SOURCE: ANAND SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Martin-Baker confirmed that the company developed PK16LE ejection seat carried out the first successful ejection from the ill-fated JF-17 Block-2 Tail Number 17-241 which crashed near Pindigheb, Attock in Pakistan while the ill-fated aircraft was on a routine training sortie. Martin-Baker said that they never celebrate the loss of any aircraft but the first successful ejection of any seat program gives them enormous sense of pride on its products and Pilot’s life saved.
PAF in its official statement and most of the Pakistani media channels have not mentioned the Type of aircraft which went down recently but the OSNIT community was able to confirm from the Tail Number that it was a JF-17 Block-2 aircraft. Martin-Baker confirmation for the first time also confirms that the Second JF-17s crash which took over the Arabian Sea on 27 Sept 2016 while carrying out a Night sortie resulted in a fatality which again was never covered in Pakistani media.Continue reading
A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed near Pindigheb, Attock on Tuesday, said the air force in a statement.The airforce said that the incident took place during a routine training mission, however, no loss of life was reported, The Dawn reported.
“The pilot ejected safely. No loss of life or property has been reported on the ground,” the statement further said.A board of inquiry has been ordered to investigate the crash which, Dawn reports, is the fifth incident to take place since the starting of this year.Continue reading
SOURCE: ASIA TIMES
Pakistan’s bid to curb money laundering and terror financing hit a political wall when the opposition-dominated upper house recently voted down two related bills tabled by the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI).
The move will thwart Prime Minister Imran Khan’s effort to have Pakistan lifted from a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) grey list of countries tagged as prone to illicit financial activity, and reaffirm perceptions that the country cossets terror groups, their leaders and their financial activities.Continue reading
SOURCE: REPUBLIC TV
Pakistan-ISI stooge Zaid Hamid on Sunday indulged in fear-mongering in the country after he claimed that the Pakistani government was planning to forcibly vaccinate the entire nation against COVID-19, claiming that it was ‘poison’.
Furthering his anti-vaxxers propaganda, Hamid said that the government was planning to first inject the entire Pakistan army with the ‘poison’ and then forcibly vaccine the citizens in the country. He added that its implications and side-effects would ‘destroy generations’, calling the vaccine was ‘a dangerous experiment’.Continue reading
SOURCE: TIMES NOW
The arrival of two squadrons of the Rafale fighters will be a game-changer, Pakistan has realised. And in desperation, Pakistan has reached out to China for 30 J-10CE fighters and modern air-to-air missiles for its air force.
Pakistan had asked for the J-10 in 2009. But with the joint production of the JF-17 by China and Pakistan, the J-10 was placed in the backburner. Now, with the Rafales coming, discussions between China and Pakistan have begun again, high-level government sources said. Along with the J-10CE, Pakistan has asked for the PL-10 and PL-15, short-range and long-range air-to-air missiles respectively.Continue reading
SOURCE: ZEE NEWS
Amid simmering tensions between China and Taiwan for the past several days, Beijing on Friday clarified that report claiming that Taiwan shot down one of its Sukhoi-35 aircraft is completely “untrue and false information.”
“In response to the internet spread of “Taiwan shot down a CCP SU-35 aircraft?” Air Force Command solemnly refuted today that this is false information, and completely untrue,” the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of China said in a statement.Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Prime Minister Imran Khan’ top aide Lt Gen (Retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa announced his resignation on Thursday shortly after debunking allegations of corruption against him in a rebuttal that was posted on Twitter.
Bajwa said he will step down as the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) Imran Khan, on information and broadcasting, Geo News reported.
The former chief military spokesperson said this during a conversation with television show host Shahzeb Khanzada and said he will hand in his resignation to the prime minister today.
SOURCE: THE WEEK
For much of 2019, Pakistan’s purported use of its F-16 fighters in the aerial skirmish over Kashmir was a hot topic of debate. From questions over whether the Indian Air Force shot down a F-16 to whether Pakistan flouted agreements with the US by using the fighters, the F-16 remained in the news.
Earlier this week, a US website, which covers national security and foreign policy issues, gave details of how the US monitors Pakistan’s F-16 fleet.Continue reading
A major corruption scandal involving Lt General Asim Saleem Bajwa (retd) is gathering steam in Pakistan. Bajwa is a retired general who is now serving as the chairman of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and a special assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan.According to a report published on ‘Fact Focus’, Asim Bajwa’s brothers, wife and two sons “own a business empire which set up 99 companies in four countries, including a pizza franchise with 133 restaurants worth an estimated $39.9 million.”
