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    Indian Air Force set for first-ever drill in strategic Persian Gulf region

    The IAF on Wednesday will dispatch six Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, two C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft and around 125 personnel for the high-voltage “Desert Flag” exercise, which will see participation of air forces from the US, France, South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

    Indian Air Force ferries 80 stranded passengers between Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh

    He said the AN-32 Kargil courier service operates thrice a week between Kargil and Jammu and twice a week between Kargil and Srinagar due to the closure of the 434-km Srinagar-Leh national highway owing to heavy snowfall.

    Aviation minister flags off first commercial passenger flight to Bareilly airport from Delhi

    The all-woman crew operated Alliance Air's Delhi-Bareilly inaugural flight on International Women's Day, it said. Alliance Air will be deploying its ATR 72-600 aircraft, which can seat around 70 passengers, on the Delhi-Bareilly route, the statement said. Till now, the Bareilly airport did not handle commercial flight operations and was exclusively an airbase of the Indian Air Force.

    International Women’s Day: IAF officers motivate others to join Air Force

    On the occasion of 'International Women's Day, women officers of Indian Air Force have messages for women, who want to join IAF. These women officers, posted in different branches of IAF, urged women of the country to join the Air Force and serve the nation. Wing Commander S Dhami, who is a Helicopter Pilot, urged families to motivate and support their girls who want to wear the uniform of Air Force, because it will boost the morale of the girl to achieve the goals. Wing Commander, Shweta Batra, who is posted in Logistics branch, said that if a girl has positive attitude she can achieve anything. “Everyone should think that if they can take one step ahead, that step will open ways for them.”International Women’s Day: IAF officers motivate others to join Air Force

    HAL receives RFP for basic trainer HTT40 from Indian Air Force

    Indigenously designed and developed by HAL, HTT-40 would be used for basic flight training, aerobatics, instrument flying and close formation flights, whereas its secondary roles would include navigation and night flying.

    Watch: Indian Air Force’s magical stunts at Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru

    Leveraging aerospace power for India’s security and stability, with blue sunny skies Air Force Station Yelahanka welcomed world to Aero India 2021. A carnival spirit drifts in as bravehearts joined to put in their best on the table. IAF’s Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team and Sarang helicopters conducted aerobatic display at Aero India show. The aircrafts took part in flypast in ‘AatmaNirbhar formation’ at Aero India 2021. The breathtaking ‘Trishul formation’ by Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighters witnessed during the carnival in Bengaluru. 13th edition of Aero India 2021 commenced on Feb 03. Amid the pandemic, this is the first global air show displayed at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bengaluru. Aero India 2021 is centred on a theme ‘conceive, indigenize, collaborate’. Watch: Indian Air Force’s magical stunts at Aero India 2021 in Bengaluru

    Modi, Swedish PM discuss defence collaboration; India says aware of Gripen-maker Saab's pitch

    ​Saab, a global defence and security giant, has been eyeing the Indian market for its Gripen fighter aircraft for a long time and has made a strong pitch on multiple occasions in the recent past that it is completely aligned with the 'Make in India' policy of the Indian government.

    Sri Lanka Air Force gets first-hand feel of India's Tejas

    IAF chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria also visited Colombo on Thursday to take part in Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) 70th anniversary and also to strengthen bilateral relationship and open up newer avenues of mutual interest.

    IAF chief attends SLAF's anniversary celebrations during two-day visit to Sri Lanka

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the SLAF have been interacting regularly through headquarters-level air staff talks to share valuable experiences in the fields of ground and flying training, professional military education and operational best practices, it added.

    BrahMos missiles' supply: India signs key pact with Philippines for sale of 'defence equipment'

    Philippine Department of National Defense (DND) said on Facebook on Tuesday that Defence Undersecretary Raymundo Elefante and India's Ambassador to the Philippines Shambu S. Kumaran signed an "implementing arrangement" for "procurement of defence material and equipment".

    Commander of Pacific Air Forces calls on IAF Chief, discusses ways to strengthen bilateral ties

    According to the IAF, the Comprehensive discussions were held between the two sides on issues pertaining to Air Force level cooperation and ways to further strengthen the IAF and the United States Air Force (USAF) bilateral ties.

    IAF carries out long-range precision strike against practice target to mark Balakot anniversary

    Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Saturday flew a multi-aircraft sortie with the units to commemorate the occasion along with the squadron pilots.

