Articles By Gp Capt AK Sachdev

Sixth Generation Fighter Aircraft: Its Prospects

Sixth Generation Fighter Aircraft: Its Prospects

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 37.1, Jan-Mar 2022 | Date: 13 May , 2022

Classification of fighter aircraft into ‘generations’ dates back to the 1990s and there are several diverse classification criteria applied by air historians, the National Aeronautics and...

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Atmanirbhar in Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing: A Dream or Reality?

Atmanirbhar in Aerospace and Defence Manufacturing: A Dream or Reality?

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 37.1, Jan-Mar 2022 | Date: 25 Apr , 2022

Self-reliance has been a prominent agenda for Prime Minister Narendra Modi since his ascent to the Prime Minister’s chair in 2014. Later that year, he introduced ‘Make in India’ as a...

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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: 17 Apr , 2022

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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UAVs: A Great Operational Asset

UAVs: A Great Operational Asset

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 35.4 Oct-Dec 2020 | Date: 14 Feb , 2022

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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C4ISR and Autonomous Capabilities

C4ISR and Autonomous Capabilities

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.4, Oct-Dec 2021 | Date: 04 Jan , 2022

A military leader, as a pre-condition, must be able to exercise Command and Control (C2) over the forces subordinated to him if he is to accomplish his mission. The United States (US) Department...

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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: The Need for Privatisation

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited: The Need for Privatisation

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.3, Jul-Sep 2021 | Date: 06 Nov , 2021

The IAF as the largest captive client for HAL, as well as the other two services, have never been happy with HAL as quality, reliability and punctuality have been issues that have constantly been...

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The Concept of Theatre Command in the Indian Context

The Concept of Theatre Command in the Indian Context

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 36.3, Jul-Sep 2021 | Date: 10 Oct , 2021

On July 02, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Bipin Rawat stated, “Do not forget that Air Force continues to remain a supporting arm to the armed forces, just as artillery or the...

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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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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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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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