Articles By Gp Capt AK Sachdev

Challenges of Integrated Air Defence

Challenges of Integrated Air Defence

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.2, Apr-Jun 2021 | Date: 25 Jul , 2021

There is a need for taking it slow and not plunging into a hastily set up arrangement just because the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) wants it done within his tenure. Possibly, a national security...

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Apache and Chinook: Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Helicopter Fleet

Apache and Chinook: Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Helicopter Fleet

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.2, Apr-Jun 2021 | Date: 15 Jul , 2021

Offensive rotary wing capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF) goes back to the 1960s when Chetak (Allouette III) helicopters were used with French AS 11 B1 Anti Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), but...

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Artificial Intelligence in Avionics

Artificial Intelligence in Avionics

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.1, Jan-Mar 2021 | Date: 16 Apr , 2021

The term avionics was first used in late 1940s as a portmanteau conjoining ‘aviation’ and ‘electronics’ but since then, both aviation and electronics have undergone tremendous...

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114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft: Is there an Urgency for Procurement?

114 Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft: Is there an Urgency for Procurement?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.1, Jan-Mar 2021 | Date: 22 Mar , 2021

The ignominious drubbing of 1962 was a shock for the Indian military, which was unprepared for a war due to its being ill-equipped and having shortfalls in war-making materials and munitions....

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UAVs: A Great Operational Asset

UAVs: A Great Operational Asset

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 20 Feb , 2021

The precursor to modern day Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) flew more than a century ago as the Curtiss-Sperry Flying Bomb manufactured in 1917 – a 230kg empty weight aircraft capable of...

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Make in India and The Aerospace Industry

Make in India and The Aerospace Industry

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 04 Feb , 2021

This article delves into ‘Make in India’ and India’s aerospace industry, the two regimes have a lot in common. Each has immense potential, but is hobbled by policy dilemmas. Each is...

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Airspace Control: Challenges and Way Ahead

Airspace Control: Challenges and Way Ahead

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. Apr-Jun 2020, (35.2) & Jul-Sep 2020, (35.3) | Date: 28 Dec , 2020

In the framework of international law, ‘sovereignty’ signifies the full right and power of a State to govern itself and its territory without any external interference. This legal right to...

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IAF’s Unmanned Capability: Prospects for Indigenisation

IAF’s Unmanned Capability: Prospects for Indigenisation

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 29 Nov , 2020

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have contributed to the application of air power for decades; in a sense, the German V1 flying bomb of the 1940s was a UAV. Current definitions however, discount...

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Indo-Israel Defence: Cooperation and Future Prospects

Indo-Israel Defence: Cooperation and Future Prospects

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 18 Nov , 2020

The diligent researcher could trace back trade and cultural relations between present day India and Israel to the contacts between the Indus Valley Civilisation and the Babylonian culture. Indian...

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Securing the Indian Skies

Securing the Indian Skies

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.3 Jul-Sep 2019 | Date: 31 Oct , 2020

The face-saving reprisal by Pakistan Air Force (PAF) in response to the Indian Air Force (IAF) aerial strike on February 26, 2019, against a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp near Balakot in...

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Advances in Military Helicopters

Advances in Military Helicopters

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.4 Oct-Dec 2019 | Date: 19 Oct , 2020

While lagging behind fixed-wing combat aircraft that are stretching out to their sixth generation, military helicopters have yet cornered substantial attention and funding to have made notable...

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Private Sector in Aerospace and Defence: An Evolving Success Story

Private Sector in Aerospace and Defence: An Evolving Success Story

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.2 Apr-Jun 2019 | Date: 31 Jan , 2020

There is near unanimity in public perception of the Indian public sector involvement in aerospace and defence, be it the bloodsucking Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO)...

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Unmanned Platforms in the IAF: The Need to Bolster

Unmanned Platforms in the IAF: The Need to Bolster

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 30 Oct , 2019

The DRDO has had some success with small UAVs but projects worthy of the IAF’s needs and wants appear to be very distant in the future. Slow rates of progress and minimal levels of technology...

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‘Make in India’ and the Indian Aerospace Industry: Quo Vadis?

‘Make in India’ and the Indian Aerospace Industry: Quo Vadis?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 34.1 Jan-Mar 2019 | Date: 04 Jul , 2019

Given the opportunity, private enterprise is certain to outdo PSUs in the aerospace arena. If India is to achieve the status of an aerospace power, it has to radically alter its perception and...

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Flight Refuellers for the IAF: Lessons from Gagan Shakti 2018

Flight Refuellers for the IAF: Lessons from Gagan Shakti 2018

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 17 Jun , 2019

Nine months of planning for Exercise Gagan Shakti brought forth immaculate execution during the period from April 08 to 22, 2018. The stated aims of the Exercise were real time coordination,...

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Air Power for Special Operations: The Need For ‘Jointness’?

Air Power for Special Operations: The Need For ‘Jointness’?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.2 Apr-Jun 2018 | Date: 07 Mar , 2019

The Indian Army and the Indian Navy have elite forces for Special Operations while the Indian Air Force owns a majority of the platforms to deliver them. The lack of ‘jointness’ has meant that...

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Combat Potential of the IAF for a Two-Front War

Combat Potential of the IAF for a Two-Front War

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.3 Jul-Sep 2018 | Date: 23 Feb , 2019

India is now the world’s fifth highest defence spender, but statistics can be disingenuously deceptive. In terms of percentage of GDP, it is the lowest since India was last subjected to an...

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The LCA Tejas Programme: Leading to Indigenous AMCA: Quo Vadis?

The LCA Tejas Programme: Leading to Indigenous AMCA: Quo Vadis?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.4 Oct-Dec 2018 | Date: 20 Feb , 2019

The LCA programme trundles along with new delays added at irregular points in time. Not only is the FOC unattainable yet, even the HAL assembly line is nowhere near producing 16 aircraft a year as...

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The Unmanned Battlefield Helicopter

The Unmanned Battlefield Helicopter

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 20 Nov , 2018

The term ‘battlefield helicopter’ continues to live on and conjure up visions of sleek, fierce looking rotary-wing craft shrieking their way over friendly forces on the ground. Since the...

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Role of the IAF in a Two-Front War

Role of the IAF in a Two-Front War

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 01 Sep , 2018

The White Paper on China’s Military Strategy 2015 states, “In line with the strategic requirement of building air-space capabilities and conducting offensive and defensive operations, the...

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