    IAF gifts 1971 war helicopter to Bangladesh, gets F-86 fighter as return gift

    Commemorating 50 years of defeating Pakistan in the 1971 war, Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief RKS Bhadauria gifted a legacy Alouette III helicopter to Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) and got a legacy F-86 Sabre aircraft as a return gift from Dhaka.

    Balakot air strikes displayed forces' capability to strike deep in adversary's territory: Experts

    India's warplanes hit a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot on February 26, 2019 to avenge killing of 40 CRPF personnel in the Pulwama terror attack.

    Balakot air strikes displayed India's strong will to act against terror: Rajnath Singh

    On February 26, 2019, Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror launch pads in Balakot in Pakistan. The strikes were undertaken days after 40 Central Reserve Police Force personnel were killed in a terror attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14.

    Home Minister Amit Shah salutes valour of IAF fighters on Balakot air strikes anniversary

    On February 26, 2019, IAF fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror launch pads in Balakot in Pakistan.

    Defence ministry clears Rs 13,700 crore local projects

    The Defence Acquisition Council has also decided that all capital acquisition contracts, other than design and development projects, must be completed in two years, addressing a major demand of the industry that has been handicapped by the procurement processes which sometimes take up to 7 years to conclude.

    Indian Air Chief Marshal on three day visit to Dhaka

    The visit comes ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's planned visit to Bangladesh on March 26 and 27 to join Bangladesh's 50th year of independence celebrations and 50 years of diplomatic relations between India and Bangladesh.

    At least half of LCA Tejas fighters to have desi radar

    “We will have the Uttam radar from the 21st Tejas Mk-1A to be produced. Uttam has performed better than anticipated in the trials so far. We’ve already signed an MoU with HAL,” DRDO chairman Sateesh Reddy told TOI.

    Navy team measures depth of glacial lake in Uttarakhand's Tapovan

    The Naval divers undertook the challenging task of winching down from the helo and recording of depth using a handheld echo sounder (depth measuring equipment) in the near freezing waters.

    Air show organised in Coimbatore to mark 50 years of Indo-Pak war of 1971

    The Indian Air Force (IAF) marked 50 years of India-Pakistan war of 1971. The air show was organised at Coimbatore’s Sulur Air Force Station which comprised of highly-skilled and well coordinated aerobatic displays. Spectators got amazed with the air show.Air show organised in Coimbatore to mark 50 years of Indo-Pak war of 1971

    Navy Chief Admiral Singh reviews key aspects of TROPEX exercise

    Key elements of the Indian Army, the Indian Air Force and the Coast Guard were also part of the biennial exercise that was billed as the largest drill conducted by the Indian Navy to validate its concepts of war-fighting across the entire spectrum of warfare.

    Effective response to Pulwama attack showed India can take strong decisions for its troops: Amit Shah

    On February 14, 2019, a CRPF bus, which was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles, was targeted between Jammu and Srinagar by a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber who rammed his explosives-laden car into it, killing 39 personnel on board and one trooper on the ground, who was tasked with road-sanitisation duty.

    Battle of Longewala: Pak’s plan was brilliant, but didn’t factor in airpower, says IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

    During the release of ‘The Epic Battle of Longewala’ book, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that Pakistan Army’s plan of armoured thrust was brilliant, however it didn’t factor in airpower. “Pak Army's plan of armoured thrust was brilliant. But they didn't factor in airpower and thought what would half a squadron sitting in Jaisalmer would do, it was their mistake. Airpower can bring asymmetric results if time and place are chosen correctly,” said IAF chief in the event at the Air Force Museum today. ‘The Epic Battle of Longewala’ has been authored by Air Marshal Bharat Kumar (Retd.). Battle of Longewala: Pak’s plan was brilliant, but didn’t factor in airpower, says IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

    Airpower can bring asymmetric results if time, place chosen correctly: Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria

    "Pakistan Army's plan of armoured thrust was brilliant. But they didn't factor in airpower. They thought what could half a squadron sitting in Jaisalmer do? It was their mistake. Airpower can bring asymmetric results if time and place are chosen correctly," he said.

    Uttarakhand glacier burst: Working against hope, rescue team move ahead to clear tunnel at Tapovan

    On February 7, a glacier broke in the Tapovan-Reni area of Chamoli district which led to massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers and caused damages.

