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Pakistan's C4ISR (Part 1): Introduction & Overview
An introduction and overview of Pakistan’s implementation of C4ISR
Link: Pakistan’s C4ISR (Part 1): Introduction and Overview
08 March 2016
By Bilal Khan
Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) is a term commonly used to describe the idea of using a network to communicate and pass data between connected assets. These assets can range include aircraft, surface warships, armoured vehicles, ground stations, and even individual personnel. In the modern warfare environment, connecting new information to the right actors is vital to one’s capacity to survive and succeed on the battlefield. The reasons are obvious. Situational awareness at the tactical and strategic level are key, especially if one intends to properly understand a problem, and in turn, deploy the correct solution. Precise and objective decision-making can save lives, accrue gains, and win battles, which in...
Canadian province Ontario plans to trial universal basic income
'As Ontario’s economy grows, the government remains committed to leaving no one behind'
Ontario has announced it could soon be sending a monthly cheque to its residents as it plans to launch an experiment testing the basic income concept.
While officials in the Canadian province are yet to release any specific details of the project – including how much will be given to residents who participate – the finance ministry has published a report confirming the government’s intention to roll out the experiment.
The general concept of basic income involves a government handing out a flat-rate income to every single citizen within a country, either by replacing existing benefits or to top them up.
Proponents of the idea say it would save on welfare administration costs, reduce the poverty traps of traditional welfare states, be fair to people who have jobs, and give people more autonomy in general.
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The History of CSAR mission
While usually when people start talking about CSAR, what immediately pop up in your head is a lone helicopter appear out of hostile controlled sky and some special force personnel rappel out of the helicopter and put a wounded man on a stretcher and the helicopter land heroically under fire and extract the team of SF and the wounded man....
All that is true, but actually the concept of CSAR was started way before the age of flight (let alone the age of helicopter). The earliest example of CSAR is hard to determine, as many of Land base or Sea base battle could effectively turn into a Combat Search and Rescue, in effect, Battle of Alesia can be seen to display some of the trait of a CSAR operation, where Commius forces were dispatched to search and rescue (in this case, lift the siege) of Alesia in order to rescue Vercingetorix.
The first modern day CSAR operation were conduct during the height of WW1, when the age of flight...
While PTV cameramen, when covering events like the Pakistan Day Parade, never fail to disappoint us with their inability to capture the occasion with some decent substance specially when covering the flypast and aerial displays.This is all the more frustrating since they have plenty of time to prepare and are well aware of the entry and exit point of the participating aircraft formations, still the cameras are placed at silly angles, never taking the back light into account and more focused on the VIP stand. Last year for the full dress rehearsal, a friend captured the Flypast and the air display with a hand held camera and I'm sure you will agree that he did much better job than the so called PTV professional cameramen. Enjoy the spectacle and watch out for the lead F-16 run in.
The Foreign Office directed a secret coded message, through Ambassador of Pakistan to Austria Abdul Sattar, to Munir Khan who soon met Dr. Raja Ramana at the Imperial Hotel at Vienna, Austria. There, his Indian counterpart confirmed the possible surgical attack on Pakistani nuclear facilities. During their conversation, Munir Khan told the Chairman of India's Atomic Energy Commission that an Indian attack on Pakistani nuclear facilities would trigger a possible Pakistan retaliatory strike on Indian nuclear facilities at Trombay, which will result in the release of radioactivity causing a major disaster. Dr. Raja Ramana held a meeting with Indira Gandhi and conveyed Pakistan's possible response. Indira Gandhi immediately postponed the surprise attack, and subsequently the matter was shelved. Following these events, Indian and Pakistani officials met for negotiations and agreed that both countries would not attack each other's nuclear facilities.
Before and after Chagai nuclear...
The Indian Economy 1947 - Present Day, 2016 ---------- Part 1
This is a multi part series.
The idea is to break each and every individual era under different Prime Ministers of India who along with Finance Minister and Cabinet have shaped whole economy of this country.
This series is inspired from the works of @WAJsal who have presented a magnificent write up about the history of Pakistan. Essentially, i was inspired to document the economic history of our country and the kind of challenges to issues in hand.
I hope i can do justice to this topic. This series has rich dose of political stuff also intermixed with the basic economic stuff.
In case of errors, please feel free to correct me.. and guide me to including correct perspective things ... also if i offend any one, pls forgive me...
The Historic Start - "A Tryst with Destiny"
Jawaharlal Nehru gives his "tryst with destiny" speech at Parliament House in...
TTP chief Fazlullah living in Afghan region where govt has no control: Afghan envoy
ALI AKBAR — PUBLISHED 10 MINUTES AGO
Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal speaks at the Afghan consulate in Peshawar.—Photo by the writer
PESHAWAR: Chief of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Mullah Fazlullah, resides in an area of Afghanistan where the Afghan government has no control, said Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Omar Zakhilwal.
Mullah Fazlullah has been in hiding in Afghanistan since he fled the military operation in Swat in 2009. He has continued to live in Afghanistan after becoming the head of the TTP following the killing of his predecessor Hakimullah Mehsud in a November 2013 US drone strike.
