Chinese air power has received a great deal of political attention and funding in recent years. The relative technological gap between Indian and Chinese air power has inverted from the comfortable lead India enjoyed up to the early 2000s. This interaction will explore the aviation capabilities of both nations, and address some options available to India to address both China’s increased capability and growing military assertiveness.
About the Speaker
Angad Singh is a Project Coordinator with ORF’s Strategic Studies Programme. His research focuses on defence and air power, with a focus on technology, operations and perspective planning in an air-centric defence paradigm. He worked as a defence journalist and commentator for seven years before moving to public policy research, and has contributed to a number of books on military aviation.
About the Chair
Air Vice Marshal Manmohan Bahadur (Retd) is currently Additional Director General at the Centre for Air Power Studies. He was commissioned in Dec 1976 with the President’s Sword of Honour. He commanded 114 Helicopter Unit at Leh and Air Force flying bases at Jammu and Guwahati. A Cat-A flying instructor, the Air Marshal is also an Experimental Test Pilot from the French Test Pilots School and a graduate from Air Command and Staff College, USA. An MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University, he has been Head of Training (Air) at Defence Services Staff College. AVM Bahadur served as Asst Chief of Air Staff in charge of transport and helicopter operations for two and a half years. He moved to HQ Integrated Defence Staff in May 2011 as Asst Chief in charge of processing tri-Service procurement proposals before his retirement in May 2013.
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