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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

According to confirmed media reports, Nirbhay subsonic land-attack cruise missile tested today by India, was powered by Russian NPO Saturn 36MT mini turbofan engines and not by the indigenously developed Manik mini turbofan engine. The missile covered 650km in 42.3-minute fight duration and performance pre-set trajectory and maneuvered as low as five meters to a range of 2.5km during it’s entire flight regime .

This is for the first time the missile flew such low, which in military terms is called as Tree top level of flying to remain under radar coverage but it also demonstrated that it posses anti-ship capability by flying close to 10 min or nearly 150 km at such low altitude which is a record for any local weapons itself. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

Indian Air Force (IAF) is likely to push competing vendors in India’s air force tender for supply of 114 fighter jet to offer next-generation air to air missile if they want to be taken seriously with an option for local assembly of this missile system. According to reliable Industrial sources close to idrw.org, key decisions were taken in a recent meeting by high ranking officials of IAF and Government which will also push for integration of local Air-to-Air missile weapons systems like Astra and SFDR and local maintenance and assembly of other BVR-AAMs which will come with the weapons package.

MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile is already offered with Dassault Rafale, Euro-fighter Typhoon, and Gripen-E and is already procured by India for 36 Dassault Rafale ordered in the off shelf deal with France. European MBDA has limited the sale of Meteor BVR-AAM to only European manufactured fighter jet and has declined to integrate them with Russian manufactured Sukhoi-Su-30MKI and Indian made LCA-Tejas Mk1A fighter jets. Continue reading

SOURCE: NITIN GUPTA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Su-30s were the Bigfish which Pakistani Airforce wanted to kill to win a propaganda war and establish superiority myth over Indian air force but instead lost an F-16 in the process to an inferior Mig-21 in the latest dogfight between two nuclear-armed neighbors which came nearly after 40 years from their last war. Upgraded Mig-21 known as ” Bis” snuck up and was positioned in a way by the ground operators that F-16 while busy trying to kill a Su-30 that it completely forgot about the small fish which chased one F-16 with an R-73 missile and went for the kill.

Su-30s are not only front line fighter jets of the Indian air force but also the poster child of the IAF and knocking one down will not only dent the morals of the rivals but also come as great propaganda for their own personals who were wary of the jet, this is the reason that F-16 pilots in recent dogfight largely focused on a Su-30 which was nearly 60km away from the pack of F-16s who tried for a kill using multiple rounds of long-range air to air missile. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Gun Carriage Factory recently handed over 5 of the 114 guns that the Army had ordered and Indian Army is already transporting them to Line of Control (LOC) to beef up Army capabilities at the border with the Pakistan. The Army will induct one complete Dhanush regiment, with 18 guns, by the end of this year and 155mm x 45mm artillery guns like Dhanush are increasingly required to supplement firepower provided by Bofors guns to retaliate against shelling by the Pakistan Army along the LoC in the current round of confrontation.

Dhanush has a hitting range of 11 km more than the original Bofors gun and is equipped with an inertial navigation-based sighting system, auto-laying facility, onboard ballistic computation and an advanced day and night direct firing system. Dhanush Weights less than 13 tonnes, with has a high ground clearance of 400 mm, ‘Dhanush’ is the “most maneuverable artillery system” and can be easily deployed in mountainous terrain. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

What could come as a major boost to the Indian Air Force and it’s Sukhoi-Su30MKI fleet, IAF is set to receive the first batch of Astra Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVR-AAM) from India’s state-owned missile maker Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) by end of this year, informed reliable industrial sources close to idrw.org. BDL last year received pre-induction orders for 50 Astra BVR-AAMs and with the help of 50 private and public sector industries involved in development and production of the different subsystems of the Air-to-Air missile, BDL is confident to start deliveries of the first batch by end of 2019.

DRDO along with IAF concluded nearly 13 rounds of trials in 2017-18 in multi-target engagements at different altitudes and combat scenarios before Astra BVR-AAM was cleared by the IAF for pre-production. DRDO had described trials as a combination of complex tests for engagement of unmanned targets in different modes of maneuvering, off-bore sight, at medium and long ranges. The missiles were telemeter-ed for evaluation of the online performance of all sub-systems, especially the data-link, RF seeker and proximity fuse for end-game performance. Continue reading

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

European weapons maker MBDA recently refused to allow integration of their Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) into India’s Russian origin Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet, leaving India with very few choices now, to upgrade its Air-to-Air Missile arsenal for its front-line Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet with the new bread of very long range air-to-air missile which can provide a credible edge over Pakistan after recent aerial dogfight where IAF had to rely on Short range R-73 Air to air missile to take down Pakistani F-16 after R-77 BVRAAM couldn’t be engaged due to lack of firing clearance from the missile system.

