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SOURCE:  ANAND SG / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

5 Rafale’s or 500, Pakistan is ‘Absolutely Ready’ For India was the official answer of Pakistan’s DG ISPR when asked about their country’s answer to the Indian procurement of the Dassault Rafale. Pakistani military analysts and former Pakistan Air Force pilots are pretty much convinced that Chinese made PL-15 BVRAAMs on JF-17 Block-III fighter jets gives them an absolute edge over the Indian Dassault Rafale fighter jet because of the so-called deadly combo of alleged 200 km range of the PL-15 with AESA Radar of the JF-17 Block-III.

Off late Pakistani media with its panelist have been eager to dismiss the Rafale threat and have been boosting how capable JF-17 Block-III will be that it can take on IAF. Not many tactical arguments have been seen but the majority of the boosting has been coming from retired PAF Air Marshall Shahid Latif who was program director of the JF-17 fighter jet and was among the first pilot to ferry F-16 from the USA to Pakistan in the late ’80s.

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SOURCE: VIDHI BUBNA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

While the much anticipated Chandrayaan 2 mission (2019) successfully put an orbiter around Earth’s moon, it however failed to land its rover Pragyan on the moon’s surface, a loss not just on the scientific and economic front but one that was equally emotional and heartbreaking for every Indian.

While the country was still reeling from the loss, there came in different stories questioning the leadership in the organisation. While many might argue that the internal politics of the organisation should have nothing to do with the success or failure of any mission but the very fact that the ethics and the scientific temperament might have been undermined for personal gains or non-professional differences is something that needs to be questioned. It is also important because ISRO is one of the world’s only organisations to have achieved scientific breakthroughs and hopefully continue to do so and the intersection of politics and science at the same place might be dangerous and intellectually regressive for anyone associated with it.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

After the Trump administration cleared the sale of 66 F-16V to the Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) and also cleared the path of upgrading its current fleet of 115 F-16s jets to the Dash-5 Upgrade configuration, Reports by Tawainese media have emerged after the supply of 66 F-16V ROCAF plans to resale its 54 Dassault Mirage 2000-5EI to an existing operator due to they are expensive to maintain and ROCAF has no budget left for them to be upgraded since their induction in 1992.

Taipei’s focus on US systems at the expense of the more costly French jets has been widely criticized by the French side but Taiwanese Defence officials have acknowledged that the parts and supplies needed to maintain them were more expensive than those needed for the indigenous aircraft and the F-16s as more of the island’s shrinking defence budget was earmarked for US weapons.

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SOURCE: HIMANSU SWAIN/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

First at Galwan& now at Chushul, PLA isn’t in mood to de-escalate the military build-up across LAC. They are deliberately intensifying the heat on border after observing Indian economy facing severe GDP downfall during COVID-19 Pandemic. They will keep amplifying the rate of incursion into Indian Territory unless India Govt succumbs to CCP leadership & acknowledges them superpower in place of USA.

That’s why, they are coming with two options. Either India accepts Chinese hegemony in the world through easy way or they would exercise hard option to punish India through military assaults. They have already analysed India’s Strong points & loopholes across border & now they are preparing for assault.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistani Defence Analysts have urged Pakistani Military Establishment to capture Siachen and Kargil from India if Indo-China War breaks out when Indian forces are distracted by war on their Eastern side with China. Many Pakistani analysts see this as a Golden opportunity for the Pakistani Military Establishment to open a second front against the Indian Army to take back areas that they believe are rightfully theirs.

In 1984, Under Operation Ababeel wanted to capture g tactical high ground by controlling 70 kilometers long of the Siachen Glacier, its tributary glaciers, and three main passes of the Saltoro Ridge but the Indian Army got wind of it and launched Operation Meghdoot in April 1984 to pre-empt Operation Ababeel. 

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his recent visit to China briefed Chinese leadership about the New Political Map of Pakistan which included the whole area of the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir but had no frontier defined in Indian Ladakh sector and also later Qureshi also explained that the purpose of his recent visit was to “understand [China’s] current state of mind and gauge their stance on India”.

