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SOURCE: GLOBAL TIMES

Russia’s newly unveiled Checkmate stealth fighter jet seems to have good prospects, and it is expected to be competitive against the US F-35 in the international arms market. It may also affect the export of warplanes made by China like the FC-31, though Chinese military observers say the FC-31 still holds an advantage.

Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi introduced a prototype of the new fighter jet at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on Tuesday, AP reported on the day. Under the project name Checkmate, the new warplane is a single-engine, fifth-generation fighter jet with a top speed of Mach 1.8 to 2, a range of 3,000 kilometers and a payload of 7,400 kilograms, AP reported, citing the aircraft’s makers.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Two Chinese nationals were fired at by unidentified assailants on a motorcycle in Pakistan’s Karachi on Wednesday. Both of them have been shifted to a civil hospital in Karachi. Speaking on the incident, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called the incident “an isolated case”. “We have full confidence in the Pakistan side’s protection of Chinese citizens and property in Pakistan,” news agency Reuters quoted him as saying.

The incident comes two weeks after the IED attack on a bus carrying Chinese engineers to the Dasu dam site in Upper Kohistan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on July 14. At least 13 people, including nine Chinese nationals, were killed in the incident.

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SOURCE: TASS

The Russian Helicopters Group (part of the state tech corporation Rostec) plans to develop drones with a lifting capacity of 200 kg and 1 tonne, Company Marketing and Business Director Oleg Landin said on Sunday.

“Our next scope will be 200 kg of payload and the next step will be 1 tonne,” the company’s executive said. Today the existing Russian drones have a lifting capacity of 50 kg (the BAS-200) and 70-80 kg (the VRT-300), he said. The BAS-200 is an unmanned rotorcraft with a maximum take-off weight of 200 kg. The drone is 3.9 m long and 1.2 m high, can develop a speed of 160 km/h, carry a payload of up to 50 kg, climb to an altitude of 3,900 meters and operate for four hours.

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SOURCE: ZEE NEWS

Afghanistan’s Vice President Amrullah Saleh has hit out at Pakistan for supporting the Taliban, stating that an alliance of Taliban, LeT, Al-Qaeda and madrasa volunteers use the ISI trail to infiltrate. In a series of tweets, Saleh said, “How the Talibs sustain the war? They sustain it through GHQ/ISI supply trail. An alliance of Talibs, LeT, Al-Qaeda & Madrasa volunteers use the trail to infiltrate. Without this trail, Talibs will lose it in a matter of weeks. ANDS has lost equipment but NOT ammo depots. None.”

“The National Security / Insecurity Advisor of Pakistan believes Quetta Shura is elected and the government in Kabul is imposed. No effort by him or his colleagues will wash the stain of Afg blood from the forehead of Pak agencies. GHQ/ISI supply trail to terror must stop,” Saleh said.

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SOURCE: Republic

As the Taliban continues its military offensive across Afghanistan, the insurgent group has captured swathes across the country. Amid the fight between the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the Taliban, the country’s leadership is also engaged in a war of words with its neighbour, Pakistan. Afghanistan’s Vice-president Amrullah Saleh has repeatedly hit out at Pakistan as ties between the two countries remain severed. 

Taking to Twitter, Saleh revealed that the Taliban which is fighting the Afghan National Forces has been sustaining the war because of Pakistan. He further informed that the Taliban sustain the war through Pakistan’s General Headquarters (GHQ) and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supply trail.

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SOURCE: WION

In the backdrop of the attack of Chinese engineers in Pakistan, images have surfaced on social media showing Chinese workers at the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, armed with AK 47s to protect themselves. The July 14 saw an attack on a bus that was carrying Chinese engineers to the Dasu dam project in Pakistan’s northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Nine Chinese engineers died in the attack, the first on Chinese nationals in the country, with Beijing quick to send its team to investigate it. The use of AK 47 raises questions about two Special Security Divisions (SSDs) raised by Pakistan to protect Chinese workers and assets in the country. The divisions are–34 Light Infantry Division created in September 2016 and 44 Light Infantry Division created in 2020, each having 15000 troops.

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SOURCE: TASS

 A new light tactical plane developed by the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC, part of the state tech corporation Rostec) will compete with the most advanced combat planes on the global arms market, Director of Russia’s Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told reporters at the MAKS-2021 international air show on Wednesday.

“The light tactical plane is primarily an aircraft designed for export. Being aware of its flight characteristics, strike and reconnaissance capabilities and low radar vulnerability, we anticipate that the fighter will vie fiercely with its competitors. We view it as a rival for leading Western manufacturers of the so-called fifth-generation single-engine fighters,” Russia’s military cooperation chief stressed.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

A Middle East based magazine Breaking Defense has reported that Egypt is now eying additional orders of Rafale F4 and are looking to increase the number to 72 or 100 units by 2030, depending on Egypt’s financial capacity in next few years . Egyptian Air Force also operates 5 Russian Su-35 fighter jets and has placed orders for 21 more and according to the Breaking Defense, it claims that Egyptian Air Force are mighty impressed with the Rafale after Russian Su-35s radar failed repeatedly when the Su-35 played a role of aggressor against Rafale F3R.

