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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


When India gained Independence in 1947, the pre 1947 princely states of undivided India namely Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Madhya Bharat, Mysore, Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU), Rajasthan, Saurashtra, Travancore-Cochin, and Vindhya Pradesh became a part of Dominion of India, 1947 and later Republic of India, 1950 when India became republic under the Constitution of Republic of India which was adopted on 26 November 1949 and became effective on 26 January 1950.

These 9 princely states then came to be known as ‘B States’, all governed / administered under Article 238. However in 1956, this Article 238 through 7th Constitutional Amendment was repealed. The objective is to convert these B states / Princely states into full fledged states so that Part VI of the constitution could be applied on them which deals with various executive power of the state. With the repealing of Article 238 in 1956, J&K too was among those 9 ‘B States’ which was converted from a Princely state to a full fledged state thus becoming an ‘internal matter’ of India in 1956 itself. This complemented the Instrument of Accession, 1947 which firmly established India’s ownership right over the J&K. Continue reading


5 August 2019 will go down in India’s history as one of the most talked about dates. Reason is all the more obvious as what was previously thought to be an empty election plank for being too impossible to implement was achieved with lightning speed and kept everyone guessing till the very end. The portents were there as many people all around pointed out like cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra, the troop build up in J and K but, at most the guesses were going up to some action on the front of art 35A and nobody had eventually put 370 in the dock.

But, Govt of India came out with a plan that stumped everyone and received support from a lot of political adversaries as well.  So far so good. It would now be interesting to see how things go from here on. The pros and cons of the move are debatable and are too well known in various media houses to be discussed here. I am not writing this article about discussing the history of Art 370 and how people all around India have welcomed the move. I have been tracking events all around and have few interesting dots that I would present before you to connect and then, may be understand why India has carried out this move and more importantly why now? Continue reading


According to Indian intelligence input coming across the Line of control, nearly 200 local Kashmiri from Pakistan occupied Kashmir has been picked up for arms and military training hinting at possible use of local Kashmiri speaking population has the fodder for possible cross border raids on Indian side of the Kashmir after Indian made constitutional changes to remove special status of the state which now allows New Delhi greater control of the valley.

The Pakistani military is expecting a revolt by locals against the withdrawal of the special status of the state against India but local intelligence reports which Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI has submitted to the Pakistani establishment reportedly has said that local uprising will need to be engineered with help from Pakistani side or else Indian forces will be able to take care off minor incidents of violence which pro-Pakistan supported ground workers on instruction of Hurriyat conference plan to carry out . Continue reading


With tension remaining high on the Indian subcontinent due to Pakistan’s War rhetoric after India removed Article 370 from Indian administrated Kashmir arsing distinct possibility that any future war between can be sparked leading to a major or a limited action on the ground and full-scale fighting at sea and in the air.

India enjoys a conventional superiority over the Pakistani military in direct comparison and is much better prepared to wage a long term war as seen in the Kargil sector if it is limited to one sector if it is a full-fledged war , India and Pakistan mostly will last two to three weeks at maximum for which Top five offensive weapons of India will play a crucial role which can decisively end a war without the use of nuclear weapons. Continue reading


Abolition of Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir has been propagated and played out as a well planned Evil plan of Fascist Hindu regime in India to kill Millions of Sunni dominated Muslims in the Valley to such an extent in Pakistan that their own Prime Minister doesn’t shy away from mentioning and talking in length about RSS and Hindutva that pretty clearly looks like that local below par citizens are been brainwashed into believing that what is happening in Kashmir Valley is Religious War that India has imposed on them and how it is the obligation of every Pakistani Muslim to wage a war against India for Islam.

In short battle, grounds are been prepped to wage Jihad against India while Pakistani military establishment which is more interested in running Military business and country than actually fighting a conventional war with India, will be back seat driver in this Jihad War with India, but India won’t let Pakistan Army fight from the back and full-fledged war cannot be dismissed in the near future, which brings focus on rapidly evolving development in the region and how BrahMos cruise missile will not only be part of India’s offensive capacity to inflict major damage early on in a conflict, but it could also play a subtle role in applying pressure on Pakistan. Continue reading