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    A look at Indian Air Force Rafales' capabilities as they are formally inducted today

    The Rafale jets, known for air-superiority and precision strikes, are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in 23 year after the Sukhoi jets were imported from Russia.

    Five Rafale jets formally inducted into Indian Air Force in boost to India's air power

    Ten Rafale jets have been delivered to India so far and five of them stayed back in France for imparting training to IAF pilots. The delivery of all 36 aircraft is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021. A second batch of four to five Rafale jets are likely to arrive in India by November.

    Indian Air Force's Rafales are practicing aerial maneuvers to take on China and Pakistan

    The five new Rafale omni-role fighter jets are now undertaking day and night practice sorties in different terrains, including the mountainous one in Himachal Pradesh, ahead of their formal induction ceremony at the Ambala air base towards the end of this month, reports TNN.

    Indian Air Force is now armed to the teeth

    Boeing has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan. Earlier in March, Boeing handed over the last five of 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF.

    The Indian Air Force is ramping up deployment in LAC

    Seven weeks into a bitter standoff with Chinese troops, the Indian Air Force has significantly enhanced deployment of frontline jets, attack helicopters and transport fleet in its key bases along the Line of Actual Control. The frontline fighter jets have increased their sorties in Ladakh and nearby areas in the last few days as part of increased alert level.

    Indian Air Force's Rafale locks in on China and Pakistan with SCALP, Meteor missiles

    The first batch of five Rafale jets on Monday took off from France for India, officials said. The multi-role fighter aircraft are scheduled to arrive at Ambala air force station on Wednesday, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force under a Rs 59,000-crore deal.

    Be ready at short notice: Rajnath Singh to Indian Air Force

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday complimented the Indian Air Force for its rapid deployment of assets at forward locations in response to the border row with China in eastern Ladakh, saying its Balakot strike and the current combat readiness have sent a strong message to "adversaries". Defence Minister Rajnath Singh gives a strong message to the Forces. 'Be ready at a short notice', says Rajnath Singh.Be ready at short notice: Rajnath Singh to Indian Air Force

    Prez approves gallantry award for defence personnel on eve of I-Day, 4 get Shaurya Chakra

    Those from the Army who have been awarded the Shaurya Chakra are Lt.Col. Krishan Singh Rawat from the elite Special Forces, Major Anil Urs and Havildar Alok Kumar Dubey.

    Indian Military puts in place mechanism to ensure uninterrupted, fast delivery of supplies in Ladakh

    Forces are using C-17 and IL-76 aircraft along with Chinook helicopters to deliver supplies in forward location, reaching from parts of India to Ladakh. Every day these two, one of the biggest aircrafts get essential supplies like tentages, clothing, food items, water bottles etc to Ladakh from different parts of the country to send them to forward locations.

    LCH deployed for operations at Leh sector at short notice to support Indian Air Force

    In light of the prevailing situation on the border, HAL produced two Light Combat Helicopters which have been deployed for operations at high altitude (Leh sector) at short notice to support IAF missions. “It is the lightest attack helicopter in the world designed and developed by HAL to meet the specific and unique requirements of Indian Armed Forces reflecting the crucial role of HAL in Atma Nirbhar Bharat”, says Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL.

    Indian Air Force objects to film on woman officer, writes to CBFC and production house

    Strongly objecting to the portrayal of service life in a film on a woman officer who served during the Kargil war, the Air Force has written to the Film Certification Board and production house, alleging that it is misleading to show inappropriate work culture practices.

    AugustaWestland case: CBI seeks sanction to prosecute former CAG Shashi Kant Sharma

    The agency has sought sanction to also prosecute former Air Vice Marshal Jasbir Singh Panesar and three other former Indian Air Force officials, they said. It had filed formal charges against former air force chief SP Tyagi in 2017. Sharma, then a joint secretary at the defence ministry, had approved the "draft" request for proposal for the purchase in 2006. The CBI that examined the document has found deviations in the approval process.

    India-China disengagement: Indian Air Force fortifies its skies in Ladakh

    As the disengagement process is underway, the Govt now claims that Indian forces continue to keep a strong vigil in the skies. MIRROR NOW gets a report on how the Indian Air Force is fortifying the skies.India-China disengagement: Indian Air Force fortifies its skies in Ladakh

    NSA Ajit Doval holds talks with French Defence Minister Florence Parly

    Earlier in the day, Parly attended a ceremony at the Ambala air force station where five French-made Rafale jets were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force. After the ceremony, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Parly held delegation-level talks.

