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SOURCE: GEO TV

A trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force crashed near Mianwali during a routine training mission, a statement issued by the PAF spokesperson said Wednesday.

However, no loss of life or property occurred as the pilot ejected from the aircraft safely.  “A PAF trainer aircraft has crashed near Mianwali during a routine training mission. Pilot ejected safely while no loss of life or property was reported on the ground,” the statement said.

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SOURCE: SCMP

Images of wrecked and abandoned vehicles — casualties in Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine — are calling into question the quality and reliability of Russian-made military hardware. A recent report by the Singapore-based ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute found that the conflict has damaged the reputation of Russia’s defence equipment in Southeast Asia, once a source of considerable revenue for the country.

Russia has been the largest exporter of arms to Southeast Asia over the past two decades, but since 2014, the value of its defence sales to the region has plummeted.

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SOURCE: REUTERS

Military analysts say a vessel spotted in a Chinese shipyard in rare, recent satellite images could be a new or upgraded class of nuclear-powered attack submarine. It is not clear whether the submarine is a new model, an upgrade of an existing vessel or something else. But diplomats and analysts have been watching closely after a Pentagon report in November said the Chinese navy was likely in the next few years to build a new attack submarine with vertical launch tubes for cruise missiles.

Images obtained by Reuters from private satellite imagery provider Planet Labs and others circulating on social media show the submarine in a dry dock in Huludao Port in Liaoning province.

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SOURCE: KHAAMA

Local officials of Khost and Kunar provinces confirmed that Pakistani aircrafts had conducted airstrikes on different parts of the province killing five children and a woman. Officials in the southeastern Khost province said that the Pakistani aircrafts bombed Aowa, Pesa Mila, and Mir Safar areas of the province on Friday night, April 15, 2022.

On the other hand, local residents have told the media that the airstrikes were conducted in the Spera district of Khost province where 33 members of two families have been killed.

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SOURCE: IANS

Eight Pakistan soldiers were killed in two militant attacks in North Waziristan, Dawn reported. In one incident, seven soldiers were killed when militants ambushed a vehicle of security forces in Datakhel tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district.

In the second incident which took place in Isham area of the district, a soldier was killed in a clash between security forces and militants. As for the first attack, officials said the terrorists attacked a moving vehicle of the security forces in Datakhel near the Afghan border. Sources said the insurgents used a rocket-propelled grenade launcher and assault guns in the attack, Dawn reported.

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SOURCE: REPUBLIC

Amid the Russia-led invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin on April 15 admitted that one of its warships namely ‘Moskva’ has sunk in the Black sea while being towed. It was reported that the missile cruiser that headed for warfare was adversely impacted following a storm. Snubbing reports that denied this mishap, the following day Volodymyr Zelenskyy gave an extensive and almost poetic listing of the many ways by which Ukrainians helped to fend off the Russian troops, including “those who showed that Russian warships can sail away, even if it’s to the bottom” of the sea.

It was a reference to the Russian sunken missile cruiser Moskva.

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SOURCE: ANI

Pakistani Army on Thursday rubbished former prime minister Imran Khan’s allegations raising doubts over the country’s capability to safeguard its nuclear assets. During a roadshow in Peshawar on Wednesday, Khan who was ousted after the recent no-confidence motion against his government, questioned whether Pakistan’s nuclear weapons were safe in the hands of what he called “robbers” and “thieves”, referring to the newly elected Shehbaz Sharif regime.

Meanwhile, addressing a press briefing today, Major General Babar Iftikhar, the Director-General (DG) of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)- the media wing of the Pakistan army- dismissed Khan’s allegations stating that Pakistan’s nuclear assets do not belong to just one individual. In an incendiary speech on Wednesday night, Imran Khan had said he wanted to ask the country’s establishment if the people who were brought to power as part of a “conspiracy” can safeguard the country’s nuclear program.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

The German government has refused to supply MTU 12V396 diesel engines from Germany’s Motor and Turbine Union company to be equipped on a modified Hangor-class submarine that is based on the Chinese-origin Type 039B submarine meant for Pakistani Navy. The Hangor-class submarine is to be equipped with an AIP-equipped but the German government has prohibited the export of the engines to China because of their use for military purposes, as Germany is bound by a European Union arms embargo imposed on China in 1989 after the Tiananmen Square massacre.

Chinese has reportedly offered reversed-engineered Chinese-made engines that are certified by Germany’s MTU. Germany for long ignored the sale of dual-use technologies that were later used by the Chinese on their weapons system but the sale of Two Yuan-Class S26T submarines to Thailand’s Military Junta caught the attention of the German media due to which the German government took a stand against their supplies and later also blocked supplies to the China to be used on Pakistani Type 039B submarine that is under construction in China.

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SOURCE: NDTV

One of the Taliban’s most secretive leaders, whose only picture on US “most wanted” lists is a grainy semi-covered profile, was photographed openly for the first time Saturday at a passing-out parade for new Afghan police recruits. Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, who also heads the feared Haqqani Network, has previously only been photographed clearly from behind — even since the hardline Islamists seized power last August.

