V-22 Osprey : The Helicopter that flies like an airplane


INTRODUCTION Is it a helicopter ? Is it an airplane ? No, it's both! With the ability to convert into a rotary wing helicopter for takeoff and landing and the ability to turn into a fixed wing aircraft for sustained flight, the V-22 Osprey is definitely the most unique aircraft in service. Since World War …

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Integrated masts – The next generation design for naval masts


SUMMARY The best position for a sensor on a ship, is on top of the highest mast. Multiple sensors mean multiple antennas; hence ending up close together. Such an arrangement requires the need to switch one system off before another one can be used. As all sensor systems are installed separately on the ship, and …

Top 10 Most Powerful Weapons of The Australian Military


INTRODUCTION Australia is a country which is seldom seen as a military power. It has the unique distinction of being a country and a continent, as well as an island. It greatly benefits from the lack of hostile neighbours, which allows it to build a defensive military. Having an extremely long coastline to protect, Australia …

Dragon vs elephant (Part-3): China’s offensive naval ambitions and strategies


INTRODUCTION This article will try to understand why China has turned to the sea, its naval growth, and if its maritime endeavors are defensive or offensive in nature. These findings will, in turn, determine if India should be concerned by China’s activities, especially in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). This examination begins by studying China’s …

The Ultimate Showdown: (Part-2) Arleigh Burke v/s Daring Class Destroyers


SUMMARY This is the second part of a 2-part comparison between two of the best destroyers in the world. If you haven't read the first part, check out the link below and then proceed to read this article. ANTI-AIR WARFARE This category examines the ability of the warships to shoot own hostile aircraft, missiles and …

The Ultimate Showdown: (Part-1) Arleigh Burke v/s Daring Class Destroyers


INTRODUCTION The US Navy was the first navy in the world to develop a comprehensive ship-based air defense system, the AEGIS, which consisted of powerful electronically scanning radar panels fitted to their destroyers and cruisers and a series of medium to long-range Surface to Air missiles (SAM). This was mainly designed to protect the US …

Dragon vs Elephant (Part-2): Indian Navy’s Role In The Indian Ocean


INTRODUCTION Given India’s interests in acquiring aircraft carriers and its doctrinal statements regarding sea-control and sea-denial, it appears that India, like China, seeks regional hegemony. It could be argued, however, that the acquisition of aircraft carriers is purely deterrent in nature and cannot be construed as being offensive in this case. To place the matter …