Last month first four CH-47F Chinooks for the IAF were brought to the Mundra Port in Gujarat which was later assembled in Gujarat before being ferried to Chandigarh where they have started flying familiarization sorties and all four helicopters have successfully completed initial sorties as informed to and are ready for official induction into air-force.

CH-47F Chinooks are part of No. 126 Helicopter Flight (Featherweights) which is equipped with Mil Mi-26 and based at Chandigarh Air Force Station. Most of the current Chinook pilots are veterans Mil Mi-26 helicopters which have supplemented by new heavy-lift helicopters. Continue reading


Post-Soviet-Afghan war, American-built F-16 fighter regarded by many Pakistani’s as an invincible aircraft a symbol of prestige to many Pakistani’s have been lost in combat and in non-combat operations in many dubious ways that many in Pakistani military circle rather avoid talking about it so that the myth of the Invisible F-16 always forever remain engraved in minds of its people.

There have been at least three instances where this mighty F-16 were forced to bite the dust in the most unusual way ever. Continue reading


After coming under criticism for fielding inferior Mig-21Bis against Superior Pakistani F-16 in the recent aerial clash near the line of control (LOC), Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who was questioned recently why India’s homegrown LCA-Tejas fighter jet was stationed in down south India, far away from the border with Pakistan when the need was to have them near the border.

Dhanoa clarified that once the foundation for second LCA-Tejas Squadron is done, first Squadron will be shifted to forward base close to Pakistan border likely in 2020. First Squadron Flying Daggers No. 45 is currently carrying out Initial user operational flying of LCA-Tejas aircraft delivered to them and in the process is also training its engineering crew to carry out routine maintenance with help of HAL. Continue reading


The next edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) in Malaysia is fast approaching and India will be sending Two LCA-Tejas fighter jet which will compete in a race to supply 12 light combat aircraft (LCA) or a fighter lead-in trainer (FLIT) as stated requirement within the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).

RMAF has invited other proposals from competitors who are in the race like M-346FA Fighter Attack aircraft variant developed by Leonardo, Yak-130 combat trainer aircraft developed by United Aircraft Corporation of Russia and FA-50 light attack aircraft developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI). It is rumored that even JF-17 developed by China is also one of the contestant in RMAF requirement but there is no confirmation if it will be present in the airshow. Continue reading


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The Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) – Tejas SP-1 (LA-5016 ) completed its maiden flight after taking off from HAL Airport in Bangalore on 12-March-2019 piloted by Gp Capt K K Venugopal (Retd). SP-16 flew for 31 mins and landed back safely.

The LCA Tejas SP-16 is Sixteen Series Production aircraft. Last aircraft SP-13 had completed its first flight on 30-January-2019. Next in line is SP-15 which has been assembled at the second assembly line and will complete its first flight by end of this month. SP-16 is the first aircraft to carry Wings supplied by L&T a Private defense company. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Four Sukhoi-30MKI which had taken up Defensive positions when 3 Pakistani F-16 breached Indian airspace last month, saw the first aerial dog fight since 1971 war between two air-forces where Mig-21Bis managed to bring down one F-16 but the same Mig was also lost to another missile fired from another F-16 in the process, but the questions remain why IAF’s front-line Sukhoi-30s didn’t engage F-16s in the first place and also why not even a single missile was fired even when it was attacked 4-5 times by AIM-120C5 BVRAAMs in the process.

Well, the answer can be found in the statement made by the Indian air force where it mentioned that due to lack of firing opportunity for the Su-30s, it didn’t engage PAF F-16s in Beyond Visual Range and the only missile which was fired by India that day was Single Heat Seeking close range R-73 air-to-air missile fired by the ill-fated Mig-21. Continue reading


Pakistani Air Force has publicly credited Second JF-17 pilot for bringing down Second Indian jet which they claim was mighty Sukhoi-Su-30MKI, yet strangely name of the second pilot nearly took a week to be made public even when his kill was much bigger then what the first pilot claimed that of Mig-21Bis flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

What is more strange is that name of the first pilot was out in open in the first day of the Aerial Dogfight yet Pakistani Air Force seems to be more interested in Mig-21Bis Kill than the Su-30MKI kill which they claim was the second Indian jet. Indian already has challenged PAF and Pakistani Government to share Video footage of the Aerial interception of the Second jet from onboard Camera on JF-17 or F-16 which they continue not to clarify which one was used. India also claimed all Sukhoi-30MKI which were involved in the operations landed back safely including other jets like Mirage-2000s and Mig-21s so now onus lies with Pakistan to show some evidence. Continue reading


India’s Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) which is developing Infrared image search and track system (IRST) for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft of the Indian Air Force to replace its current Russian origin OLS-30 IRST system will also find its way also into India’s Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) fighter jet which was recently showcased at Aero India 2019.

