IAF Drill Live: IAF Fighter Jets start Landing on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

On Tuesday, the Indian Air Force started its drill to touchdown 20 aircraft on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. It happened for the first time that any transport aircraft landed and later took off from an expressway.

Here are the live updates:

11.10 am: One Sukhoi 30 MKI touchdown on the Expressway. The Indian Air Force has contracted ,a planes of which 240 have been transported. Talking about the remaining 32 fighter planes, they are likely to be received in the next three years.

11 am:  The crowd has come together to experience the IAF exercise in Unnao.

10.40 am: One Mirage 2000 fighter jet lands on the Expressway. Mirage 2000 was received into the Indian Air Force in the mid-80s and also proved its sound flight safety record. This aircraft can fly from Gwalior to Delhi in just 15 minutes.

10.35 am:  A C-130J Hercules, the first transport aircraft, lands and takes off on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

Sukhoi 30 MKI

Know about C-130J Super Hercules

Powered by four Rolls Royce engines, the aircraft could be used for a variety of missions such as combat delivery, peacekeeping, low-intensity conflict, search and rescue, disaster relief, humanitarian missions and special operations. This aircraft is used by 15 countries including the air forces of the UK, US, Canada, Italy, Australia, and Denmark.

A Series of Terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir

In an encounter with militants in Hajin, Bandipora, on Wednesday two Air Force Guard personnel were killed. The two militants associated with the Lashkar were also killed in the gunfight, according to the officials, as while the operation is still in progress, and for now, the officials confirmed injury of two other security personnel.

This year India faced many attacks and some of the recent attacks in Jammu and Kashmir are:

October 4, 2017: Three militants were killed by security forces in a BSF camp near the Srinagar international airport it was a sudden attack on the militants and one more BSF soldier also lost his life in a nine-hour gun battle. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad had claimed responsibility for the attack, officials said.

September 28, 2017: BSF constable Rameez Parray, who had returned home in Hajin for a holiday, was dragged out of his house and shot dead by suspected militants, this incident is mostly considered as a targeted or a planned killing.

September 21, 2017: Near Banihal town along the Jammu- Srinagar national highway a security person was attacked by three youths, as per the information those three men’s were identified as:

  • Aquib Ahmed
  • Gazanfar
  • And Mohammad Arif

These people were involved in the alleged militant ranks. After that in another grenade attack, two civilians were killed and nearly 30 injured in Pulwama district.

September 9, 2017: In Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag one policeman was killed and two others were injured when militants attacked a police party at a bus stand. This incident took place at least 500 yards from the venue of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s scheduled meeting, this incident is also considered as a planned one.

September 1, 2017: Three policemen were injured in the attack in a bus carrying personnel of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police, this incident came under a militant attack.

August 27, 2017: The Jaish-e-Mohammad has claimed responsibility for the attack. In which around eight security personnel were killed when two-three militants sneaked into the District Police Lines, a high-security zone, in Pulwama town and targeted buildings used by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Special Operation Group (SOG).

August 14, 2017: In Budgam district of central Kashmir on 13 Aug, militants hurled a grenade attacking the security personnel.

July 10, 2017: In South Kashmir during Amarnath Yatra attack- Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including five women were killed and 15 injured when militants attacked a bus carrying at least 56 passengers at Botengo village near Anantnag, on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

June 16, 2017: In Achabal in Anantnag district Militants ambushed a police party killing six policemen.

June 13, 2017: The Tral area of Phulwama district of Kashmir Militants attacked injuring at least 1o CRPF. The same day, a series of grenade attacks on CRPF personnel were reported in different regions of the Kashmir Valley. The militants fled after retaliation by the Army.

Arunachal Pradesh: Indian Army Operating base got Attacked

Today on Arunachal Pradesh militants fired on the Army camp at Longding suspect “At 01:15 hrs at the Army’s Company Operating Base in Longding at Niausa, Arunachal Pradesh, A firing incident reported approximately,” one Army official said.

As per the current report, it was an ineffective fire and the contact was broken immediately on retaliation. There are no casualties.

As per the Police sources, it is assumed that the attack was likely to have been carried out by National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Khaplang (NSCN-K) members.

Col Chiranjeet Konwer told that “at 1:15 a.m the insurgents fired 5-10 rounds from “ineffective” small firearms and lobbed a Lathode grenade at the COB at Niausa in Longding district, Kohima-based defence.” He further added that “the sentries retaliated and the attackers fled.” the attacker’s operations were on to nab, he said.

“The retaliatory fire had to be controlled there was no human casualty or damage to property of the COB, keeping in mind the safety of the villagers in the vicinity,” the spokesman said.

7 Dead as Indian Air Force Chopper Crashes in Arunachal Pradesh

On Friday, an Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in a remote mountain near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, killing all seven military personnel. The defence spokesperson Suneet Newton said that the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter was flying military officials to a forward post in Arunachal Pradesh. “The Mi-17 V5 chopper crashed at around 6 am when it was on an air maintenance mission”, the IAF official added. The reason of this incident is yet to be discovered.

IAF Chopper Crashed

“A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” the official said. This calamity took place just a day before the Air Force Day celebrations. A Court of Inquiry has already been ordered to find the real reason behind this tragedy. The bodies of all seven were found at the crash site of Yangchi, 130 km from the Tawang town and close to the border with China. The Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa had spoken on a string of air crashes in last some years at a press conference on Thursday. “Our losses in the peacetime are a cause of concern. We are making concerted efforts to minimise accidents and preserve our assets,” Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Thursday.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat Warns India to Prepare for Two-front War with China and Pakistan

Indian Army Chief General on Wednesday says that India should be prepared for a potential war with China and Pakistan. He stated that Indian Army is high on psychic force but there is a shortage of men. ACC. to him, the situation could be worst on the northern border of the country. China flexing its muscles and Pakistan takes the advantage of it.
The Army Chief warns that Indian cannot let down its guard on either of the two fronts. In a seminar which is conducted by Defence think-tank Center for Land Warfare Studies, he said that India fought two wars with Pakistan and one war with China in 1962. They used Nuclear weapons, the weapons of deterrence. But it is also true that they will not allow nations to go to war because nuclear weapons don’t help prevent war.

