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With more and more information ticking after the famous Air battle of Mig-21 vs F-16. News coming from official sources indicates that India might have lost Two Mig-21s that day had not Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman had aggressively maneuvered in line of fire by three F-16s who were carrying out classic NATO hot-cold radar lock sequence over the Nowshera sector trying to take down lone Su-30MKI flying over 14-15000 feet which was trying to protect a vital military installations.

Three F-16s were positioned and Two Mig-21Bis which were fast approaching for interception of this jets were already in AMRAAMs No Escape Zone (NEZ) when Both pilots were ordered to fall back by Squadron leader Minty Agarwal who was fighter control at the operation room. Abhinandan knew that both he and his wingman “Alpha-2” were in NEZ and with Radar lock warning light already lighten up in both the aircraft they had to shoot or get shot down that’s when Abhinandan decided to overfly his “Alpha-2” and go after F-16B “Alpha-3” which was positioned on his right, which by that time had already fired an AMRAAM after Mig-21 Alpha-2” made a right turn to return. Continue reading


Gas Turbine Research Establishment (GTRE) is a laboratory of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) which became operational in 1959 with primary aim of research and development in Aerogas turbine technology as GTRE turns 60 this year, we look into the achievements of the establishment and the work it has been doing  on development of military-grade jet engine technology and it is hard to find any of their product actually entering production or have any military applications.

Last major project taken up by the organization was the development of GTX-35VS Kaveri Engine which since 2014 has been abandoned due to lack of progress even after 30 years of being in research and development. The only major but critical program under the organization today, has been the development of small turbofan jet engine for  Nirbhay cruise missile program which is widely and easily available at the international market and can also be developed by private companies back home. Continue reading


The Indian Air Force (IAF) has quietly retired three squadrons of MiG-21 fighter-interceptor and MiG-27 ground-attack aircraft and by 2024, nearly 10 squadrons of the combined fleet will be retired but defense ministry is yet to start another process for large-scale purchase of fighter planes from abroad, Tender for 114 fighter aircraft is yet to reach RFI ( Request for Information ) Stage and according to Former Vice Chief Air Marshal R K Sharma, with this pace even final contract is only expected in the next 3-4 years and another 2-3 years for the first batch of aircraft to arrive for fleet recovery to begin.

Flip flops and multiple U-Turns by the Previous Government has ensured that only 36 aircraft were procured when air force needed 126  to fill the gap. Previous MMRCA tender was scrapped and later Single-Engine Fighter (SEF) Tender to was scrapped. Over 15 years of Indecision by the government has created a situation where IAF is retiring more fighter aircraft then it is inducting and obsolescence of front-line fighter aircraft like Su-30 due to lack of modernization also has ensured that IAF is falling behind in the region. Continue reading


With Alleged corruption claims in the procurement of 36 Rafale combat aircraft long-buried now, IAF is presently preparing its self to take deliveries of the first batch of four aircraft next month in France comes unconfirmed reports of Dassault Aviation and Indian Ministry of Defence in discussion for procurement of a bigger deal which involves 114 units of Make In India Dassault Rafale gathers pace.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Dassault Aviation has agreed to transfer production line to Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited manufacturing facility in Mihan, Nagpur located in India’s western state of Maharashtra, once it finishes the last batch of the order form French Air force in 2024, while DRAL will in charge of manufacturing components for the Dassault Rafale thus will become part of its Global Supply Chain and even export orders . Continue reading


When India gained Independence in 1947, the pre 1947 princely states of undivided India namely Hyderabad, Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), Madhya Bharat, Mysore, Patiala and East Punjab States Union (PEPSU), Rajasthan, Saurashtra, Travancore-Cochin, and Vindhya Pradesh became a part of Dominion of India, 1947 and later Republic of India, 1950 when India became republic under the Constitution of Republic of India which was adopted on 26 November 1949 and became effective on 26 January 1950.

