Author Archives: Larkins Dsouza

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

India’s attempt to develop its own “Space Shuttle”, The Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstrator (RLV-TD)

ISRO has dreamed an impossible dream and made it happen with the launch of its own reusable “space shuttle”, a winged body aerospace vehicle operating in hypersonic flight regime. The race to develop such a spacecraft is a heated one, and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully tested its first reusable satellite launch vehicle in Sriharikota early morning on ...

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Importance of F-35 to Israel

With Israel looking to maintain its aerial superiority and technological advantage in the region, the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, the most advanced fighter jet in the world today, is the perfect plane to fortify their defences and augment their forces. The F-35 will give the Israeli Air Force better capabilities, both near and far, to help strengthen its national ...

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Operation Diamond: The time Israel stole MIG-21 from Iraq

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21 is one of the most advanced supersonic jet fighter aircraft to fly out from behind the iron curtain of the Soviet Union era. It upholds the record of being the most produced supersonic jet in aviation history and has been flown by approximately 60 countries over four continents. First conceived in the early 1950s, its Tumansky R-25 ...

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How to detect Stealth Aircraft?

Modern stealth aircraft boast of being able to avoid detection using a variety of stealth technologies that reduce reflection and emission of radar, infrared, visible light, radio frequency spectrum and audio. But stealth is not a cloak of invisibility, rather the technology simply delays detection and tracking providing a tactical advantage in aerial battles and enemy defence mechanisms. How can ...

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Xian Y-20 Specification & Technical Data

Officially unveiled in 2006, the Xian Y-20 code-named “Kunpeng” is a large military transport aircraft developed by Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, a part of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. It is being built for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force under assistance from Russia and Ukraine.The aircraft is named Kunpeng after the mythical bird of ancient China that can ...

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Japanese 5th generation fighter Mitsubishi X-2 Shinshin makes first flight

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. successfully completed the maiden flight of an advanced technology stealth jet “X-2” previously known as Mitsubishi ATD-X ShinShin on April 22, 2016. The fighter took to the skies as Japan joins a select group of world military powers, that include the United States, Russia and China, capable of producing a manned radar- dodging jet plane. The ...

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Why does SpaceX keep focusing on ocean landings?

With the cost of rent skyrocketing, how does one to find a decent place to live without shelling out half a paycheck. With the need to scour newer and uncharted territory for a better deal, the question begs. What is the going rate for a quaint little 1 BHK on Mars? Sound like the stuff of science fiction? Perhaps not. ...

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Lone Pakistani JF-17 spotted over San Francisco causes chaos, United States Air Force and NORAD are baffled

Today at 0800, the people of San Francisco woke up to an unusual sight, an aircraft that looked like a F-16 with Pakistani insignia on it’s tail was soaring through the skies of San Francisco. The United States Air Force from the Fresno Air National Guard Base responded immediately by dispatching F-15Cs to intercept the JF-17. The episode lasted about ...

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DA #4: A Glimpse into the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry with David Willems of UMS Skeldar

In this episode I interview David Willems from Switzerland, he is the Business Development Director at UMS Skeldar. We discuss on Systems, Customers, ethical issues behind Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Industry etc. You can stream this episode or download it to your computer or handheld devices. Right-click here to download the MP3. UMS Skeldar is a world leader in the design ...

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