Rafale’s powerful Spectra Electronic warfare suite not only attacked but also jammed Su-35 BAR phased array radar successfully multiple times, rendering Su-35 blind in the sky, later following it up being shot down by the Rafale in mock Beyond visual range dogfights.

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SOURCE: PTI

Russian aircraft makers on Tuesday unveiled a prototype of a new fighter jet that features stealth capabilities and other advanced characteristics. Russian President Vladimir Putin inspected the prospective warplane displayed with much fanfare at the MAKS-2021 International Aviation and Space Salon. The air show opened Tuesday in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow.

Russian aircraft maker Sukhoi developed the new fighter under the LTS program, a Russian acronym for the Light Tactical Aircraft. Its makers said the prototype is set to make its maiden flight in 2023 and deliveries could start in 2026. They said the new design could be converted to an unpiloted version and a two-seat model.

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SOURCE: IANS

The incident of a blast on a bus in north Pakistan which killed 13 people including two Pakistani soldiers and nine Chinese nationals on July 14 has led to war of words between the Pakistani and the Chinese governments. Intelligence sources said Pakistan officials have been trying to cover up this incident as an accident, saying that this was not a terror attack but a result of the bus falling into a ravine due to a technical fault.

Pakistani officials have tried to produce pictures indicating flaws in the mechanical system of the bus which led to the bus going down the ravine. Even a technical report was produced by them to portray the incident as result of a mechanical flaw.

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SOURCE: TASS

Russia’s state arms seller Rosoboronexport is holding talks with five countries interested in buying the Su-57 fifth-generation multirole fighter, Rosoboronexport CEO Alexander Mikheyev said at the MAKS-2021 air show on Tuesday.

“This is one of the world’s best fighters based on its operational characteristics. It undoubtedly has various advantages. Here, at the air show, we will hold a presentation for our partners that will feature the latest aircraft-launched weapons both on external and internal hardpoints. That is why, we expect high demand for this aircraft in coming years. Five countries have already shown interest in this project. We are holding consultations,” the chief executive said.

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SOURCE: Republic

Following the ‘promise’ by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to identify the kidnappers of the Afghan envoy’s daughter within 48 hours, the Pakistan Police has failed to find any evidence in Silsila Alikhail’s assault and abduction case. Having failed, the Pakistan Police has subsequently proceeded to rule out the kidnapping angle altogether, despite the incident having triggered a major diplomatic row between the two neighbouring nations.

Silsila Alikhil, the 26-year-old daughter of Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan Najibullah Alikhil, was abducted, tortured and assaulted on Friday by unknown persons in Islamabad. She was abducted while riding a rented vehicle and was held for several hours before being released. She was found near F-9 Park area of the capital with torture marks on her body.

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SOURCE: Aviacionline.com

KAI, the Air Force and the South Korean National Institute of Science and Technology plan to develop sixth-generation technologies to address threats beyond 2035, many of which will be incorporated into the KF-21 Boramae. While the KF-21 Boramae is a very new 4.5 Gen fighter, which had its rollout this year, it was designed from the ground up with the ability to evolve to achieve the capabilities of 5th Gen dot aircraft such as the F-35 and the F-22.

But the new 6th Gen fighters from the US (NGAD and F / A-XX programs), Europe (Tempest and FCAS) and Japan (FX program) are already on the horizon, which would be taking flight from 2030 and they will dominate the skies beyond 2040.

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SOURCE: FORBES

Russian plane-maker Sukhoi has developed a new single-engine stealth fighter. The jet, which Sukhoi apparently refers to as “Checkmate,” reportedly will make its debut at the MAKS air show in Moscow next week. Rostec, Sukhoi’s parent company, teased Checkmate in a video the firm released July 13. A few days later, photos circulated online depicting what appears to be a tarp-draped Checkmate demonstrator at Ramenskoye airfield, site of the MAKS show.

The teases have inspired frantic speculation about Checkmate’s design and capabilities. Samuel Bendett, an expert on the Russian military with the Center for a New American Security in Washington, D.C., said Checkmate is an export fighter—a relatively inexpensive, low-observable warplane that Sukhoi can sell to countries that the U.S. State Department won’t allow to buy the F-35.

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SOURCE: TASS

Russia’s United Engine Corporation (part of the state tech corporation Rostec) is launching R&D work on the sixth-generation engine for combat aircraft, United Engine Corporation Deputy CEO for Strategy Mikhail Remizov told TASS on Friday.

“Now work is starting in several promising areas: the technologies of the sixth-generation engine, a combined powerplant, and the more electric engine technology. The R&D effort on the sixth-generation demonstrator engine technology has been included in the long-term work schedule of the United Engine Corporation and our applications for state program financing,” he said.

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