Gripen E : Beyond Hype , “Reality is much stormier, much murkier, much scarier”

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetti / Editor of

On May this year Saab rolled out first pre-production Gripen E aircraft at its facility in Linkoping Sweden which was attended by many high profile Swedish VVIPs along with Air force Chief of Brazilian Air Force . In attendance was the presence of a high number of Aviation/Defence Journalist from around the world who were flown in specially to cover the event, which also saw sizable Indian media contingent specially flown in by SAAB.

Development of Gripen E is no doubt a major enhancement in capabilities and a thorough overhaul of every element of the basic Gripen design but Hype which SAAB has unleashed in India by unprecedented Sponsored media coverage of it latest Gripen E offering to India as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative is much stormier, much murkier, much scarier which needs to be exposed to carry out fine assessment of latest SAAB’s offer to India . (more…)

Why India can’t make Copies ?

SOURCE: Vinayak Shetti / Editor of

India is surrounded by two nuclear-armed neighbours who make up Second largest combined airforce fleet in the world only to be surpassed by United states of America . Indian Air force might be on the terminal decline for past few years now and several attempts have been made to recover and make it a formidable force in the region back again but without much success .

In 21st-century, a country can neither have a modern smart air force or a large airforce with a high fleet of indigenous combat fighter jets but certainly, cannot have in its possession large fleet of imported combat jets at disposals due to rising cost of airpower . (more…)