    Rafale induction: ‘India-France writing new chapter in defence ties’, says Florence Parly

    Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly on September 10 said that induction of Rafale jets is an achievement for both countries. Together both countries are writing a new chapter in India-France defence ties.Rafale induction: ‘India-France writing new chapter in defence ties’, says Florence Parly

    Rafale induction gives India edge over entire region, symbolises Indo-French ties: Parly

    “In strategic terms, it means India will have an edge over the entire region to defend itself and protect its people,” Parly added. Parly said `Rafale' literally means a “gust of wind” or a “burst of fire”. “Both meanings express an incredible strength,” she said, adding, “It is also a symbol of the strong ties between two countries.”

    Rajnath Singh holds brief conversation with French defence minister Florence Parly

    The talks took place at Palam Air Force station soon after Parly arrived on a day-long visit to participate in a ceremony in Ambala to mark formal induction of the first batch of Rafale aircraft into the Indian Air Force.

    Cricket takes back seat as lieutenant colonel Dhoni hails Rafale jets induction into IAF

    An excited Dhoni promptly expressed his delight at five Rafale fighter jets being formally inducted into the 17 Squadron of the IAF at a glittering ceremony at the Ambala air base.

    Rafale induction strong message for those who challenge India’s sovereignty: Rajnath Singh

    Singh's stern message to the neighbouring country came hours ahead of an expected meeting between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the margins of a Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave in Moscow.

    IAF's Rafale formally inducted, to be part of resurrected 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows

    Water cannon salute was given to the five Rafale aircraft at the Indian Air Force (IAF) base, Ambala during the induction ceremony on Thursday, reported ANI.

    IAF to formally induct Rafale aircraft into Golden Arrows squadron in Ambala

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) will formally induct the Rafale aircraft today at 10 am, at Air Force Station in Ambala. The aircraft will be part of 17 Squadron, the "Golden Arrows". The first five Indian Air Force Rafale aircraft arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala from France on July 27, 2020. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly will be the chief guests for the event.IAF to formally induct Rafale aircraft into Golden Arrows squadron in Ambala

    IAF will formally induct Rafale aircraft today as part of 17 Squadron at 10 am in Ambala

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly will be the chief guests for the event.

    Indian Air Force jawan shoots self with service rifle in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur

    The 22-year-old jawan, Shubham Singh Parmar, was on sentry duty at Air Force Station, Udhampur when he shot himself dead on Saturday, a police official said.

    India's light utility helicopter completes hot and high altitude trials in Himalayas

    The LUH took off from Leh and demonstrated its hot and high hover performance at Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at 5000 MAMSL, an HAL statement said on Wednesday. The helicopter also demonstrated its payload capability in Siachen glacier high altitude. During the trials, pilots landed the helicopter at the highest helipads of Amar and Sonam, it said.

    French Defence Minister Florence Parly to visit India for Rafale induction ceremony

    During her visit, Parly will also pay floral tribute to India's valiant soldiers at the National War Memorial in Delhi, according to the statement by the French Embassy in New Delhi.Five Rafale fighter aircraft arrived in India from France on July 29. The French-origin fighter aircraft are part of the 17 Golden Arrows squadron of the Air Force.

    Army, IAF chiefs visit forward areas as China moves more forces to Chushul

    China has moved additional forces opposite the Chushul sector in eastern Ladakh after a large number of well-armed Indian troops occupied virtually all the dominating heights from Thakung to Reqin La over the weekend to pre-empt any misadventure by Chinese soldiers.

    Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria reviews IAF's operational preparedness in eastern sector

    The Eastern Air Command, headquartered in Shillong, looks after the aerial defence of sensitive areas along the LAC in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh as well as various other parts of the region.

    India strengthens military presence in all strategic points in Pangong lake area: Sources

    The Army has also further bolstered overall surveillance mechanisms in all areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh after foiling China's fresh attempt to occupy an area on the southern bank of Pangong lake.