    IAF gets 'desi' dogs to scare away birds from runways

    Experts say that the breed is best known for its stamina, sharpness and agility. Mudhol hounds are also known to be fiercely loyal to their owners and are excellent hunting dogs. These agile all-weather dogs that enjoy good health and require minimum grooming, have already been recruited by the Indian Army, CRPF, CISF, BSF, SSB, ITBP and the police departments of a few states.

    India to start trials of 160 km strike range Astra missile this year

    The Astra is a beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM), which flies over four times the speed of sound at Mach 4.5. Efforts are now on to integrate the over 100 km strike range missile on the indigenous fighter aircraft LCA Tejas.

    PM, Vice President pay tribute to Pulwama martyrs; CRPF says nation won't forget sacrifice

    On February 14, 2019, 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in the attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. Soon after the attack, the Indian Air Force carried out an airstrike in Pakistan's Balakot on February 26 targeting terrorist camps.

    Chinese expansionist designs curbed by Indian Army with deterrence from Indian Air Force

    The "unilateral and provocative" actions by the Chinese military to change the status quo by force in more than one area on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) were responded to in a "firm" and "non-escalatory way", the Defence Ministry has said in an annual report. The report said Indian troops are well entrenched to counter any "misadventure" by Chinese forces and that the Indian Army is prepared for any eventuality, adding talks are also progressing to resolve the issue in an amicable manner.

    Indian Air Force's MiG-21 aircraft crashes in Rajasthan; pilot ejects safely, inquiry ordered

    "During a training sortie in the western sector, a MiG-21 Bison aircraft experienced a major technical malfunction this evening. The pilot ejected safely at about 2015 hrs. There is no loss of life," the IAF tweeted.

    Navy’s largest war game underway in IOR with Army, Air Force, Coast Guard participating

    Indian Navy’s largest war game, the biennial Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 21), which commenced in early January, is currently underway with participation of all operational units of Indian Navy including ships, submarines, aircraft as well as units of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Coast Guard. The exercise will culminate by the third week of February.

    Ladakh gets largest solar project at Leh Indian Air Force station

    The project namely 'Provision of Solar Photo Voltaic Powerplant 1.5 MW' has been completed within 12 months well before the completion deadline of March 31, 2021, a defence spokesman said.

    Indian Navy undertaking mega exercise in Indian Ocean Region

    The exercise is taking place at a time China has been making increasing forays into the Indian Ocean region as part of its offensive military manoeuvre.

    Indian Navy's combat-readiness exercise Tropex-21 underway in IOR

    The theatre-level exercise also aims to validate the Navy's offensive-defence capabilities in a complex multi-dimensional scenario, safeguard national interests in the maritime domain and promote stability and peace in the IOR.

    Indian Navy employed the maximum percentage women among three services

    In case of the Indian Navy, the percentage of women officers is 6.5. The number of women serving the Navy is 704 while the strength of men in the force is 10,108, according to the details furnished by the minister.

    Watch: IAF’s Mi-17 chopper offloads relief equipments at Joshimath

    A Mi-17 chopper offloaded relief equipments at Joshimath in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district. Indian Air Force continued relief operations in view of Uttarakhand glacier disaster. A flash flood triggered due to glacier burst on February 07 in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli. Around 28 people have lost their lives in the disaster so far. Speaking to ANI, the District Magistrate (DM) of Chamoli, Swati S Bhadoriya said, “Three more bodies recovered so the death toll in Uttarakhand glacier disaster reaches to 29.” “Construction of the bridge is underway while the zipline has already been fixed. SDRF personnel used the same to reach areas that were cut off. Ration is being transported and emergency cases are being attended to with help of helicopter,” she added. Watch: IAF’s Mi-17 chopper offloads relief equipments at Joshimath

    India-US joint military exercise Yudh Abhyas sees Chinooks in action

    According to an official release by the US Embassy in India, the US Army Pacific-sponsored exercise involves approximately 250 US Army and 250 Indian Army soldiers.

    Spooked by Rafale jet in IAF, China readies its best fighter J-20

    China modifies its best fighter aircraft J-20 as more Rafale aircrafts join the Indian Air Force. Srinjoy Chowdhury with details.Spooked by Rafale jet in IAF, China readies its best fighter J-20

    Rafale induction ceremony cost exchequer over Rs 41 lakh: Defence Minister

    "The first five Rafale aircraft of IAF were formally inducted into IAF on September 10. The arrangements for this event were made mostly through local resources of IAF. The total expenditure on the event was Rs 41.32 lakh including Rs 9.18 lakh of GST," he said.

