Army ALH Dhruv Crash Landing Oct 24th, 2019: Some Early Lessons

It has been several hours after an Indian Army ALH Dhruv helicopter crash landed somewhere in the Poonch sector today

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Tejas of Hope or Rafale from Grace?

The honourable Raksha Mantri of India Shri Rajnath Singh recently undertook a flight on the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft ‘Tejas’

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Indian LUH Soars High

In a significant milestone, the Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) developed by state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) recently demonstrated its ‘hot

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Love & Jet Fuel!

In the summer of 1993, a group of young Sub Lieutenants from the Indian Navy arrived at IAF’s cradle of

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AN-32 Crash of 3rd Jun 2019: Tombstone Imperatives

It’s a cruel irony hard to miss. A nation that sent its first man to space 35 years ago, now

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An-32 Crash 3rd June 19: Don’t Give Up Hope. Miracles Do Happen

It has been a week since an Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft with 13 crew onboard went missing after taking

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IAF An-32 Crash 03 June 2019: My First Thoughts

An Indian Air Force An-32 aircraft with 13 crew onboard went missing after taking off from Jorhat at about 12:27

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Balakot & Beyond – Our Bark Should Not Become Worse Than Our Bite

A media report indicates that IAF is in the process of finalising the Court of Inquiry (CoI) into the Mi-17V5

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AH-64E ‘Apache Indian’ Added to IAF Inventory – Who Are The Real ‘Guardians’?

Heralding another multi billion-dollar import of weaponry, the first of 22 AH-64E (I) Apache ‘Guardian’ attack helicopters was formally handed

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INS Viraat Controversy: Lessons For Our Armed Forces

INS Viraat, the aircraft carrier that weathered many storms and served India with distinction for over three decades finds itself

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Helicopter Rescue – The Golden Hour is Ticking Away

Consider this true-life scenario that played out at sea few years ago. The Situation A naval ship is proceeding to

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The Alouette & Lama Must Go

[This story was originally written in 2016 after a fatal Cheetah crash that killed three officers. A press release of

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So You Wanna Be a Test Pilot?

“Yes. I don’t know what it takes, but I want to be one”, said the young aviator with stars in

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Bad Days for IAF: Who Should Take Responsibility?

When it rains, it pours. For the Indian Air Force (IAF), it’s been pouring misery for three months. In yet

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A Naval Chief Rises From The Eagle’s Eyrie

In a surprise announcement, the Government of India announced on 22nd Mar 19 that the next Chief of the Naval

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Pulwama & Beyond: Don’t Mix Blood & Votes

If everyone is done with the chest thumping, sloganeering and points-scoring over recent military actions, I have some sobering thoughts

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Surya Kiran Crash at Aero India 2019 – Should The Show Go On?

What Happened? The IAF’s recent run of ill luck hit a new low today 19th February 2019 when two Hawk

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Rafale Row – All That Twitters is Not Gold

A report of CAG Audit into Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force was tabled in the Parliament on 13th February

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When a Naval Aviator Flew the Mi-26 ‘Halo’

First four of the 15 CH47F Chinook heavy lift helicopters ordered by Indian Air Force arrived at Mundra port on

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Mirage 2000 Crash in Bengaluru 1st Feb 2019 – Sad Loss of a National Resource

What We Know An Indian Air Force (IAF) Mirage 2000 crashed during takeoff on 1st Feb 2019 at about 1030

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HATSOFF – The One-Stop-Shop for Rotary Training in India

In a quiet, leafy lane running through India’s aerospace R&D hub at Bengaluru sits a state-of-art training facility called HATSOFF.

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Tail Rotor Troubles

I write this in the wake of two recent tragedies involving conventional rotorcraft where amateur footage of the helicopter spinning

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Nuts & Bolts of Leadership – The Paint & Varnish Story

How would you feel if at the age of eighteen you were given a shaving blade and made to strip

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Nuts & Bolts of Leadership – The Ice Lolly Story

If the incident I am about to recount sounds like the obverse of Indian taxation system, please pardon me. The

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Flight Testing in Indian Navy – Synergies for the Future

Introduction Ten years ago, I was flying a desk in Naval Headquarters called ‘Aviation Plans’. We had ambitious plans to

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Who Will Save The Saviours?

Kerala, ‘God’s Own Country’, and the land of my ancestors saw the worst floods in a century recently. Even as

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Checklist Bloopers

On 30 Oct 1935, Boeing’s Model 299 prototype took off for an evaluation flight by the US Army Air Corps

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Rise & Triumph – Lessons for Make in India

Recently, I went bike-accessory shopping with my friend and fellow aviator Kinny. He is busy pouring money on an imported

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Smart Cards and Dumb Rules

Tired of being turned away by several CSD outlets in my vicinity and almost turning teetotaller, I finally capitulated, exercised

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MiG 29K Crash at Goa – A Wake-up Call

“For want of a nail, the Kingdom was lost” Benjamin Franklin On 3rd Jan 2018, while the world was still

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Butter Chicken & Lounge Suits

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are upon us and 2018 is just round the corner. And

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A Naval Aviator Remembers the Mi-8

On 17th December 2017, an old faithful workhorse of the Indian Air Force, the Mi-8 ‘Pratap’ helicopter (NATO code Hip)

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