    First batch of five Indian Air Force's Rafale jets takes off from France to India

    "You can call them (Rafale) both beauty and the beast," said Indian Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf who interacted with the IAF pilots at the Merignac airbase before they set off for India.

    India, France in discussion for Mission Alpha-like equipment for Gaganyaan astronauts

    India and France share a robust collaboration in the area of space. Space agencies of the two countries are also collaborating on nearly Rs 10,000 crore Gaganyaan mission that aims to send three Indians to space by 2022.

    India unlikely to participate in mega war game in Russia next month

    Last week India had conveyed to Russia that it will participate in the strategic command-post exercise to be held in the Astrakhan region in southern Russia from September 15 to 26.

    View: Bumpy road to rebuilding air power; IAF likely to remain on tenterhooks

    The euphoria generated by the arrival of Rafale should not blind us to the long haul that the IAF needs to make in renewing and expanding its fleet to overcome obsolescence and attrition. There is definitely an urgency to replace the large ageing fleet of MiG-21, MiG-23 and MiG-27 by a high-tech single engine aircraft in the next 10-15 years .

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expected to visit Russia next week to attend SCO meet

    It will be Singh's second visit to Moscow since June. He had represented India at the Victory Day Parade in Moscow on June 24 that commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

    French defence minister likely to visit India next month to attend Rafale's induction

    The first batch of five Rafale combat jets, manufactured by French aerospace major Dassault Aviation, arrived at the Ambala air base on July 29. The jets are yet to be formally inducted into the IAF. Sources said the Defence Minister, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the entire top military brass of the country will attend the event at the Ambala air base.

    Delhi HC disposes plea on 'Gunjan Saxena' stay, asks Centre to treat film as work of art

    The court said that the IAF can take it up if it has any objections.

    Bangalore based start-up developing air launched drones with US Air Force Research labs

    Details of the project have not been shared yet but is likely to involve drones that act as force multipliers for combat aircraft on mission. The project would be one of the first success stories for the intergovernmental DTTI that has yet to show significant results, despite intense efforts by both India and US.

    Damaged mobile phone helped NIA nail JeM conspiracy behind the 2019 Pulwama attack

    The mobile phone belonged to a Pakistani militant, Mohammed Umar Farooq (24), killed a month after the attack, according to the NIA. On Tuesday, the agency filed a 13,800-page charge-sheet against 19 accused persons including JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, his brother Rouf Asgar and cousin Ammar Alvi, all Pakistani nationals.

    India to participate in multilateral mega war game in Russia next month, say officials

    China, Pakistan and a number of other member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) are expected to participate in the Kavkaz 2020 strategic command-post exercise, they said.

    Indian contingent to take part in Kavkaz-2020 along with Chinese, Pakistani troops

    Along with several other countries, troops of China and Pakistan are also likely to participate in the event, sources said. The Indian contingent would include 160 personnel from the army along with 40 troops of the Indian Air Force and two Navy officers for the observers there.

    India deploys troops with shoulder-fired missiles in key areas in eastern Ladakh

    These missiles have a range of two to five km and they are capable of bringing down low flying helicopters and aircraft, they added. The deployment of a sizeable number of troops with shoulder-fired missiles came as part of India's overall approach to significantly ramp up combat capabilities of the Army and the Indian Air Force (IAF) in eastern Ladakh.

    IAF launches mobile app to provide career-related information to aspirants

    "MY IAF" app is available on Google Play store for android phones and is linked to the IAF's social media platforms. It also provides glimpses into the history and stories of valour in the IAF.

    India gets final batch of Apache attack helicopters amid ongoing standoff with China

    Both the Apache and Chinook helicopters have been pressed into service by the IAF in view of the ongoing border standoff. The Apaches are being used for night sorties in Ladakh. It is an advanced multi-role combat helicopter and represents the backbone of the US Army attack helicopter fleet.

    US aerospace major Boeing completes delivery of 37 military helicopters to India

    Boeing said it completed delivery of all 22 Apache and 15 Chinook military helicopters to the IAF and is fully committed to meet their operational needs of the Indian armed forces.

    IAF's LCA Tejas to act as deterrent against Pakistan and China's misadventures

    In a significant achievement for the indigenous fighter aircraft programme, the Indian Air Force (IAF) deployed the home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas on the western front along the Pakistan border in view of the tensions with China on the Ladakh front, reports ANI.

