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  • Prashant Mishra asked: What is ‘two-and-a-half front war’ and is India prepared for it?

    Alok Deb replies: The phrase "two and a half front war" has been heard from time to time in various fora. Essentially it pertains to the Indian armed forces preparing to simultaneously fight conventional wars to the North and West, while also battling any insurgency that might be ongoing at that time in the hinterland.

    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

    Aerial Refuelling of Airborne Early Warning and Control Aircraft

    Indian Air Force

    To truly exploit this newly tested operational capability, IAF will have to augment its fleet of in-flight refuellers and train an adequate number of aircrew, mission commanders, fighter controllers and systems operators.

    December 06, 2017

    Blue Flag 2017 and Beyond

    The Indian Air Force’s participation in Israel’s Blue Flag 2017 multilateral exercise adds an important layer to the matrix of cooperation between India and Israel.

    December 01, 2017

    The Indian Air Force’s Declining Squadron Strength – Options and Challenges

    The IAF is not without options, all of which are currently at some stage of realization. What is lacking is a sense of urgency on the part of all the parties concerned.

    November 03, 2017

    Acquisition of single-engine fighter aircraft – A few suggestions to expedite the procurement process

    MoD can leapfrog many of the 11 stages in the procurement programme by taking the measures outlined to fulfil the urgent requirements of the Air Force.

    September 26, 2017

    Making it Palatable – Managing Food Supply in the Armed Forces

    With some innovative thinking, on-line arrangements with suppliers, including the Canteen Stores Department, could reduce the cost of storage and distribution and, more importantly, help in maintaining a high satisfaction level among troops.

    January 18, 2017

    Air Power and National Security: Indian Air Force Evolution, Growth and Future

    Air Power and National Security: Indian Air Force Evolution, Growth and Future
    • Publisher: Pentagon Press
      2015

    In over a century since the first manned flight, air power has made spectacular progress. Every conflict since World War II has seen an increasingly bigger role of air power, but despite this, to a general reader, air power continues to be esoteric. The study highlights major air power lessons of all the major conflicts, and explains air power roles and missions. It frankly yet fairly discusses the somewhat contentious subject of air power in support of surface forces and traces the IAF’s contribution in war and peace in the last 68 years since independence. It critically examines if use of air power in the Indian subcontinent is indeed escalatory.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-853-8
    • E-copy available
    2015

    Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

    Avro-replacement programme hits air pocket

    Replacement of the Avro is an approved requirement. Scrapping the on-going process could delay acquisition of the transport aircraft by at least a year or two as it would inevitably involve revisiting the qualitative requirements (QRs) before restarting the tendering process.

    November 25, 2014

    RFI for the Basic Trainer Aircraft: New Ray of Hope for the Indian industry

    It is difficult to understand why the MoD should bind itself by asking for request for information (RFI) that cannot be compared across all the proposals. What would constitute ‘capability’ and ‘requisite infrastructure’ to license produce the aircraft is a matter of subjective interpretation and therefore, it would become difficult for MoD to assess whether the information provided by a bidder establishes that he/she has the requisite capability/infrastructure.

    March 19, 2014

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