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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

” In a time of war, truth is always replaced by propaganda “, After being caught pants down by the United States and India on use of 8 F-16 post-Balakot airstrikes, new images have surfaced on Internet where Two PAF JF-17s have been shown with Kill marks of Su-30MKI and Mig-21Bis which has been used to further their lie that F-16s were not used in air battle with India even though debris of the AMRAAM fired were recovered and seriel match confirming it belonged to Pakistani F-16 fleet.

PAF awarded Mig-21Bis kill to wing commander Nauman Ali Khan who was flying F-16 (Tail No 731) but kill marks have emerged on Chinese made JF-17s which lacked any such capabilities to fire American made AMRAAMs. Second Fake Kill claimed of Su-30MKI by Squadron leader Hasan Siddiqui flying F-16B (Tail No 606) loaned from Combat Commanders School (CCS) also has been awarded to another JF-17 aircraft. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

As per reports coming in Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be producing its Company-owned Su-30MKI aircraft to be used as Test-Bed for locally developed technologies and also for indigenous upgradation of the vast fleet of the Su-30MKI in service with the Indian Air Force (IAF).

Harsh Vardhan Thakur, Test Pilot with HAL was first to confirm this development but this is not the first time HAL has owned a jet that was produced by it. HAL owns Hawk Mk132 trainer also known as Hawk-i which is been used to test locally designed and developed mission computer and data transfer units along with indigenous Real-Time Operating System (RTOS). Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

SCREEN GRAB OF Bell 206B JetRanger III CAUGHT ON VIDEO SHOT IN POK

SCREEN GRAB OF Bell 206B JetRanger III CAUGHT ON VIDEO SHOT IN POK

Former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa while speaking at the third edition of coveted Military Literature Festival (MLF) at Lake Club, Chandigarh said that Bell 206B JetRanger III Utility helicopter belonging to the Pakistan Army Aviation Corps was spotted heading towards south of Kotli and away from the Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s location towards F-16 crash site to pick up its pilot.

Indian Army Jawans at the ground at spotted the helicopter and video coming from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) had caught Bell 206B JetRanger III flying at an ultra low-level altitude immediately after F-16 was shot down by the Mig-21Bis flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

After Prime Minister, Raja Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) while addressing a ceremony in Muzaffarabad said ” He may be the last Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (POK) ” which created lot panic and controversy due to his statement in POK. Puppet Govt of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) has started dropping ‘Azad’ from Azad Jammu & Kashmir and the first instance of which was renamed from ” Azad Jammu & Kashmir Management Group ” to”Jammu & Kashmir Administrative Service” indicating the nefarious design of Pakistani establishment and its Prime minister.

According to some Pakistani defense analysts, Gilgit-Baltistan and Jammu & Kashmir (POK) might be declared 5th and 6th province of Pakistan soon. Gilgit-Baltistan and POK since 1947 have been neither a province nor self-administered area in the region but after India’s abolition of Special status to the Indian side of J&K, Pakistan has been trying to force India to restore Article 370 and Article 35A without much success from the International community. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Five successful test-flights of air-to-air missile Astra from Sept 16-19, over the Bay of Bengal off Odisha coast earlier this year has cleared the path for a bulk order of the missile system with DRDO and along with 50 other public and private organizations which are part of the supply line of the missile system.

According to reports coming in and as per information provided to idrw.org. IAF is close to ink a deal for 200 Astra Mk1 long-range air-to-air missiles with a range of 100 km and equipped with modern guidance and navigation techniques for its Sukhoi-30 MKI platform which has seen successful integration and trials in combat mode. Continue reading

SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Jetlease Palm Beach which is the largest private aircraft leasing company in the world is selling 80’s made F-16A/B Fighting Falcon acquired from Jordan for sale at a unit price of $8.5 million per unit, which according to the company has not been demilitarized and is Block 20 Mid-Life-Update jets which can be put back into service if required.

The chatter in the Pakistani defense community is that Pakistan Air Force (PAF) might or already have approached Jetlease Palm Beach to purchase this jet and along with other three similar jets that are with the company and are for sale. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (POK) while addressing a ceremony in Muzaffarabad Thursday made a statement that ” He may be the last Prime Minister of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (POK) ” which unleashed widespread panic among residents of POK about a possible move by Islamabad for permanent disintegration and division of the disputed state.

Opposition parties in POK have saif that “It is a very dangerous statement which seems reflective of the division of Kashmir” and asked for clarifications from him. Raja Farooq Haider Khan recently had lambasted Pakistani military and PM Imran Khan Niazi for being mute spectators after India abolished special autonomous status to the Indian side of the Kashmir. Continue reading

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

Russia and India have agreed to lease an Akula class submarine to the Indian Navy for 10 years to be inducted as Chakra III possibly from 2025 onwards to replace the Chakra II submarine already in service with Indian Navy from 2012. K-322 Kashalot which was commissioned in the pacific fleet of Russia in 1988 is much older submarine than the current Chakra II in service with India but will come equipped with modern systems.

