Articles By Gp Capt Joseph Noronha

Dragon’s Flight: China’s Advances in Aerospace Technology

Dragon’s Flight: China’s Advances in Aerospace Technology

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 17 Jan , 2019

China’s leaders recognise that aerospace mastery is critical if it is to become a military superpower. The dragon is closing the technology gap with the US and Russia and it is likely to take a...

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Seizing the Ultimate High Ground: The Growing Military Exploitation of Space

Seizing the Ultimate High Ground: The Growing Military Exploitation of Space

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 33.1 Jan-Mar 2018 | Date: 08 Jan , 2019

War in space rather than on the Earth is not entirely undesirable because it would be fought entirely by machines with no direct risk to human life. However, a major shootout could make...

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Force Multipliers for the IAF: Enhancing Aerial Power and Reach

Force Multipliers for the IAF: Enhancing Aerial Power and Reach

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 07 Oct , 2018

With the IAF on track to become a true strategic force, it cannot content itself with increasing the strength and capability of its fighter squadrons alone. Carefully selected force multipliers...

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The Strategic Bomber of Tomorrow: Stealth Spells Success

The Strategic Bomber of Tomorrow: Stealth Spells Success

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.2 Apr-Jun 2017 | Date: 04 Mar , 2018

Today, many nations have hundreds of multi-mission, flexible fighter aircraft on their inventory. And now that aerial refuelling has become the norm for most advanced air forces, including the...

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Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF: A Mirage or Reality?

Fifth-Generation Fighter Aircraft for the IAF: A Mirage or Reality?

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.4 Oct-Dec 2017 | Date: 14 Feb , 2018

In military planning, it is essential to keep abreast of the potential adversary’s capabilities. The main reason the Indian Air Force (IAF) needs a fifth-generation fighter is to maintain...

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Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer or a Damp Squib?

Directed Energy Weapons: Game Changer or a Damp Squib?

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 09 Jan , 2018

Many believe that laser DEWs herald the dawn of a new era in military affairs. According to an October 2016 report by Washington-based analysts MarketsandMarkets, the global market for DEWs is...

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The Unmanned Route to Military Might: India’s Evolving Unmanned Systems

The Unmanned Route to Military Might: India’s Evolving Unmanned Systems

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 32.1 Jan-Mar 2017 | Date: 17 Feb , 2017

India’s holdings of unmanned systems are clearly inadequate for a country of this size. This is, perhaps, due to uncertain commitment from the users in the past, inadequate funding and...

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Women Join the Fighter Stream of the IAF: Will It Work?

Women Join the Fighter Stream of the IAF: Will It Work?

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 06 Sep , 2016

History shows that change often triggers misgivings, grumbling and active resistance, especially if the old order is threatened. But within a short time, most people adjust. This happened when...

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Success Breeds Stunning Success: The Story of India’s Space Endeavour

Success Breeds Stunning Success: The Story of India’s Space Endeavour

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 31.3 Jul-Sep 2016 | Date: 29 Aug , 2016

ISRO is aware of the looming challenge. Perhaps that is why it is already making efforts to rope in a private Indian consortium to manufacture its workhorse PSLV. It is also working to remove...

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No Place To Hide: Latest Developments in Air Defence Missiles

No Place To Hide: Latest Developments in Air Defence Missiles

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 28 Mar , 2016

In air combat, numerical superiority generally wins over quality, meaning much larger forces of inferior aircraft may swamp even superior forces while suffering surprisingly small losses. That is...

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Flexible Reach: Balancing the IAF’S Air Transport Fleet

Flexible Reach: Balancing the IAF’S Air Transport Fleet

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 30.4 Oct-Dec 2015 | Date: 19 Mar , 2016

No country can be a true aerospace power without a defence aerospace industry and no country can have a powerful aerospace industry without involving the private sector. The Airbus-Tata C295...

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Trying Times: IAF’S Avro Replacement Project

Trying Times: IAF’S Avro Replacement Project

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 30.2 Apr-Jun 2015 | Date: 21 Nov , 2015

Till now, India’s defence aerospace industry has been the preserve of HAL. And HAL’s performance has been lacklustre, to put it mildly. Private sector participation will attract foreign...

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Force Multipliers for Indian Air Force

Force Multipliers for Indian Air Force

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 30.3 Jul-Sep 2015 | Date: 08 Oct , 2015

Various devices or techniques to enhance or intensify military force have existed perhaps from the earliest period of human conflict but the term “force multipliers” has become popular in...

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The IAF’s Elusive Quest for a New Tactical Transporter

The IAF’s Elusive Quest for a New Tactical Transporter

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 29.1 Jan-Mar 2014 | Date: 01 May , 2015

Although it is certainly important to have an indigenous aerospace production base, a monopoly (as HAL has enjoyed so far) is not conducive to efficiency. Some private sector competition might...

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Electronic Warfare: The Promise of Soft-kill

Electronic Warfare: The Promise of Soft-kill

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol 26.2 Apr-Jun 2011 | Date: 20 Mar , 2015

Electronic Warfare (EW) is reckoned as one of the most technologically advanced branches of warfare today. Is it really so? In a world where electronic devices have invaded practically every field...

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Flying High: The Bright Future of India’s Military UAVs

Flying High: The Bright Future of India’s Military UAVs

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 29.4 Oct-Dec 2014 | Date: 18 Feb , 2015

The pace of India’s UAV acquisitions is likely to quicken over the next five years or so and the size of the Indian market during the same period is estimated at over $2 billion. According to an...

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Fifth Generation Fighters and the IAF

Fifth Generation Fighters and the IAF

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol 27.3 Jul-Sep 2012 | Date: 21 Dec , 2014

The capability of any modern fighter is usually way ahead of its predecessors, especially so if it is replacing decades-old planes such as the MiG-21 and the MiG-27. This is even more applicable...

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Let Private Aerospace Manufacturing Flourish

Let Private Aerospace Manufacturing Flourish

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 29.2 Apr-Jun 2014 | Date: 10 Aug , 2014

Clearly the aerospace needs of India, civilian as well as defence, are growing. The public sector which has so far been tasked to meet these needs has failed to deliver. What’s more, as...

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Future of Manned Combat Aircraft

Future of Manned Combat Aircraft

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 28.2 Apr-Jun 2013 | Date: 31 Jul , 2014

It has long been known that the forte of an unmanned device is to undertake “dull, dirty and dangerous” missions. No pilot can ever hope to equal the staying power of a UAV while orbiting a...

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An Increasingly Unmanned Future

An Increasingly Unmanned Future

By: Gp Capt Joseph Noronha | Issue: Vol. 29.1 Jan-Mar 2014 | Date: 30 Mar , 2014

The main attraction of military UAVs stems from the fact that their acquisition and training costs are far lower than those of combat jets. They can also be operated or stored at a fraction of the...

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