My Take


Recent Aerial battle might come has shake-up to Indian air force when Beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) armed on Mig-21 and Sukhoi-Su 30MKI fighter jets just couldn’t be engaged due to lack of clearance from the missile system.R-27 + R77 AAM Combo on the Sukhoi-Su 30MKI could not be engaged since it was clearly out of range of the missile system and Mig-21Bis was having a hard time getting a radar lock with his R-77 AAM which forced him to switch to an R-73 Withing visual Range AAM in manual mode for which he had to get closer to its target resulting in giving getting an F-16 at cost of losing his Mig-21Bis over Line of Control.

In short, IAF urgently needs modern Beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) even though most of its Interceptor fleets like Mig-21, Mig-29, and Sukhoi-30MKI are armed with R-27 and R-77 BVRAAMs but the recent aerial battle clearly shows that IAF urgently needs to upgrade its Air-to-air missile fleet and exactly that is gonna happen by end of this year, which can shift the BVRAAM End Game in the region for Indian Air Force. Continue reading


All mighty Pakistani ISPR seems, is yet to make up its mind on usage of Pakistan Air Force F-16 fighter jet against India after its repeated flip-flops and u-turns now ISPR is now saying that F-16s might have been used to shot down a Mig-21Bis fighter jet but then kill has been credited to JF-17 fighter jet which Pakistan assembles locally in the country and was designed and developed by China.

Interestingly India has claimed only 4 F-16 had breached Line of control and was used to shot down one Mig-21Bis which crashed on the other side of the line of control while chasing an F-16 which was shot down by the Mig-21 pilot who was later shot down by his wing man. While India had positioned Two Sukhoi-30MKI farthest from the scene of action to protect its vital military installations, F-16 fired 3-4 AMRAAMs at its longest engagement range which were easily dodged by the one Sukhoi-30MKI using onboard Jammers and super maneuverability. Continue reading


It not once but almost numerous time now that Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has told his countrymen that once Lok Sabha elections in India is over and new regime takes over, Pakistan’s relationship with India will improve drastically even though popular perception in India has been that current Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to get his second term maybe with lower seats to the lower house of the Indian parliament .

While Indian media doesn’t think it necessary for them to ask few questions to Prime Minister aspirant Rahul Gandhi on his Kashmir or Pakistan policy in any of his press conferences what’s even more strange is that Rahul Gandhi is not openly talking about Pakistan in his elections rallies nor his action plan on how he plans to tackle Pakistan on terrorism nor how he plans to tackle terror attacks in Kashmir . Continue reading


It was in September 2016, Joint Space Operations Center which is the organization responsible for performing all of the orbit determination activity necessary to maintain the US space catalog reported that they have identified a debris-generating event near India’s RISAT-1 and said that nearly 16 pieces were identified and Cause of this event remained unknown, yet ISRO responded by saying that RISAT-1 had some anomalies but was functioning normally.

In July 2017, RISAT-1 was declared non-operational by ISRO and also was taken out of active Satellite list without much explanation why the satellite was pulled out and reports of debris spotted around the satellite actually belonged to the satellite itself and if true what caused them in the first place? Since ISRO never officially acknowledged they were any issues with RISAT-1 or why it was pulled out of service and why debris was found near it. it’s hard to say that this event had nothing to do with DRDO getting clearance to develop its own Anti-Satellite Missile System around the same time period in 2016-17. Continue reading


Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) will get a new name soon and it will be no longer called as Tejas Mk-2 after it went through major redesign changes due to which the ADA and IAF are very keen to not to tag it as Tejas Mk-2 which was light combat class fighter jet. With Maximum Takeoff the weight of 17.5 tonnes it is a totally new beast and deserves a new name which likely to be selected when the first aircraft makes it to air in 2022-23.

Wind tunnel testing of Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) scale model already has been completed and final design freeze happened last year in December and will finally move to the metal cutting stage by end of this year and already HAL has started the process to procure assembly jigs for the first aircraft.

ADA has confirmed that unlike LCA-Tejas program there will not be any Technology Demonstrators (Phase-1) nor any prototype aircraft (Phase-II) of MWF and instead there will be four Pre-production aircraft. First Two of the four Pre-production aircraft will be of Initial Operation Clearance (IOC) configuration and the last two will be of final Operation Clearance (IOC) configuration. Direct development of Pre-production aircraft will help reduce development timeline and also accelerate flight testing and trial phase so that from the first flight of the first pre-production MWF aircraft till it cleared for production, whole program can be rounded up in five years time. Continue reading


United States Airforce dispatched RC-135S Cobra Ball aircraft, hours after India tested its first ASAT Anti-Satellite missile yesterday.RC-135S is the go-to aircraft of the US Administration deployed to collect optical and electronic data on ballistic targets. RC-135S was dispatched from US military facility in Diego Garcia Islands in the central Indian Ocean at 23.30 hours for an undisclosed mission in the Bay of Bengal, supported by a USAF KC-135R aerial tanker which after mid-air refueling returned to Diego Garcia.

RC-135S Cobra Ball aircraft is equipped with a sophisticated array of optical and electronic sensors which are largely used to collect data which is critical to arms treaty compliance verification, and development of U.S. strategic defense and theater missile defense concepts. Continue reading


Recently at Aero India 2019, ADA for the first time disclosed it’s intentions to develop a Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) based on its LCA-Tejas design elements but it will be, completely new program with little or no major technology borrowed from its predecessor Tejas Mk1/1A and more of its technologies will be borrowed from India’s 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program which has been under research and development for much longer time then MWF.

