SOURCE: IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
After deciding to purchase 16 JF-17 Thunder multi-role combat aircraft in 2015, Myanmar is now in advanced negotiations with Pakistan to also licence-build the third-generation fighter, defence industry sources in Yangon and sources close to the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) told Jane’s in mid-January.
If an agreement is reached, Myanmar’s bid to manufacture the single-engine combat aircraft – co-developed by the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China’s Chengdu Aerospace Corporation (CAC) – could mark a significant step forward in the country’s efforts to expand its local defence industry. Continue reading
The following is an excerpt from a declassified document released online by America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as part of a searchable database on its website Reading Room. Declassified documents were previously only available to the public at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.
In a report titled The “General Tricks” Gap, and available in General CIA record, scholar-activist Richard J. Barnet, made a case against secret security intelligence operations. Continue reading
Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed the development of robotic weapons by his country’s arms companies to radically change the entire arms system for the conventional armed forces.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday, while condemning the plight of Muslims prevented from entering the United States (US) under US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, expressed hope that the ban is extended to Pakistanis.
“I want to tell all Pakistanis today, I pray that Trump bans Pakistani visas so that we can focus on fixing our country,” Khan told a rally in Sahiwal. Continue reading
Russian Aircraft Corporation MiG, which is the part of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) will develop the fighter jets of the fifth generation, following the efforts of the Sukhoi aircraft manufacturer, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Friday.
“[Sukhoi T-50] PAK FA fifth-generation fighter is now undergoing state tests. The MiG corporation will also create a [light] fifth-generation fighter,” Rogozin said at the unveiling of an advanced MiG-35 multirole fighter. Continue reading
Research and development work for main engines of Russia’s Sukhoi T-50 (PAK FA) fifth-generation fighter jets is scheduled to be completed by 2020, the head of the United Engine Corporation said Friday.
“This year we plan to begin tests as part of a flight laboratory. R&D completion is planned by 2020,” Alexander Artyukhov said at the unveiling of an advanced MiG-35 multirole fighter. Continue reading
US President Donald Trump has indicated that both Pakistan and Afghanistan will be among the countries whose citizens will have to go through an “extreme vetting” process before entering the United States.
In an interview to ABC News, Mr Trump also said he was going to sign an order placing a ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US on Wednesday but it was delayed, apparently because of a huge public backlash. Continue reading
China’s air force may have tested a new 400-km range air-to-air missile which could take out high- value targets like early warning and aerial refuelling aircraft, which stay far away from battle zones, state media reported on Wednesday. An image released online by the Chinese Air Force has led to speculation that the military is testing a beyond-visual-range, air-to-air missile in combat drills, according to China Daily.
The photo, recently uploaded to the People’s Liberation Army website, shows a J-11B twin-engine fighter jet carrying a large missile – it stretches about one-fourth of the length of the 22-meter-long aircraft – during ‘Red Sword 2016’, an aerial warfare exercise over a northwestern desert in November. Continue reading
SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES
An undated video of Pervez Musharraf dancing at a nightclub with a much younger woman has become the butt of jokes in Pakistan, with social media users commenting the former president had made a “miraculous recovery” from the back pains that he gave as his reason for travelling abroad to seek treatment.
Musharraf’s spokesman in Pakistan has refused to comment on media speculation that the clip is recent. The video made the rounds some 10 months after the former military ruler left Pakistan on the grounds of poor health. Continue reading
The strategic forces of Pakistan, with the testing of the 2,200 kilometre range Ababeel ballistic missile, have achieved vital technological and deterrence capability with the introduction of a missile with multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicle (MIRV) compatibility.
The Ababeel’s MIRV capability means it can carry multiple warheads, instead of a single payload. Hence, it is a single missile that provides the strategic capability of hitting multiple targets with a single launch. Such missiles greatly increase the potency of a country’s strategic nuclear arsenal. Continue reading
Pakistan today successfully conducted the first test flight of the radar-evading ‘Ababeel’ surface-to-surface ballistic missile (SSM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead up to 2,200 kms, bringing many Indian cities within its range.
Ababeel is capable of delivering multiple warheads using Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) technology, Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said in a statement.”The test flight was aimed at validating various design and technical parameters of the weapon system,” he said on the missile which has a maximum range of 2,200 kilometres. Continue reading
China’s military will carry out drills regardless of foreign provocations and pressure, the Communist Party’s paper said on Sunday, adding that exercises far out at sea like those conducted recently by its sole aircraft carrier will become normal.
China caused unease among some countries in the region last month when the carrier the Liaoning, accompanied by several warships, cruised around self-ruled Taiwan and into the Pacific for what China called routine drills. Continue reading
The latest modernization of Russia’s main battle tank, the T-90, will embrace the firepower capabilities of the advanced T-14 Armata. The Uralvagonzavod machine building company recently published the tank’s photo for the first time.
“The T-90M will receive a modernized smoothbore 125mm 2A82-1M cannon, the one used in the Armata, and a new fire control system characterized by a higher precision and a higher rate of fire, and its barrel durability will be increased up to 900 shots,” Russian military expert Alexei Leonkov told Zvezda TV.
SOURCE: AIN ONLINE
Russia’s T-50 PAKFA fifth-generation stealth fighter is about to undergo flight testing by military pilots for the first time. The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) said on January 6 that it would take delivery this year of five of the aircraft that have been flight-tested by Sukhoi at the Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in Zhukovsky. But the VKS, which since last year has encompassed the Russian Air Force and the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces, made no further mention of any order for production aircraft.
The five T-50s will now be transferred to the Chkalov VKS State Flight Test Centre base No. 929 at Akhtubinsk. Once at the Chkalov center, the aircraft will be put through a two-stage program, “State-Joint Flight Testing,” that allows for military pilots to gradually take over the validation of the aircraft. This joint testing program is in theory the last process that the prototype aircraft would undergo before the go-ahead is given for the T-50 to enter series production. Continue reading
There’s a well-developed discussion going on about the definition of 5th generation fighters – or even if the term itself is at all valid. Sensor fusion, thrust vectoring, supercruise capability, AESA radars and similar terms are being thrown around quite liberally, but the biggest sticking issue is stealth. Low observability is what makes the category exclusive to clean sheet designs, as there’s a limit to how much stealth can be baked into an existing design. Just like F-35 and F-22, a truly low-observable plane has to be designed, from ground up, for stealth. This influences both shape and material composition of the hull, down to specialized coatings.