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  • N. Jeykumaran asked: What is the horizontal and vertical extent of the Indian air space? What is India's strategy to secure its air space?

    Kishore Kumar Khera replies: Horizontally, the Indian air space is bound by the territory including territorial waters of the Union of India. Vertically, there are no defined limits. Owing to reduced air density with an increase in altitude, there are rarely any aircraft operations beyond 20 kilometres above mean sea level.

    Is Indian Military Aviation Reorienting?

    For the first time in the history of military aviation in India, helicopters have surpassed fighter aircraft in terms of sheer numbers. Are the Indian Armed Forces reorienting for helicopter dominated air operations?

    May 07, 2019

    India’s First Step Towards Regulating Drones

    The Civilian Aviation Requirements for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, though fairly well drafted, constitute only a stop gap measure for regulating drone operations in the civil sector.

    October 31, 2018

    Decoding the Expansion Plans of the United States Air Force

    How different will the USAF look after the proposed restructuring with 74 additional squadrons? Will there be a trade-off between quality and quantity?

    September 28, 2018

    Unpacking UK Combat Air Strategy

    The UK Combat Air Strategy unveiled on July 16, 2018 can actually be termed as the Combat Aircraft Industry Strategy. India, with a nearly non-existing aircraft industry, can benefit by understanding the key rationales underpinning the CAS.

    July 23, 2018

    Additive Manufacturing in Aerospace and Defence Sector: Strategy of India

    Additive manufacturing (AM), also popularly known as 3-D printing, is revolutionising the global manufacturing landscape. The proliferation of AM technology has had a huge impact on the design and production capability of the manufacturing industry. At the same time, the technology to mimic and print real parts has huge implications for a country’s defence capability and security.

    January-March 2018

    Fighting Falcon: The End of an Era?

    Is the termination of an unprecedented 40-year production run of the F-16 an indication of the beginning of the end for this versatile combat aircraft?

    January 19, 2018

    Nigerian Air Force and COIN Operations

    The Nigerian Air Force’s impending acquisition of the JF-17 is a cautionary tale of the need for armed forces everywhere to assess their respective operational environment in a realistic manner and then devise an appropriate equipment procurement strategy.

    January 16, 2018

    Weapons are the Combat Differentiators: The BrahMos Air Launched Cruise Missile

    “Weapons differentiate between Air Forces and Flying Clubs” is an often heard adage. Weapons capability is an integral part of an Air Power matrix. In the last three months, a number of successful indigenous weapons trials in India indicate a positive move in the right direction even if a little late in certain cases and after multiple failures in others. India’s dependence on foreign vendors for weapons and weapon platforms is well known and it is the largest importer of weaponry.

    November 27, 2017

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