The report said that out of the 99 companies, 66 are main companies, 33 companies are branch companies of some of the main companies while five companies are dead.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera
Earlier this month, the long-simmering tensions between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia came to a boil when Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi publicly criticised the kingdom for its perceived lack of support for Islamabad’s interests in the disputed Kashmir region.
During a televised interview on August 4, Qureshi said Islamabad expects the Jeddah-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to convene a meeting on Kashmir. Otherwise, he said, Pakistan would be “compelled” to “call a meeting of the Islamic countries that are ready to stand with us on the issue of Kashmir”. Qureshi’s comments have widely been viewed as a veiled threat to create a new bloc that would rival the Saudi-dominated OIC.Continue reading
SOURCE: Quwa Defence News & Analysis Group
On 27 August 2020, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) announced that it formed an in-house ‘Centre of Artificial Intelligence and Computing’ (CENTAIC) to spearhead development in the field for both military and civilian purposes. In a statement, the PAF Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Mujahid Anwar Khan, said that CENTAIC will help the PAF incorporate artificial intelligence (AI) into its operational domain.
The scope of CENTAIC’s activities are not yet known to the public, but it may be researching into a number of key fields in AI, such as big data, machine learning, deep learning, predictive analytics and, potentially, natural language processing (NLP). Not only do each of these sub-fields apply to current and emerging air warfare applications – notably drone development – but the PAF will need to draw on these areas to drive its next-generation fighter aircraft (NGFA) aspirations. The creation of CENTAIC was inevitable.Continue reading
The Chinese Navy is building a fleet of aircraft carriers that will be the second largest in the world. However, they currently lack airborne early warning (AEW) aircraft, which is considered a vital component of a balanced air wing. This is set to change with the introduction of the Xian KJ-600 carrier-borne AEW aircraft. It looks remarkably like the U.S. Navy’s E-2C Hawkeye.
The prototype KJ-600 has been spotted in satellite imagery of the Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation’s airfield at Xian-Yanliang in central China. This is where many prototype planes are first seen. Chris Biggers, an imagery intelligence expert, identified the new aircraft in commercial satellite imagery provided by Planet Labs.Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
The Netflix movie on the life and tenure of retired IAF officer Gunjan Saxena has been roiled by controversy since the release of its trailer in India but also seems to have triggered some of the Hardcore fans of the Pakistanis military establishments after it was trending as No 1 watched movies in recent times in Netflix Pakistan across the border.
Pakistanis took to micro-blogging site Twitter to shame fellow countrymen for watching a movie based on Kargil war, others wondered how many of the common Pakistani has Netflix connections in Pakistan to be ashamed off since the majority of them have not watched it. Many said that only a small percentage of super Elite have money to pay for the subscription of Netflix Pakistan, but many might have downloaded it from the Internet which is pretty rampant on Bollywood movies after Ban by the Pakistani government.Continue reading
Amidst the tense excitement the COVID-19 outbreak has created globally, one image that recently caught the attention of Media worldwide was the fire on board the PLA Navy’s latest Type 075 landing helicopter dock (LHD) amphibious ship. The black smoke billowing from the ship at Shanghai Dockyard was emblematic of the troubles bedevilling the Chinese shipbuilding industry.
On the morning of 11 April 2020, the PLA Navy’s LHD caught fire, as smoke was observed coming out of rear hangar opening and lift near island superstructure. Although the fire was extinguished, the shipyard authorities haven’t announced the extent of damage. Within ten days, the damaged ship was painted extensively to hide the black smoke marks on its superstructure and readied for the launch ceremony of PLA Navy’s second Type 075, on 22 April 2020. The intensity of smoke indicates a major fire which would have caused significant damage to the ship’s aft section, equipment and electrical cables, with resultant time penalties for their repair and replacement.Continue reading
SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his recent visit to China briefed Chinese leadership about the New Political Map of Pakistan which included the whole area of the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir but had no frontier defined in Indian Ladakh sector and also later Qureshi also explained that the purpose of his recent visit was to “understand [China’s] current state of mind and gauge their stance on India”.
According to Pakistani media, Qureshi also asked Chinese support and help in Kashmir Push at the International stage and in return, the Chinese leadership has made some Pathbreaking suggestions to the Pakistani government which they think will be able to put International pressure on India. Chinese apparently have told Qureshi that the Kashmir issue is inching towards a final settlement soon and recent border clashes with India near the Galwan area were to have upper hand in settlement dialogue.Continue reading