Pakistan’s regional machinations no longer serve a strategic purpose for the United States as it used to be in the past for former American administration. Instead, the Trump dispensation now appears to be gearing up for a bigger and multifaceted battle with the ‘Dragon’ further east, said a European think tank.
According to European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS), the fact that Pakistan, China’s sworn best friend and stooge combined, no longer holds the same charm for the US it once did was made evident in the US State Department report which highlighted the fact that Islamabad had been designated as a “Country of Particular Concern” (CPC) under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, and that it had been re-designated as a CPC in 2019. Continue reading
Japan has created a timeline for the development and fielding of its locally made next-generation fighter jet, with serial production set to start at the beginning of the next decade. The Japanese Ministry of Defense presented the draft development plan for the fighter program to a group of lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Tuesday, which showed that full-scale production is due to begin in 2031.
The ministry added that the prime contractor for the program will be selected by early next year, although it could happen as soon as October 2020. This is to allow for the basic design for the airframe and engine to be launched before the end of the current Japanese fiscal year, which ends March 31, 2021. Continue reading
SOURCE: THE WEEK
A Russian company announced on Wednesday that a new engine for fighter aircraft that it had developed has been shipped for conducting thermal pressure chamber tests. The state-owned United Engine Corporation controls development and manufacturing of all engines for military, civilian and space use in Russia and for Russian exports. The UEC’s Klimov plant in St Petersburg had been developing the RD-93MA engine, which is a modification of the RD-93 engine, used on the JF-17 fighter, being built by Pakistan and China.
In a press release on its website on Wednesday, UEC said the RD-93MA engine had been shipped from St. Petersburg to Moscow for thermal pressure chamber trials at the Central Institute of Aviation Motors (CIAM). The pressure chamber trials at CIAM are expected to subject the RD-93MA engine to simulated heat and altitude conditions the power-plant would experience in actual flight. Continue reading
A Nepalese lawmaker was sacked by her party on Tuesday for defying its decision to unanimously endorse the constitutional amendment to revise the country’s map to include three strategically key Indian territories, according to media reports. The Opposition Janata Samajbadi Party (JSP) decided to sack Sarita Giri for breaching the party whip to withdraw her amendment registered at the Parliament Secretariat against the Nepal government’s second amendment to the Constitution.
A three-member panel led by party general secretary Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav recommended that the party sack Giri from both as a lawmaker and the party member, and the meeting of the officer bearers of the party took the decision on Tuesday, the Kathmandu Post said. The Constitution amendment, which was aimed at updating the new administrative and political map of the country on the national emblem, was unanimously endorsed by the House of Representatives on June 18. Continue reading
Last week, the United States sent two aircraft carriers into the disputed waters of the South China Sea to participate in military exercises even as China continues to flex its muscles in the region. This move by America was highly criticized by the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) mouthpiece Global Times which threatened the carriers with DF-21D and DF-26 ‘aircraft carrier killer’ missiles.
‘And yet, there they are’
Responding to this claim, US Navy’s Chief of Information on Sunday said that USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan are not intimidated. “China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer” missiles. The South China Sea is fully within grasp of the PLA; any US aircraft carrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA: analysts,” tweeted Global Times along with the link of the report. Continue reading
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed on Friday that his government would complete the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) at “any cost” as the USD 60 billion project is a manifestation of the all-weather friendship between the two countries. Addressing a meeting held in Islamabad to review progress on the CPEC projects, Khan said it is an excellent project for Pakistan’s socio-economic development and the “gigantic multi-faceted initiative would guarantee a bright future for the nation”, the Dawn newspaper reported.
Lauding the performance of the CPEC Authority, he said measures must be taken to improve its working as well as capacity. “The corridor is a manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship and the government will complete it at any cost and bring its fruit to every Pakistani,” Khan said. Khan’s statement came a day after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi discussed the CPEC projects with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi during a phone conversation. Continue reading
China’s new-generation fighter jet is scheduled to make its maiden flight in 2021, an aviation industry report revealed on Monday. Analysts speculate that it will be China’s new aircraft carrier-based fighter jet. A team at China Aero-Polytechnology Establishment under the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) has resumed work while fighting the COVID-19 epidemic with the aim of supporting the scheduled maiden flight of a new-generation fighter jet in 2021, according to a statement the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment released on its WeChat public account on Monday.
The statement was removed by its publisher as of Tuesday evening. Continue reading
Myanmar, China’s closest ally in southeast Asia, has pointed fingers at Beijing for arming insurgent groups with sophisticated weapons and sought international cooperation to suppress rebel groups. In a recent interview to Russian state-run TV channel Zvezda, Myanmar’s Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said terrorist organisations active in Myanmar are backed by ‘strong forces’ and sought international cooperation to suppress rebel groups.
