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Most popular military and security tweets: the top ten in October 2019

1. Crash-landing of Indian Army’s Dhruv helicopter

Indian Army Northern Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh survived a Dhruv helicopter crash-landing in Poonch in the Jammu region. The chopper was carrying six more personnel when it made an emergency landing and no casualties were reported.

The Dhruv advanced light helicopter has been serving the Indian armed forces since 2002. The helicopter is being offered in transport, utility, reconnaissance, and medical evacuation configurations.

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Username: Livefist

Twitter handle: @livefist

Retweets: 227

Likes: 765

2. Handover of Indian Mi-24V attack helicopters to Afghanistan

Afghanistan received an additional pair of Mi-24V attack helicopters from the Government of India in October 2019. The helicopters will replace the four attack helicopters gifted by India to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) between 2015 and 2016.

India handed over the first two Mi-24Vs to the ANDSF in May 2019. The Mi-24V attack helicopters are armed with a 12.7mm machine gun, rockets and missiles. The new helicopters will support the ANDSF in counter-terrorism missions.

Username: Livefist

Twitter handle: @livefist

Retweets: 210

Likes: 1,126

3. US Navy’s F/A-18E Super Hornet with new kill markings

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from Carrier Air Wing 8 (CVW-8) is now painted with new kill markings. The fighter jet shot down a Syrian Su-22 fighter-bomber during a conflict near Raqqa, Syria in 2017.

The aircraft belongs to the Strike Fighter Squadron 87 (VFA-87) of CVW-8, which is a US Navy aircraft carrier air wing assigned to the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush.

Username: The Aviationist

Twitter handle: @TheAviationist

Retweets: 179

Likes: 622

4. Indian MoD’s approval for three make in India defence projects

Indian MoD’s Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved $466m (Rs33bn) for three make in India projects including third-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), auxiliary power units (APUs) for tanks, and electronic warfare systems for high-altitude areas.

The new ATGMs will offer fire-and-forget and top attack capabilities to the armed forces, while the APUs will enable upgrades to subsystems aboard the Indian Army’s T-90 and T-72 main battle tanks.

Username: Livefist

Twitter handle: @livefist

Retweets: 135

Likes: 595

5. IAF Eastern Command’s fighter exercise

The Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Eastern Command launched a fighter jet exercise across six civil airports in eastern India. The exercise enables the pilots to gain knowledge over the procedure of flying at the busy airfields located in close proximity with civil airports.

Conducted at Guwahati, Imphal, Dimapur, Kolkata, Andal, and Pasighat airports, the exercise saw participation of SU-30 MKI and Hawk 132 aircraft. The SU-30 MKI serves as a multi-role air superiority fighter, while Hawk 132 is an advanced trainer aircraft.

Username: Livefist

Twitter handle: @livefist

Retweets: 131

Likes: 632

6. Deployment of the HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group

The HMS Queen Elizabeth carrier strike group will include two Type 45 destroyers, two Type 23 frigates, a nuclear submarine, a Tide-class tanker, and a Fort-class combined fleet stores ship and tanker. The deployment of the carrier strike group is expected in 2021.

Built by the Aircraft Carrier Alliance, the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier entered service with the UK Royal Navy in December 2017. It is the biggest warship ever constructed for the navy.

Username: UK Defence Journal

Twitter handle: @UKDefJournal

Retweets: 119

Likes: 405

7. A tweet on the launch of F-16 “WRAITH” aircraft

The 57th Fighter Wing Nellis AFB unveiled an F-16 fighter with a new paint scheme called “WRAITH”, which was chosen through voting on the Facebook page of the US Air Force.

The 57th Fighter Wing stationed at the base currently operates multiple combat platforms including F-16 multi-role fighters, A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air support aircraft, and HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters.

Username: The Aviationist

Twitter handle: @TheAviationist

Retweets: 109

Likes: 310

8. A snapshot of a British F-35 Lightning aboard HMS Queen Elizabeth

An F-35 Lightning fighter from the UK Royal Air Force rests on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier. The fifth-generation fighter aircraft is equipped with Paveway laser-guided bombs and ASRAAM air-to-air missiles.

The UK’s first F-35 Lightning aircraft flew for the first time in April 2012, while multiple trials aboard the HMS Queen Elizabeth were conducted in 2018.

Username: UK Defence Journal

Twitter handle: @UKDefJournal

Retweets: 107

Likes: 593

9. NATO’s tweet on air-to-air refuelling tankers

NATO shared a video on air-to-air refuelling operations managed by the European Air Transport Command (EATC) in support with it. The EATC offers its services to Allied aircraft.

The multi-national command operates a fleet of more than 34 types of aircraft stationed at the national air bases across seven member nations. Based at Eindhoven Airbase in the Netherlands, the command supports air transport, air-to-air refuelling and aeromedical evacuation missions.

Username: NATO

Twitter handle: @NATO

Retweets: 92

Likes: 289

10. Jens Stoltenberg’s tweet on the meeting with UK prime minister

Jens Stoltenberg, the 13th Secretary General of NATO, met the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and acclaimed Britain’s defence spending and contributions to NATO missions.

The leaders discussed the current security challenges including the situation in Northern Syria during their talks, which will be followed by the next meeting of NATO leaders in London in December 2019, on the occasion of NATO’s 70th anniversary.

Username: Jens Stoltenberg

Twitter handle: @jensstoltenberg

Retweets: 84

Likes: 175