According to Pakistani media, Qureshi also asked Chinese support and help in Kashmir Push at the International stage and in return, the Chinese leadership has made some Pathbreaking suggestions to the Pakistani government which they think will be able to put International pressure on India. Chinese apparently have told Qureshi that the Kashmir issue is inching towards a final settlement soon and recent border clashes with India near the Galwan area were to have upper hand in settlement dialogue.

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SOURCE:  MAHESHA M / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Abhijit Iyer-Mitra a senior fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies has said that Amerian Military Analysts and fellow researchers are sure that a second aircraft had gone down in Pakistani occupied Kashmir (POK) last year along with Mig-21Bis which was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who was later ejected and was captured in POK.

Even though they don’t agree with IAF claim that it was an American build F-16 but rather seems to be convinced that it was a Chinese build JF-17 in the vicinity which was shot down. Varthaman had confirmed that it was an IRST seeker of the R-73 missile which confirmed a lock of a target which is why he had fired the missiles, 30 seconds prior he was shot down by an F-16 with an AIM-120C-5 AMRAAM.

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SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

When Democratic Party’s presidential nominee Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate this week a wave of excitement swept through India. Her heritage gave the Indian public cause to celebrate but not much cheer was seen from the present dispensation in the power corridors of India which have largely remained mum and in past have supported the current President Donald Trump.

Jeremy Bowling an American Political Analyst who sides with India on American foreign policies has warned Indian-American communities in the states against voting her just based on Indian Heritage connection which she has for long didn’t associate her self with and vocally considers her self as Black-American. Bowling believes that Kamala Harris almost joined the “the Squad” which has hardcore Pro-Islamic members of Congress like Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib who have many times expressed their Anti-India and Pro-Islamic Views.

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SOURCE: VIDHI BUBNA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi,in his Independence Day address to the nation called for an ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat, or a self-reliant India. Modi’s ambition is to make India – ‘make for the world’ and to frame the Indian intent to emerge as an alternative to China on the world stage by contributing to the world economy. According to the Indian Prime Minister “How will a country export raw materials, and then import finished products?” The concept of ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat was developed by the Narendra Modi government in the aftermath of the COVID 19 pandemic and an economic package of ?21 lakh crores was announced in May to strengthen and contribute to a self-reliant economy.

The recent India-China border tensions have set the impetus for reduced dependence of imports, especially from China and encourage consumption of locally made products. The government has started taking steps toward this by placing curbs on imports including on 101 defence related items as well as restrictions on imports of television.

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SOURCE: VIDHI BUBNA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

India’s relation with its neighbouring nations in the last few years has been weak. Even after multiple treaties and projects lined up, most of the South Asian countries and some countries in the East have already started favouring China for cooperation and stability through the medium of trade and agreements.

Maldives however, seems to be that rare country to unequivocally support India, especially with the advent of President Ibrahim M. Solih in 2018 who has since been a close ally of Narendra Modi and under whose presidentship, India has invested a whopping $2 billion, including all loan and grant projects. Solih in the last one and half years has acted on an ‘India First’ policy approach (unlike his predecessor Yameen, who supported China), a diplomatically welcoming and optimistic response to India’s ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy.

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SOURCE: TUSHKAR SHIRODKAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG.

Year After End of 370 and 35A, People have lost count of the number of times Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan tweeted and talked about an imminent Indian false Flag attack in India to be blamed on Pakistan to start a full-scale war against Pakistan which has not happened in last one year of full-blown propaganda created specifically for International intervention in Kashmir.

Imran Khan continues rants for over a year about imminent Indian false Flag attack in India was not only royally ignored at the International levels but also harmed Pakistan’s ties with many Islamic countries who sensed that Pakistan’s claims of War like situation on borders and so-called massacre in Kashmir by Indian forces have turned out to be pure propaganda which doesn’t deserve unwanted attention as claimed by Pakistan.

