Articles By Air Marshal Anil Chopra

Indo-US Defence “Make in India” Aviation Initiative

Indo-US Defence “Make in India” Aviation Initiative

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 24 Feb , 2020

The discussions on the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2005 actually started the India-US strategic cooperation and possibly of India leaning towards the USA. Because of years of military purchases from...

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AMCA and LCA MK II: Challenges and Options

AMCA and LCA MK II: Challenges and Options

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 06 Feb , 2020

The Balakot air strike in February 2019 and the air combat thereafter in which a MiG-21 Bison of Indian Air Force (IAF) had to engage a much more modern F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), once...

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Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF

Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 26 Jan , 2020

The Indian Air Force (IAF) air strike across the international border to target a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) camp 60 kilometres deep in Balakot, well beyond Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the air...

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Modernisation of the Indian Air Force

Modernisation of the Indian Air Force

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 07 Oct , 2019

The IAF has slowly been losing the clear combat edge that it enjoyed over Pakistan in 1971 especially in terms of numbers. Technology intensive air power requires faster replacement of assets due...

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Autonomous Aerial Weapons & Platforms

Autonomous Aerial Weapons & Platforms

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 14 Sep , 2019

The modern military drone was the brainchild of John Stuart Foster Jr., a nuclear physicist and aero modeling hobbyist, who in 1971, had the idea that these models could be applied to building...

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Future Aerial Weapons

Future Aerial Weapons

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 22 Aug , 2019

The inventory of aerial weapons such as missiles and Precision Guided Munitions is far from sufficient for even a 20-day war. The Indian Armed Forces had sought six months time from Prime Minister...

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Unmanned Fighters and Beyond

Unmanned Fighters and Beyond

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 31 May , 2019

The fighter-bomber will continue to remain the main instrument for prosecuting air war. Their main characteristics would be agility, super cruise, stealth, multi-function Active Electronically...

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Indo-US Military Ties in the Regime of Air Power

Indo-US Military Ties in the Regime of Air Power

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 25 Mar , 2019

While the US needs India to contain China, India also wants to manage an increasingly assertive China. Rising China and common security concerns have brought the US, Japan, Australia, the ASEAN...

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Future of Air Dominance

Future of Air Dominance

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 21 Feb , 2019

The USAF and the US Navy are leading the evolution of next-generation platforms and technologies. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, USAF Research Labs, Boeing ‘Phantom Works’,...

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The Indian Air Force in a Two-Front War

The Indian Air Force in a Two-Front War

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 18 Feb , 2019

China has been aggressively modernising its Armed Forces with the aim to match the United States (US) for ultimate world dominance. China’s defence budget is nearly four times that of...

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India's Nuclear Triad: Meeting the Deterrence Challenge

India's Nuclear Triad: Meeting the Deterrence Challenge

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Date: 08 Dec , 2018

INS Arihant, part of Indian Navy’s (IN) Advanced Technology Vessel (ATV) project at Visakhapatnam, and India’s first indigenous nuclear ballistic missile submarine recently became fully...

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Surface Air Defence Missile Systems – Potent and Relevant

Surface Air Defence Missile Systems – Potent and Relevant

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 19 Jul , 2018

Air is increasingly the medium for launch of offensive operations as it offers the advantage of inter-continental range, short-notice employment, high speed of delivery, high accuracy of weapons...

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IAF Fighter Fleet in Crisis

IAF Fighter Fleet in Crisis

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 10 Jul , 2018

Clearly evident in Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa’s statements was the fact that the threat from both China and Pakistan, including a possible two-front war is real. The emphasis was on the need to...

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F-16 Block 70 vs SAAB JAS 39E

F-16 Block 70 vs SAAB JAS 39E

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 12 Apr , 2018

The Indian Air Force (IAF) continues to be at a near all time low of 33 fighter aircraft squadrons. In fact, it will require around 500 new aircraft by 2030, to compensate for the additional...

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The F-35 Programme: Lessons for the Aviation Industry

The F-35 Programme: Lessons for the Aviation Industry

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 03 Mar , 2018

The F-35 programme was being driven by a very professional team of uniformed and civilian members of the Pentagon. The Indian MoD needs to have such core ability and learn programme management....

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LCA Tejas: Still a Long Way

LCA Tejas: Still a Long Way

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 01 Dec , 2017

Originally intended to serve as an air superiority aircraft, the LCA Tejas has a secondary ground-attack role. The wing and fin are made of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer. It is one of the...

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Space: The Force Multiplier for Air Power

Space: The Force Multiplier for Air Power

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.3 Jul-Sep 2017 | Date: 10 Nov , 2017

India needs early warning satellites to monitor ICBM launches and even tactical airspace as an important military asset. Ground/space-based lasers are needed to disable enemy satellites or...

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Iron Dome: The Game-Changer

Iron Dome: The Game-Changer

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 20 Oct , 2017

The name ‘Iron Dome’ evokes an image of a protective bubble. The Iron Dome is an Israeli ground based, truck towable, short-range, ground-to-air air defence system in operation since 2011....

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Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

Artificial Intelligence in Aviation

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 13 Oct , 2017

Aviation is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the world due to safety reasons. Strict regulations have helped the aviation industry provide the safest way of transport per mile...

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Indian Air Force: 2025

Indian Air Force: 2025

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 05 Oct , 2017

With the Middle East in flames and Pakistan military-terrorist nexus routinely triggering border skirmishes, India is virtually at war. China now has a vibrant aircraft industry and routinely...

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