Author Archives: Larkins Dsouza

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

DA #3: Future of Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and British Army

In this episode I interview Justin Bronk a  Researcher  for Combat Air-power and Technology in the Military Sciences team at the London based defence think-tank the Royal United Services Institute. He is currently working on various projects including  in depth study into how to get the most value from the F-35 for the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy ...

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DA #1: Indian Rafale deal- Is the MMRCA competition really dead?

The decision to buy 36 ready-to-fly Dassault Rafales by India came in as a surprise to everyone. After nearly fifteen years of back and forth with Indian MMRCA deal, India finally decided to cancel the MMRCA program and just go with 36 Rafales. What changed? You can stream this Podcast or download it to your computer or handheld devices. Right-click here ...

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Airborne ISR & C2 Battle Managment USA 2014

The global market for airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms and payloads is thriving, with recent assessments pegging its latest value at close to $20 billion and forecasts of up to $43 billion by 2020. Providing a high-end, versatile capability that offers broad situational awareness, airborne ISR is the force multiplier that no modern military can be without – ...

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F-22 Raptor sees combat for the first time in 9 years: Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria

F-22 Raptor on Monday saw action for the first time, The US Air Force deployed its F-22 stealth fighter planes in combat for the very first time on September 22nd during airstrikes on ISIS targets in Syria. Syria has advance anti-aircraft system, Assad’s regime may even have Russian S-300 missiles in their inventory, along with other sophisticated anti-aircraft weapons. The ...

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Malaysian Airline Flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine, reportedly shot down

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 295 souls on board crashed today in Ukraine. Reportedly shot down using a mobile anti-aircraft system called SA-17 GRIZZLY. It is not immediately clear who had been in control of such a launcher in the troubled area where Ukrainian forces are battling ethnic Russian extremists. Russian-backed rebels groups ...

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Sikorsky develops unmanned UH-60 Black Hawk

In development since 2007, Sikorsky recently acknowledge the existence of an unmanned version of UH-60 Black Hawk. According to Sikorsky the helicopter will be able to carry autonomous missions without having a pilot on board. The helicopter could be deployed as early as 2015. “The ability for the pilot to leave the cockpit for potentially dull and dangerous missions significantly ...

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Boeing Delivers Kuwait Air Force’s 1st C-17 Globemaster III

Boeing on 13th February delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 Globemaster III airlifter, an aircraft that will expand the Kuwait Air Force’s capabilities in military and civilian operations, including humanitarian aid and disaster relief. “The C-17 meets the unique airlift requirements of the Kuwait Air Force,” said Col. Abdullah Al Foudari, Deputy Commander Kuwait Air Force. “With this airlifter we can more ...

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Indian Air Force to buy 14 squadrons of LCA Tejas

India’s own fighter, the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), is playing a growing role in protecting Indian airspace. On December 20, when the Tejas was cleared for operational service in the Indian Air Force (IAF), Defence Minister A K Antony declared 200 Tejas fighters would eventually enter combat service. Today, that figure quietly swelled to well above 300, with the ...

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