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SOURCE: VISHAL KARPE / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

New Political Map of Pakistan might come as a rude wake-up call to the Kashmir separatist who always aspired to be independent of India and Pakistan to create a new country in the region to be self-ruled. Pakistan has demolished its myth which it had created in the International circle that the Rights of Kashmiris for self-determination is what the world can’t ignore for long but will Political Map stunt by Political novice Imran Khan has now reduced it to India and Pakistan land dispute with Kashmiri out of the equation.

Did Imran Khan walk into Modi Trap?, It seems like since after scanning Pakistani media over last few days and not many Pakistani Political experts on Kashmir were able to explain the logic behind including Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir in the Map and how it is going to benefit them in the larger things to come in future. Pakistan for long had tried to equate Kashmir with Palestine issue but new Political map has removed any plans for self-ruled Kashmir out of the equation which only helps India who can show the International community that whole drama was only to acquire Indian side of areas while it has no plans to give Kashmirs self-rule option. Continue reading

SOURCE: HIMANSU SWAIN/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently an article published on a prominent international newspaper where an author precisely narrated China’s intentions behind Galwan Valley clash & the current ongoing stand-off along LAC. If we simplify Chinese narrative “China wants India to curtail strategic military partnership with USA, Withdraw from Indo-Pacific group, QUAD, LSA, COMCASA & abrogate Military exercises with US military including Malabar exercise. India should endorse Chinese leadership & hegemony in South Asia & succumb its sovereignty over Gilgit-Baltistan & POK by joining OBOR (CPEC). RCEP, gives up Arunachal Pradesh if it doesn’t want to get hurt by China on Himalayas.

Chinese doesn’t like India to be a competitor to them in near future which would pose a security threat to their interest in South Asia as well as in Indian Ocean. Therefore, a weak India makes china play their game in comfort zone. As Chinese believe themselves belong to a superior race, they want Indian PM to bow his head down before their supreme leader to accept their legacy like former PM Manmohan Singh did. India should make CPC happy even it takes to sign free trade agreement with them& hand over 100% FDI to Chinese companies in all 9 major core sectors so that communist can exploit India’s natural resources”. Continue reading

SOURCE: NARAYAN APTE/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Junagadh a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat, nearly 200 km away from the border with Pakistan caught many Indians poor knowledge and background history of the area when Pakistan government announced new Political maps recently which included the former princely territory of 160 km² area ruled by the Muslim Babi dynasty in British India.

Jinnah’s Queen, King, and Pawn’s theory were well explained by then Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, where Jinnah eyed King (Hyderabad), Queen (Kashmir) and the pawn (Junagadh) as areas which will expand further areas of Pakistan over what was already agreed as per partition terms. Many years later Junagadh and Hyderabad continued to be showcased in Pakistan’s Political map and somewhere in the mid-’70s, Pakistan quietly gave up claims on the former princely state of Hyderabad, which was in the heart of India, while political map still carried Junagadh but since it was missing from the administrative maps of Pakistan not many Indian knew about it. Continue reading

SOURCE: DINESH BEHARA P / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Aerial refueling is a process of transferring fuel from a refueling aircraft (usually called as Tanker) to other military aircrafts (referred to as receiver aircrafts). It is also sometimes called as in-flight refueling (IFR) or air-to-air refueling (AAR). Tankers are considered as Force multipliers since they give tactical advantages[1].

In some cases, range and load become a dilemma as these two depend on fuel. If an aircraft takes off with high payload then there is a considerable drain of fuel affecting the combat range but Aerial Refueling can allow an aircraft to take-off with maximum payload, once airborne the aircraft can be topped up thereby increasing the combat range. Sometimes, high speed is important for a mission, Aerial Refueling can eliminate such low fuel concerns [1]. To understand the advantages of Aerial Refueling in simple words consider that time taken to land, refuel, and again to take-off is reduced, hence the mission time can be increased. The refueling systems are mainly of two types, Continue reading