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ISI operates from within IAF‏

ISI operates from within IAF‏

A Delhi court has sentenced a former Indian Air Force employee to three-and-half-year prison term for passing on defence information to Pakistani intelligence officials.

Additional Sessions Judge Shalinder Kaur also imposed a fine of Rs 500 on Sanjit Kumar Paul (62), holding him guilty under various provisions of the Official Secrets Act and the Indian Penal Code.

During the arguments on sentence, Paul sought a lenient view of the court stating that he had already suffered incarceration for four years.

The prosecution, on the other, submitted that the convict was found in possession of a number of documents besides the telephone directory having number of defence personnel.

Paul and Bijendra Singh Panwar were arrested by the Delhi Police on April 22, 2009.

They were accused of passing secret information, prejudicial to the safety and security of the country, to Pakistan intelligence officials through Nepal.

Paul was also found in possession of one fake identity card.

The prosecution, however, could not prove its charge that Paul and Panwar were also found to be in possession different wireless messages of Indian Navy and Air Force.

The prosecution examined 29 witnesses to prove its case against Paul.

The court had acquitted Panwar of all the charges for want of sufficient proof. pkkh

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Pakistan to get about 50 Predator drones

July 22, 2010 1 comment

Pakistan to get about 50 Predator drones

  • General Atomics Wins Approval to Sell First Predator Drones in Middle East. (Bloomberg)
  • “There could be an argument that if the countries do it themselves, it’s less intrusive”. (Bloomberg)
  • General Atomics see the potential for sales of as many as 100 units in the Middle East and Pakistan of the so-called Predator XP model approved for export, Pace said. (Bloomberg)
  • “Saudi Arabia is a huge country, and if they want to cover the country well, they alone could get 50 aircraft,” Pace said. (Bloomberg)
  • Predators range in price from about $4 million for the basic model to about $15 million for the so-called Avenger version. (Bloomberg)
  • U.S. approves Predator drone sales to Saudi Arabia, Pakistan (True Slant)
  • The non-NATO Predators will differ from the full-functionality versions in several significant ways. San Francisco Gate
  • Most importantly, they will lack the ability to carry missiles and will be crippled to perform surveillance and reconnaissance missions only. San Francisco Gate

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. said it won U.S. approval for an export version of the Predator drone, clearing the way for the first sales of the unmanned aircraft in the Middle East.

“There’s interest from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates,” Frank Pace, president of the aircraft systems group at the closely held company, said today in an interview at the Farnborough Air Show near London.

General Atomics recently received U.S. State Department approval to offer an unarmed Predator model to countries beyond the NATO bloc, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Pace said. That would allow sales in the Middle East and elsewhere to governments previously ineligible to buy the planes, he said.

U.S. Predators are now used to monitor and strike targets in Iraq, Afghanistan and the border areas of Pakistan. Selling the aircraft to countries in the Middle East may ease regional opposition to the surveillance while raising new issues related to how the buyers fly them, one analyst said.

“There could be an argument that if the countries do it themselves, it’s less intrusive,” William Hartung, an analyst at the New America Foundation, a Washington research group, said in a phone interview. “But there’s still a question of how this capability is used.”

For example, a Pakistani Predator that was sent to monitor neighboring India would be “problematic” because such a mission might not be in U.S. interests, Hartung said.

Predator Capabilities

Predators are popular with U.S. military and intelligence agencies because they’re smaller than manned planes and can loiter over a target for long periods without risk to a pilot. Missile-equipped Predators can mount attacks via remote control.

General Atomics see the potential for sales of as many as 100 units in the Middle East and Pakistan of the so-called Predator XP model approved for export, Pace said.

“Saudi Arabia is a huge country, and if they want to cover the country well, they alone could get 50 aircraft,” Pace said.

General Atomics, based in Poway, California, has sold about 435 Predator-series drones, mostly to the U.S. government, according to spokeswoman Kimberly Kasitz. That total includes about 25 sold to NATO countries, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Kasitz said. The export model also is being promoted in South America and Mexico, she said.

That version, based on the model used by the U.S. Army and the Air Force, will lack the ability to carry weapons and will be designed only for surveillance and reconnaissance missions, Pace said.

Predators range in price from about $4 million for the basic model to about $15 million for the so-called Avenger version, Kasitz said.

General Atomics also builds the Predator B model with extended range and a new Predator C, the Avenger, that can evade enemy radar. Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. also make unmanned aerial vehicles used by the U.S. military for surveillance and armed missions. General Atomics Wins Approval to Sell First Predator Drones in Middle East By Gopal Ratnam – Jul 20, 2010

To contact the reporter on this story: Gopal Ratnam in Washington at gratnam1@bloomberg.net.

Pakistan-China to Develop JF-17 Block II‏

July 21, 2010 7 comments

Although the JF-17 design was frozen after its 6th prototype, there was an informal understanding on further development of the block II stealthy version. Several designs of the stealthy JF-17 have since then been floated, like the one above. Now, there are reports coming of an MoU been officially signed between Pakistan and China to develop the much advanced block II version. The JF-17, despite seeing immense hindrance by India [and may be Russia now] is surprisingly seeing huge acceptance and appreciation from some very good Air forces of the world such as of Turkey and Egypt. In fact, there were also reports of India considering the JF-17 before 26/11.

The new JF-17 block II could be an indication of Pakistan’s approval for its next (5th) generation fighter and this comes because India has already agreed to “pay for” the PAK-FA Russian 5th generation fighter, aimed at countering the American F-22 Raptor. India is also on papers wooing an indigenous [?] 5th generation fighter called the MCA (Medium Combat aircraft) but with India’s LCA now entering its 4th decade of prototyping, this seems not likely before 2040, a time when 6th generation fighters would already be flying. The block II of JF-17 could see deployment before 2020. This is reported to be an entirely full-stealth aircraft. Congratulations to the nation.

China-Pak in MoU to Develop Variant on JF-17 Thunder

China and Pakistan have reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a stealth version of a light-weight fighter aircraft being jointly produced by them to match MiG-21 warplane, a work horse of the Indian Air Force.

JF-17 Thunder, also known as FC-1, being jointly built by Kamra-based Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and Chengdu Aerospace Company (CAC) today made its first appearance at an international air show having flown in here after making refueling stops in Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The plane, which has been in development in one form or another since 1991, is a symbol of cooperation between China and Pakistan and the first assembled version brought out by the Kamra plant, delivered in November last year, according to ‘Show News,’ a special issue of defence journal Aviation Week for the Farnborough Air Show.

“The two (countries) have also reportedly signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a stealth variant of the JF-17 Thunder,” it said.

The journal said that Pakistan Air Force (PAK) is expected to acquire around 250 JF-17s, but this may be a split of 100 in the JF-17 configuration, being displayed at the air show here, and 150 of the stealth multi-role combat aircraft (MCRA) between 2015 and 2025.

A Russian-built Klimov RD-93 engine — a specialised single-engine fighter variant of the Mig 29’s RS-33 powerplant, powers the plane. The first prototype of the warplane flew in 2003 and the first two Chinese-made versions were handed over to the PAF in March 2007.

Show organisers said that the two JF-17 fighter planes would not fly as part of the air show. “The aircraft has not completed its full release to service in Pakistan,” the journal said, quoting a member of the flight control committee.

“Although that full release is only month away, the PAF is also today in what is for them new territory. Farnborough is their very first event of this kind ever,” it said.