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Pakistan Air Force recently awarded its Pilots who were part of Operation Swift Retort in much-televised broadcast and even showcased a video of the precision-guided bomb which missed Indian Army base by only 80 meters since it is claimed by PAF that missing of the target was intentional to showcase its air force power and bombs were released from PAF’s F-16 and Mirage-III combat planes.

The video was cut of seconds before it hit the so-called indented target 80 meters of the base perimeter but Open-source intelligence (OSINT) twitter handle who goes by d-atis ??@detresfa_who has examined the video and has located the base and after careful examination of the satellite images of the base post airstrike impact point showed by PAF showed that the  vegetation near the base was intact suggesting that the bomb failed to denote. Continue reading


The naval variant of the home-made Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas successfully performed an “arrested landing” at the Goa’s Shore-Based Test Facility, which will clear its path for demonstration of same capabilities onboard India’s only operational aircraft carrier, INS Vikramaditya.

High ranking officials of the Indian Navy are happy with the progress the same team is making towards its milestone but it remains non-committal for placing orders for the jet. LCA-N prototypes used for demonstration of the capabilities will not enter production but it will be stepping stone for the development of NLCA Mk2 which was unveiled at Aero India 2019 earlier this year. Continue reading


DRDO Chief Satheesh Reddy mentioned Mark 2 RV stealth aircraft program which many believe will be India’s Single engined Stealth fighter aircraft based on technology already developed for the MWF-Tejas Mk2+ AMCA program. possible configuration of the aircraft is based on hearsay coming out of prominent defense analytics in the country since the program details of this project is yet to be officially out yet.

IAF from 2030 onwards is staring at replacing the bulk of Medium weight fighter aircraft under MTOW (Maximum take-off weight) of 19 tonnes and below which make up nearly 250 fighter aircraft in the current fleet. IAF will be replacing 65+21 Mig-29UPG, 52 Mirage-2000H and 120 Jaguar Strike aircraft with one single type of aircraft which will start with the retirement of Mig-29s which will be over 40 years by then.  Continue reading


Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa recently questioned why India is flying aircraft that are over four decades old when no one drives even cars of that vintage. Dhanoa was referring to the MiG-21 fighter aircraft that had been inducted into the force in 1973-74. Mig-21Bis fleet which is set to be retired from IAF fleet starting from 2019 onwards thus ending its long association with the fighter aircraft which has been long dubbed as ” Coffin Maker ” in Indian media.

Dhanoa went on to also add that ” I can still fly the MiG 21 MF aircraft which is almost 44 years old. I’m sure none of you are driving a car of that vintage,”. Instead of asking the question around why doesn’t IAF Top tier management ask its self why it preferred 40 plus old Mig-21 with 3.5 generation technology over a 4th generation LCA-Tejas which even though took ages to mature but still was light years ahead in technology even when it was not fully combat-capable. Continue reading


The Indian defense ministry is all set to place an order for 83 Tejas Mk1A with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) after commercial negotiations committee approved a deal for around Rs 45,000 crore, which is nearly Rs 5,000 crore less then what was quoted by HAL nearly two years ago.

HAL had asked for Rs 463 crore ( $64.5) for the Tejas Mk-1A versus Rs 363 crore ( $50.6) for the original LCA-Tejas Mk1. Now revised price after renegotiation stands at 417 crores ($58.1) per unit cost in fly-away condition minus its weapons system. Su-30MKI built at Nashik by HAL costs around Rs 415 crore ($57.8) per unit, which still makes Tejas Mk-1A per unit cost higher than locally build Su-30MKI. HAL will be a prime integrator of the Tejas Mk-1A and will outsource over 5000 production modules to various private sector entities. L&T, VEM, and Tata Advanced Materials have already been outsourced entire fuselage section of the LCA-Tejas aircraft. Continue reading


India’s Open-source intelligence (OSINT) twitter handle which goes by name of @Nexoft117, has compiled a list of 64 Pakistani soldiers who were killed from 27th July to 31st August 2019 in different sectors in last five weeks. OSINT handle which has been now suspended by twitter likely due to complaints lodged by Pakistani DGISPR has carried out in-depth Investigation using multiple social media accounts from across the border which reported death of soldier either by family of the dead or by his close relative his report posted above shows that nearly 60% of the dead Pakistani soldiers were buried without being reported in the national media.

Then Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali in 2017 in the parliament had told that details of Pakistani troops who laid down their lives due to Indian firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) can’t be disclosed, he also further went on to say that “We do not want our enemy to know how many soldiers laid down their lives,” Continue reading


Notorious Pakistani intelligence agency ISI has started dry run to breach the line of control recently . It was reported by Pakistani tweeter handles that two unarmed civilians tried to cross into the Indian side of Kashmir with Pakistani flag were shot at by the Indian Army. According to news coming from across the border first attempt was made by the alone individual who was carrying a Pakistani occupied Kashmir flag at the zero line near LOC, when he tried to cross over he was shot in the ribs severally injuring him by Indian Army.

Interestingly he was rescued from the spot immediately and was treated in the local hospital. The second attempt was done by few individuals with the same modus operandi to breach the line of control but this time one of the infiltrator was shot and picture captured at the LOC was posted on the twitter which can be seen above. Continue reading


Pakistani Government and its Superior power its Military is fast running out of options on Kashmir issues after it failed to get any strong support to its Kashmir propaganda in attempts to internationalize the issue for a third party intervention into the issue, but many in Pakistani core think tank fear that any third-party intervention will only create grounds for India to push for recovery of lost land of Jammu and Kashmir now called as Pakistani occupied Kashmir (POK) and Gilgit-Baltistan which might result in Line of control being converted into Permanent border with India.

