Aero India 2019 Came as big surprise to many and star attraction, of course, was Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) aka AF-Tejas Mk2 which now gets major upgrades to its design, features, and capabilities that LCA-Navy MK2 which was also showcased completely missed media attention even when the LCA-Navy Mk2 revealed major changes to the design over LCA-Navy Mk1 that it now can be called as a Clean Slate program which now has been, further optimized for aircraft carrier operations.

LCA-Navy Mk2 program is a Naval fighter jet which now comes with several improved features over Tech Demonstrator Navy-LCA Mk1 and major changes being no more Levcons, instead, it now comes with vortex flaps for reducing approach speed and the introduction of TailPlanes (Stabilators) as additional surfaces for improved control and performance. Continue reading

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Two Tejas light fighters from the Indian Air Force (IAF) are in Malaysia to display their aerobatic performance at the Langkawi International Maritime Aerospace Expo (LIMA-2019), which begins on Tuesday. The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) will be watching carefully to evaluate if the Tejas meets expectations for its Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project.

Aerospace experts believe Malaysia will choose between three light fighters: Tejas, the South Korean FA-50 Golden Eagle and the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder, which already equips the Pakistan Air Force (PAF). Since the RMAF is still deciding between a supersonic LCA and a sub-sonic fighter lead-in trainer (FLIT), three additional jet trainers are also regarded as contenders. These include Italian firm Leonardo’s M-346FA aircraft, the South Korean T-50 trainer and the Russian Yakovlev-130. Continue reading


Indian Air Force (IAF) chief BS Dhanoa on Monday said that Rafale jets will the best combat aircraft in the Indian sub-continent and once these are inducted, Pakistan won’t dare to come near the Line of Control (LoC) or the international border. In an exclusive talk with ANI on Rafale’s air-to air capability in a combat situation, Dhanoa said, “When the Rafale comes in, it will ensure that the deterrence of our air defence will increase manifold and they (Pakistan) will not come anywhere near our Line of Control or border. That kind of capability we will possess for which presently they (Pakistan) don’t have an answer.”

On the sidelines of a function organised in Chandigarh for the induction of four US-made Chinook helicopters, he was asked about the situation on February 27 when Pakistani F-16 jets tried to attack Indian military positions, a day after the IAF strikes in Balakot in Pakistan in response to the Pulwama terror attack. Continue reading


Aviation major HAL will role out indigenously produced produced 16th LCA as per the target till March 31 and the customer flights are expected to be completed by the end of this month. HAL has order for 40 LCAs (16 fighters each in IOC and FOC and 8 trainers) from IAF. The aircraft was inducted into IAF squadron ‘Flying Daggers’ on July 1, 2016. The production of LCA commenced in 2014 with a current production capacity of eight aircraft per annum.

A second production line has been established at Aircraft Division (Bangalore Complex), which is carrying out structural assembly, final assembly and equipping of the aircraft, according to a HAL press release here on Monday. Continue reading


Twelve Indian Air Force pilots and as many flight engineers underwent a special training in the US to operate Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, which were inducted into the IAF on Monday. The first four of the 15 CH-47F (I) Chinook helicopters, which were ordered from Boeing in September 2015, were commissioned into the IAF’s 126 Helicopter Unit (HU) at a ceremony held here.

After inducting the helicopters, IAF chief B S Dhanoa said induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way the Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet. Senior IAF officers present at the event said the combination of Mi-26 chopper and Chinooks in a single unit will give the 126 HU an unmatched air mobility capability never replicated anywhere in the world, directly contributing to the operational preparedness and potential of the Indian armed forces. Continue reading


Pakistan army’s Military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor has rejected India’s claims that Pakistan used American-made F-16 jets to down Indian aircraft in late February, telling Russian news agency Sputnik that the PAC JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft developed jointly with China were used instead.

“The aircraft which engaged those targets and fought them were JF-17. As regard to how to use F-16, in what context [they] were used or not — because at that point of time our entire Air Force was airborne — now it remains between Pakistan and the US to see how the MoUs regarding the use of F-16 have been adhered to or otherwise,” he said in the interview. Continue reading


Amidst increased military tension between India and Pakistan, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Monday will induct the heavy-lift Chinook helicopters which can transport artillery guns in high altitudes and troops for action. Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa will induct the first unit of four Chinook heavy-lift helicopters in Chandigarh where these helicopters have been deployed.

Chinook CH-47F (I) is an advanced multi-mission helicopter that will provide Indian Air Force with unmatched strategic airlift capability across the full spectrum of combat and humanitarian missions. Continue reading


In a major boost to the modernization of the air force, the first four of the fifteen US-made Chinook helicopters were inducted for deployment at the Indian Air Force station in Chandigarh on Monday. “The Chinook helicopter can carry out military operations not only during the day but at night too. Induction of Chinook will be a game changer the way Rafale is going to be in the fighter fleet,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said today.