    11 Rafale aircraft in India, entire batch expected by April 2022: Defence Minister

    "11 Rafale aircraft have arrived in India. By this March, India will have 17 Rafale aircraft. By April 2022, all Rafale aircraft (the entire batch) will come to India," said Singh while responding to a question posed by Bharatiya Janata Party MP Mahesh Poddar in the Rajya Sabha.

    Rishiganga hydro project washed away by glacier burst in Uttarakhand but no danger of downstream flooding: NCMC

    The glacier burst led to a rise in water levels in the river Rishiganga, which washed away the Rishiganga small hydro project of 13.2 MW.

    Dzukou Valley fire: Indian Air Force deploys Mi-17V5 helicopter to control the fire

    With fire in Dzukou Valley along the Manipur and Nagaland razing, Indian Air Force (IAF) has deployed the Mi-17V5 helicopter to tame the wildfire. The valley is located around 30 KM from Nagaland’s capital Kohima.

    Uttarakhand glacier incident: Indian Army rushed for rescue operation

    The government has asked the Army to help district administration and disaster teams of the central and state government in their rescue operations. Further, Indian Air Force assets, both fixed wing as well as rotary, are on standby to provide all possible assistance to the affected persons.

    Lockheed Martin signs MoU with HAL to explore cooperation in India's aerospace sector

    Lockheed Martin is one of the key contenders in the race for a mega contract to supply 114 fighter jets to IAF.

    Rs 15,000 crore Tata-Airbus deal for military transport aircraft at CCS door

    High on the priority list of Indian Air Force is finalisation of an estimated Rs 15,000-crore contract to manufacture the C 295 transport aircraft in India by a Tata-Airbus combine, which would make it the first time a military plane of such size is built domestically.

    IAF to get 1st delivery of LCA Tejas by March 2024, says HAL Chairman

    Meanwhile, Arup Chatterjee, one of the directors of HAL, informed about a "high altitude pseudo satellite" being developed by the HAL, along with a start-up company. "We are developing a high altitude pseudo satellite with start-up company, it is futuristic. No country in the world has developed it yet. It will be solar energised and a big asset flying around 70,000 ft for 2-3 months unmanned taking information,"

    US flies B-1B heavy bomber at Aero India 2021

    With conventional payload of guided and unguided weapons in the US Air Force onboard, the massive aircraft is considered the backbone of America's long-range bomber force.

    Rafale has caused worries in China's camp, says IAF Chief

    Over the reports of a pullback by the Chinese side in the Ladakh sector, Bhadauria said, "From China's side, there have been some pullbacks from air deployment view and changes in deployment. But there have some other actions which have been contrary like strengthening their air defence capability. These deployments have not reduced and are being strengthened."

    Increase in capital outlay of Defence amid pandemic is huge step, says IAF Chief

    The money has been used to acquire equipment like the Spice-2000 bombs, Spike anti-tank guided missiles, SiG Sauer assault rifles, Excalibur ammunition, multiple types of aircraft spares from Russia along with the ammunition for tanks and fighter jets.

    IAF Chief meets Sudanese Commander of Air Force to enhance bilateral cooperation, training mechanisms

    India had also welcomed the removal of Sudan from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism in November 2020 as well as it also welcomed normalisation of Sudan's relations with Israel.

    IAF to increase 30 squadrons of Indigenous Tejas LCA: Air Chief Marshal

    Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria reacted on how LCA Tejas induction will help squadron strength of Air Force. He said that the Air Force is going to start upwards 30 squadrons now. “With LCA induction, we have arrested the slide of the number of squadrons depleting and we've now reversed it to start increasing back. We're going to start upwards 30 squadrons now,” he said.IAF to increase 30 squadrons of Indigenous Tejas LCA: Air Chief Marshal

    BEL delivers modules to Thales for radars on Rafale fighter jets

    "The modules produced in India (by BEL) are then integrated with the RBE2 radar in France. BEL and Thales teams are, thus working closely to transfer advanced technological know-how," the Thales's statement said.

