Articles By Air Marshal Anil Chopra

Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems: Existential Threat to Humanity?

Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems: Existential Threat to Humanity?

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.2, Apr-Jun 2021 | Date: 22 Jul , 2021

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the most important asset for autonomous systems. India needs to master AI technologies and applications; no one parts with them. India has to make a serious...

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Air Space Control: Challenges and the Way Ahead

Air Space Control: Challenges and the Way Ahead

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.2, Apr-Jun 2021 | Date: 07 Jul , 2021

Myriads of sensors will help create a very realistic day and night, all-weather situational picture for the commanders and controllers to manage air space more efficiently. It will be possible to...

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UAVs: A Potent Operational Asset

UAVs: A Potent Operational Asset

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.1, Jan-Mar 2021 | Date: 31 Mar , 2021

Despite tacit understanding between China and India, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) continue to play a significant role in the face-off between them in Ladakh. Meanwhile, Pakistan continues to...

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Does India need a Strategic Bomber?

Does India need a Strategic Bomber?

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.1, Jan-Mar 2021 | Date: 10 Mar , 2021

A South China Morning Post, report of November 26, 2020, says, China’s H-20 stealth bomber will give China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) a ‘truly intercontinental’ strike...

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Contours of a Sixth-Generation Fighter Aircraft

Contours of a Sixth-Generation Fighter Aircraft

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 09 Feb , 2021

The air combat that took place during Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte on March 27, 2019, as a response to the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Balakot strikes, rekindled interest in fighter aircraft...

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Turnaround of the IAF Fighter Fleet

Turnaround of the IAF Fighter Fleet

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 03 Feb , 2021

The Galwan showdown of June 2020, and the continuing stand-off between the world’s two powerful nations India and China has once again initiated public debate in India and brought the focus back...

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Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat

Evolving Trends in Aerial Combat

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 14 Jan , 2021

The air combat engagement between the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the PAF riposte after Balakot air strike in February 2019 is being discussed among air forces...

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The IAF in a Two-Front War

The IAF in a Two-Front War

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 07 Jan , 2021

In April 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) practiced two-front war scenarios in its mega exercise ‘Ex Gagan Shakti’. “A two-front war is a real scenario; we are not a war-mongering nation but...

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Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

Emerging Technologies for Sixth-Generation Combat Aircraft

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 12 Dec , 2020

The air strike against Balakot by the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the air combat that followed in response to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) riposte on February 27, 2019, rekindled interest in...

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Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

Artificial Intelligence in Military Aviation

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 35.1 Jan-Mar 2020 | Date: 19 Nov , 2020

Much like the nuclear arms race of the 20th century, Artificial Intelligence (AI) arms race poses the new challenge in 21st century. Autonomous operations by aerial drones, robots and naval...

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Air Defence of India: Evolving Options

Air Defence of India: Evolving Options

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 23 Oct , 2020

Pakistan Air Force’s (PAF) attempted a large force ‘reposte’ on February 27, 2019, in response to Indian Air Force’s (IAF) deep air strikes on targets in Balakot. The PAF launched a...

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Militarisation of Space: Imperatives for India

Militarisation of Space: Imperatives for India

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 15 Oct , 2020

In the last week of July 2019, India concluded the first table-top joint war game called ‘IndSpaceEx’. Run by the military and the space scientists, it was the next logical step after India...

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Air Elements in Special Ops

Air Elements in Special Ops

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 06 Jun , 2020

Twelve multi-role all-weather Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) supported by SU-30MKI air-superiority fighters and combat enablers like the Airborne Warning and Control...

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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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