Articles By Gp Capt AK Sachdev

Revamping the Combat Fleet of the IAF

Revamping the Combat Fleet of the IAF

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 06 Nov , 2017

In the absence of any indigenously produced combat aircraft discounting the non-operational Tejas, India’s current aircraft are Russian (MiG-21, MiG-27, MiG-29, Su-30MKI), French (Mirage-2000)...

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How Worrisome is PLAAF Presence in Tibet?

How Worrisome is PLAAF Presence in Tibet?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 01 Nov , 2017

The threat of co-ordinated action by China and Pakistan is a distinct possibility and, under such a scenario, the IAF would have to spread its assets on two fronts; that would render the PLAAF...

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Will the Kamov Ka 226T meet India’s Requirements?

Will the Kamov Ka 226T meet India’s Requirements?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 18 Apr , 2017

On November 30, 2016, an Indian Army Cheetah helicopter crashed at Sukhna in West Bengal, killing three officers and injuring a soldier. Whether the Court of Inquiry finds the old age of the...

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India's Aerospace Industry: In Privatisation Lies the Key

India's Aerospace Industry: In Privatisation Lies the Key

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Courtesy: South Asia Monitor | Date: 23 Mar , 2017

India made its debut entrance into the international air show circuit two decades ago with an aerospace and defence event — the Aero India Show. The tenth edition (in 2015) was used by Prime...

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IAF’s Combat Aircraft Shortfall: A Ticking Time Bomb

IAF’s Combat Aircraft Shortfall: A Ticking Time Bomb

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 16 Feb , 2017

The Tejas is an aircraft the IAF can do without, although pressures to induct it have led to orders. Meanwhile, the sands of time, inexorably straining through the impassive hourglass of IAF...

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China – The New Aerospace Power

China – The New Aerospace Power

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 18 Nov , 2016

Both India and China began their march towards progress almost at the same time and have had an unwholesome antagonism towards each other since the 1962 War. The boundary dispute between the two...

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Privatisation of the Indian Aerospace Industry: Problems and Prospects

Privatisation of the Indian Aerospace Industry: Problems and Prospects

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 31.2 Apr-Jun 2016 | Date: 09 Aug , 2016

“Make in India” has been around for some time now, both as a slogan and as a rallying point for industrial lobbies. As far as the aerospace industry is concerned, the single major act of...

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Make in India: Problems and Prospects for the Aerospace Industry

Make in India: Problems and Prospects for the Aerospace Industry

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 31.1 Jan-Mar 2016 | Date: 27 Jun , 2016

The Indian public sector aerospace industry, protected by successive governments, does not have much to show as results for all the money spent in the last seven decades. On the other hand, the...

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Future of Rotary Wing Craft

Future of Rotary Wing Craft

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 30 May , 2016

Technological advances have brought impressive improvements in rotorcraft technology albeit without eliminating the intrinsic limitations. The classic helicopter design has been mutated into newer...

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Will Advances in UAVs Edge Out Manned Aircraft?

Will Advances in UAVs Edge Out Manned Aircraft?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 23 Apr , 2016

The term ‘drone’ has hummed itself into aviation lexicon and is universally used to describe flying objects not carrying a human pilot; some other terms in general use for them are Unmanned...

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Is the IAF Equipped for a Two-Front War?

Is the IAF Equipped for a Two-Front War?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 09 Jan , 2016

During the past decade, India’s defence preparedness has steadily and inexorably deteriorated despite constant clamour by the defence forces for modernisation and upgradation to meet assigned...

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Rise of the Transport Aircraft Industry in China

Rise of the Transport Aircraft Industry in China

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 02 Nov , 2015

Reaching the leading edge in technological regimes is an objective purposefully being pursued by China and the velocity of development in some technologies has been astonishing. However, the means...

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India’s Space Endeavour

India’s Space Endeavour

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 30.1 Jan-Mar 2015 | Date: 27 Oct , 2015

As in the case of the US, for India too, satellite data and its associated connectivity touch every aspect of daily life. As India’s space programme blooms in keeping with ISRO’s Space Vision...

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Rise of the PLAAF: Implications for India

Rise of the PLAAF: Implications for India

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 28.4 Oct-Dec 2013 | Date: 06 Oct , 2015

The ‘inscrutable’ sobriquet for the Chinese is not so much because of their unsmiling faces but on account of their unpredictable actions. Military action against India may not come in the...

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Helicopter Fleet for the IAF

Helicopter Fleet for the IAF

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 29 Sep , 2015

Although the US lost out in the MMRCA race, the consideration of life-cycle costs has tilted the balance in favour of US products when it comes to the C-17 Globemaster III, the C-130J Super...

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IAF’s Trainer Fleet: Need for Revamp!

IAF’s Trainer Fleet: Need for Revamp!

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 09 Feb , 2015

Up till mid-2009, for basic training, the IAF was using the HPT-32, a piston-engine aircraft produced indigenously by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). This aircraft was in service with the...

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Helicopters in Military Aviation in China

Helicopters in Military Aviation in China

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.3 Jul-Sep 2014 | Date: 07 Nov , 2014

China has the world’s second largest defence budget next only to the US and with the future looking upbeat for China’s economy and for its military spending, defence manufacturers and...

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The Future of Military Helicopters

The Future of Military Helicopters

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 28.1 Jan-Mar 2013 | Date: 16 Jul , 2014

Regrettably, advances in helicopter design have not been as impressive as for fighter aircraft. This is despite the fact that helicopters have been utilised in every conflict situation and despite...

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Indian Military Helicopter Fleet

Indian Military Helicopter Fleet

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 29.1 Jan-Mar 2014 | Date: 09 Feb , 2014

In terms of size, the Indian armed forces are amongst the largest in the world but in terms of equipment, they are lamentably lagging behind the leading edge of weapon systems and aircraft...

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India’s Energy Security: Role of Offshore Helicopter Operations

India’s Energy Security: Role of Offshore Helicopter Operations

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 28.3 Jul-Sep 2013 | Date: 13 Dec , 2013

The helicopter is the workhorse for the off-shore oil and gas exploration and production industry. The ever-increasing demand for energy, ever escalating prices of crude oil and the discovered...

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