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INDIA’S LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT(LCA) NAVAL VERSION LANDS & TAKES OFF FROM INS VIKRAMADITYA---KUDOS TO MANY & CMDE MAOLANKAR & MOST  TO CMDE CD BALAJI SCIENTIST G PROJECT DIRECTOR AND LATER HEAD ADA---FROM PAPER TO FLIGHT !

INDIA’S LIGHT COMBAT AIRCRAFT(LCA) NAVAL VERSION LANDS & TAKES OFF FROM INS VIKRAMADITYA—KUDOS TO MANY & CMDE MAOLANKAR & MOST TO CMDE CD BALAJI SCIENTIST G PROJECT DIRECTOR AND LATER HEAD ADA—FROM PAPER TO FLIGHT !

This is an IDF tribute to  a modest Cmde (Retd)CD Balaji who steered the Navy’s and then the IAF’s LCA MK1 programme that ACM Raha accepted to give LCA a boost on Balaji’s presentation not to the import lobby ! It gives joy to IDF that Balaji  was part of the batch that IDF was […]

IDF’s YEAR END GEO- ANALYSIS------UNIPOLARITY IS TRANSITING INTO MULTIPOLARITY FOR CHINA & NO ONE SEEMS TO BE CO-OPERATING TO MEET THE RISE OF CHINA AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ARROGANCE HAS BECOME USA’s CARAPACE TO UPSTAGE EU TOO---RUSSIA IS THE GAINER ! WHERE DOES INDIA STAND ?.

IDF’s YEAR END GEO- ANALYSIS——UNIPOLARITY IS TRANSITING INTO MULTIPOLARITY FOR CHINA & NO ONE SEEMS TO BE CO-OPERATING TO MEET THE RISE OF CHINA AS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ARROGANCE HAS BECOME USA’s CARAPACE TO UPSTAGE EU TOO—RUSSIA IS THE GAINER ! WHERE DOES INDIA STAND ?.

The year 2019 saw an upward momentum of China with its risen economy to Number Two in the world, vigorously attempting to force a transition from an ‘unprecedentedly unipolar’ world which was led by USA as its policeman, especially in the Middle East for two decades after it sank the Soviet Union in the Cold […]

INDIA’S NAVY IS INDIA’S DIPLOMATIC ARM & DETERRENT STRENGTH TO MEET CHINA ---THE MILITARY NEEDS A HEALTHIER DEFENCE BUDGET-2020 BEING PREPARED-----LISTEN TO RAJA MOHAN’s WARNING AS CHINA MAKES INGRESS INTO THE IOR

INDIA’S NAVY IS INDIA’S DIPLOMATIC ARM & DETERRENT STRENGTH TO MEET CHINA —THE MILITARY NEEDS A HEALTHIER DEFENCE BUDGET-2020 BEING PREPARED—–LISTEN TO RAJA MOHAN’s WARNING AS CHINA MAKES INGRESS INTO THE IOR

This post tables C Raja Mohan’s bugle warning from Singapore published in Indian Express’s ‘ADDA’ (Bastion) on 26 th Dec page 19 in small print. Raja flies in and out of Singapore and briefs the world on the region. He watches Indo-Pacific more clearly from Singapore than in India, as almost each other day a […]

COAS GEN RAWAT TIPPED CDS BY MEDIA RELINQUISHES WITH IBGs & AN UNFINISHED ARMY AGENDA--- THE CDS PLATE IS FOR JOINTNESS CO-ORDINATION & MAKE IN INDIA WITH POWERS THAT BUREAUCRACY & NSA MAY RETAIN BUT PERSONALITY MATTERS IN INDIA

COAS GEN RAWAT TIPPED CDS BY MEDIA RELINQUISHES WITH IBGs & AN UNFINISHED ARMY AGENDA— THE CDS PLATE IS FOR JOINTNESS CO-ORDINATION & MAKE IN INDIA WITH POWERS THAT BUREAUCRACY & NSA MAY RETAIN BUT PERSONALITY MATTERS IN INDIA

Indian Armed Forces especially the Chiefs of Army(COAS), Navy(CNS) andAir Force(CAS), the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff(CIDS) and MODbureaucrats must be biting nails, awaiting a formal announcement ofthe name of India’s First Chief of Defence Staff(CDS) and the powers andcharisma he wields that will affect the working of MOD and inter paresworking of the Chiefs. […]

INDIA IS NOW AN UNSIGNED ALLY OF USA & THE QUAD PLUS 2 HAS MORPHED INTO A MARITIME ALLIANCE OF USA JAPAN AUSTRALIA & RIPARIAN FRANCE WITH UK TO CONTAIN CHINA---IAF HAS TIMELY FIRED A BRAHMOS MISSILE FROM A SU-30MKI TO BECOME A MULTIPLIER MARITIME FORCE IN THE QUAD FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC

INDIA IS NOW AN UNSIGNED ALLY OF USA & THE QUAD PLUS 2 HAS MORPHED INTO A MARITIME ALLIANCE OF USA JAPAN AUSTRALIA & RIPARIAN FRANCE WITH UK TO CONTAIN CHINA—IAF HAS TIMELY FIRED A BRAHMOS MISSILE FROM A SU-30MKI TO BECOME A MULTIPLIER MARITIME FORCE IN THE QUAD FOR THE INDO-PACIFIC

The metaphor is Geography makes History. India neglected its Khyber pass and the Himalayas, and allowed ingress from the seas by foreigners, which has scripted India’s history. Lessons need to be learnt as Geography has not changed, except a belligerent Pakistan has become India’s neighbour, and China is its best friend. India dominates the Indian […]

THE UNTOLD POT BALAKOT IAF MIG & PAF F-16 DOWNINGS ON 27 TH FEB IN PAKISTAN’S SURPRISE “SWIFT RETORT”—THE IAF USED NCTR TO DOWN AN F-16 & PAF F- 16s WITH DENEL WEAPONS MISSED 25 DIV TARGETS !