“The country faces multiple security challenges. We require vertical lift capability across a diversified terrain. Chinook has been procured with India-specific enhancements. It is a national asset,” added the Air Chief. Continue reading


India’s lunar mission Chandrayaan 2, scheduled to launch April, will carry NASA’s laser instruments that allow scientists to make precise measurements of the distance to the Moon, according to the US space agency officials.During the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference held at Texas, US last week, NASA confirmed that Chandrayaan 2 and Israeli lander Beresheet, due to touch down April 11, will each carry NASA-owned laser retroreflector arrays.

“We’re trying to populate the entire surface with as many laser reflector arrays as we can possibly get there,” Lori Glaze, acting director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, was reported as saying by ‘’. Continue reading


The roads leading to the Multan Airport were put on lockdown and flights were suspended after reports of firing and explosions, news agency ANI reported. The report further said that a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) was also issued on Monday morning for Multan International Airport.

“This Multan bound flight is not going towards Multan. Different social media accounts are claiming that sounds of heavy firing in Multan Airport Area can be heard. No confirmations,” Pakistani journalist Ahmad Noorani tweeted on Monday. “This is confirmed that there is some problem and some kind of incident has taken place but there is nothing like attack. Roads leading to Multan Airport are closed,” he wrote in another tweet. Continue reading


With cyber inroads in today’s networked world, the threats to cyber security have grown manifold. As we digitize, this will inadvertently lead further cyber-crime and terrorism. Are we equipped to handle such crisis and is there any level of preparedness that the state is working towards in the face of cyber threats? In an attempt to address Cyber security and discuss the right perspective on practicing patriotism from various practical angles including Cyber Patriotism, SKOCH Group, India’s topmost think-tank for socio-economic issues today organized India’s national summit on Practising Patriotism at 57th SKOCH Summit.

First of its kind focusing on the subject of patriotism, the Summit opened a new debate on India’s emergent need for Cyber Security Policy in public domain. First meeting of the Cyber Patriots Task Force was organized, which was chaired by Dr Gulshan Rai, National Cyber Security Coordinator. The multi-stakeholder discussion was attended by members and experts drawn from the government, Big-5 consulting, enforcement agencies, economists and academia. Continue reading


A group of experts from the Financial Action Task Force will review whether Pakistan has made enough progress on global standards against financial crimes to warrant its exclusion from the watchdog’s grey list.The Paris-based global body is working to curb terrorism financing and money laundering and has asked Pakistan to reassess the operation of banned terrorist outfits in the country. Pakistan is under intense international pressure to rein in terror groups like the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) after the Pulwama terror attack.

In June last year, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) had placed Pakistan on the grey list of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terrorism financing.The delegation of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) will arrive here on Monday and meet officials this week to see progress to warrant Pakistan’s exclusion from the watchdog’s grey list, the Dawn reported. Continue reading


Pakistani media reports on Monday claimed that a ‘spy’ in Indian custody was actually a mentally challenged man who accidentally crossed over into Indian territory. Outlets Pakistan Today and Express Tribune, claimed that Iqbal (last name not mentioned), a resident of Sialkot, has been declared missing for over two years. Both publications quoted his brother as saying, “He [Iqbal] is mentally challenged and please return him back to us.” The family, according to the outlets, came to know he was in BSF custody after seeing Indian media reports.

Strangely though, there are no Indian media reports corroborating the Pakistani media claims that someone named Iqbal was in BSF custody. The closest equivalent is a March 1 report claiming that a 21-year-old man has been apprehended by the BSF from Firozpur area of Punjab. His movement along the India-Pakistan border in the state raised suspicion, officials told PTI. The man had an Aadhaar card and his answers during questioning were incoherent. He was identified as Mohammad Shahrukh. Continue reading


Two Postponements of Crucial Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile has attracted vultures in the air who are keen to see the long-delayed program doesn’t make it to the production stage and latest country to offer Indian cruise missile technology seems to have come from Americans who have offered India its latest Block IV long-range, subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile for Anti Ship and Land Attack operations.

Russians were the first to offer there famed 3M-54 Kalibr sea-launched cruise missile to Indian Navy and with reports of Land-attack variant also under development in Russia, India is likely to be offered a new export variant too in near future suggests new media reports. Continue reading


Even years after he opted out of tumult of Canadian politics in which he created an unrivalled milestone with his election in 2000 as the first India-origin premier of British Columbia province, Ujjal Dosanjh, 72, is widely recognised as an influential and insightful voice in the Maple country and beyond. Steadfast and clear-eyed in his ideological stand against Khalistani extremism, the former federal minister and Liberal MP revels in speaking his mind even if it is contrary to the party line.

One thing he doesn’t skip is his at least once-a-year trip to his native village Dosanjh Kalan near Jalandhar from where he, then 17-year-old, had migrated first to Britain and later Canada in the ’60s. Dosanjh spoke to Executive Editor Ramesh Vinayak in Chandigarh on Saturday on a range of issues from the new wave of migration from Punjab, India-Canada relations and Punjabi diaspora to ethics in politics. Edited excerpts: Continue reading

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