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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

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

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

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The Netra airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft flying well within inside Indian Airspace was the operational brain that guided Indian Air Force’s 12 Mirage 2000-5 fighter jet which was used to bomb multiple camps operated by the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot and in other areas. Operational success and continues use of Netra AEW&C for providing surveillance and radar coverage in the area has improved image of the aircraft among Top brass of IAF who always favored bigger AWACS platform with longer radar coverage and platform range that DRDO is now planning to offer upgraded Netra AEW&C Radar package on new platform to IAF.

While DRDO is working on Bigger ” AWACS INDIA ” program which will use a bigger platform like Airbus A-330 wide-body jets, DRDO has approached IAF and has offered upgraded Netra AEW&C Radar package which can be mounted on an Airbus C295 tactical air-lifter which now will be manufactured by Airbus-Tata locally in India soon. Continue reading

SOURCE: MANJUNATH REDDY/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

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

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

General Electric Company which previously supplied engines for India’s Tejas Mk1 fighter jet has recently offered to supply F414 Enhanced Engines to power India’s upcoming Medium Weight Fighter (MWF), and 5th Generation AMCA fighter jet program. According to reliable industry sources close to idrw.org, ADA officials were officially briefed by GE Officials on F414 Enhanced Engines and how it can be incorporated into e F414-INS6 engines selected by ADA for Previous MKII version of the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft.

According to GE Aviation, F414 Enhanced Engine incorporates additional technical advancements that can be retrofitted into the existing engines like F414 engines at much lower ownership cost. GE till now has supplied ADA with Eight F414-INS6 engines which generate 98kN Class of Wet Thrust but F414 Enhanced Engine can generate 116 kN Class of Wet Thrust with 1% improved fuel burn over F414-INS6 engines with negligible weight gain. Continue reading

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

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