The reference to ‘strong forces’ was widely seen to be a reference to Myanmar’s neighbour in the north, China. Continue reading
SOURCE: INDIA TODAY
China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) has made tremendous advances in the field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs). But all is not well as export versions of Chinese UAVs and UCAVs have the embarrassing habit of regularly falling out of the sky.
The technological advances increased and were visible after the Hainan incident of 2001 when a US Navy’s EP-3E ARIES-II signals intelligence aircraft was forced by a PLAAF J-8 aircraft to land on Hainan island’s Lingshui airport The aircraft was not handed over for a fortnight although the crew was returned to Washington DC. It was suspected that Chinese engineers learnt all the highly sensitive electronics by reverse engineering techniques at which they are very good. Continue reading
US State Secretary Mike Pompeo called on China to immediately stop forced sterilisation of Uighur Muslims after reports of coercive family planning emerged. Highlighting the continued campaign of repression, Pompeo said that the shocking revelations made by German researcher Adrian Zenz are sadly consistent with decades of the Chinese Communist Party practices that demonstrate an utter disregard for the sanctity of human life and basic human dignity.
“We call on the Chinese Communist Party to immediately end these horrific practices and ask all nations to join the United States in demanding an end to these dehumanizing abuses,” said the top US diplomat in a statement. Continue reading
China will centralize management of its reserve forces as part of efforts to ensure the Communist Party’s absolute leadership of the military and build a world-class army, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. Starting July 1, the reserve force, which is part of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), will fall under the direct leadership of the central government and the Central Military Commission, Xinhua said.
Currently, the reserve force is under the dual leadership of the PLA and local Party committees and governments, according to the website of China’s Ministry of National Defence. Continue reading
SOURCE: DAVID R. LEFFLER / UNITED STATES AIR FORCE VETERAN/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
On the 22nd anniversary of Pakistan’s successful nuclear tests, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif is quoted as saying: “May 28 would always be remembered as a day when Pakistan’s defence was made invincible” (“Nawaz eulogised for ‘making Pakistan nuclear power’”, Dawn, May 29, 2020).
Invincibility is a laudable goal – but have nuclear weapons really made Pakistan invincible during these high stress times when terrorists can strike at any moment. Despite advanced technology and valiant efforts, the Pakistan military still struggles to eliminate violent extremism. Ultimately the only way to become truly invincible is to not have any enemies. If there are no internal or external threats, there are no enemies. No enemies, no conflict. But how could such an ideal goal be achieved when tensions are so high? A proven scientifically validated approach is needed to reduce tensions resulting in violent extremism. Continue reading
SOURCE: The Northlines
Maj Nadeem with members of his ‘Death Squad’ (encircled) with weapons supplied by Pakistan army.Note that two of seated persons (second from left and on extreme right) are holding Pakistan army issue H&K G3 Rifles while seated person(second from right) is armed with a H&K MP5 sub-machinegun
The Director General (DG) of Pakistan Army’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), informed about the improvised explosive device (IED) attack on a Frontier Corps vehicle on May 8 in Kech district of Southern Balochistan. The explosion had claimed the lives of six Pakistan army men(including an officer identified as Major Nadeem Abbas Bhatti). Continue reading
SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG
US Army Doug Englen who was flying MH-47 (a special operations version of a Chinook helicopter, a multi-role assault aircraft) in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011 has revealed that while heading back to Jalalabad, Afghanistan after conducting operations in Abbottabad Pakistan has for the first time confirmed that his Hecliopters was chased by a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet at least 3 times at the close range.
Englen said that they had were not surprised by chasing off the Paksitani F-16s and had planned and anticipated it and equipped the Chinook Helicopters Electronic warfare system which successfully defeated any missile launch. Continue reading
SOURCE: RAJIV BHATIA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG Pakistan Airforce has initiated ” Project AZM” under which they plan to commence development of a 5th-generation fighter jet which will go on to replace aging Mirage-III/V and the older lot of F-16 fighter jet from PAF’s fleet. What PAF claimed was supposed to be an indigenous program, basically will be a product designed and developed completely by Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) which is a Chinese aerospace conglomerate which previously developed JF-17 fighter jet specifically for Pakistan.
China which has developed J-20 and J-31 Stealth fighter aircraft on its own had offered Pakistan in past , J-31 fighter aircraft which was presumably rejected by the PAF due to the high procurement and maintenance cost of the dual-engine fighter due to which CAC was rather asked to come up with low-cost options which apparently got leaked blowing the cover of PAF’s attempt to brand it as an indigenous program in first place. Continue reading