These 9 princely states then came to be known as ‘B States’, all governed / administered under Article 238. However in 1956, this Article 238 through 7th Constitutional Amendment was repealed. The objective is to convert these B states / Princely states into full fledged states so that Part VI of the constitution could be applied on them which deals with various executive power of the state. With the repealing of Article 238 in 1956, J&K too was among those 9 ‘B States’ which was converted from a Princely state to a full fledged state thus becoming an ‘internal matter’ of India in 1956 itself. This complemented the Instrument of Accession, 1947 which firmly established India’s ownership right over the J&K. Continue reading


5 August 2019 will go down in India’s history as one of the most talked about dates. Reason is all the more obvious as what was previously thought to be an empty election plank for being too impossible to implement was achieved with lightning speed and kept everyone guessing till the very end. The portents were there as many people all around pointed out like cancellation of the Amarnath Yatra, the troop build up in J and K but, at most the guesses were going up to some action on the front of art 35A and nobody had eventually put 370 in the dock.

But, Govt of India came out with a plan that stumped everyone and received support from a lot of political adversaries as well.  So far so good. It would now be interesting to see how things go from here on. The pros and cons of the move are debatable and are too well known in various media houses to be discussed here. I am not writing this article about discussing the history of Art 370 and how people all around India have welcomed the move. I have been tracking events all around and have few interesting dots that I would present before you to connect and then, may be understand why India has carried out this move and more importantly why now? Continue reading


According to Indian intelligence input coming across the Line of control, nearly 200 local Kashmiri from Pakistan occupied Kashmir has been picked up for arms and military training hinting at possible use of local Kashmiri speaking population has the fodder for possible cross border raids on Indian side of the Kashmir after Indian made constitutional changes to remove special status of the state which now allows New Delhi greater control of the valley.

The Pakistani military is expecting a revolt by locals against the withdrawal of the special status of the state against India but local intelligence reports which Pakistan’s notorious spy agency ISI has submitted to the Pakistani establishment reportedly has said that local uprising will need to be engineered with help from Pakistani side or else Indian forces will be able to take care off minor incidents of violence which pro-Pakistan supported ground workers on instruction of Hurriyat conference plan to carry out . Continue reading


With tension remaining high on the Indian subcontinent due to Pakistan’s War rhetoric after India removed Article 370 from Indian administrated Kashmir arsing distinct possibility that any future war between can be sparked leading to a major or a limited action on the ground and full-scale fighting at sea and in the air.

India enjoys a conventional superiority over the Pakistani military in direct comparison and is much better prepared to wage a long term war as seen in the Kargil sector if it is limited to one sector if it is a full-fledged war , India and Pakistan mostly will last two to three weeks at maximum for which Top five offensive weapons of India will play a crucial role which can decisively end a war without the use of nuclear weapons. Continue reading


Abolition of Special Status to Jammu and Kashmir has been propagated and played out as a well planned Evil plan of Fascist Hindu regime in India to kill Millions of Sunni dominated Muslims in the Valley to such an extent in Pakistan that their own Prime Minister doesn’t shy away from mentioning and talking in length about RSS and Hindutva that pretty clearly looks like that local below par citizens are been brainwashed into believing that what is happening in Kashmir Valley is Religious War that India has imposed on them and how it is the obligation of every Pakistani Muslim to wage a war against India for Islam.

In short battle, grounds are been prepped to wage Jihad against India while Pakistani military establishment which is more interested in running Military business and country than actually fighting a conventional war with India, will be back seat driver in this Jihad War with India, but India won’t let Pakistan Army fight from the back and full-fledged war cannot be dismissed in the near future, which brings focus on rapidly evolving development in the region and how BrahMos cruise missile will not only be part of India’s offensive capacity to inflict major damage early on in a conflict, but it could also play a subtle role in applying pressure on Pakistan. Continue reading


President Donald Trump’s enthusiasm to mediate in Kashmir on the advice of Pakistani Prime minister Imran Khan Niazi was seen as a Diplomatic coup pulled by Pakistan because for the first time the United States agreed to directly intervene in the Kashmir matter. Niazi was seen as Victor when back home and much to the amusement of the opposition, Khan backed Military establishment called it ” TrumpCard ” to force India to come for a resolution on Kashmir in favor of Pakistan.

