SP's Aviation - ISSUE No 9-2020

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    IAF SPECIAL: MESSAGE
    Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria

    As the Indian Air Force completes 88 years of illustrious service and we cherish our glorious past, we are also preparing for an exciting and challenging future. Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the inception of IAF and to honour the courage, bravery and valour of our Air Warriors, past and present.

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    IAF SPECIAL: EVE OF IAF DAY
    “Response to the stand-off along the LAC is indicative of our operational state”
    By Neetu Dhulia

    Coming decade will see 114 MRFA fructify and a significant boost in AWACS, AEW&C capabilities, ISR, and aerial refueling capability.

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    IAF SPECIAL: SPACE | CONFLICT
    Military Satellites and their Role in Conflicts
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    With varied topography that India is endowed with, satellites used for military purposes, can play a crucial role in situations of ongoing military conflict or even preceding one

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    IAF SPECIAL: SPACE | TECHNOLOGY
    IAI Satellites - Leading in Space Development

    Seeking to reach the highest frontier, IAI has pioneered space deployment in 1988, placing Israel’s first satellite, OFEQ-1, in low earth orbit. The OFEQ-5 was launched in 2002 and remains fully operational after 18 years in orbit.

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    IAF SPECIAL: AIR DEFENCE
    Concept of Integrated Air Defence Command
    By Group Captain C.J. Weir (Retd)

    The proposed “Air Defence Command” is a retrograde step and if allowed, would become the biggest strategic military blunder for the Indian Armed Forces

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    IAF SPECIAL: AIR DEFENCE
    Indigenous Technology - Force Multiplier for the Forces

    Modernisation of Indian Air Force is transforming it into an advanced network-centric force capable of sustained multi-role operations along the entire spectrum.

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    IAF SPECIAL: NEIGHBOURHOOD
    Is the IAF Equipped for Two-Front War?
    By Wing Commander K.T. Sebastian (Retd)

    Reequipping the IAF with more AWACS, aerial tankers, upgrading Su-30 MKI fleet and acquiring adequate airborne recce assets, will make the IAF more capable of coping with a two-front war

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    IAF SPECIAL: INDUCTION
    Rafale Induction - A Stern Message to China
    By Ayushee Chaudhary

    The induction programme included ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft, a traditional sarva dharma puja, an air display by Rafale, Jaguar and Tejas aircraft as well as by the Sarang aerobatic team

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    IAF SPECIAL: VIEWPOINT
    Induction of a Game Changer Into the IAF
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Induction of the fleet of Rafale fighter jets will bring about a paradigm shift in the combat potential of the Indian Air Force

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    IAF SPECIAL: LAC STAND-OFF
    India-China Face off - Air Operations in Ladakh
    By Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd)

    Operations in Ladakh could include full spectrum of air operations namely counter air strikes against Chinese airfields; destruction of enemy aircraft in the air and air defence of Indian assets.

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    IAF SPECIAL: OEM | Pratt & Whitney
    Military Range of Solutions from Pratt & Whitney

    In an exhaustive discussion with SP’s Aviation, Ashmita Sethi, President and Country Head of Pratt & Whitney discloses the company’s range of engagements with the military sector

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    IAF SPECIAL: HELICOPTERS
    Combat Helicopters with the Indian Armed Forces
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    The IAF and the Indian Army have been operating rotary-wing platforms, but traditionally, ownership of combat helicopters had been restricted to the former

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    IAF SPECIAL: UNMANNED
    Sky is not the Limit for the Unmanned Force
    By Joseph Noronha

    More significantly, the next generation of unmanned systems will fly without human intervention and navigate an obstacle-free course in real-time without prior knowledge of either terrain or environment

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

    “As we prepare for an exciting and challenging future, IAF has adopted the theme of “Innovate, Integrate & Intimidate” for the 88th Air Force Day.

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    IAF SPECIAL: NEWS | DIGEST
    Successful test-flight of Abhyas

    Successful test-flight of Abhyas - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT), was carried out on September 22, 2020 by the Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Interim Test Range at Balasore in Odisha.

  • IAF SPECIAL: NEWS | DIGEST
    Appointments

    Air Marshal R.J. Duckworth took over as Air Officer-in-Charge Personnel... Air Marshal Vikram Singh took over as Senior Air Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Air Command... Air Marshal R.D. Mathur took over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Training Command...

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    IAF SPECIAL: LAST WORD
    Indigenous Capability is the Key
    By Air Marshal B.K. Pandey (Retd)

    Unless and until the Indian aerospace industry gears up and replaces foreign suppliers of combat aircraft, the IAF will find it extremely difficult to sustain its operational capability