Articles By Air Marshal Anil Chopra

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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Aviation: The Future is Unmanned

Aviation: The Future is Unmanned

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 28 Jul , 2016

The Indian Armed Forces operate nearly 150 mid-sized UAVs and many more handheld ones. India needs to push its ‘Make in India’ initiative for UAVs. Mumbai and New Delhi police are on the verge...

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Defence Budget 2016: Hits and Misses for the IAF

Defence Budget 2016: Hits and Misses for the IAF

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 09 Jul , 2016

As a percentage of government expenditure the defence budget is down to 12.6 per cent from 13.9 per cent last year. Interestingly, 15 per cent of Ministry of Defence (MoD) capital budget remained...

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Rafale Deal – Untying The Knots

Rafale Deal – Untying The Knots

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 17 Apr , 2016

The IAF desperately needs to make good the numbers. Three squadrons of the ageing 1960s and 1970s vintage MiG-21 and MiG-27 fighter jets are being phased out in 2015. An additional squadron of...

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LCA Tejas: The Never Ending Wait!

LCA Tejas: The Never Ending Wait!

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 12 Jan , 2016

As things stand, the IAF will, at best, have a full Tejas Mk1 operational unit only in 2019 and a Tejas Mk II squadron around 2025. In view of the uncertainty and further delay with the LCA there...

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Defence Offsets and Transfer of Technology

Defence Offsets and Transfer of Technology

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 13 Aug , 2015

India today has the distinction of being the world’s biggest arms importer buying 12 per cent of the global total as per Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). India’s...

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Can Air Power Defeat the ISIS?

Can Air Power Defeat the ISIS?

By: Air Marshal Anil Chopra | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 27 Jun , 2015

The USA decided to lead a coalition of countries to stem the Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi-led ISIS expansion. The ISIS has around 70,000 fighters including 8,000 in Libya and 10,000 in Nigeria. It is...

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