Articles By Air Marshal Anil Chopra

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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Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Strategic Potential Untapped

Andaman and Nicobar Islands – Strategic Potential Untapped

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 02 Apr , 2017

Post-26/11 Mumbai attacks, which were orchestrated from the sea, India has realised the threat potential from the Indian Ocean. The geographical configuration and the location of the Island chain...

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Multiple Origin Fleet: Complexities for the IAF

Multiple Origin Fleet: Complexities for the IAF

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 06 Mar , 2017

India has learned the hard way that a unilateral desire for peace cannot bring about peace. A country can enjoy peace only if it can defend peace. The US offer of the most high-end weapon systems...

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‘Make In India’ Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options

‘Make In India’ Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 15 Feb , 2017

Presently, 26 countries operate the F-16. Many will continue to do so for next 15 years or more. The F-16 is truly a global system with a globalised market and supply chain. Most importantly, the...

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Airborne Electronic Warfare: Silent Force Multiplier

Airborne Electronic Warfare: Silent Force Multiplier

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.4 Oct-Dec 2016 | Date: 14 Feb , 2017

Evolution of the radio/radar/TV/laser brought in a domain of warfare called the Electronic Warfare (EW). This invisible silent ‘Killer’ was meant to degrade the enemy sensors and weapons....

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Sino-Pak Collaboration – Military Aviation

Sino-Pak Collaboration – Military Aviation

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 08 Nov , 2016

Sino-Pakistan ties create the threat of a potential two-front war. India thus needs to relook at its force structure. The PLAAF is the world’s second largest Air Force, with 2,500-plus...

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Fifth Generation Aircraft: Battlefield Air Support Mission

Fifth Generation Aircraft: Battlefield Air Support Mission

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 08 Oct , 2016

The IAF has enough air assets to support the operationally very important Battlefield Air Support (BAS) mission. In addition to targeting enemy airfields, movement of enemy ground forces,...

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Airfield Security: Lessons for the IAF

Airfield Security: Lessons for the IAF

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 15 Aug , 2016

A typical IAF base is secured during peacetime by DSC personnel manning the peripheral watch towers and the important operational assets augmented with air-warrior guards comprising non-technical...

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