Russia will be supplying a replacement of the S-400 air defense system missiles for China in lieu of those which had been damaged during a storm in the English Channel a year ago, Russian news agency TASS reported.

The news agency quoted Rostec corporation chief Sergei Chemezov who said that the contract had been signed long ago and the order would have been completed by now but the ship that was carrying the missiles was hit by a storm. As the missiles had been damaged, Chemezov said they were forced to eliminate those and make new ones instead. Continue reading


A senior Iranian military commander says a suicide bomber and two other terrorists involved in a recent deadly attack that targeted members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) have been identified as Pakistani nationals. “The suicide bomber and two elements of the terrorist team targeting IRGC forces were Pakistanis,” Commander of the IRGC’s Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Tuesday, identifying the bomber as Hafiz Mohammad Ali.

The IRGC personnel were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province on Wednesday, when their bus was targeted in a suicide car bomb attack.The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombing, which left 27 dead and 13 others injured.. Continue reading


Iran urged neighbouring Pakistan on Saturday to crack down on militants who killed 27 of its Revolutionary Guards in an attack near the border or expect military action by Tehran “to punish the terrorists”, state media reported. Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said: “If Pakistan does not carry out its responsibilities, Iran reserves the right to confront threats on its borders … based on international law and will retaliate to punish the terrorists.”

A suicide car bomber killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country’s Sunni Muslim minority. Continue reading


The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has urged Pakistan to beef up security measures along its border with Iran following a deadly terrorist attack on a group of IRGC forces in southeastern Iran. Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, the IRGC’s chief commander, said in a statement on Thursday that “the brotherly government of Pakistan and the country’s security bodies and army are expected to step up security measures and tactics on the common border.”

Islamabad should engage in such actions to tighten the grip on “Takfiri mercenary terrorists, who are the enemies of both nations, and decisively confront them to rob them of any chances to take any action, which could compromise security or pose danger,” he added. Continue reading


French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation’s representatives refused to provide RIA with a comment on media reports about an alleged crash of the company’s newest Rafale jet in Egypt.

“Dassault Aviation’s response is no comments”, the company told RIA on Tuesday. Last week, France’s Mediapart online media outlet, citing its sources, reported that a Rafale EM02-9352 fighter jet, which joined the Egyptian Air Forces in April 2017, crashed on 28 January at the Gebel El Basur Air Base, located 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Cairo. Continue reading


The IRGC personnel were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan and Baluchestan province on Wednesday, when their bus was targeted in a suicide car bomb attack. The IRGC’s Qods Headquarters said in a statement that an explosives-laden car rammed into the bus, which was taking the personnel back to their homes.

The attack killed 27 IRGC members and injured 13 others, initial reports suggested. The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing.The terrorist outfit was formed in 2012 by members of the Pakistan-based Jundallah, another terror group dismantled by Iranian intelligence forces in 2010 after its ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was executed. Continue reading


A horrifying video shared by a Free Balochistan Movement activist Beebagr Baloch on Twitter shows the Pakistani army brutally killing an unarmed Baloch man, after dragging him out of his house in Balochistan. In the chilling video, Pakistan Army soldiers can be seen dragging the unidentified unarmed man out of his house and spraying him with bullets.

The graphic video shows the condition of people in Balochistan and the threat they have to face every day from the Pakistani military. ‘Free Baloch’ activists have regularly condemned the killings of the locals by Pakistani law enforcement operatives. Continue reading

SOURCE:  Global Times

Media reports on China’s decision to sell its only at-service aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, to Pakistan “in order to compete with India” are unrealistic, military analysts told the Global Times.Pakistan-based news outlet The Nation cited Chinese and Russian media as reporting on Saturday that “the Chinese government has decided to sell its first and only aircraft carrier to Pakistan, “for a yet-undetermined price in order to upgrade the Pakistan Navy’s capabilities.”

Such a move will make the Pakistan Navy more competitive against rival India, which has an operational aircraft carrier, the report said, while alleging such a deal will take place after the Liaoning undergoes a “large-scale upgrade.” However, the Chinese government has never disclosed any plan regarding such a deal, and the Global Times reporter also could not find the alleged Chinese media report.  Continue reading


Australia formally signed a Aus$50 billion “strategic partnership” with France to build 12 state of the art submarines Monday, a signal of Canberra’s willingness to project power across the Pacific. Prime Minister Scott Morrison hailed the “very audacious plan” at a ceremony in Canberra as “part of Australia’s biggest ever peace-time investment in defence”.

