Author Archives: Larkins Dsouza

Founded Defence Aviation, clean freak, loves everything aviation, WAR junkie, serendipitous & loves to create something new.

Is China afraid of BrahMos? A case of India flexing its military muscle or is it a defensive strategy?

Amid rising tensions in North East India, in the disputed area between China and India, New Delhi has taken a bold step of deploying its most advanced supersonic cruise missile, the “BrahMos” along the border in Arunachal Pradesh. This is part of efforts by the Indian Government to beef up self-defence capabilities and increase military infrastructure in the region, but ...

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Sukhoi PAK FA Troubles: India plans to upgrade Su-30MKI, while waiting for Sukhoi T-50. Will India ever get the Sukhoi/HAL FGFA?

The Russian state-owned aircraft manufacturing company United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) is all set to begin the production of the fifth-generation Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA (Prospective Airborne Complex of Frontline Aviation) fighter planes. The Russian Defense will initially buy only a dozen aircraft for testing purposes before inducting it officially into their arsenal. However, many in the Russian military are wondering if ...

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List of Global Navigation Satellite Systems currently operational and in development

Global Navigation systems are important for everything in our lives, from cell phones, to farm equipment, to dog collars. Looking for an obscure location in the middle of nowhere is no longer a task for a techie with ultra modern gizmos. With the advent of Satellite Navigation, one can find locations with pinpoint accuracy in the blink of an eye, ...

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How do Low-Cost or Budget Airlines Provide Cheap Fares and Yet make Large profits?

While there are low cost, budget airlines all across the world, this model has seen huge success in Asia and Europe. The magnitude of cost cutting is very significant to the customer because often the cost of a flight on a budget airline will be half or even a third of what you would pay on a regular major airline ...

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Little-Known Facts About Aircraft Carriers, And Why They Matter

An aircraft carrier is a large, long, seafaring airbase that serves as a warship. It is equipped with an extended flight deck that can carry, arm deploy and recover fighter aircraft. It is known as the capital ship in a navy fleet and allows for the projection of air force power without the need for a land base. Aircraft carriers ...

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Will Chinese BDS be better than American GPS and Russian GLONASS?

The Chinese Satellite Navigation System, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, simplified to BDS, uses two different satellite constellation systems for its operation. One is a test system that is limited and been in operation since the year 2000. The other is a global navigation system that is being currently constructed. BDS offers various applications to users such as navigation services ...

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LCA Tejas is not India’s first indigenous fighter plane, a HF-24 Marut story

Back in April 1st, 1967, HAL conceived India’s the Marut HF-24, the first domestically built fighter jet plane and delivered it to the Indian Air Force. As far as aviation in India is concerned, this was the conclusive realization of a dream envisioned in India to achieve independence in the fields of design and production of aircraft. So that would ...

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Fighter Pilot Experience: Blackout vs Whiteout

In terms of the aircraft, most fighter planes are designed to deal with the effects of positive G and negative G. The F-16 has a positive G limit of 9 and a negative G limit of -3.5. Other aircraft have limits up to 10 G’s and can change direction quite fast while pulling positive G in order to outrun opponents. ...

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5 Insane weapons of Chinese Air Force (People’s Liberation Army Air Force) That Will Give You The Shivers

China’s air superiority is rapidly mobilizing in the light of modernization of Chinese fighter jets, cargo planes, stealth aircraft, missiles and launch vehicles. Reports suggest that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) currently has approximately 3,000 operational aircraft, nearly 600 of which are considered modern. Recent flights of prototypes of the Chinese J-20 stealth fighter, an aircraft more advanced ...

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