Pakistani backed Terrorists operating in POK and the Kashmir Valley have already pressed SOS to their handlers and have asked for new counter strategies and even asked for the direct intervention of the Pakistani military in the valley by sending their troops. As per Pakistani chatter and media blabbering, it is expected that the Pakistani establishment is planning a multi prolonged adventure on the LOC. Continue reading


India and Sweden might be only countries left, who are still actively developing a Medium category 4.5+ Generation fighter aircraft in an era of 5th generation stealth fighter jets, while world also is moving towards the development of 6th generation fighter programs. Both Medium Weight Fighter (MWF)-Tejas Mk2 and Gripen E are near clear slate fighter designs based on the previous generation predecessors which will keep them active for decades to come with their respected airforce and it is fair to compare them both.

The above picture gives basic key data of both the aircraft when in direct comparison with each and other and further information in detail will be expanded. Continue reading


Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Indian Air Force are on the verge to conclude a final contract for manufacturing of 83 LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jet after intense price negotiation which will now see fall of per-unit cost of the jet from the initial quotation of $62.9 million to around $34.9 million each which will not only be lighter on the IAF’s pocket but also come in handy to boosts its Export potential.

LCA-Tejas Mk1 was billed by HAL to IAF at $23 million per unit at a flyaway cost which excludes spares and other supports, but when HAL quoted $62.9 million per unit for upgraded Mk1A fighter jet, not only it stunned many in IAF senior management and even officials in Ministry of Defence (MOD) demanded breakdown of the unit costs to asses real cost, while HAL defended high cost of Mk1A and said that cost was high due to modern avionics and equipment which it will come with but IAF and MOD still felt it was way too high and Negotiation committee was formed to look into the price and negotiate acceptable price. Continue reading


Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi while talking to media said that decision taken by India to remove special status of Indian administered Kashmir was the biggest blunder committed by India which has Internationalize the Kashmir Issue and even went in to say that Indian Prime Minister Modi has gone Mad. Selected Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan Niazi has been on a ranting spree about RSS+Modi+Hitler for committing a Hypothetical genocide in Kashmir.

Latest Pakistani media scan even suggests why Pakistan is reaching a delusional level even when nothing much of support is coming their way from the International community. Many are happy that Kashmir after a long time has been in international limelight but the fact is Kashmir has been under International limelight forever in recent times, especially after Uri, Surgical strikes, and Pulwama and Balakaot airstrikes so what’s new now even many Pakistani can’t answer. Continue reading


With more and more information ticking after the famous Air battle of Mig-21 vs F-16. News coming from official sources indicates that India might have lost Two Mig-21s that day had not Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had aggressively maneuvered in line of fire by three F-16s who were carrying out classic NATO hot-cold radar lock sequence over the Nowshera sector trying to take down lone Su-30MKI flying over 14-15000 feet which was trying to protect a vital military installations.

Three F-16s were positioned and Two Mig-21Bis which were fast approaching for interception of this jets were already in AMRAAMs No Escape Zone (NEZ) when Both pilots were ordered to fall back by Squadron leader Minty Agarwal who was fighter control at the operation room. Abhinandan knew that both he and his wingman “Alpha-2” were in NEZ and with Radar lock warning light already lighten up in both the aircraft they had to shoot or get shot down that’s when Abhinandan decided to overfly his “Alpha-2” and go after F-16B “Alpha-3” which was positioned on his right, which by that time had already fired an AMRAAM after Mig-21 Alpha-2” made a right turn to return. Continue reading


Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which became operational in 1959 with primary aim of research and development in Aerogas turbine technology as GTRE turns 60 this year, we look into the achievements of the establishment and the work it has been doing  on development of military-grade jet engine technology and it is hard to find any of their product actually entering production or have any military applications.

Last major project taken up by the organization was the development of GTX-35VS Kaveri Engine which since 2014 has been abandoned due to lack of progress even after 30 years of being in research and development. The only major but critical program under the organization today, has been the development of small turbofan jet engine for  Nirbhay cruise missile program which is widely and easily available at the international market and can also be developed by private companies back home. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force (IAF) has quietly retired three squadrons of MiG-21 fighter-interceptor and MiG-27 ground-attack aircraft and by 2024, nearly 10 squadrons of the combined fleet will be retired but defense ministry is yet to start another process for large-scale purchase of fighter planes from abroad, Tender for 114 fighter aircraft is yet to reach RFI ( Request for Information ) Stage and according to Former Vice Chief Air Marshal R K Sharma, with this pace even final contract is only expected in the next 3-4 years and another 2-3 years for the first batch of aircraft to arrive for fleet recovery to begin.

Flip flops and multiple U-Turns by the Previous Government has ensured that only 36 aircraft were procured when air force needed 126  to fill the gap. Previous MMRCA tender was scrapped and later Single-Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender to was scrapped. Over 15 years of Indecision by the government has created a situation where IAF is retiring more fighter aircraft then it is inducting and obsolescence of front-line fighter aircraft like Su-30 due to lack of modernization also has ensured that IAF is falling behind in the region. Continue reading


With Alleged corruption claims in the procurement of 36 Rafale combat aircraft long-buried now, IAF is presently preparing its self to take deliveries of the first batch of four aircraft next month in France comes unconfirmed reports of Dassault Aviation and Indian Ministry of Defence in discussion for procurement of a bigger deal which involves 114 units of Make In India Dassault Rafale gathers pace.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Dassault Aviation has agreed to transfer production line to Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited manufacturing facility in Mihan, Nagpur located in India’s western state of Maharashtra, once it finishes the last batch of the order form French Air force in 2024, while DRAL will in charge of manufacturing components for the Dassault Rafale thus will become part of its Global Supply Chain and even export orders . Continue reading

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