Indian Jets violate Pakistani Airspace

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ISLAMABAD : Indian Fighter Jets violated Pakistani airspace a little before 11 AM on Tuesday, Geo News reported.

Indian Fighter Jets violated Pakistani airispace on Tuesday at 10:41 AM, flying withing Pakistani territory for a little over a minute near Head Sulemanki, approximately 170 kilometers from Lahore.

Following the violation, Pakistan Fighters scrambled in response, following which the Indian Aircraft retreated back to Indian Airspace.

Afghanistan: three Americans and one Italian killed in separate attacks

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Three Nato soldiers and a civilian have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.

Two US soldiers and an American civilian were killed in Paktika when a man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on them, according to a spokeswoman for Afghanistan’s Nato-led force. The attacker was killed in a shootout which also injured two US soldiers.

In western Afghanistan, an attacker threw explosives into an armoured vehicle, killing an Italian soldier and wounding three others.

The Italian defence ministry said the attack in Farah province came as the soldiers were returning to their base from training Afghan security forces.

The convoy of three armoured vehicles slowed down near a junction and an attacker ran up and threw an explosive device into the lead vehicle. The three wounded soldiers’ injuries were not life-threatening, the ministry said.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, with a spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, claiming that the attacker was an 11-year-old boy.

The deaths on Saturday brought to 16 the number of international troops killed in Afghanistan this month. On Thursday, seven Georgian soldiers died in a lorry bombing at their base in the south.

Taliban insurgents have launched intense attacks across the country as Afghan forces take over most security responsibility before the majority of foreign troops withdraw next year.

Afghanistan: 6 georgian soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan

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The Georgian military says six of its soldiers have been killed in a suicide attack in southern Afghanistan.

General Irakli Dzneladze, chief of the Georgian Army Joint Staff, said during a news conference in Tbilisi that the troops were killed when militants blew up a truck packed with explosives outside their base in restive Helmand Province.

Dzneladze said several soldiers were also injured.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

The incident comes after three Georgian soldiers were killed in a similar attack in Helmand on May 13.

Exercise Azm-e-Nau 4 under way at National Defence University

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani hosted Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff for discussions during Army War Game (Exercise Azm-e-Nau 4), which is currently underway at the National Defence University, Islamabad.

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This Army War Game is the culmination of the series of such exercises and aims at validation and crystallization of operational plans prepared in view of the emerging threat environment, said an ISPR press release issued here on Monday.Operational plans of Pakistan Air Force and Pakistan Navy are also being finalised in close coordination with the Army. The War Game will continue for two weeks.

Exclusive: Pakistan expresses interest in non-nuclear EMP weapons technology

by Zaki Khalid
[Terminal X Report]

Well-informed sources say that Pakistani security officials have expressed interest in the research and development of non-nuclear EMP (electromagnetic pulse) weapons.

Sources privy to the development had earlier shared that a panel of Chinese and Russian experts had met in Moscow to discuss means of collaborating for a giant Asian EMP-shield (‘umbrella‘) that would protect regional airspace, particularly that of Russia and China, from intruding systems.

In this context, Pakistani officials expressed their interest. It is expected that as previously, Pakistan will approach its counterparts in China to map a possible joint R & D venture.

Source: http://www.terminalx.org/

CM-400AKG, tough job for Indian Navy

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China has developed a hypersonic Aircraft carrier killer missile and has been deployed by the PAF.
The missile has been described as the PAF’s Hypersonic ‘Carrier Killer Missile’
Pakistan has deployed a new hypersonic long-range air-launched missile that officials in the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have described as “a hypersonic aircraft carrier killer missile”.
The CM-400AKG is a Mach 4 plus-capable air-to-surface weapon developed in China and now in service with JF-17 fighter aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force. The weapon, designated CM-400AKG, was designed and developed in China by the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) and was revealed at Airshow China 2012, held in Zhuhai in November.
The CM-400AKG is now part of the operational weapon set of the PAF’s JF-17 Thunder multirole fighter. “This is a mature weapon that has been fully tested. It is not conceptual. It is in service,” Air Commodore Mahmood Khalid, PAF JF-17 Deputy Project Director stated. “The CM-400AKG is a very high-speed missile that is very tough to intercept. It hits the target at Mach 4 or above and its kinetic impact alone is enough to destroy any high-value target, like an aircraft carrier.”
The CM-400AKG first appeared, briefly, in public at last year’s Dubai Airshow, when a placard for the weapon was placed alongside a PAF JF-17 – and then removed. The weapon itself was not shown. At the time PAF personnel acknowledged it was a new Chinese-built air-to-surface stand-off missile. However, the initial assumption that it was a derivative of the C-802 anti-ship missile has proved to be very wide of the mark.
The CM-400AKG is a 400 kg solid-rocket-powered weapon that can be fitted with either a penetration or blast/fragmentation warhead. It is a fire-and-forget precision-guided weapon that can be fitted with several seeker options, which are understood to include an active radar seeker and an imaging infrared seeker with target-recognition (TR) capabilities. PAF sources say the missile can be pre-programmed with digital imagery for highly precise attacks against fixed sites in TR mode, but it can also be re-targeted in flight by using the radar seeker option.
The range of the CM-400AKG is estimated to be in the 200-250 km class(Indian navy ships will need to be at max 200km away from Pakistani coastline, to enforce an effective blockade). It is designed for use against fixed or what were described as “slow moving” targets. CASIC data indicates that after launch the CM-400AKG climbs to high altitude and terminates with a high-speed dive on the target. The PAF describes the missile’s impact velocity as “hypersonic” (> Mach 5).

Both CASIC and the PAF note that the CM-400AKG has been developed as a JF-17 Aircraft carrier killer weapon. The PAF currently has two squadrons of approximately 36 JF-17s operational.

Wali killed on a tip-off by Hakimullah supporter

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The US State Department has disclosed that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan’s deputy chief Waliur Rehman was targeted and killed by a drone attack on a tip-off provided by a member of the Hakimullah Mehsud-led Taliban group.

Sparking fresh controversy by the statement, it said the US will award the informer $5 million.

According to INP, the State Department refused to disclose the name of the informer; however it has confirmed that the award will be paid. It said that anyone who provides reliable and actionable information deserves the award under the justice programme.

According to media reports, there are serious differences between Waliur Rehman and Hakimullah Mehsud groups of the TTP. These two groups are opposing each other and the person who provided information about the presence of Rehman belongs to the Hakimullah group.

Khan Syed alias Sajan has succeeded Rehman and the Shoaib Khel tribe of the Mehsud group has welcomed his appointment.