At the moment, the Indian Navy has arguably one of the best fighters in the region operating from its sole carrier INS Vikramaditya. Within a couple of years, the new INS Vikrant also featuring MiG-29Ks. The future of Indian naval … Continue reading India’s Carrier Fighter Conundrum
We have been hearing the idea that one day, serving men and women will not have have any authority over fighting machines. That, once the higher command gives the electronic orders, fighters, ships, subs and armored vehicles will attain their … Continue reading Why haven’t drones taken over from manned battle machines?
So while stealth is proliferating, is it that big a threat? This is a very very common misconception. Most fighters today are optimised to be difficult to spot on X-Band radars. These bands are the frequency ranges of the radio … Continue reading Here is why Stealth might not work!!
A few photographs marking the journey of our aircraft building programmes and the early years of the IAF. I am not covering the full history of the IAF as that deserves a thread of its own and I have to … Continue reading Seeds Of The IAF & Learning To Build Aircraft
The Indian MMRCA competition was essentially killed when the Indian MoD (Ministry of Defense) requested for direct sales of 36 Rafale built at Dassault’s facilities in France. In September of 2016, nearly a decade and a half after the requirement … Continue reading Aftermath of Indian MMRCA
People often like to decry the Chinese Shenyang J-11 as a cheap copy of the Russian Sukhoi Su-27. Here, I’ll give a low down on why such a dismissal is foolhardy. First, let us examine the original Russian Flanker. The Su-27 … Continue reading J-11: The son of Su-27
The P-3 Orion has served several countries for decades and is a widely respected platform. Finding and fielding a capable replacement for such a platform is a difficult task. After several cancellations, potent replacements have been found in the form … Continue reading Boeing P-8A vs Kawasaki P-1: The comparison of modern MPAs
The 1980s were golden times for the Soviet military. Several extremely potent weapon systems like the Su-27, MiG-29, S300 SAM, Admiral Kuznetsov class cruisers, Akula & Sierra class SSNs along with the mighty Kirovs and Typhoons entered service in this … Continue reading Sukhoi Su-30: The story of Russia’s famous Flanker
The primary adversaries of American fighters over Vietnam were agile Soviet jets like MiG-17 and MiG-21. The Americans were forced to fight them using not so agile F-4 Phantoms, the mainstay of American forces. Thus they had to find a … Continue reading The American MiGs
The nuclear armed south Asian rivals have been at the state of pseudo war throughout the entire time of their existence. They have fought 3 major wars and 1 limited intensity conflict and peace between them is still far away. Interestingly both … Continue reading LCA Tejas vs JF-17 Thunder