My Take


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


European missile developer MBDA has announced that it will develop the next generation of the MICA air-to-air missile for the French Air Force and French Navy and the missile system will also be passed on to its export customer of the Dassault Rafale and Dassault Mirage-2000 fighter jets operators in near future when it will be ready in 2026.

MICA NG will be replacing legacy MICA missiles which were developed from the ’80s and ’90s and are main Air-to-Air missile system on both Dassault Rafale and Dassault Mirage-2000 fighter jets operated by the Indian Air Force. MICA NG will be developed in both IR and RF versions and will retain the legacy dual-role capability but will also feature a new infrared seeker with an active electronically scanned array. Continue reading


Indian Air Force presently is going through its most difficult of the times where it will be retiring more aircraft than what it will be inducting causing imbalance in Squadron strength. Air Force currently operates 35 squadrons even though the sanctioned strength is 42, this will further drop to below 30 Squadrons in the next two years while delays in MMRCA 2.0 means IAF will be inducting only 30 Sukhoi-30MKI and 36 Dassault Rafale in next three years while it retires all its MiG 21 and MiG 27 Squadrons in this period.

Let me first explain the above Chart to understand how still IAF can manage to get back to its sanctioned strength of 42 squadrons by 2030 for the first time in nearly 40 years after reaching its peak in the early ’80s. Original order of Sukhoi-30MKI which was 272-9 (Crashed) + 18 follow up orders will take the Type strength to 281 aircraft which will translate into 15.61 Squadrons. Continue reading