Controversial R-77 is still a highly modern and much-feared air to air missile system armed on almost all Russian origin fighter jets in Indian arsenal but missile system is also aging rapidly and IAF now is clearly favoring locally developed Astra air-to-air missile over R-77 but Astra can only act as a supplement to R-77 arsenal and actually doesn’t supersede its performance which is still limited with range of 75-90 km in head-on chase due to which DRDO has started development of Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) air to air missile program which will have Meteor missile long range performance in excess of 150km but that is still far from ready for production and might take nearly 5-7 years more to be cleared of all trials. Continue reading

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

IAF recently showed evidence in Radar Pictures of formation of 3 F-16 against one Mig-21 in aerial battle which took place in the month of February where a Mig-21Bis of Indian Air Force shot down a Pakistani F-16 before it was shot down by Second F-16 later both inside Pakistan occupied Kashmir. Phalcon airborne warning and control system (AWACS) A-50EI aircraft, was airborne when close to four F-16 breached LOC and nearly 24 Pakistani jets were in the vicinity when the operations were launched and the whole sequence of events was recorded by the powerful EL/W-2090 radar system developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Elta Electronics Industries of Israel.

In the first series of evidence showcased by IAF were the images shown above, IAF also claimed it has further evidence of voice interceptions on the ground and in the air which confirms that one aircraft presumably an F-16 was shot down and the event was recorded by Phalcon AWACS which have designed and developed by Israel which nearly operates 200 F-16s in its own fleet and have helped India build library of Radar signature of F-16 database, making it very difficult for Pakistani F-16 to go undetected over Indian airspace but that evidence was not enough for some armchair Pakistani defense analysts who were quick to dismiss them and instead came up with new theories which are even more bizarre than claims of captured Israeli Pilot and JF-17 taking down Su-30 Continue reading

SOURCE:  JOYDEEP GHOSH / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

It’s now a well-known fact that Tejas Mk1/LCA that has been over 35 years in the making is a woefully short of being able to be declared as combat ready fighter jet.  Its developers DRDO’s ADA/ADE still haven’t been able to deliver the perfect jet to the end user IAF. This has resulted in various versions; one is IOC version (20 jets are to be developed) and second is FOC version (20 jets are to be developed); all powered by GE 404 engine.

But these jets are still way of the mark, bcoz these jets wont/don’t have RWR or MAWS or OBOGS, which basically means these 40 jets will be sitting ducks in a hostile environment, and will be only suitable for flying only in friendly air space. This also means that these 40 jets are only suitable as LIFT (Lead In Fighter Trainer) or their trainer versions as SPORT (Supersonic Omni Role Trainer Aircraft). Continue reading

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

Why should it be so difficult for the Pakistani air force to admit that it lost one of it F-16 against vastly inferior Indian Mig-21 recently? It isn’t for the first time anywhere in the world that an F-16 has been lost in a dogfight and the fact remains that on Oct. 1996, a HAF Mirage 2000 fired an R.550 Magic II air to air missile that shot down a Turkish F-16D that had violated the Greek airspace so why it is so difficult for most of the Pakistani citizens to believe that their larger then life F-16 can actually be shot down and it is not for the first time Pakistani air force tried to claim no loss fakery which it even tried after end of the 1971 war with India.

Pakistani Army’s Instrument of Surrender happened on 16 December 1971 and a new country called as Bangladesh was created with help of the Indian Army. Pakistani air force some in the Pakistani army said was fighting its own war, mostly to wage a propaganda war against Indian air force by largely concentrating its interception missions within its own airspace and limiting aerial supports for its own troops and a negligible amount of missions across the Indian border. when IAF claimed that it has brought down multiple numbers of PAF’s latest acquisition which was Mirage-III fighter jets from France after the war, PAF refused to acknowledge any loss and instead launched a major propaganda campaign asked then IAF chief come visit and count them in person. Continue reading

SOURCE:  ABHOY ROY / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

 

 

The recent test of Prithvi Defence Vehicle MkII aka Anti-satellite weapons (ASAT) Missile test by India, for the first time, gave sneak peek into India’s Secret K Missile Family which is associated with the development of India’s Underwater Submarine-launched ballistic missile which for years now has remained under the wraps and even operational completing India’s nuclear triad.

