Articles By Gp Capt AK Sachdev

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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Military Application of Unmanned Rotary Wing Aircraft

Military Application of Unmanned Rotary Wing Aircraft

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 27.4 Oct-Dec 2012 | Date: 14 Dec , 2012

The term Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is being slowly replaced by UAS as in many of its variegated missions, the aircraft is not carrying any payload from one place to another and is thus not a...

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Helicopters in Special Operations

Helicopters in Special Operations

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 27.4 Oct-Dec 2012 | Date: 26 Nov , 2012

By definition, Special Operations are those that are executed independently or in conjunction with conventional military operations with the aim to achieve a political or military objective where...

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India and the European Aerospace Industry

India and the European Aerospace Industry

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol 26.1 Jan-Mar 2011 | Date: 22 Oct , 2012

After the nightmare of recession, the airline industry is convincingly on the path to recovery. The mood in European as indeed, in the global aviation industry, is definitely upbeat. In fact, the...

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The Helicopter as a Combat Platform

The Helicopter as a Combat Platform

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol. 27.2 Apr-Jun 2012 | Date: 13 Oct , 2012

Development of the pure helicopter remained painstakingly slow. The first closed circuit kilometre was flown by a helicopter only in 1924, more than 16 years after the first rotary wing flight....

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Civil Aviation: Component of Aerospace Power

Civil Aviation: Component of Aerospace Power

By: Gp Capt AK Sachdev | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 06 Feb , 2012

“Air power is indivisible. If you split it up into compartments, you merely pull it to pieces and destroy its greatest asset – its flexibility” – Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. Since...

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