    State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd helicopters in rescue operations at Mauritius Reef

    Indigenous Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv and Chetak helicopters are being deployed for rescue and oil-spill clean-up operations at Mauritius Reef. They have been pressed into service to rescue people and extricate skimmed oil from the Japanese owned cargo ship MV Wakashio.

    Watch: IAF rescues man stuck in heavy flow of wastewater weir in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur

    A man got stuck in heavy flow of Khutaghat Dam near Ratanpur area of Bilaspur after he jumped in the weir on August 16 evening but couldn’t get out due to heavy flow. He sat on a stone holding a tree to save himself. But due to bad weather and heavy flow of water, he couldn’t be rescued. On August 17 morning, Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper, Mi-17 came to rescue him. Miraculously, he got airlifted and was rescued safely. Watch: IAF rescues man stuck in heavy flow of wastewater weir in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur

    Beirut blast: India sends 58 metric tonnes of emergency humanitarian aid, food supplies

    "India demonstrates solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the aftermath of the tragic explosions in Beirut. 58 MT of emergency humanitarian aid, including crucial medical and food supplies, is on its way to Beirut in IAF C17 aircraft," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said in a tweet.

    Air India officials go to US to receive custom-made B777 plane for VVIP travel

    Another custom-made B777 plane is likely to be received from Boeing in September, the official added. It was expected that the delivery of these two planes, which are earmarked for VVIP travel only, would be done by July. However, due to COVID-19, their delivery has been delayed by a few weeks.

    I was lucky to have support from family and IAF, says Gunjan Saxena after IAF's letter to CBFC

    Saxena also clarified IAF never differentiated between male and female trainees.

    Unscheduled transit flights cannot land for specific hours at Delhi airport on August 15

    According to a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), transit flights cannot land at the Delhi airport between 6 AM and 10 AM as well as between 4 PM and 7 PM on August 15.

    India moves air defence missile systems into Eastern Ladakh sector

    "As part of the ongoing build-up in the sector, the air defence systems of both Indian Army and the Indian Air Force have been deployed in the sector to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People's Liberation Army choppers there," government sources told ANI.

    Air Chief Marshal reviews operational preparedness of IAF at frontline base

    The Indian Air Force has kept almost all its air bases under the Western Command at a "very high level of readiness" in view of the over three-month border row with China in eastern Ladakh.

    IAF objects to 'undue negative' portrayal in Janhvi Kapoor's 'Gunjan Saxena', writes to CBFC

    The movie was released on streaming platform Netflix on Wednesday.

    Right space for plane bargains? Bright spark puts decommissioned IAF MiG-23 aircraft on sale

    An item with a price tag of Rs 9,99,99,000 would indeed stand out in an e-marketplace.

    Defence stocks rally on push for Atmanirbhar

    Following the decision, shares of Bharat Electronics, a government-run company, rallied over 13% in early trade and closed 9% higher, while BEML, another PSU catering to the military, rallied over 5% and closed 4% higher.

    Air India Express crash: Mumbai pilot, Deepak Sathe, was an ex-IAF officer

    Sathe lived in Mumbai’s Powai with his wife Sushma and two sons. His older son Shantanu got married on March 8, days before the lockdown began. Shantanu works in the USA while Sathe’s younger son Dhananjay is employed with a corporate firm in Bengaluru.

    Indian consulate in Dubai to remain open to share info related to Kozhikode plane crash

    According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, the Boeing 737 aircraft on a flight from Dubai to Kozhikode overshot the runway at Kozhikode airport at 7.41 PM on Friday. There were 184 passengers including 10 infants, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew on board the aircraft.

    Army, IAF to maintain very high-level of alertness along LAC: Sources on border standoff with China

    The Indian Army and the IAF will maintain a very high-level of operational readiness in all areas along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, North Sikkim, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh till a "satisfactory" resolution to the border row with China is arrived at, people familiar with the developments said.

    Enforcement Directorate conducts raids across country in Pilatus aircraft deal

    ED on June 2 had charge sheeted Sanjay Bhandari on charges of money laundering paving way for his extradition from London. Last month, CBI had registered a fresh FIR against Bhandari who is also under the scanner for purchase of alleged benami properties in London allegedly purchased for Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

    Galwan violence: Army, Navy, Air Force raise alert level

    The decision to raise the alert level of the three forces were taken at a high-level meeting Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs.

