 114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Government needs to appreciate the urgency of acquiring the 114 combat platforms that the IAF needs and move the plan forward without further delay

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    MILITARY | NEXGEN
    6th-Generation Fighters: Closer Than You Think!
    By Joseph Noronha

    India’s military-industrial establishment needs to get cracking on sixth-generation technologies like optional manning, swarm drones, DEW, hypersonic weapons and ensure that they are effectively built into the AMCA

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    MILITARY | UNMANNED
    UAVS – A Potential Operational Asset
    By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)

    Unmanned aircraft technologies have matured well beyond just reconnaissance, security and targeting. Unmanned Aerial Systems are now undertaking a wide range of missions

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    MILITARY | BOMBER
    Does India Need A Strategic Bomber?
    By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)

    As bombers are large aircraft, they have large radar cross-section (RCS) and as such, are vulnerable to both airborne and ground based air defence (AD) weapons

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    MILITARY | BOEING
    Boosting the Indian Defence Ecosystem
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    With the focus on F/A-18 Block III, F-15EX fighter solutions, the P-8I deliveries and Apache manufacturing, Boeing highlights advancements with the Indian Armed forces

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    MILITARY | EXERCISE
    Desert Knight 2021 Concluded

    The Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force participated in Exercise Desert Knight 2021 at Air Force Station Jodhpur.

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    MILITARY | IAI
    More Options for Flight Refueling Aircraft for the IAF

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) has set a goal to replace its aging aerial refueling assets with at least six FRA tankers. This is the third time the IAF plans to convert this fleet, which operates six IL-78M FRA operated by IAF’s No 78 Mid Air Refueling Squadron (MARS) since 2003.

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    MILITARY | L&T
    Strengthening India Together

    L&T MBDA Missile Systems Limited (LTMMSL), a joint venture company between Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India’s Multinational conglomerate, and MBDA France, a world leader in missile systems...

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    A Word from Editor-in-Chief
    By Jayant Baranwal, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

    Our sincere gratitude to Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria for taking out the time to give some very enlightening and insightful answers, to our inquisitive questions on a diverse range of subjects.

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    HALL OF FAME
    Chuck Yeager (1923 - 2020)
    By Joseph Noronha

    On October 12, 1944, Chuck Yeager became the first pilot in his group to shoot down five enemy aircraft in one day, making him “Ace in a Day”

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Tri-Service Exercise Kavach and Amphex-21 in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal

    The Tri-Service Exercise Kavach and Amphex-21 was conducted under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) involving assets of Army, Navy, Air Force and the Indian Coast Guard...

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hands over DRDO Systems to Armed Forces Chiefs

    On December 18, 2020, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh handed over three indigenously developed Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) systems to the Armed Forces Chiefs...

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Cabinet nod to deal For 83 LCA Tejas Mk1A with HAL

    On January 13 this year, the Cabinet Committee on Security headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared a Rs 48,000-crore deal for 83 light combat aircraft (LCA) with HAL...

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    NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Fifth India-Singapore Defence Ministers Dialogue

    On January 20, 2021, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh co-chaired the fifth India-Singapore Defence Ministers Dialogue along with Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Defence, Republic of Singapore.

  • NEWS DIGEST: MILITARY | ASIA PACIFIC
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approves proposals to procure equipment worth Rs 27,000 crore from domestic industry

    On December 17 last year, a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) held under the Chairmanship of the Defence Minister approved Capital Acquisition proposals of various...

  • QuickRoundUp

    Boeing is setting an ambitious target to advance the longterm sustainability of commercial aviation, committing that its commercial airplanes are capable and certified to fly on 100 per cent sustainable aviation fuels by 2030.

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    LAST WORD
    Build The Fleet to 42 Sqns
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The French Defence Minister, Florence Parly, projected the induction of the Rafale jets into the IAF as “A new chapter in bilateral defence ties between France and India”