He said that the army of China and Pakistan is crippled by the lack of basic necessities, shortage of weapons and ammunition. BS Jaswal, Lieutenant General of former northern army commander says that the color of orange rifle’s put s soldiers in risk. General have complained about the orange stock and 5.56mm butt of the rifle. A senior officer recalls that a few years ago an infantry unit lived in Northeast bought sandbags to protect soldiers tents from its own money.

Amry Chief Bipin Rawat

14 men were burnt alive and total 18 soldiers were dead because of incendiary ammunition. Jaswal said that we are running 15 years back, there is lack of artillery guns. Only one vendor has complete the requirements of the army out of two tenders for 44,600 carbines and 4,097 light machine guns.

Lieutenant general Rajendra Singh says that government should give the highest importance to arms buying procedure. There is shortage of officers and men and this is a big issue rather than equipment shortage.

Lieutenant general HS Panag, a retired army commander points that training of soldiers is more necessary than the shortage of equipment.

There are 3,500 soldiers in the army but only a few of them can pass the test of taking a body shot at 1,000 meters and a head shot at 600 meters. So, soldier’s training is the biggest need at that time.

The council of Defence minister has given 145 ultra light (M777) for Rs 4,600 crore, 814 artillery guns for Rs 15,750 crore, 118 Arjun Mk-II tanks for Rs 6,600 crore and 420 air defense guns for Rs 16,900 crore.

It will take at least one decade for some weapons to materialize.Two years back, the homemade Arjun Mk-II tank suffered from a critical setback. Now, DRDO is also looking for a missile to be fired from the main gun of the tank.
The senior officer says that most of the schemes are to be implemented by 2027 and the force should be totally prepared for any mission.

Recently the shortage of ammunition has been fulfilled to some extent. The force requires more than 350,000 new bullet proof jackets but only 50,000 jackets are provided.

The army is necessary to upgrade the strategy against China to war and the government must make no comprise in the strategy and funds which are required. A former army retired vice chief lieutenant general Philip Campose says that there is an immediate need of 1,000 older t-72 tanks and combat vehicles. The soldiers have to speed up the modernization of shields too.

Campose said that government should also upgrade the air defense systems and improve the night fighting capabilities.

India's Anti China Missile Can't be Trusted in Fight, CAG Explains in 8 Points

The country’s national auditor said in a damning report that nearly a third of the home-made Akash surface-to-air missiles are untrustworthy, unusable and untested and promoting an operational risk amid threats. This disclosure comes after when a standoff between Indian and Chinese troops is ongoing along the border in Sikkim sector. To be situated in the powerless Siliguri corridor (also called to as the Chicken’s neck), Akash was India’s counter to any strike by Chinese Air Force Fighters. The CAG report, yet, puts an unavoidable question mark on its utility and additionally on the Make in India initiative that looks to trim the nation’s reliance on imported arms.

This is what CAG had to say:

  1. The missiles missed the marked target, had less than the required speed, and there are breaking down of vital units.
  2. Between 2013 and 2015, the missile frameworks were to be introduced at six designated sites (in the northeast). Till date, however, none of the missile frameworks have been installed.
  3. Out of 80 missiles got up to November 2014, 20 missiles were test terminated during April-November 2014. Six in those missiles failed the test, which means 30% of it.
  4. Two of the missiles, however, blundered to even take off. These inadequacies represent an operational risk amid threats.
  5. The life expectancy of a few missiles had been expired by March 2017.
  6. These missiles were purchased at a high cost, yet would remain usable for a less time than their stipulated life.
  7. Also, holding in common works at the sites drove the installation of the missile systems following planned time.
  8. The CAG was likewise not prepared to acknowledge the Indian Air Force’s disagreement that the postponement in the commissioning of missile framework was just not owing to non-accessibility of infrastructure.

The report is a big punch to the missile system and comes after the Army recently indicated enthusiasm for going for the Israeli speedy response surface-to-air missiles (QR-SAMs) to go up against on enemy fighters, helicopters, and drones instead of Akash. On the other hand, the Defence Ministry sources said that the Army has already cleared that it doesn’t require any more Akash regiments following it gets the initial two ordered before for Rs 14, 180 crores, including six firing batteries and hundreds of missiles each. The Army holds Akash territory defence missile systems do not meet its operational prerequisites for protecting its strike corps against adversary air attacks in frontward areas.

Firing at LoC, Killed 2, Pakistan Summons India's Deputy High Commissioner

On Saturday, Pakistan summoned India’s deputy high commissioner in Islamabad over alleged firing along the Line of Control, which killed two persons and wounded three others. Previous to this, Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said in a statement that the Pakistan accused India of breaching the ceasefire along the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in which two persons were killed and three injured. The statement stated that the Deputy High Commissioner JP Singh was summoned over the alleged firing by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal sectors.

The allegedly firing led to killing two residents, including one woman, and three other people were injured as well. The Foreign Office said that Director-General (South Asia & SAARC) Mohammad Faisal called upon the Indian High Commissioner and “condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces”. The Foreign Office said, “The Director-General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations, instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC.”

In the meantime, an army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said, “Pakistan Army troops responded effectively to Indian unprovoked firing.” The recent conflicts occurred on the death anniversary of militant commander Burhan Wani who was killed last year in Kashmir.