    Rafales will provide India major advantage in Tibet in case of aerial combat: Ex-IAF Chief B S Dhanoa

    Five Rafale jets out of 36 arrived India last week at a time India is in the midst of a bitter border row with China in the high altitude eastern Ladakh region.

    Indian Army prepares to maintain current strength in eastern Ladakh during winter months

    They said the Indian Air Force(IAF) will also remain on high alert in the forward air bases along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) while the Navy will maintain its aggressive deployment in the Indian Ocean Region(IOR) to keep up pressure on China.

    Pakistan has seen reports of recent acquisition of Rafale jets by IAF: Foreign Office

    India received the first batch of five Rafale jets on Wednesday, nearly four years after it inked an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft. The IAF received the Rafale jets 23 years after it imported Sukhoi-30 Ks from Russia in 1997.

    After arrival of Rafales, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh sends veiled warning to China

    ​The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived at Ambala air force station on Wednesday afternoon, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore. ​

    Rafale fighter jets arrive in India: Here’s how it will boost IAF's combat capability

    India received its first batch of new multirole combat fighter aircraft in nearly two decades with the arrival of five Rafale jets on Wednesday. Manu Pubby explains how it will boost IAF’s combat capability at a time when the country is in the midst of a bitter border row with China in eastern Ladakh. WatchRafale fighter jets arrive in India: Here’s how it will boost IAF's combat capability

    Rafale fighter jet deal: A saga of political dogfight to celebratory touchdown

    The emergency acquisition of Rafale was made primarily to check the depleting combat capability of the IAF as the number of its fighter squadrons had come down to a worrying 31 against the authorised strength of at least 42.

    Watch: 1st tranche of 5 Rafale jets along with 2 Sukhoi Su-30MKI enter Indian airspace

    In historic moments for the Indian Air Force, the first batch of five Rafale combat jets on Wednesday entered the Indian air space on its way to Ambala airbase from France, officials said. The fleet landed at Al Dhafra airbase on Monday in the UAE after flying for over seven hours from the Merignac airbase. It was the only stopover by the jets while flying from France to India. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's office said the Rafales are escorted by two Sukhoi 30 MKIs after they entered the Indian air space.Watch: 1st tranche of 5 Rafale jets along with 2 Sukhoi Su-30MKI enter Indian airspace

    First batch of five Rafale jets enters Indian air space, officials confirm

    On Monday, the Rafales landed at Al Dhafra airbase in the UAE after flying for over seven hours, officials said adding it was the only stopover by the jets while flying from France to India. On their way to India from France, the jets were refulled mid-air from a French tanker at a height of 30,000 feet.

    Indian Navy's clear message to Beijing following escalation of border tension "registered" by China: Sources

    Indian Navy deployed a range of its frontline warships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region to send a clear message to China when the border tension escalated manifold in the wake of the Galwan Valley clashes.

    Watch: Ambala Police make announcement of ‘no videography’ of Rafale jets

    Ambala Police made special announcement in the area to prevent people from going at their rooftops and making videos and clicking pictures of Rafale aircraft when the fighter jets make their landing at Ambala airbase. The police announced and aware people that it is a sensitive issue and people who found making videos and pictures. Five Rafale fighter aircraft took off on July 27 for India from an airbase in France to join the Indian Air Force fleet in Ambala on July 29. The five aircraft flying to India include seven Indian pilots including the commanding officer of the 17 Golden Arrows squadron.Watch: Ambala Police make announcement of ‘no videography’ of Rafale jets

    On way to India, five IAF Rafales re-fuelled mid-air by French tanker

    The fleet, comprising three single seater and two twin seater aircraft, is arriving at Ambala airbase on Wednesday afternoon where they will be officially inducted into the IAF as part of its No 17 Squadron.

    First five Rafales depart France for India, expected to arrive in Ambala on July 29

    The five jets will proceed for Ambala on Wednesday and will be received en route by Indian mid air refuelers as well as a fighter escort as they near land. The jets are coming combat ready, with cutting edge weapons delivered in advance after a special request was put in by India, considering border tensions with China.