Niazi ” TrumpCard ” now turned out to be a ” TrapCard” which both Modi-Trump might have laid down for Niazi who fell for it after Indian media reports emerge that confirmed that United States officials were in the loop in India’s decision to remove Special status of the Jammu and Kashmir months ago and many Pakistani media and opposition leaders now believe that Niazi was simply lead into a Trap set up by Modi and Trump. Continue reading


While most of the Pakistani Media want to wage Jihad against India and have been urging their government to take their case to UN and Other Muslim Countries to stop India from completely revoking special status given by Indian laws to the Jammu & Kashmir region, Some sane voice in Pakistan do believe that Post Article 370 , India will now push the boundary since only previous bilateral agreements no longer will hold and the United Nation and other countries will not be able to push India to back off.

Many Pakistani Analysts fear that by demoting state of Jammu & Kashmir into a Union Territory, India has signaled to Pakistan that it is no longer a  bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and slowly even might walk away from Shimla agreement which can have a direct consequence in the demarcation of the line of control. Continue reading



For long Indian Air Force (IAF) has been having the requirement of 114 fighters after it scrapped the 126 MMRCA (Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft) deal and purchased 36 Rafale fighters from France. The new MMRCA-2 called the MWF (Medium Weight Fighter) will acquire 114 new medium combat jets from a foreign company along with full TOT (Transfer of Technology) to manufacture the jet fighters completely in India, including it’s spare parts.

For this, the winning foreign company will also have to partner with an Indian defence firm, & share their technical know-how with them. Now we all know that there are as many as 6 foreign companies from as many countries, which are vying for to get the MWF order of 114 fighter jets. Here, we will focus on just 2 of them namely- Dassault Aviation of France & Mikoyan Consortium of Russia. While Dassault brings it’s most advanced combat jet Rafale, Mikoyan brings it’s modern Mig-35 (also known as upgraded version of Mig-29). Both are 4.5++ gen. fighters and both pack a punch when it comes to air combat, air-superiority, dogfight and suppressing enemy airforce. Continue reading


Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa while speaking to media at the backdrop of events in celebration of 20 years of Kargil war hinted that MMRCA 2.0 Tender for 114 units of Made in India fighter jets of foreign origin could be last such instance of India relying on fighter aircraft not designed in India for its requirements. Dhanoa also stressed that Dassault Rafale + S-400 combo will be Gamer changer for the air force and will be instrumental in safeguarding national interest for decades to come.

IAF wants proposed Medium Weight Fighter (MWF) to be on par or exceed the performance of Upgraded Mirage-2000H (Dash-5 Standard) when it is ready for its first flight in 2023 and India’s proposed Stealth AMCA fighter program will have Data-centric fusion of next-generation technology which will far exceed the performance of Dassault Rafale along with Stealth elements. Continue reading


Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Satheesh Reddy while speaking to media, asserted on Friday that India will become self-reliant in defence production in the next 5 years and wandered off and mentioned Mark 2 RV stealth aircraft program which he called being revolved from the previous LCA program which raised more eyebrows and questions which media in question failed to follow up with.

What is Mark 2 RV Stealth Aircraft program Dr. Reddy was talking about? Is it a new internal name for India’s 5th generation AMCA stealth program? if so why it has been called Mark 2 ! and what does ‘RV’ stands for ?. This revelation has sparked an internet debate among defense enthusiasts in India but due to lack of official confirmation or denials it also has created many rumors which have been floating around. Continue reading


Department of Defence Production in India has launched a new website ”” which has a live dashboard putting out important information regarding the production of defense equipment in the country and as per information provided in the above chart India’s defense exports have more than doubled to nearly Rs 11,000 crore on the back of recent policy liberalization and access to the US market, given a large number of offsets being executed by domestic companies.

In 2018-19, India achieved defense export orders worth 10,745.77 Cr but a major chunk of those are coming from Export Authorizations given to Private Companies which make up 9,812.91 Cr leaving less than 10% achieved by Export by Defence Public Sector Undertakings/Ordnance Factory Board which stands at 932.86 Cr. Continue reading