90 Years of the Indian Air Force: Present Capabilities and Future Prospects

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Sanjay Badri-Maharaj
Company: Helion & Company - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
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The Indian Air Force celebrates 90 years of existence in October 2022. As the fourth largest air force in the world, and one of the few with nuclear capability, the subject is interesting and important both historically and in the context of its future role on the global stage. Its position in Asia, sharing a border with China, only serves to heighten the significance of this air service.

In some ways the accumulation of aircraft for the IAF mirrored the growth of the Israeli Air Force. As a former member of the British Empire, India inherited a great deal of hand-me-downs, but then as global politics dictated, India sourced their aircraft from both sides of the cold war battle lines, to where today they operate a mix of both western and former soviet bloc types, as well as a few indigenous successes. The focus of the book is well-dispersed across all types and services of the IAF, from fixed and rotary-wing types, ground-based air defense systems, air- and ground- launched nuclear weapons and India’s present foray into space. The book includes a discussion of notable operations, such as Operation Cactus in 1988 and the Balakot strike in 2019, along with a detailed description of the doctrine of the IAF.

With 69 color photos, 15 color profiles, a regional map and 8 tables, there is content to satisfy both the history buff and the scale modeler, across the IAF’s 90-year history. Modelers should know there are no details of paint colors. Thanks to the team at Helion for another nice history and reference source, and to Casemate for the opportunity to review it.

Reviewer Bio

Mr. Greg Kittinger

Being the son of a USAF fighter pilot, I grew up with a love of military aircraft and military history. I am a voracious reader, and wish I could get through more boxes of styrene than I currently do (oh retirement, where art thou?). I started building in grade school, took the typical hiatus from post-junior high through early marriage, then finally jumped back into the hobby with a vengeance. Building 1/72 military aircraft from post-WWII to the present is my focus, with a special affinity for the F-4 Phantom (my dad's Vietnam mount). I'm also the show coordinator for Tulsa Modelers' Forum, an IPMS chartered club, and I enjoy visiting other shows around the region and making friends in the modeling community.

You can find my builds on my iModeler blog.

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