SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 9-2017

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    MILITARY | CHANGE OF GUARD
    Lady at the Helm of Affairs
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Elevation of Nirmala Sitharaman from the status of Minister of State to that of Cabinet Minister, is seen as Prime Minister Modi’s perspective of preferring “Performance over Politics”

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    MILITARY | DIPLOMACY
    India & US: New Phase in Defence Partnership
    By Ranjit Kumar

    To win Indian hearts and minds, Mattis talked of steadily expanding defence cooperation, underpinned by a strategic convergence based on common objectives and goals in the region

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    MILITARY | TRIBUTE
    Tribute to an Icon
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Late Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, a rare gift of God to the nation, is tragically no more with us; but his memory will live on forever!

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    MILITARY | TRIBUTE
    'No war can be won without the Air Force'

    In an interaction with SP’s Aviation at his home in Delhi’s diplomatic enclave Chanakyapuri, Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC reminisced on the past, underlined the strengths and challenges of the present, and conveyed his hopes of a bright future

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    IAF SPECIAL | MESSAGE
    Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, IAF Chief

    My best wishes to SP’s Aviation team for informative & credible reporting. On behalf of all Air Warriors I compliment SP’s Aviation team for the special issue on Air Force Day and wish them success in all their future endeavours.

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    IAF SPECIAL | CAS INTERVIEW
    "Ready to Face Challenges"

    On the occasion of the 85th Anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff, spoke to SP’s Aviation

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    IAF SPECIAL | OPERATIONS
    Challenges Before the IAF
    By Air Marshal Raghu Rajan (Retd)

    While the transport and helicopter fleets are in a good shape, the IAF needs to hasten the build-up of the fighter fleet and both medium and short range SAMs

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    IAF SPECIAL | CHALLENGES
    Challenges in the North East
    By Group Captain A.K. Sachdev (Retd)

    On balance, the PLAAF is at a competitive disadvantage on the Tibetan plateau because the payload is significantly reduced at bases at high altitudes

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    IAF SPECIAL | NEW COMMAND
    Formation of Space Command
    By Group Captain A.K. Sachdev (Retd)

    A well-equipped and adequately manned Aerospace Command, with inter-continental reach and the wherewithal to mount offensive missions as well as provide defensive capability, is what is required by the nation

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    IAF SPECIAL | OEM
    F/A-18 Super Hornet: Multi-role Advanced Fighter for Navy and Air Force
    By Pratyush Kumar

    The F/A-18 Super Hornet operates off the decks of the US Navy’s aircraft carriers and is part of the Royal Australian Air Force’s fleet to offer advanced, combat-proven strike capability.

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    IAF SPECIAL | OEM
    KC-46A Tanker - More Capable, Efficient, Versatile
    By Pratyush Kumar

    Highly reliable and efficient, the wide-body, multi-role tanker can refuel all US, allied and coalition military aircraft any time, on any mission.

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    IAF SPECIAL | HUMAN RESOURCES
    Women in Indian Air Force
    By Group Captain Johnson Chacko

    Female pilots flying transport and helicopters in the IAF have adequately proved their mettle and in no way are they inferior to their male counterparts

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    IAF SPECIAL | HALL OF FAME
    Indra Lal Roy (1898-1918)
    By Joseph Noronha

    Indra Lal Roy was the first and only Indian to be officially accredited as an ace. He achieved the feat during World War I while serving in the Royal Air Force

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    IAF SPECIAL | LAST WORD
    Select the Right Combat Platform
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Unless the selected platform offers a ready global market, setting up a production facility to manufacture the aircraft exclusively for the IAF may not be a viable proposition

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    CIVIL | AIRPORTS
    Over-Loaded Hubs
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    With the high rate of growth of the Indian airline industry, traffic at the major Hub Airports is only set to increase thereby further aggravating problems of traffic congestion

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    CIVIL | REGIONAL AVIATION
    Big or Small, Safety is Utmost
    By R. Chandrakanth

    Last year some 3.8 billion travellers flew safely on 40.4 million flights. The number of total accidents, fatal accidents and fatalities all declined versus the five-year average, showing that aviation continues to become safer

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    CIVIL | REGIONAL AVIATION
    Let's Go Dutch!
    By R. Chandrakanth

    The arrival of the more fuel-efficient Embraer 175 marked a new phase in the renewal of KLM Cityhopper’s fleet of Fokker 70s, which will be completed late 2017

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

    Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff, has assured the nation that the IAF is always ready to provide swift response in any contingency

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    NEWS WITH VIEWS
    Indo-US Defence Cooperation
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The Trump administration has told the US Congress that defence cooperation with India would be an important pillar as the US needs India to be a net security provider in the Indo-Pacific region.