Pakistan has on a number of occasions in the past demanded of Afghanistan to hand over Fazlullah, but Islamabad’s pleas have gone unheard.
Talking to media at the Afghan consulate in Peshawar on Thursday, Zakhilwal said that the current environment is conducive for...
Here are an article I wrote a few months ago, this is quite a long article so I have break it down into 3 parts. I will put all 3 parts online over the next 2 weeks. So please stay tune
Inside : Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Operation
A couple of month ago, while replying to a post about armoured ambulance, I had the chance to interact with a fellow member @DESERT FIGHTER about Medical Evacuation. And seeing that CSAR is nothing more than a few paragraph on Wikipedia, I was going to write an article on skills about Combat Search and Rescue Technique, but I never did find the motivation and time to do it. And while replying to the post I have finally muster enough motivation to do the proper research and reach out to some of my old buddies which specialise in Combat Search and Rescue Operation.
Upon finishing this article, reader will have a brief knowledge on
The definition of Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR)
The history of CSAR mission
The tactics employed by CSAR mission
Analysis: Pakistan Should Get a Light Anti-Ship/Cruise Missile
Analysis: Pakistan Should Get a Light Anti-Ship/Cruise Missile
The Kongsberg Naval Strike Missile (NSM) ought to be inspiration for a new AShM/ALCM
02 March 2016
By Bilal Khan
The inclusion of the C-802A anti-ship missile (AShM) and Ra’ad air-launched cruise missile (ALCM) has given the JF-17 Thunder credible air-to-surface strike capabilities, especially at stand-off range (i.e. outside of the range of an enemy’s defensive or return-fire). However, while these missiles offer key benefits in certain respects, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) could gain from the added inclusion of a lighter ALCM that could double as an AShM, especially from a tactical standpoint.
There is nothing inherently wrong with either missile, especially when takes into account their respective design aims: The C-802A is a capable and versatile AShM that could be deployed from various launch platforms, such as aircraft, surface ships, and...
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Sunday became the first Pakistani to win two Oscar awards on Sunday.
Oabid won in the Best Documentary Short Subject for A Girl In The River in the 88th Academy awards. The documentary which sheds light on honour killings in Pakistan follows the story of a teenage girl shot in the face by her own family.
Honour killing issue would gain traction if film wins Oscar: Sharmeen Obaid
“I have another one!” said Sharmeen as she took the stage to accept the award.
“This week the Pakistani PM said he would change the law on honor killing after watching this film — that is the power of film!” she added.
The filmmaker also took to Facebook to announce, “Pakistan, we just won our 2nd Oscar!!”
In 2012, Obaid made history as she won the Academy Award for her documentary Saving Face at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in 2012, Pakistan’s first Oscar.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy mingles with Hollywood bigwigs at Oscar luncheon
A Girl in the River: The...
MOD: SYMPATHIZING WITH A TERRORIST WILL LEAD TO A PERMANENT BAN!
Mumtaz Qadri Hanged In Adyala Jail Rawalpindi - Vidrail
Mumtaz Qadri hanged to death
Mumtaz Qadri, the security guard who killed Governor Punjab, Salman Taseer has been hanged to death in Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.
Mumtaz Qadri had filed a mercy plea before President Mamnoon Hussain after Supreme Court maintained his conviction in October last year.
Rumours started pouring in earlier today as his supporters started Twitter trend to call for protest against his expected hanging.
The protests have erupted in Hyderabad, Karachi and Lahore after the announcement by leaders of the movement to free Mumtaz Qadri.
Security has been beefed up across the country in the wake of Qadri's death.
Mumtaz Qadri hanged to death
Source: Mumtaz Qadri Hanged in Adiyala Jail
Conflict Armament Research issues damming report of India's Govt sanctioned companies supplying IED equipment to ISIS #HowIndiaSupportsISIS
Part 1: An analysis of the Pakistan Air Force’s decision to focus on F-16s
22 February 2016
By Bilal Khan
A recent episode of ‘Defence and Diplomacy’, a policy news and analysis show hosted by retired Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Group Captain Sultan Hali, offered a number of interesting insights into the PAF’s apparent modernization roadmap, particularly with regards to its fighter fleet. This analysis will touch upon a few key points raised in the episode (which also included retired Air Marshals Shahid Lateef and Yousuf Chaudhry), especially in regards to the PAF’s rationale for pursuing the F-16 as well as its reluctance to induct a comparable alternative, such as the Chengdu FC-20 (i.e. J-10).
For the foreseeable future, the PAF will center its fighter acquisition plans on the JF-17 and F-16. Before continuing into how the PAF would pursue each fighter, it is important to understand the driving forces behind the PAF’s decision. To put it frankly, the main issue is Pakistan’s...
