All stories by Air Commodore NITIN SATHE (Retd)
The IAF Air Warrior Skydiver Who Made HistoryRediff.com1 days ago
'I have only one life and that is enough.'
5 things I learnt from the IAFRediff.com8 Oct 2020
Air Commodore Nitin Sathe reveals what he learnt from the Indian Air Force, which he served for 35 years. An Air Force Day Special.
'Indian Navy is confident of rising to any challenge'Rediff.com21 Sep 2020
'The Indian Navy has sufficient combat power in areas of interest to India that can quickly scale up operations if the need arises.' 'This includes all the choke points leading into the Indian Ocean as also areas within.'
'Indian Navy will protect India's trade and economic interests'Rediff.com17 Sep 2020
'The Chinese navy is large and expanding both in numbers and capability by the day.' 'India too must take measures to safeguard its own interests, now and in the future.'
How Rafale will be inducted in the IAFRediff.com9 Sep 2020
The entire base must be spic and span with flags fluttering along the roads. Everything that moves will be washed and bedecked with the best while everything that is static will be painted afresh, observes Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd).
'The Chinese air force is no threat'Rediff.com24 Aug 2020
'Our air force can strike them with impunity.'
'Since Kashmir is not burning, the Pakistanis are very uncomfortable'Rediff.com13 Aug 2020
'What has changed is the desperation of Pakistan proxies and the separatists in their failure to foment violence and civilian casualties in Kashmir.'
'We want to prevent Pak from training Kashmiri youth'Rediff.com13 Aug 2020
'It's a matter of great pride that no student of Army Goodwill Schools has ever joined terrorism.'
Kargil@21: When the choppers attacked the enemyRediff.com25 Jul 2020
'We decided that we would fire our rockets and dive into the valley and get away, making it difficult for the missiles to be fired.'
Remembering Kargil: The IAF Attack on Tiger HillRediff.com23 Jul 2020
'Searching for the target with bare eyes was like searching for the needle in the haystack, but due to the technology, we had a clear picture of the seven tents perched against the rocky background on our scopes.'
Remembering Kargil: 'Bombs on Target!'Rediff.com21 Jul 2020
One can only imagine how it is at the receiving end of the bomb. The sound is deafening, splinters and rocks fly like missiles and the blast sucks in the air around asphyxiating everyone. The shock waves can be felt for miles around.
'The Pakistanis had state of the art anti-aircraft missiles to shoot us down'Rediff.com16 Jul 2020
'The Pakistanis were not the mujahids or terrorists as claimed initially.' .'They were trained soldiers who held state of the art anti-aircraft missiles to shoot down our airplanes.'
'The enemy started firing at us'Rediff.com13 Jul 2020
Twenty one years ago, the Indian Army and Indian Air Force fought a bloody and bitter war to evict Pakistani intruders from the icy heights in Kargil. Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd) salutes the lesser known heroes of the Kargil War.
'We can take on any Chinese threat without a problem'Rediff.com8 Jul 2020
'Their air force is no match to ours!'
'China doesn't want war'Rediff.com29 Jun 2020
'China would rather tie us down; and bleed us as much as it can so that we aren't able to lift our heads to face them.'
'We must deny China Galwan even if it means War!'Rediff.com24 Jun 2020
'The intentions are clear as day! Let India build the infrastructure, then they will claim the land and use the infrastructure to their benefit.' Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd) speaks to IAF veterans who have flown in the Galwan Valley long before it became today's headlines.
'You cannot trust the Chinese!'Rediff.com22 Jun 2020
'We should have seen these signals and reacted earlier.' 'We miss out on a certain strategic advantage by arriving late on the scene.'
Mission Accomplished: When IAF Made HistoryRediff.com15 Jun 2020
'No aeroplane in the world has been designed to switch off its engines above 14,500 feet.' 'Thanks to a lot of practice, we were able to execute a flawless landing at DBO at 0900 hours on 31st May, creating history.'
Landing a plane at the world's highest airfieldRediff.com15 Jun 2020
The sortie had to be executed in good weather and in sub-zero temperatures, which meant it was to be accomplished by mid or third week in May before the earth heated up and the monsoon clouds made things difficult.
Chinese Helicopter Drone: Much ado about nothing!Rediff.com1 Jun 2020
'I am sure our DRDO will surely be on the job towards building similar capability to counter the threat posed by this Chinese helicopter,' observes Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd).
'Indian, Chinese soldiers were thrown into the lake'Rediff.com28 May 2020
'It is pure luck that we did not have any body bags, otherwise things could have been nasty.'
Civilians in the Army: Good idea or not?Rediff.com15 May 2020
We have a generation of youth in our country with fire in their bellies and the 'tamanna' to emulate the Indian soldier. Such is the image that has been created by our soldiers over time. The proposal for civilians into the Military fray for a short stint must be considered favourably keeping the national interests foremost, says Air Commodore Nitin Sathe (retd).