Entering A New Age: Germany’s Stormbird – The Me 262


INTRODUCTION The Messerschmitt Me 262 ‘Schwalbe’ (“Swallow”) is undoubtedly one of the most important examples of Germany’s technological advancement in both aerodynamics and jet engines during the Second World War. But the entry into operational service of the first jet fighter in history was delayed by a tumultuous and difficult development, mostly due to engine troubles […]

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The Great WW2 Aircraft Carrier Showdown : Imperial Japanese Navy v/s US Navy


INTRODUCTION The Pacific War [7 December 1941 – 2 September 1945] between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and the United States Navy (USN) is mainly remembered for its aircraft carrier actions. In fact, the aircraft carrier balance was to decide the fate of the conflict. During the first six months of the Pacific War, the […]

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Explained : How Air Independent Propulsion (AIP) Works!


INTRODUCTION Ever since submarines become the principal weapon of naval warfare, designers have focused on making them quieter and increasing their underwater endurance. Traditional diesel-electric submarines need to surface frequently to charge their batteries and have an underwater endurance of only a few days. As battery technology improved, the endurance of these submarines increased proportionally. […]

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Analysis : India’s Evolving Maritime Security Strategy and Force Posture


INTRODUCTION The Indian Navy’s Maritime Security Strategy document 2015 (titled ‘Ensuring Secure Seas: Indian Maritime Security Strategy’) is a precursor of India’s evolving maritime strategic thought and its proposed force posture. Together, they form important spokes in the wheel of New Delhi’s politico-military strategy (or Grand Strategy). Second, the document envisages India adopting a strategy of […]

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Greatest World War II Weapons : The Fearsome Katyusha Rocket Launcher


INTRODUCTION The word Katyusha brings to mind, images of the deadly rocket launcher used by the Soviets in World War II. These rocket launchers were used extensively throughout the war and were known for the powerful punch they packed. Technically designated as Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS), these were available at a fraction of the […]

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