“For your satisfaction and for building your trust… I am appearing in the media in a public meeting with you,” he said in a speech at the parade. Before the Taliban’s return, Haqqani was the most senior of three deputies to leader Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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SOURCE: DEFENSE NEWS

The U.S. Navy has largely kept mum about how it will raise the wreckage of a high-tech F-35C Lightning II jet that crashed onto an aircraft carrier and fell into the South China Sea last week, but a maritime navigation alert released by the Japanese government suggests where the salvage operation may take place.

On Saturday, the Japanese Coast Guard issued a navigation warning indicating that a salvage operation was going on in a northern portion of the South China Sea, roughly 185 miles west of the Philippines and 350 miles east of Woody Island in the Paracels, a group of man-made islands on which Beijing has built an airbase and other military infrastructure.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

A Middle East based magazine Breaking Defense has reported that Egypt is now eying additional orders of Rafale F4 and are looking to increase the number to 72 or 100 units by 2030, depending on Egypt’s financial capacity in next few years . Egyptian Air Force also operates 5 Russian Su-35 fighter jets and has placed orders for 21 more and according to the Breaking Defense, it claims that Egyptian Air Force are mighty impressed with the Rafale after Russian Su-35s radar failed repeatedly when the Su-35 played a role of aggressor against Rafale F3R.

Rafale’s powerful Spectra Electronic warfare suite not only attacked but also jammed Su-35 BAR phased array radar successfully multiple times, rendering Su-35 blind in the sky, later following it up being shot down by the Rafale in mock Beyond visual range dogfights.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

China’s second aircraft carrier, the Shandon was captured in satellite images showcasing huge cracks with parts sunk in on its flight deck either caused by an explosion or by a strong fire that might have melted some section of the flight deck visible from the satellite pictures. While the Chinese analysts are speculating it was some oil leak that makes it appear like a cracked surface but some Western Defence Analysts are buying this theory since damage seems to be structural and inward. But equally number of Western Defence Analysts are also claiming that it probably just some crew members of the ship are seen cleaning the deck which resulted into dizzy satellite images. American Navy personnel’s who have in past worked on aircraft carriers claim, deck cleaning is usually performed while the ship is at sea due to remove excess sea waters collected on the flight deck with fresh water to avoid rusting issues and damage to the upper flight decks are common occurrence specially when new carrier borne fighter jets is undergoing certification trials.

Another theory floating around is that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in May this year was conducting a series of exercises in the South China Sea for combat preparedness and it is likely the damage was suffered while coming for landing by a carrier-borne aircraft by inexperienced pilots. J-15 carrier-based fighter jet which is a copy of the Russian Su-33 is one of the heaviest carrier-based fighter jets in service with PLA Navy and is increasingly accident-prone leading to being grounded for months at a time due to inherited design flaws due to which even Russians have withdrawn the Su-33 fleet and replaced it with Mig-29K. China is already working on J-15’s successor due to high crash records of the aircraft.

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SOURCE: RAUNAK KUNDE / NEWS BEAT / IDRW.ORG.

Iraqi Air force’s F-16 fleet is facing serious issues after Lockheed Martin started pulling out of some of its contractors from the country due to repeated attacks on the airbase where they are usually stationed, Previous withdrawal of contractors has affected half the fleet, leading to poor maintenance that effected half the fleet and some being grounded for a while now. With the withdrawal of more contractors leaving Iraq in the coming weeks, it’s a matter of few weeks before the Iraqi F-16 fleet could have ground the whole fleet.

According to media reports, sensing an opportunity to get their hands on newer airframes with little flying hours, Pakistani air force (PAF) officials approached the Iraqi defense ministry officials and proposed to swap 12 F-16 for the sale of up to 24 Chinese made JF-17 fighter jet along with assurance to provide F-16 technicians and contractors from Pakistan in help maintaining other remaining jets, but the proposal reportedly was rejected by the Iraqi defense ministry.

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

Pakistan is very much keen on acquiring the Russian Air Defense System after repeated poor performance of the Chinese medium-range LY-80/HQ-16 air defense systems. In response to India procuring an S-400 air defense system from Russia, In the past, Pakistan has approached Russia and has requested the sale of S-300 Air Defense System, when it was denied it requested for sale of Buk-M2, what interesting is that LY-80/HQ-16 is a Chinese copy of the same missile system.

Pakistan has been seen testing the Chinese FD-2000 which is an export variant of the HQ-9 long-range surface-to-air missile to consolidate its LY-80/HQ-16 air defense system but is not impressed by the range that the missile offers which has been cut down to just 125km for an aircraft sized target from 200km for the Chinese variant. HQ-9 is often called a Chinese copy of the Russian S-300 that Pakistan always desired but has to settle for a Chinese missile that offers less than 50% of the range what the original offered.

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

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According to a Senior ranked Pakistani air force (PAF) official, who in a recent interview to the local media has claimed that PAF will move to all 5th Gen and beyond fighter jet types by 2047 and plans to retire all the older 4th generation fighter jets with a locally developed 5th generation fighter jet under its next-generation fighter aircraft (NGFA) program under Project AZM.

It’s still not clear what is the status of the NGFA under Project AZM but according to the Pakistani defense portal,” Quwa Defence News and Analysis Group” preliminary designs are ongoing still, and PAF is yet to finalize the design. PAF claims that the 5th generation aircraft will be locally designed and manufactured but it is still not clear if it will involve Chinese technologies.

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