It is now confirmed that Stage I and Stage II of the PDV-MkII (ASAT) Missile have been borrowed from India’s longest ranged Submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) called K-4 which according to DRDO officials has a range of 3500-5000km and already has gone through several rounds of secret underwater trials and now is operational onboard INS Arihant, India’s first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine. Continue reading

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

listen from 0.40 seconds till 1.27 seconds of the video 
Major General Asif Ghafoor who is the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), chief spokesperson of Pakistan Armed Forces in an interview given to a 24 hours Urdu language news and current affairs television channel ” Dunya News ” from Pakistan which was uploaded on Youtube on 5th March 2019 had said that after India’s aggression on 26th of February we had responded on 27th February shot down two fighter jets of Indian air force and one of their (IAF) pilot died and one was captured and one pilot who was in their custody was realized.

Ghafoor on 27th February itself in his press briefing on National media had said that One Indian pilot has been captured and another Indian pilot who was injured was admitted to a Combined Military Hospital (CMH) which are operated by the Pakistan Army. Two different statements at two different dates confirm that so-called second pilot which even Prime Minister Imran Khan had mentioned in his speech to Country didn’t disappear into thin air but actually was dead F-16 pilot who was shot down by the Indian Mig-21 flown by the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman that day. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After spending nearly 15 days in Langkawi International Maritime & Aerospace Exhibition in Malaysia, Two Tejas fighter jet along with IAF contingent will be heading back to India with fuel stops in Myanmar and then back to Kolkata said official twitter handle of Indian Airforce.

IAF’s IL-76 and C-130J aircraft landed at Langkawi, Malaysia yesterday to ferry back, ground crew and a team of HAL engineers who were part of the IAF contingent at LIMA 2019. Tejas fighter jet was part of the static display as well as performed daily sorties at the Airshow & captivated the audience with a scintillating performance. Continue reading

SOURCE: ANANT BHASKAR PANDEY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

As post Pulwama attack reply Balakot Air Strikes and the Pakistani stupid aggression against India, using their American F16’s against India, and the Lockheed F16 Being shot down by yesteryear MIG 21 with its CCM R Series short range missile, the question of India buying the F series American Fighter jets is over, as no Indian government would ever risk to come under serious attack from the opposition and the common man for buying such defeated fighters especially with its lone AIM 120 series missiles which have been proven outdated by the already outdated Russian R Series Missiles.

As Americans would not allow any other missile to be integrated with their Fighters and share the radar source codes for integration; and Indian Air Force will not be very keen on buying the AIM 120 series onboard Lockheed martin F16’s or the Boeing F18’s, as both will come with the same defeated AIM120. Continue reading

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

Well, I had predicted it nearly a month ago in my previous report to idrw.org (Mig-21 vs F-16: Pentagon can literally force count Pakistani F-16 fleet, But will they ??) how Arms lobbyists most likely will give a clean chit to Pakistani air force only to save their business interests.US Publications reported as per their sources that Pentagon officials visited Pakistan and conducted an audit of all the F-16s procured by Pakistan from the United States and found over the weeks of the audit process that all F-16s were accounted for and no F-16 was lost to Indian Mig-21Bis as claimed by the Indian air force.

An unnamed source is now the flag bearer of the truth peddled by US Publications which didn’t reveal how and when the audit was conducted and if that also included ex-Jordanian F-16 procured directly by Pakistan from Jordan and if AIM-120C-5 missile debris recovered by India actually was sold to Pakistan or did they also audited count of AIM-120C-5 missile inventory which all remain unanswered. Continue reading

SOURCE:  RAVI PAI / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

After spectacular flying display at Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition (LIMA) 2019, which won praise from all quarters of the crowd and visiting military delegation of various countries, Two LCA-Tejas are staying back for evaluation by a team from Royal Malaysian Airforce personal for possible sale of them under Malaysian Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) tender for 18+18 jets in near future.

Request for Information (RFI) was sent to several companies in January and their respective offerings were, Korea Aerospace Industries FA-50 Golden Eagle, Italy’s Leonardo with its M-346FA Master, the Chinese-Pakistani JF-17 Thunder, and India’s HAL Tejas. Under LCA tender, RMAF plans to replace it’s aging Hawk Mk108/208 which are used to as an advanced training aircraft for transitional courses to teach pilots to fly fighter aircraft but also plays the main role in maintaining the safety and sovereignty of the country’s air space. Continue reading