    First batch of 5 Rafales reaches Al Dhafra airbase in UAE on way to India from France

    The aircraft flew out from the Merignac airbase in French port city of Bordeaux and will cover a distance of nearly 7,000 km with air-to-air refuelling and a single stop in the UAE before arriving at Ambala airbase on Wednesday.

    The First batch of Rafale jets fly out from France, for India

    The first batch of five Rafale jets on Monday took off from France for India, officials said. The multi-role fighter aircrafts are scheduled to arrive at Ambala air force station on Wednesday, nearly four years after India signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36 Rafale jets for the Indian Air Force under a Rs 59,000-crore deal. Watch as these mean machines take off from France for their home in India.The First batch of Rafale jets fly out from France, for India

    First 5 Rafale jets on their way to India, to be inducted on July 29

    The first batch of five Rafale fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF) is slated to take to skies from France on Monday. They are expected to halt at UAE and reach Ambala, their planned home base on Wednesday. The aircraft will be inducted into the IAF on Wednesday. The induction of the multi-role fighter will add teeth to the IAF's fighter squadrons.First 5 Rafale jets on their way to India, to be inducted on July 29

    First five Rafales just two days away, India's wait for the gamechanging squadron ends

    For almost two decades, the IAF has been perceived to be handicapped on long-range weapons and sensors vis-a-vis PAF. Rafale will reverse this & give IAF the decisive edge with better sensors and weapons. Each Rafale in the air would require at least two F16s for a counter-challenge.

    If enemy attacks us, we will give befitting response as shown in Kargil: Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh also said India is a peace-loving country but "we are ready to take any big step that is required to defend its national unity and sovereignty".

    Bihar floods: Nearly 15 lakh affected in 11 flood-hit districts, Darbhanga worst hit

    Floodwaters have entered homes in Bishunpur village of Darbhanga district, forcing people to wade through waist-deep water, even as they try and salvage their valuables.

    Air Marshal V R Chaudhari to take over as chief of IAF's Western Air Command

    An alumni of the National Defence Academy, Air Marshal Chaudhari was commissioned into the fighter stream of the IAF on Dec 29, 1982. He has flown a range of aircraft including MiG-21, MiG-23MF, MiG-29 and SU-30MKI.

    View: India Inc’s full involvement is necessary for an extensive defence manufacturing ecosystem

    ​ In view of the new challenges before India, it is now imperative that GoI launch a ‘Defence Mission’ with a 10-year timeframe to achieve full capability development.

    IAF's rapid deployment of assets in eastern Ladakh sent signal to adversary: Rajnath Singh

    In an address to the top commanders of the IAF on the opening day of a three-day conference, the defence minister said the nation's resolve to defend its sovereignty stands firm and that the people of the country have full confidence in the capability of its armed forces.

    Navy's P-8Is deployed in Ladakh; MiG-29K jets likely to move to air bases in north

    At present, the Navy has a fleet of around 40 MiG-29K jets and at least 18 of them are deployed on board the country's aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya.

    Remembering Subroto Mukerjee: Father of the Indian Air Force

    Known as the ‘Father of the Indian Air Force’, India’s first Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee was one of Indian Air Force’s first recruits and went on to win numerous awards throughout his illustrious career. He was born on 5 March 1911, Kolkata.

    IAF ready for long haul amid row with China, to induct 5 Rafales on July 29

    The IAF is geared up for the long haul in the ongoing military confrontation with China, having already forward deployed fighters and missile squadrons in Ladakh and elsewhere, even as it prepares to induct first 5 Rafale jets on July 29. Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria will chair the commanders’ conference with chiefs of the 7 IAF commands on July 22-23.

    Top IAF brass to meet to discuss China border situation, rapid Rafale deployment this week

    The Air Force has deployed its entire fleet of modern fighters like Mirage 2000, Sukhoi-30, and the MiG-29 fighters all along with the advanced and forward bases from where they have been carrying out both day and night operations. The advanced Apache attack helicopter has also been deployed in forward bases along the China border.

    Understanding the Bangalore boom: A bang that triggered theories galore

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) eventually grounded all highflying theories by ascribing the noise to its fighter jets.

    Indian forces to acquire Heron drones, Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israel

    The Heron unmanned aerial vehicles are already in the Air Force, Navy, and the Army and are being used extensively at the moment by both Army surveillance and Target acquisition batteries and Air Force in the Ladakh sector.

