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




According to information provided by DRDO, Three Small Turbo Fan Engine (STFE) which is also known as Manik turbofan engine generating 4.25kN Thrust are under fabrication which is likely to be used to power in the upcoming trials of India’s sub-sonic Nirbhay cruise missile.

DRDO’s GTRE had developed T1, T2, and T3 Prototype engines which begin developmental ground-based testing from 2017 and have achieved over two hours of continues operation at its peak thrust. last year Manik engine also completed High Altitude Cold Climate Starting trials in Leh. Continue reading


Since its induction from the early ’80s and after its action inside Afghanistan is drowning of some Soviet Helicopter gunships and Strike aircraft, F-16 became the poster boy of the Pakistan Air Force and Air Machine which was not only worshiped by their Media and Public but repeated propaganda about them created such a cult following of the F-16 that it was seen as invincible weapon which could win them any war for Pakistan Guaranteed.

The myth of PAF’s F-16 superiority was no doubt oversold to the public that even reports of PAF losing F-16 inside Afghanistan while chasing a Soviet Su-25 which was brought down by trigger happy PAF F-16 pilot shooting down his own wing-man didn’t dampen its myth. At the height of Kargil war a single Indian Mig-29A fighter aircraft had a radar lock on two F-16s with its superior R-77 BVRAAMs and was just few seconds away before both Pakistani F-16s disengaged and made run for their own airspace thus saving their ass from getting shot down by a single Mig-29A on Combat Air Patrol it was denied and most of the PAF officer’s called it Indian imagination. Continue reading


Alone upgraded Mig-21Bis was on Static display at the recently concluded Aero India 2019 which was visited by millions of the Indians, little than many knew that the same exact Mig-21Bis will make History just a few days later when it shot downed first F-16 over Line of control before it was to shot downed in the massive dogfight which took place that day.

Interesting information is that the Mig-21Bis was flown by none other than Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belonging to the No.51 Squadron “Sword Arms” to the Aero India 2019 first then later it was posted to Srinagar airbase after the conclusion of the event in Bangalore. Continue reading


While Pakistani Military still denies that it has lost an F-16B Twin-seat Variant to an older generation Indian Mig-21Bis fighter jet in yesterdays dogfight over LOC, Senior ranking IAF Officer Air Marshal Raghunath Nambiar in his tweet has named that the pilot killed in F-16B crash was Wing Commander Shahzaz Ud Din of No 19 Squadron which belongs to PAF’s F-16 Squadron.

Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces yesterday had claimed that two Indian jets were shot down by PAF and three Indian Pilots were captured, a local eye witness from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) also claimed he saw three pilots ejecting from two jets, by end of the day, Ghafoor backtracked and said only one pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan was in their custody. Pakistani PM Imran Khan in his televised speech also claimed Two Migs were shot down and Indian Pilots were in their custody. Continue reading


Indian Air Force officials today presented parts of AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (Amraam) that were recovered near J&K’s Rajouri after the aerial engagement between the two air forces. Interestingly yesterday Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor Spokesperson Pakistan Armed Forces had denied that F-16s were part of the operations and even denied claims that one was shot down.

AIM-120 C-5 which was supplied under Contract no FA8675-05-C-0070 IN 2006 has matched official US Government contract documents as seen below. Continue reading


Argentinean aircraft company Fábrica Argentina de Aviones better known as FAdeA in past was the only company which in the year 2014 responded to Indian defence ministry’s request for information for a new intermediate jet trainer (IJT) after long-delayed Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) continued to face technical issues with its HJT-36 Sitara meant to replace Kiran-Mk2 used at the Stage-II Training program of IAF but the RFI was scrapped later due to lack of response from other developers in this category.

IAF wanted a trainer aircraft which could slot in-between Basic Turboprop trainer at stage-I like HTT-40 and Pilatus PC-7 MkII and BAE Hawk Mk-132 AJTs at Stage-III. Fast forward into 2019, India and Argentina have reached some sort of agreement with each other which will allow both countries to collaborate in the development of the trainer jet which will be largely based on original IA-63 Pampa developed in the 1980s with assistance from Dornier. Continue reading