Amur Shipyard will be in charge of overhaul and modernization of the K-322 Kashalot before it is delivered to India in 2025. according to Russian media reports K-322 Kashalot has been in Amur Shipyard from 2014 for a major overhaul but was held up due to lack of funds. Russia had offered India K-322 Kashalot in 2015 to replace Chakra II which will complete its 10-year lease in 2022. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

The Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) official has confirmed idrw.org that Medium Weight Fighter or (MWF) won’t be having Technology demonstrator aircraft nor PV (Prototype Vehicle) aircraft in its initial development stage and instead the first aircraft for which metal cutting will start from next year to be ready for first flight by 2024 will be Limited Series Production (LSP) standard aircraft with Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) configuration.

LCA-Tejas Mk1 program had Two TD aircraft which demonstrated basic technologies like flight characters and controls and later the program moved to PV stage under which 5 aircraft were produced to fast track developmental phase where aircraft came with some of the technologies required for a combat aircraft the last phase saw the construction of 8 LSP standard aircraft where pre-production aircraft had almost all the technologies requested by the user for final production model. Continue reading

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

Right after India’s Defense Ministries recent procurement of 464 T-90 tanks from Russia in a deal worth over Rs, 13,500 crore comes news that upgraded Arjun Mk1A with vast improvement from its previous version has cleared all Army trials successfully and it is likely, Indian Army will soon issue orders of intent for the second batch of 118 tanks over 124 Mk1 already ordered in 2004.

Previous order for 124 Mk1 came almost 15 years ago and the production line has been lying vacant from 2010 onwards when the last of the Arjun Mk1 Main Battle Tank had left the assembly line from Heavy Vehicles Factory located at Avadi in a southern state of India. Each Arjun tank costs more than twice the amount of Russian T-90 MBT in service with the Indian Army due to small batches of the order placed by the Army. Indian Army was expected to place orders for 118 units of Arjun in 2011 but instead asked for 72 improvements of which 14 were major upgrades specifically requested by the army due to which fresh trials need to be conducted and upgraded Mk1A undergone elaborate field trials all over India before it was finally cleared in 2019. Continue reading

SOURCE: IDRW NEWS NETWORK

ADA’s Twin Engine Deck Based Fighter (TEDBF) program for Indian Navy hasn’t seen any official reaction from the Indian Air Force (IAF) yet but idrw.org was able to get in touch with senior ranked air force official who acknowledged that IAF was aware of the program but still decided to stick with the Medium Weight Fighter (MWF)- Mk 2 showcased at Aero India 2019 earlier this year.

When asked if IAF will be interested in an air force version if ADA offers a spin-off of the TEDBF program, official was non-committal about plans but did say that IAF Top management might consider ordering few units if the aircraft meets IAF’s requirement and if they are delays in the MWF-Mk2 program while TEDBF program sticks to the program schedule of the first flight by 2026. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

The IAF’s 125 Helicopter Squadron, known as the ‘Gladiators’, is all set to receive four more heavy Apache attack helicopter after pictures of four Apache helicopters being loaded in the an Antonov Airlines AN-124-100 on behalf of Boeing, from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (AZA), Arizona, USA, to Hindan Airforce Base (VIDX) in India made it to the Internet.

IAF already has received eight multi-role heavy attack helicopters in September earlier this year and it was also formally inducted into to be stationed at Pathankot, close to the Pakistan border, and in Jorhat Air Force Station in Assam near the border with China. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Indian Navy chief has confirmed that the Naval design bureau is currently evaluating offers from both UK and the USA who have offered to act as consultants for India’s plans to develop a 65,000 tonne INS Vishal aircraft carrier. The UK has offered it’s HMS Queen Elizabeth class of aircraft carrier design to India which due to same displacement size makes more sense but still will still require heavy modifications since present design is, in short take-off and vertical landing aircraft (STOVL ) configuration while Indian Navy wants Catapult to take off but arrested landing (CATOBAR) system which is mastered by the USA.

India also has selected the American Electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) launch and recovery system for the aircraft on the deck which again means it will heavily depend on the US Team for installation and certification of the Aviation assets to be based on the INS Vishal. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari while speaking to Qatar based Al Jazeera Media Network has said that Pulwama attack where a CRPF Bus which killed 40 Paramilitary Force after a Suicide attacker named Adil Ahmad Dar rammed his explosive-laden car into the Bus was a false flag operation carried out by India and refused to acknowledge the fact that the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Time and again, Retired Pakistani military service officials have been spreading fake news on local news channels that the Pulwama attack was a false flag operation by India but this was the first time a minister in the Imrah Khan Niazi government has peddled this theory to the world media. Continue reading

SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG

A Mock of the Indo-Russian designed land-based BrahMos supersonic missile was displayed by the Philippine Army Weapons Expo recently and as per reports coming in Philippine Army’s BrahMos missile acquisition project with India is going on smoothly as it plans to acquire the weapon system to be in service by 2024.

According to Philippine media, talks are at an advanced stage with India for the purchase of land-based Missile System Battery for its Coastal defense. BrahMos is the fastest supersonic cruise missile in the world which was jointly developed with Russia and continues to remain the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile in operation to date with the range of 290km at Mach 3 speed. Continue reading