According to Dr. Girish Deodhare who is Chief of Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), the nodal agency in charge of MWF and AMCA fighter development program. Development of MWF was convinced only in 2014-15 period and the whole platform was redesigned and the previous Mk-2 design concept which was just Mk1 air frame with 0.5m fuselage plug has been discarded to allow the platform to be classified as a Medium class aircraft. Continue reading


Twitter was abuzz yesterday morning after some Netizens from Pakistan claimed to have heard some sound of firing and Pakistani Military soon announced NOTAM from 03.00 AM to 08.00 AM and all flights were suspended and major English media outlets only mentioned that there was an “operational incident ” at the airport due to which it was partially closed without going in to further details.

Video posted by a Pakistani twitter handle had suggested that an aircraft had caught fire since no details were provided by Pakistani Military into the alleged accident dubbed as “operational incident ” leading to speculation from both side of the border that Pakistani air force jet had something do with it but since it was commercial airport and was not used as an airbase by PAF, but something did happen according to many locals around 02.00 to 02.30 am in the morning which was the cause of partial closure. Continue reading


Aero India 2019 Came as big surprise to many and star attraction, of course, was Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) aka AF-Tejas Mk2 which now gets major upgrades to its design, features, and capabilities that LCA-Navy MK2 which was also showcased completely missed media attention even when the LCA-Navy Mk2 revealed major changes to the design over LCA-Navy Mk1 that it now can be called as a Clean Slate program which now has been, further optimized for aircraft carrier operations.

LCA-Navy Mk2 program is a Naval fighter jet which now comes with several improved features over Tech Demonstrator Navy-LCA Mk1 and major changes being no more Levcons, instead, it now comes with vortex flaps for reducing approach speed and the introduction of TailPlanes (Stabilators) as additional surfaces for improved control and performance. Continue reading


Two Postponements of Crucial Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile has attracted vultures in the air who are keen to see the long-delayed program doesn’t make it to the production stage and latest country to offer Indian cruise missile technology seems to have come from Americans who have offered India its latest Block IV long-range, subsonic Tomahawk cruise missile for Anti Ship and Land Attack operations.

Russians were the first to offer there famed 3M-54 Kalibr sea-launched cruise missile to Indian Navy and with reports of Land-attack variant also under development in Russia, India is likely to be offered a new export variant too in near future suggests new media reports. Continue reading



Pakistani Propaganda Trolls started posting picture of 4 Air to Air Missile allegedly recovered from Mig-21Bis which was shot down by Pakistani F-16 last month. Two R-77 and Two R-73 displayed in the picture was presented as a proof that Mig-21Bis which had claimed to fire an R-73 Air-to-Air Missile which brought down a Pakistani F-16 were found intact so claims of India bringing down an F-16 was Fake and Twitter Poster also tagged many Prominent Indian Defence Analysts to Burst Indian claims.

Mig-21 Bis in its Combat Air Patrol (CAP) Weapons load always carries Two R-73 and Two R-77 Air-to-Air missiles and a drop-tank on its center-line hard point so hence proved no missile was fired so no F-16 was lost was the argument made, But the move seems to have backfired soon and the Pakistani Propaganda Trolls not only deleted the post but also deleted his account after Prominent Indian Defence Analysts in their collective conclusion said that propellant and warhead sections which are missing in the R-73 displayed in the right was indeed fired upon towards a target as claimed by the Mig-21bis and all Pakistan could do was showcase seeker head and some parts of the tail. Continue reading


Poster of BrahMos-NG-Tejas Combo at Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) to be held in Malaysia, showcases things to come if RMAF Selects LCA-Tejas Mk1 fighter jets for its LCA Requirements of 12 jets. New BrahMos NG is a lighter version of the Heavier BrahMos-A supersonic missile currently under development and will first be integrated with the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas.

NG version will be much faster, capable of reaching speeds of up to 3.5 Mach from previous 2.9 Mach and will have a range of 290km. Each LCA-Tejas will be able to carry a maximum of two missiles. Continue reading


Chinese designed and Pakistani manufactured JF-17 fighter jet will not be participating in Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) to be held in Malaysia even though JF-17 is one of the contenders for the supply of 12 (initial) +24 (follow-on) jets for Malaysian light combat aircraft (LCA) requirement for which it has already received requests for information (RFI).

Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) issued the RFIs in January this year and Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) offcials were asked by RMAF Air Chief for JF-17 demonstration at LIMA 2019, last year in November which initially was agreed upon. Continue reading


In the Second set of evidence given by Indian Air Force to the Indian Government, contains complete flight path of the ill-fated F-16B/D which crossed the line of control and was later shot down by the Mig-21Bis flown by the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with a single R-73 Withing visual Range Heat seeking Missile.

Israeli manufactured Phalcon Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW) aircraft which was airborne even before 24 Pakistani jets were airborne had recorded signature of the F-16 pretty much early in its flight path and was monitoring it till the moment it crossed back LOC and was later shot down by the chasing Indian Mig-21Bis. Continue reading


Indian Air force Engineers are convinced that some of the pictures shown by the Pakistani military as those of drowned Indian Mig-21Bis flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman don’t belong to the Mig-21 engine and to verify those pictures an old retired Tumansky R-25-300 after-burning turbojet engine of another retired Mig-21 was stripped and compared with few pictures at the Pathankot Air Force Station recently.

IAF has submitted a detail report to the government of India after old and new hand (Retired and Active Engineers ) took a detail look at the pictures and at the several parts of the Mig-21 engines to identify some parts which were passed on as the wreckage of Indian jet. Continue reading