SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Director General ISPR. Major General Asif Ghafoor who is official Spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces was first to deny that PAF used F-16s in cross border raids on Indian military establishments thus denying India’s declaration that one of the PAF’s F-16 was shot down by India.

Since then India has produced recovered debris of the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile which only can be fired from PAF F-16s. Pakistani armchair experts and media first tried to suggest that recovered AMRAAM was planted by India and Contract no and the serial number mentioned on the missile actually belonged to the Taiwan Air Force which also operates F-16s in their fleet. Continue reading




According to information provided by DRDO, Three Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) which is also known as Manik turbofan engine generating 4.25kN Thrust are under fabrication which is likely to be used to power in the upcoming trials of India’s sub-sonic Nirbhay cruise missile.

DRDO’s GTRE had developed T1, T2, and T3 Prototype engines which begin developmental ground-based testing from 2017 and have achieved over two hours of continues operation at its peak thrust. last year Manik engine also completed High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh. Continue reading


Since its induction from the early ’80s and after its action inside Afghanistan is drowning of some Soviet Helicopter gunships and Strike aircraft, F-16 became the poster boy of the Pakistan Air Force and Air Machine which was not only worshiped by their Media and Public but repeated propaganda about them created such a cult following of the F-16 that it was seen as invincible weapon which could win them any war for Pakistan Guaranteed.

The myth of PAF’s F-16 superiority was no doubt oversold to the public that even reports of PAF losing F-16 inside Afghanistan while chasing a Soviet Su-25 which was brought down by trigger happy PAF F-16 pilot shooting down his own wing-man didn’t dampen its myth. At the height of Kargil war a single Indian Mig-29A fighter aircraft had a radar lock on two F-16s with its superior R-77 BVRAAMs and was just few seconds away before both Pakistani F-16s disengaged and made run for their own airspace thus saving their ass from getting shot down by a single Mig-29A on Combat Air Patrol it was denied and most of the PAF officer’s called it Indian imagination. Continue reading


Alone upgraded Mig-21Bis was on Static display at the recently concluded Aero India 2019 which was visited by millions of the Indians, little than many knew that the same exact Mig-21Bis will make History just a few days later when it shot downed first F-16 over Line of control before it was to shot downed in the massive dogfight which took place that day.

Interesting information is that the Mig-21Bis was flown by none other than Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belonging to the No.51 Squadron “Sword Arms” to the Aero India 2019 first then later it was posted to Srinagar airbase after the conclusion of the event in Bangalore. Continue reading


While Pakistani Military still denies that it has lost an F-16B Twin-seat Variant to an older generation Indian Mig-21Bis fighter jet in yesterdays dogfight over LOC, Senior ranking IAF Officer Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in his tweet has named that the pilot killed in F-16B crash was Wing Commander Shahzaz Ud Din of No 19 Squadron which belongs to PAF’s F-16 Squadron.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces yesterday had claimed that two Indian jets were shot down by PAF and three Indian Pilots were captured, a local eye witness from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) also claimed he saw three pilots ejecting from two jets, by end of the day, Ghafoor backtracked and said only one pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan was in their custody. Pakistani PM Imran Khan in his televised speech also claimed Two Migs were shot down and Indian Pilots were in their custody. Continue reading


Indian Air Force officials today presented parts of AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (Amraam) that were recovered near J&K’s Rajouri after the aerial engagement between the two air forces. Interestingly yesterday Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces had denied that F-16s were part of the operations and even denied claims that one was shot down.

AIM-120 C-5 which was supplied under Contract no FA8675-05-C-0070 IN 2006 has matched official US Government contract documents as seen below. Continue reading


Argentinean aircraft company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones better known as FAdeA in past was the only company which in the year 2014 responded to Indian defence ministry’s request for information for a new intermediate jet trainer (IJT) after long-delayed Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) continued to face technical issues with its HJT-36 Sitara meant to replace Kiran-Mk2 used at the Stage-II Training program of IAF but the RFI was scrapped later due to lack of response from other developers in this category.

