Articles By Air Marshal Anil Chopra

Operational Capability of LCA Tejas Variants

Operational Capability of LCA Tejas Variants

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.4, Oct-Dec 2022 | Date: 31 Dec , 2022

With the clearance for the development of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark 2 fighter for the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has reposed its trust...

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Drone Incursions on Rise: New form of Cross-Border Terrorism

Drone Incursions on Rise: New form of Cross-Border Terrorism

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Date: 08 Dec , 2022

As per the data released by the Government of India, 171 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones from Pakistan entered Punjab in the nine months from 1 January 2022 to 30 September 2022. Another...

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Indian Air Force in International Air Exercises

Indian Air Force in International Air Exercises

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Net Edition | Date: 06 Dec , 2022

The Indian Air Force (IAF) recently participated in two major air exercises. Exercise ‘Garuda VII’ was with French Air and Space Force (FASF) at Jodhpur and the 17-nation Multilateral...

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Preparedness Priorities for the Indian Air Force

Preparedness Priorities for the Indian Air Force

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Date: 25 Nov , 2022

The continuing India-China showdown in Ladakh once again brought to focus, the preparedness of Indian armed forces to take on the aggressive and mostly belligerent China. China’s fast growing...

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India’s Aviation Technology Growth Strategy

India’s Aviation Technology Growth Strategy

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.3, Jul-Sep 2022 | Date: 01 Nov , 2022

Air war in Ukraine is being watched very closely. Despite large asymmetry, Russians have faced resistance from Ukraine through smart use of air defence and anti-tank missiles and precision...

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How Prepared is the IAF for a War with China?

How Prepared is the IAF for a War with China?

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.3, Jul-Sep 2022 | Date: 23 Oct , 2022

Both the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) have come a long way since their early beginnings in the 1950s. The IAF had British and French aircraft in the...

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Atmanirbharta: Aircraft Production Ecosystem in India

Atmanirbharta: Aircraft Production Ecosystem in India

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Date: 15 Oct , 2022

The formal induction of the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) “Prachand” (Fierce) into the Indian Air Force (IAF) was done in a special ceremony presided by...

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Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF to 42 Squadrons

Rebuilding the Combat Fleet of the IAF to 42 Squadrons

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.1, Jan-Mar 2022 | Date: 28 Sep , 2022

In his first major media interaction in October 2021, just after taking over as the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said, “The Indian Air Force (IAF) is focused on...

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Hypersonic PGMS and Conventional Missiles: Need for Manned Multi-Role Aircraft

Hypersonic PGMS and Conventional Missiles: Need for Manned Multi-Role Aircraft

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.2, Apr-Jun 2022 | Date: 15 Jul , 2022

Russia launching hypersonic missiles during the Ukraine war heralds a new era of warfare introducing the cocktail of high speed and lethality. The Russian claims of launching Kh-47M2 Kinzhal...

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Unmanned Wingman Plan India

Unmanned Wingman Plan India

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.2, Apr-Jun 2022 | Date: 30 Jun , 2022

Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has announced that flight testing of India’s ‘Loyal Wingman’ warrior drone would begin by 2024. The loyal wingman drones will accompany manned Indian Air...

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Need to Prioritise the IAF’s Unmanned Offensive and Defensive Capability

Need to Prioritise the IAF’s Unmanned Offensive and Defensive Capability

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 37.1, Jan-Mar 2022 | Date: 22 Apr , 2022

“Victory smiles upon those who anticipate the changes in the character of war, not upon those who wait to adapt themselves after the changes occur.” — Giulio Douhet For long, defence...

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Managing a Congested Airspace over the Future Battle Area

Managing a Congested Airspace over the Future Battle Area

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 09 Jan , 2022

The number of platforms and projectiles in the Tactical Battle Area (TBA) has increased exponentially. The friendly and adversary aerial systems are not only increasing in numbers, but are also of...

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QUAD - Turning into Eastern NATO

QUAD - Turning into Eastern NATO

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 23 Dec , 2021

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD, also known as the Quad) is an informal strategic forum between four nations – the United States (US), Japan, Australia and India. It is maintained by...

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China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia: A Challenge for “Make in India”

China’s Growing Defence Exports in Asia: A Challenge for “Make in India”

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 36.3, Jul-Sep 2021 | Date: 29 Oct , 2021

India’s defence export strategy would have to balance China in the Indian Ocean Region. China has the economic might to sell arms cheaper. Their production scales would have to be matched. India...

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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: 20 Oct , 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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