The 'Hunter-Class' soldiers
The British Commandos were initially raised in the United Kingdom in June 1940, within days of the miraculous evacuation of Dunkirk, at Prime Minister Winston Churchill's direct request. The Commandos were supposed to strike back hard at German-Occupied Europe. These elite troops, all picked volunteers from regular British army, employed highly aggressive irregular fighting methods while carrying out their specialist 'hit and run' role from the sea. The Commandos were trained to conduct an unconventional form of warfare against the enemy and in the years 1940-41, they carried out a series of raids against the Wehrmacht in the Channel islands, Scandinavia and France. The Commandos were quickly lionized by the British public(starved of military success in 1940-41) and inspired fear among their opponents.
Commando armed with a tommy gun
Commandos in North Africa
In North Africa, the British forces, after foiling the Italian advance towards...
It is matter of great concern, that india is trying to control the foreign policy of independent states like US. At the same time it is dangerous for the stability of entire region. Indian lobbies continuously opposed sale of F-16s to Pakistan and they are worried that why US is selling F-16s to the country in a troubled relationship with india. However they failed to understand that how development of conventional capabilities of Pakistan is infact blessing for india as well?
Strong conventional war fighting capabilities of Pakistan and stable Pakistan is good for the stability of entire region. Peace is directly proportional with the stability and stability depends upon capacities and capabilities. Development of conventional war fighting capability and Nuclear threshold is interdependent on each other. Development of conventional strength of Pakistan will increse the nuclear threshold. Good for the india. I don't know why indian leaders can't understand that improvement in...
THE PAKISTAN NAVY’S FRIGATE OPTIONS
A look at how the Pakistan Navy might acquire new and used frigates
15 February 2016
By Bilal Khan
‘Frigates’ are surface warships. These warships are the mainstay of a naval fleet, often serving in roles such as patrolling a country’s maritime space, escorting other ships, and engaging in direct combat operations against enemy naval assets. A modern frigate is a multi-mission system, most often equipped for anti-ship warfare (AShW), anti-submarine warfare (ASW), and anti-air warfare (AAW).
It is important to understand that modern frigates, i.e. systems equipped with sufficient AAW capabilities, are indispensable naval assets. Yes, diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) have emerged as major threats for all surface combatants, but for one to possess the maximum possible flexibility in using their own SSKs, it is imperative they have the means to counter systems designed to track and hunt SSKs, such as maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).
The Root cause of Afghan & Syrian Conflicts (The Sect)
By: The Eagle
While going through the history and knowing the some of common facts of wars in Afghanistan and then in Syria respectively, few things came across my mind that the picture is intend to be the same though place and names are changed and number of parties. Rather to waste the time, I decided to ink down my observations that may help readers and members to see the facts by another aspect as well.
As usual, I use to say and indeed it is meant to express that here no such conspiracy theory or derailing of facts is intended though the words written here are merely my observations and findings that I observe by going through the subjects. It is also submitted here that I wouldn’t criticize a single person or party by going in deep of the occasions but I will try to draw a simple picture that how these incidents are co-related or can be viewed as more than coincidence. The history is all over there and is in the access...
The US Government on Friday, said it had approved the sale to Pakistan of eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radars and other equipment, in a deal valued at $699 million.
The Pentagon's Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it had notified lawmakers about the possible sale on Thursday.
It said the sale would improve Pakistan's capability to meet current and future security threats.
US okays sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Pentagon says - Breaking News - Jerusalem Post
U.S. okays sale of 8 Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan -Pentagon
U.S. okays sale of eight Lockheed F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: Pentagon| Reuters
During the fall of 1940, daylight bomber offensive against England was called off. The Battle of Britain was finally over but the battle of Atlantic was not. British supplies continued to suffer losses at the hands of German U-boats and surface vessels. HMS Hood, pride of the British navy was blown up on May 24 1941. Three days later, battleship Bismarck, the jewel of Kriegsmarine was sunk by the Royal Navy. Hitler's "real war" however had not even started yet. He turned his attention towards the East and most of the Luftwaffe units stationed in France, Belgium, Denmark and Holland were transferred to Poland. On the fateful day of June 22 1941, three million men attacked Russia along a 4000 mile front stretching from Leningrad in the North to Kiev in the South.
To support it's Soviet ally, RAF launched "Operation Nonstop" which was dubbed as "Operation Nonsense" by German propaganda. The objective of this operation was to conduct day time and night time precision and...
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has informed Congress that it is committed to improving Pakistan’s precision strike capability, which is seen as a veiled reference to F-16 fighter jets.
In a document released this week, the US administration told US lawmakers that its Foreign Military Funding (FMF) to Pakistan would focus on seven priority areas “identified and agreed to with the government of Pakistan”.
These include “precision strike; air mobility and combat search and rescue; counter-improvised explosive device and survivability; battlefield communications; night operations; border security; and maritime security/counter-narcotics in support of counter-terrorism aims.”
Pakistani embassy says that despite reservations among some lawmakers, sale of F-16s is on
The document, sent to Congress with the administration’s budget proposals for 2017, identifies these areas as essential to enhancing Pakistan’s counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism capabilities.
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