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Aerospace Power in South Asia | DSA 3rd Anniversary Special

Exclusive Interview with Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC honoured DSA by giving an exclusive interview on the eve of 80th anniversary of the Indian Air Force. In a long and interesting conversation with Major General (Dr) G D Bakshi Editor-in-Chief DSA Magazine Air Chief shares with DSA readers how Indian Air Force is transforming into a potent multi-spectrum strategic force in keeping with India’s national aspirations.

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Indian Army Aviation Corps: Today and Tomorrow by Lt Gen B S Pawar

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Author: Lt Gen B S Pawar, PVSM, AVSM (Retd)

A former Director General of the Army Aviation Corps takes a hard look at the current and future growth profile of the Army Aviation Corps (AAC). The biggest advantage the AAC has is the indigenous capability of the HAL to meet the bulk of its requirement in terms of helicopters and supporting systems like the ALH, ALH-WSI, LCH etc. For majority of the equipment to be inducted ex import the trials have been completed and decisions awaited.

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Modernising the Indian Air Force by Air Marshal B K Pandey

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Author: Air Marshal B K Pandey (Retd)
The induction of the first fourth-generation aircraft, the Su-30 MKI began in 1997 and the IAF is expected to build-up to full strength of 230 by 2014. It is understood that another 42 have been ordered taking the total fleet strength to 272 aircraft.  There is a proposal from Russia to eventually upgrade the IAF Su-30 MKI fleet to fifth generation standards.

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Indian air force – up up and away by Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja

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Author: Air Marshal Dhiraj Kukreja PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd)

The IAF became the first air force in South and SE Asia to be equipped with jets when it acquired the Vampire aircraft in 1948. Modernisation, as always, is a statement of a nation’s economic strength; it is an indicator of the country’s show of power in its area of influence and also in the comity of nations. In the last ten years or so, while China and Pakistan Air Forces were in the process of strengthening their capabilities, IAF was facing a ‘reverse’ process; numbers in the IAF were reducing due to retirement, at times prematurely, of combat aircraft and other aircraft and equipment. The sanctioned strength of 39.5 squadrons was to be seen only in policy documents of the IAF; the actual strength on ground having dropped to even less than 30 squadrons!

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Internal Security in India by V Balachandran

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Author: V Balachandran, IPS (Retd)

We saw in the Assam related developments the power of some sections of the media in distorting facts and creating adverse public opinion. The power of media and the process of public opinion formation in a free society had undergone radical change due to Internet and faster means of communications like TV or FM Radio. Serious law and order problems had started occurring well beyond the control of regulatory authorities when instant adverse opinion was formed.

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