THE UNTOLD POT BALAKOT IAF MIG & PAF F-16 DOWNINGS ON 27 TH FEB IN PAKISTAN’S SURPRISE “SWIFT RETORT”—THE IAF USED NCTR TO DOWN AN F-16 & PAF F- 16s WITH DENEL WEAPONS MISSED 25 DIV TARGETS !

This IDF analysis is for interested readers like an Alfred Hitchcock thriller with a verbatim quote from Trident Trishul Blogspot to appreciate the air situation, and is based on Former Air Chief BS Dhanoa’s revelation at Litfest in Chandigarh of use of NCTR to meet Pakistan’s 24 planes in “SWIFT RETORT”. Pakistan believes in SURPRISE […]

THE UNTOLD STORY OF IAF HUNTERS WHO ATTACKED KEMARI TANKS ON 4 TH DEC 1971 MORNING & K25 MISSILE BOATS ATTACKED THAT SANK SHIPS BUT NIGHT MISSED KEMARI IN OP TRIDENT & ON 8 TH IN OP PYTHON JERATH ON RE LIT KEMARI TANKS

THE UNTOLD STORY OF IAF HUNTERS WHO ATTACKED KEMARI TANKS ON 4 TH DEC 1971 MORNING & K25 MISSILE BOATS ATTACKED THAT SANK SHIPS BUT NIGHT MISSED KEMARI IN OP TRIDENT & ON 8 TH IN OP PYTHON JERATH ON RE LIT KEMARI TANKS

FROM THE BOOK WARRING NUCLEAR NAVIES The Song of the Missile Boats, 1971 by Author. “Now take courage my lads, ’tis to Karachi we steer To add something more to this wonderful 1971 year, ’Tis to honour I call you, as free Indians, not slaves For who are so free as the sons of Bharat’s […]

FIVE DECADES AFTER OP TRIDENT IN THE 1971 WAR MANY STILL DO NOT BELIEVE 4 IAF HUNTERS SET KEMARI OIL TANKS ON FIRE ON 4 TH DEC MORNING BY HAPPINSTANCE & NAVY’S KILLER MISSILE BOATS SANK 3 SHIPS OFF KARACHI BUT DID NOT HIT KEMARI WHICH OSA’S JERATH HIT ON 8 TH IN OP PYTHON AND SANK 2 SHIPS

FIVE DECADES AFTER OP TRIDENT IN THE 1971 WAR MANY STILL DO NOT BELIEVE 4 IAF HUNTERS SET KEMARI OIL TANKS ON FIRE ON 4 TH DEC MORNING BY HAPPINSTANCE & NAVY’S KILLER MISSILE BOATS SANK 3 SHIPS OFF KARACHI BUT DID NOT HIT KEMARI WHICH OSA’S JERATH HIT ON 8 TH IN OP PYTHON AND SANK 2 SHIPS

INDIA DEFENCE FORUM IDF POSTS EXTRACTS OF 1971 ATTACK ON KARACHI FROM BOOK WARRING NUCLEAR NAVIES —INDIA PAKISTAN —–IN TWO PARTS TO CLEAR DOUBTING THOMASES Chapter 10 L’audace, L’audace, Toujours de L’audace. (Boldness, Boldness, Always Boldness) – Napoleon India started acquiring Soviet ships and submarines in 1965 when Britain stopped its line of credit and […]

IN 1972 INS NILGIRI WAS THE BASE PLATORM THAT HERALDED LATEST NAVAL TECHNOLOGY TO PAVE THE PATH FOR MODERN HOME BUILT WARSHIPS IN PSU YARDS --- SUCCESSOR NILIGIRI IS SET TO JOIN IN 2022

IN 1972 INS NILGIRI WAS THE BASE PLATORM THAT HERALDED LATEST NAVAL TECHNOLOGY TO PAVE THE PATH FOR MODERN HOME BUILT WARSHIPS IN PSU YARDS — SUCCESSOR NILIGIRI IS SET TO JOIN IN 2022

The story of a path setting ship INS Nilgiri of the Indian Navy needs to told. It is the operational performance of the 3,000 ton modern Leander frigate(F33) that set the pace of confidence to the Executive and Technical Brass of India’s Navy to become a builder’s Navy. She served from 1972 to 1996. The […]

IDF’s NAVY WEEK REPORT --INDIA’S NAVY IS DELIVERING ON A SHOE STRING BUDGET BUT HOW LONG IS THE BIG QUESTION—CNS SPEAKS OUT AGAIN NAVY’S BUDGET IS 13% OF DEFENCE BUDGET DOWN FROM 18% !

IDF’s NAVY WEEK REPORT –INDIA’S NAVY IS DELIVERING ON A SHOE STRING BUDGET BUT HOW LONG IS THE BIG QUESTION—CNS SPEAKS OUT AGAIN NAVY’S BUDGET IS 13% OF DEFENCE BUDGET DOWN FROM 18% !

Ranjit B Rai Navy week just ended and this is an IDF Report. With poor media coverage, INDIANS who have a low respect for research or history did not recall the fourteen day 1971 December war when Navy’s Osa Class missile boats with P-15 radar guided missiles sank five Pakistan Navy ships on 4th and […]