IAF wanted a trainer aircraft which could slot in-between Basic Turboprop trainer at stage-I like HTT-40 and Pilatus PC-7 MkII and BAE Hawk Mk-132 AJTs at Stage-III. Fast forward into 2019, India and Argentina have reached some sort of agreement with each other which will allow both countries to collaborate in the development of the trainer jet which will be largely based on original IA-63 Pampa developed in the 1980s with assistance from Dornier. Continue reading



After months of speculations, India has finally revealed a scaled model of its Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) which now comes with several additions from the baseline design carried forward from LCA-Tejas light class aircraft. 17.5-tonne aircraft clearly already is in the league called Medium-Class of fighter jets so the previous name of Tejas Mk-2 also has been dropped officially to avoid confusion and is also likely to get a new name too.

According to the engineers and scientist present at the Aero India 2019, MWF will make its first flight by end of 2023, yet many of the Defense analysts and retired air-force officials are quite optimists of the timeline declared by DRDO and ADA at the Airshow since MWF might look like an LCA externally but Internally is completely a new fighter aircraft and literally won’t be carrying forward anything from the baseline LCA in terms of technology into MWF. Continue reading


HAL developed Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) after clearing major High altitude cold weather trials recently is now inching closer to Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) which company has predicted will be achieved later this year by September as per information provided to LUH already has cleared cold and Hot weather trials also but few more performance trials are still pending which company plans to achieve soon.

HAL is now preparing to carry out Sea trails of LUH which once completed will grant it IOC certification which will be a major milestone which was achieved within three years of the first flight of the first LUH Prototype. Continue reading


India’s leading tyre maker MRF has confirmed at the ongoing Aero India 2019 that the company has developed wheel tyres for LCA-Tejas and Naval Mig-29K Carrier based fighter jets as per configuration provided to them and soon it will be ready to supply the first consignment once cleared for the production.

A company official at Aero India 2019 confirmed that the entire fleet of SU 30 MKI are on MRF supplied nose and main wheel tyres and wheel tyres specifically designed for LCA-Tejas will be ready for trials soon. wheel tyres developed for Mig-29K on request from Indian Navy already has gone to demonstrations and trials and MRF is expecting order confirmation from the Indian Navy soon. Continue reading


Michael Koch. Vice President, Boeing India Defense, Space & Security has confirmed to press at ongoing Aero India 2019 that last unsold C-17 before production line was closed will be delivered to India by August this year and will be 11th on to join IAF fleet making it second-biggest operator of the type in the world after USAF which operates nearly 220 of them.

Koch also added that as per contractual agreements with India, Boeing has to maintain operational serviceability of 75% for the entire C-17 fleet in India but it has achieved 85% after its Induction. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan has said that first flight of upgraded LCA-Tejas Mk-1A will happen in 2022 and it is expected it will enter production by 2023. R Madhavan who was speaking in HAL press conference at the ongoing Aero India 2019 also confirmed that since airframe will remain same, the company is treating it has an upgrade rather than a new development.

IAF and HAL are still discussing procurement of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk-1A which is likely to be cleared by end of this year. HAL Chief again confirmed that will be delivering two remaining IOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 by end of March and first FOC configured LCA-Tejas Mk1 will make its first flight by October 2019. Continue reading


Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat will be carrying out a sortie on the LCA-Tejas Trainer Today at the ongoing Aero India 2019. This is for the first time Indian Army Chief will be flying indigenously developed fighter jet which recently was awarded Final Operational Clearance (FOC).

Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, and Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba were all present at the inaugural ceremony of Aero India 2019 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru. Continue reading



DRDO has finally showcased its Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) also known as Tejas Mk-2 at ongoing Aero India 2019. As previously reported by, MWF now Sports Canards but the most interesting revelation has been wingtip pylon which means MWF will now sport 11 Hard-point instead of previously estimated 9 hard-points after Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-23 gun position was moved from right intake to the upper spine of the MWF.

Additional Wingtip pylons for Close Combat Missile (CCM) and use of Dual pylons for BVRAAMs will mean MWF will be able to carry huge mix badge of weaponry in Mixed configuration if required for Multi-role operations. Continue reading


Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv has been showcased at Aero India 2019 with a new Automatic Rotor Blades Folding (ARBF) system that will allow the helicopter to be stored onboard ships where hanger space is at a premium.

HAL for the first time also has developed a folding section for the tail rotor so that it doesn’t take so much real estate on the Flight deck or in the hanger. Rotor Blades Folding system was first demonstrated on HAL’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) Helicopter first which was later adapted for Naval Variant of ALH-Dhruv but folding of tail section is a completely new system which was adapted only for ALH-Dhruv. Continue reading