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SOURCE: IANS

Two Baloch nationalist organisations, the Baloch Republican Army (BRA) and the United Baloch Army (UBA) announced their dissolution and the formation of a new organisation the Baloch Nationalist Army (BNA). In a news article on Tuesday, The Balochistan Post reported that BRA spokesman Beebagr Baloch and UBA spokesman Mureed Baloch announced in a joint statement that the councils of the two organisations met in Balochistan to discuss the political situation in the province and how to take forward their resistance against the Pakistani forces.

Mureed Baloch will be the official spokesperson of the merged group and the new outfit will continue to be a part of the Baloch Raaji Aajoi Sangar (BRAS). The Central Command Council of the BNA will organise and plan the resistance to Pakistani forces.

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SOURCE: ANI

Developed jointly by Pakistan and China, the JF-17 fighter jets have failed to keep narratives peddled by Beijing media that the country’s modern aircraft are the best in the world as Islamabad’s experience with the jets tell a different story, according to media reports.

Taiwan News reported that Pakistani leaders expected a low-cost, lightweight, all-weather multi-role fighter, something akin to the Russian Su-30MKI or the French Mirage 2000 but the reality fell well short of their high hopes. In 1999, when Beijing and Islamabad signed the deal on joint production of the JF-17, it was touted as a combat jet comparable to Su-30 MKI, Mig-29 and Mirage-2000. The reality, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) is finding out much to its chagrin, is nowhere near the boastful claims made by the Chinese, Daily Sun reported.

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SOURCE: THE PRIONEER

The British Indian Army was the common progenitor of the Armed Forces of independent India and Pakistan before its decommissioning in 1947. Inherited structures, ethos and templates ensured a common operating framework between the forces. Both forces had British Commanders-in-Chief manning the post-Independence transition till a native officer was appointed, Field Marshal KM Cariappa OBE in 1949, and Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan in 1951, respectively.

Both armies changed its leadership nomenclature to Chief of Army Staff (COAS), as first tenured by General Maharaja Rajendra Singhji Jadeja in 1955, and by General Tikka Khan in 1972. Irrespective of nomenclatures, military chiefs in Pakistan started assuming a larger ambition than what was mandated in the Constitution, and the rot had started with its first chief and later Field Marshal Ayub Khan (promoted himself to Field Marshal in 1965).

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SOURCE: NAVAL NEWS

Turkey’s leading defence company Aselsan has completed factory acceptance tests (FAT) of the Zargana Torpedo Countermeasure System for the Pakistan Navy’s Agosta 90B-class submarines mid-life upgrade (MLU) project.

The tests of Zargana were attended by Pakistan’s Attachee, a Pakistan Navy representative, and STM Defence officials, according to Aselsan’s most recent bulletin. The FATs were also carried out as part of Zargana’s integration with Indonesian submarines.

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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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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Recently both the selected Prime minister of Pakistan and Pakistani Army Chief has offered talks with India for peace in the region and both the time’s condition is that India takes the first step. What’s debatable is that there is no clarity what is the first step that Islamabad wants New Delhi to take and on what it wants to have talks on ?. After getting no support from the International community for the restoration of now scrapped Article 370 and Article 35A to the former state of Jammu and Kashmir and reunification of present union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the Pakistani administration has now called for grant of statehood to the UT of Jammu and Kashmir as a precondition for having formal talks with India.

what’s strange is that condition put by Pakistan seems to be a face-saver measure requested for the domestic audience, since UT of Jammu and Kashmir is presently going through redrawing of the electoral constituencies of Jammu and Kashmir by the Delimitation Commission that already has got a one-year extension to conclude its task in J&K, only after which elections can be planned.

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

A Top Emirati security official, known for making controversial and eye-catching Anti-Pakistani remarks on wide-ranging issues, took to Twitter Poll and wrote in Arabic: ” Baloch are supposed to given missiles to defend themselves ” Yes or No.

Lt Gen Dhahi Khalfan, who is the head of general security of Dubai, in 2018 had created a major controversy when he tweeted “The Pakistanis pose a serious threat to the Gulf communities for the drugs they bring with them to our countries.” and asked fellow emirates “not to employ Pakistanis”. The security official, who was the head of Dubai Police Force until 2013, termed it a “national duty to stop hiring Pakistanis”.

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

Official Verified Twitter account of the Baloch Republican Party, has claimed recently tested Shaheen 3 missile by Pakistan Army that was declared successful, and was fired from Rakhi area of Dera Ghazi Khan has landed at a civil populated area of Dera Bugti’s Matt region. Baloch Republican Party claimed that Security forces had evacuated all their posts in the area last night, but the missile was detonated in the presence of civilians in the area. The blast completely destroyed many houses and injured several people.

Dera Bugti’s Matt region falls in the corridor notification issued for a ballistic missile test in the fire Window for 19-20 Jan 2021 by the Pakistan Authorities for the missile test. It is not the first time Pakistani medium-range ballistic missile, has fallen over the village. In 1998, Ghauri–I ballistic missile had fallen in a small-town Pakistan village because the missile’s conic nose melted due to a tremendous amount of heat during the re-entry phase of its flight.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

In Pakistan’s tribal town of Darra Adam Khel, guns used or refurbished Kalashnikovs at that are available at a price cheaper than what a smartphone would cost you, They are also a cheap source of guns for the terror organizations in the region, and some even making it to the Indian side of Kashmir that includes illegal copies of American M16A1 assault rifle that have been found from killed Pakistan backed Terrorist in the valley.

Kalashnikovs made in Darra Adam Khel are not only cheap but also a constant headache for the Indian security agencies but Kalashnikov Concern, a leading Russian manufacturer of sporting, hunting, and military small arms, outdoors, tactical and military equipment in its YouTube video channel has described 5 worst AKs ever made in the world and has named Pakistan’s tribal town of Darra Adam Khel as a place where worst AKs are made in the world over.

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

Martin-Baker confirmed that the company developed PK16LE ejection seat carried out the first successful ejection from the ill-fated JF-17 Block-2 Tail Number 17-241 which crashed near Pindigheb, Attock in Pakistan while the ill-fated aircraft was on a routine training sortie. Martin-Baker said that they never celebrate the loss of any aircraft but the first successful ejection of any seat program gives them enormous sense of pride on its products and Pilot’s life saved.

PAF in its official statement and most of the Pakistani media channels have not mentioned the Type of aircraft which went down recently but the OSNIT community was able to confirm from the Tail Number that it was a JF-17 Block-2 aircraft. Martin-Baker confirmation for the first time also confirms that the Second JF-17s crash which took over the Arabian Sea on 27 Sept 2016 while carrying out a Night sortie resulted in a fatality which again was never covered in Pakistani media.

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SOURCE: RAJESH AHUJA / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in his recent visit to China briefed Chinese leadership about the New Political Map of Pakistan which included the whole area of the Indian side of Jammu and Kashmir but had no frontier defined in Indian Ladakh sector and also later Qureshi also explained that the purpose of his recent visit was to “understand [China’s] current state of mind and gauge their stance on India”.

According to Pakistani media, Qureshi also asked Chinese support and help in Kashmir Push at the International stage and in return, the Chinese leadership has made some Pathbreaking suggestions to the Pakistani government which they think will be able to put International pressure on India. Chinese apparently have told Qureshi that the Kashmir issue is inching towards a final settlement soon and recent border clashes with India near the Galwan area were to have upper hand in settlement dialogue.

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