The partnership’s main pillar is a contract for France’s Naval Group — a consortium with state backing — to build 12 attack-class submarines and has been years in the making. At roughly US$35 billion this is Australia’s largest ever defence procurement project and the largest ever foreign sales deal by French shipbuilder Naval Group. Continue reading


A delegation of the Riyadh-based Islamic military coalition against terrorism, headed by former Pakistan Army chief General (retd) Raheel Sharif, arrived here for the first-ever visit to the country for talks with the top Pakistani leadership on issues like counter-terrorism.The trip by head of the 41-nation military coalition comes ahead of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to Pakistan on February 17.
Saudi Arabia acquired the services of Gen. Raheel, who retired in November 2016, as head of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism

Coalition (IMCTC) in 2017. The IMCTC was cobbled together in December 2015 to combat terrorism.A special plane carrying the delegation arrived at Nur Khan air base in the federal capital on Sunday, the Express Tribune reported.Quoting sources, the report said, during the two-day visit, the visiting delegation is likely to hold key meetings with the civil and military leadership of the country. Continue reading


Soviet authorities themselves condemned the USSR’s bloody occupation of Afghanistan, but 30 years later some in Vladimir Putin’s Russia are coming to see the operation in a more positive light.After a decade of military intervention to bolster Kabul’s embattled Communist government against Islamist fighters, the USSR finally pulled out its last units on February 15, 1989.

The withdrawal, ordered by Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, was a humiliating defeat for the Union and helped lead to its collapse.Mikhail Kozhukhov, who covered the conflict as a correspondent for the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, remembered how the final Russian troops left without joy or bitterness. Continue reading


A new Russian prospective A-100 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft made its first flight undergoing a new stage of prior test flights, the Russian Defense Ministry told reporters on Saturday.”The latest A-100 multifunctional Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft embarked on a program of prior test flights and made a maiden flight,” the ministry said.

The A-100 a modified variant of the IL-76MD-90A (Ilyushin) strategic airlifter. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the aircraft is equipped with a digital navigation system and digital control system in the “glass” cockpit, along with a new two-band locator with phased antenna array manufactured by the Vega Radio Engineering Corporation. Continue reading


The U.S military is scheduled to provide the Afghan government with 159 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as part of an effort to modernize the Afghan Air Force (AAF) and make the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) less reliant on coalition aircraft for their operations. However, a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) questions the ability of the Afghans to operate the Black Hawks given a lack of sufficiently trained pilots and ground maintenance personnel.

Aside from the AAF, some helicopters are destined for the elite Special Mission Wing (SMW). Established in 2005, the SMW is the cream of the crop of the AAF. With around 800 men, the unit was initially designed to support counternarcotics operations in Afghanistan. Its superb record and the increasing intensity of the Taliban insurgency, however, led to the SMW expanding its mission set to include counterterrorism operations, ferrying Afghan Special Forces and commandos. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Pakistan Airforce has initiated ” Project AZM” under which they plan to commence development of a 5th-generation fighter jet which will go on to replace aging Mirage-III/V and the older lot of F-16 fighter jet from PAF’s fleet. What PAF claimed was supposed to be an indigenous program, basically will be a product designed and developed completely by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) which is a Chinese aerospace conglomerate which previously developed JF-17 fighter jet specifically for Pakistan.

China which has developed J-20 and J-31 Stealth fighter aircraft on its own had offered Pakistan in past , J-31 fighter aircraft which was presumably rejected by the PAF due to the high procurement and maintenance cost of the dual-engine fighter due to which CAC was rather asked to come up with low-cost options which apparently got leaked blowing the cover of PAF’s attempt to brand it as an indigenous program in first place. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG 50 years and counting, Pakistani Air Force’s love affair with French bird doesn’t seem to have completely diminished even when County produces JF-17 fighter jet with help of China, that it is eyeing to procure nearly 30 former Egyptian Mirage-V fighter jet from Cairo which has been long retired from the fleet. Over 170+ jets are still operational which makes up eight different Mirage variants which are carefully maintained at Mirage Rebuild Factory (MRF) at the Kamra complex.

First Inducted in 1967, even with rapid induction of JF-17, PAF plans to hold on to the old Mirage’s for longer than expected due to better range and weapons load capacity than the JF-17 which was supposed to replace them in the first place, It is not clear if the 30 Mirage-V fighter jet from Cairo can be put back in the air or not but it won’t be unusual if PAF does that. Continue reading