During the mid 20th century the aviation industry was still in its infancy and engineers and designers across the globe were flirting with numerous concepts to make aircrafts bigger, soar higher and fly faster. The onset of World War II provided them with some much-needed lift and as a result, we have had numerous unique aircraft … Continue reading The Plane with a Hula Hoop…
LCA Tejas a single-engine, supersonic, lightweight multi-role fighter, will soon be celebrating its first anniversary (post induction) with the Indian air force. But even before it does that, the IAF would start taking in bids from foreign aircraft manufacturers for single engine fighter Jets under the "Make in India" flag, in order to replace the MiG-21s … Continue reading LCA Tejas: A Radiant Fighter or A Glaring Misstep?
The United States Airforce is one of the most recent branches of the U.S. military. Initially, a part of the United States Army, it was created on the 18th of September 1947 under the national security act of 1947. With 5000+ aircraft, 450 ICBMs, 63 dedicated satellites, employing more than 1/2 a million personnel and … Continue reading The United States Airforce -Overengineering itself into crisis.
GTRE GTX-35VS also known as Kaveri is an afterburning turbofan engine, originally intended to be used for India’s indigenous fighter (TEJAS). In the year 1986 Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) was authorized to launch this program, though full-scale development was approved only after April 1989. Back then it was expected to be a 96-month … Continue reading The significance of Kaveri
While news channels are abuzz with the cross-border strike conducted by India, tensions between our neighbor and us are at an all-time high. The recent attack by the Indian paratroopers and the alleged involvement of helicopters does raise credible questions on the capability of the PAF (Pakistan Air Force) to guard its airspace If the … Continue reading PAF a credible threat or "All bark and no Bite"?
China is the second largest economy in the world and has been the fastest growing major economy for about a decade now. With a GDP of 11 trillion dollars, it was only a matter of “when” rather than “if” this economic power would be transformed into military muscle. Over the past few years, we have … Continue reading The Chinese Air Force (PLAAF): “MADE IN CHINA”?
The MiG-21s (NATO reporting name: - Fishbed), introduced with the Russian (Soviet) Air Force in 1959, have gone and served approximately 60 countries spread over 4 continents and still serve many nations (including India) for over 60 years after their maiden flight in 1954. With 11,400+ aircraft produced so far (657 in India), it is … Continue reading The journey of our MiG-21s, from legendary fighters to “The Flying Coffins”…