    Locust swarms: Centre takes various measures to prevent crop losses

    The Centre has taken various steps to control locust swarms, and carried out operations in over 1.5 lakh hectares area since April 11 to prevent crop losses.

    Govt steps up aerial spray of pesticide to fight locust swarms

    With drones already being used for control of locusts, the ministry said a Bell helicopter has been deployed in Rajasthan for use in the scheduled desert area as per the need. The Indian Air Force (IAF) also has conducted trials in anti-locust operation by using an Mi-17 helicopter.

    IAF carries out night time patrol in eastern Ladakh; to maintain high-level of readiness: Sources

    Explaining the significance of night time operations, senior fighter pilot Group Captain A Rathi deployed at the forward base told ANI, "Night operations have an inherent element of surprise. IAF is fully trained and ready to undertake an entire spectrum of operations in any environment with the help of modern platforms and highly motivated personnel."

    Watch: IAF’s Apache helicopter carries out night operations near China border

    Indian Air Force (IAF) Apache attack helicopter, at a forward airbase near India-China border, carried out night operations. These attack helicopters are fully loaded with fire-and-forget anti tank guided missiles, air to air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions. Apache helicopters also have modern Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities to provide versatility to the helicopter in a network centric aerial warfare. These aircrafts have been modified specifically to suit the exacting standards demanded by IAF.Watch: IAF’s Apache helicopter carries out night operations near China border

    IAF deploys 2 MI-17 choppers to contain locusts invasion near Jodhpur

    The Indian Air Force deployed its helicopters laden with pesticides early on Sunday on a request by the Jodhpur district administration and sprayed the chemical over a huge swarm of locusts which had landed in Bheekamkor village in the sub-division on Saturday.

    Sukhoi vs Sukhoi: India vs China

    The Su30MKI fleet is now the backbone of IAF and will continue to be so for the coming years. The Chinese air force, too, operates the Su30 fighters.

    India-China standoff: Significance of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Leh

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise visit to Ladakh in the midst of a seven-week tense border standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in a number of areas of the region. He interacted with personnel of the Army, Air Force and ITBP. ET’s Hakeem Irfan Rashid explains the significance of PM’s visit to Leh amid India-China standoff. WatchIndia-China standoff: Significance of PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Leh

    Need to further enhance our operational capabilities: IAF chief

    The Indian and Chinese armies are locked in a bitter stand-off in multiple locations in eastern Ladakh for the last seven weeks. The tension escalated manifold after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a violent clash in Galwan Valley on June 15. The Chinese side also suffered casualties but it is yet to give out the details.

    Government approves purchase of fighter jets, missile systems, weapons worth Rs 38,900 crore

    They said 21 MiG-29 fighter jets will be procured from Russia while 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft will be bought from State-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). A separate proposal to upgrade existing 59 MiG-29 aircraft has also been approved.

    Pakistan Army rejects reports of additional deployment of troops along LoC

    News claiming additional deployment of the Pakistan Army troops along the LoC in GB and alleged use of Skardu Airbase by China is "false, irresponsible and far from truth," Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar said.

    FIR against Sanjay Bhandari in Samsung-OPaL Venture

    ED had on June 2 chargesheeted Bhandari of money laundering, paving way for his extradition from London. Bhandari and ‘unknown officials’ of the Indian Air Force also have a CBI case of corruption in a Rs 2,985-crore deal in 2009 to procure 75 PC-7 trainer aircraft from Switzerland’s Pilatus Aircraft.

    Locusts attack: IAF develops 'Airborne Locust Control System' on Mi-17 helicopters for spraying pesticides

    The Indian Air Force has successfully designed and developed an Airborne Locust Control System on Mi-17 helicopters for tackling the locusts attack. The machine developed by the Air Force can help in spraying pesticides over 750 hectares of land in one mission.Locusts attack: IAF develops 'Airborne Locust Control System' on Mi-17 helicopters for spraying pesticides

    First batch of six Rafale jets likely to arrive in India by July 27; to be based in Ambala

    The IAF has been on a high alert for the last two weeks in view of escalation in tension with China following clashes between troops of the two countries in Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in which 20 Indian Army personnel were killed. The two armies are locked in a bitter standoff in the region for seven weeks.

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