MWF will have an internally mounted infrared search and track (IRST) sensor developed by BEL. IRST system under development will have a detection range up to 100km, new heat seeker acclimatized for Indian Hot conditions, new algorithms, and advanced software so that it can outperform the Russian OLS-30 IRST system currently equipped on Sukhoi Su-30 MKI Fighter jet. Continue reading


According to reliable industry sources close to, IAF and ADA are discussing the possibility of having a common Non-TVC and TVC Turbofan engine rated at 110kN with afterburner for both platforms to reduce the cost of the new engine development and also lower the cost of each unit due to the higher scale of production.

Initial pre-production Medium weight fighter (MWF) and Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA) will be powered by GE Aero Engines-supplied F414-INS6 turbofan rated at 98kN with afterburner but the production variant for AMCA will require higher engine rated at 110kN with an afterburner which India plans to co-develop with foreign assistance based on established product in the near future soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Information provided by the debriefed 12 Indian pilots after their encounter with Pakistani air force jet near Line of control (LOC) highlights that Pakistani pilots badly and desperately wanted to shot down Indian Air Force’s front line Sukhoi-Su-30MKI that they chose to ignore Pair of Mig-21 which was much closer to them initially. Four Sukhoi-Su-30MKI were scrambled but were ordered to take up defensive positions to guard key military installations which were not so close to LOC in the first place.

Each Su-30MKI was patrolling and was guarding area of key interests and was not directly involved in the dogfight with Pakistani jets but when F-16 pilots saw that Su-30MKI have taken a defensive position their itch for self-glory and to claim a prized Su-30MKI could have got them great propaganda and near god-like glorification from western and local media which might have got better of their common sense that they chose to target closest lone Su-30MKI who had taken defensive position. Continue reading


Former Diplomat and Pakistani political Analyst Zafar Hilaly recently made a sensational claim to a private Pakistani news channel that, as per his sources in Pakistani military establishments, Pakistan has in its custody an Israeli Pilot who took part in aerial operations against Pakistan recently while flying Indian fighter jet and was captured after he was shot down by Pakistani Air force.

Pakistani Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi maintained that Two Indian fighter jets were shot down by the Pakistani air-force and one of the pilot flying Mig-21Bis was recently returned to India. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor who is official Spokesperson for combined Pakistani Armed Force initially had claimed that Pakistan has in its custody three Indian pilots from Two jet that PAF claims to have shot down but by end of the day confirmed only one Indian pilot in its custody who was identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Continue reading


IAF recently has confirmed that nearly 4 to 5 AIM-120C-5 American beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) were fired at an single Indian Sukhoi-30MKI aircraft from fleeing F-16, which not only successfully evaded them but also managed to jam their radar lock making them from a guided missile to unguided rocket which not only lost its target but also crashed without taking out any target.

AIM-120C-5 missile is still a front-line Air-to-Air Missile system which is equipped on many fighter types produced by US defense contractors and in service with almost all NATO air-force along with United States Air force. Indian Su-30MKI deployed a combination of Jammers, Flares and Superior maneuverability of the aircraft to outclass the chasing missiles in a matter of few seconds of them begin fired by F-16. Continue reading


India has shared electronic evidence of the Pakistani Air Force (PAF) using F-16s fighter jets against operations across Line of control with US administration and details from the debris of the AIM-120C-5 Air-to-air Missile to has been shared along. But the Question arises who will confirm that an Indian Mig-21 has shot down a Pakistani F-16 in Aerial dogfight which can have a direct impact on the fortunes of the Lockheed Martin in India and over its worldwide Sales.

Pakistan maintains it never used F-16 in operation against India nor it lost any jet to Indian Mig-21. While India maintains that not only F-16s were used but one of the Aggressor F-16 was also shot down. with the display of debris of AIM-120C-5, India already has proved that F-16 was in the area and were used against India but it is yet to provide any evidence of F-16 kill, which now only US administration can confirm or deny now. Continue reading


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elta Electronics Industries of Israel developed EL/W-2090 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) radar system mounted on the Russian supplied Il-76 A-50 heavy Air-lifters will play a key role in establishing Radar Electronic Recording of not only PAF F-16s crossing the Line of control (LOC) in its futile attempts to target Indian military installation but also establish that PAF lost one F-16B fighter jet to Indian Air Force’s Mig-21Bis which was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

According to sources close to, Alone A-50 PHALCON AWACS flying well within Indian territory near state of Jammu and Kashmir was first to detect close to 24 PAF jets coming towards LOC. 3 F-16s before the LOC breach happened they were warned by IAF which they chose to ignore and invading aircraft entered nearly 3kms inside the Indian side of LOC and tried to target key Indian military installations but due to early detection close to six more IAF jets were scrambled and were already in the air. Continue reading

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