    Government introduced multiple reforms, policy changes to build indigenous capability: Air Force Chief

    "Today we have this seamless air space surveillance capability across the entire air space and this has been done indigenously with our own industry. To build indigenous capability, the government has introduced multiple reforms and policy changes".

    Parliamentary panel criticises long delay in implementation of Tejas programme

    The report mentioned the "casual approach" of the monitoring agencies in enforcing timelines and said it led to "inexplicable delays" of more than 30 years on the ambitious defence project.

    India to sign Rs 48,000 crore deal for LCA fighter jets today, new facility inaugurated

    Another indigenous program that is expected to get a boost during the show is the HTT 40 trainer aircraft, with the air force likely to formally ask HAL for quotations for the first ever order for the aircraft.

    India can't remain dependent on other countries for its defence: Rajnath Singh

    Under the 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, India is looking forward to increase its defence manufacturing capabilities, said Singh, who inaugurated Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's second LCA-Tejas production plant here.

    India, US start discussions on F-15EX multi-role combat aircraft: Boeing

    "There have been discussions between the two governments and the two Air Forces have exchanged information about the F-15EX," Maria H Laine, vice president, Boeing International Sales and Industrial Partnerships told in a joint interview with Jeff Shockey, vice president, Global Sales and Marketing, Boeing Defense, Space & Security and Boeing Global Services.

    Defence Minister to inaugurate HAL's second LCA production line on Tuesday

    The delivery of the Tejas LCA to the Indian Air Force under a Rs 48,000-crore deal will begin from March 2024 and around 16 aircraft will be rolled out annually till the completion of the total supply of 83 jets, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited R Madhavan said recently.

    Tejas Mark II to roll out next year; high-speed trials in 2023, says HAL chief R Madhavan

    Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd R Madhavan has said the structural package and other work on the Tejas Mark II is progressing well and its production is likely to start somewhere around 2025.

    India approves procurement of 83 LCA Mk1A 'Tejas' fighter jets worth Rs 48,000 cr for Indian Air Force

    India has cleared a deal to manufacture 83 of the home developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA Mk1A) for the air force, in a big boost to the domestic aviation industry, with hundreds of vendors expected to get orders under the Make in India program.India approves procurement of 83 LCA Mk1A 'Tejas' fighter jets worth Rs 48,000 cr for Indian Air Force

    Boeing official confident over growth prospects of US-India strategic ties under Biden administration

    "Over the course of my 27-year long career at Boeing, I remember the days when we had no defence business at all with India. What a fundamental, transformational shift it's been in the last 10-15 years just watching the US bilateral relationship grow. Boeing is very much part of that growth, with almost 75 per cent of the defence business being with Boeing platforms," Laine said.

    Three more Rafale jets arrive in India from France

    The Rafale jets are capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile, Scalp cruise missile and MICA weapons system will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets. The IAF is also procuring a new generation medium-range modular air-to-ground weapon system Hammer to integrate with the Rafale jets.

    Boeing gets United States government approval to offer F-15EX to India

    Boeing will compete with the Swedish Gripen and the French Rafale among others for the IAF's plan to buy 114 multirole aircraft to replace its Soviet era fleet.

    Beating Retreat ceremony to have 'Swarnim Vijay' composition marking 50 years of India's victory over Pakistan

    A total of 60 buglers, 17 trumpeters and 60 drummers will participate in this year's Beating Retreat ceremony which will be performed by the bands of the Army , Navy and Indian Air Force (IAF) along with the mass formation of bands of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and Delhi Police.

    Six new 'eyes in the sky' for Indian Air Force to be built by DRDO on Air India planes

    Government sources said that as per the discussions on the AEW&C Block 2 aircraft to be developed by the DRDO under a Rs 10,500 crore project, the six aircraft would be acquired from the Air India fleet and modified to fly with a radar that will give 360-degree surveillance capability to the defence forces.

    More firepower to IAF, 3 more Rafales to be added to fleet

    The Indian Embassy in France tweeted that three more Rafale jets have taken off from Istres for a non-stop flight to India with mid-air refuelling.

    R-day memories: Shaurya Chakra winner & MyGate founder recalls meeting President Kalam, says it was humbling

    When Vijay Arisetty was in the IAF, he rescued around 300 people during the tsunami.

    Indian forces to get local choppers even before formal contract

    ​​As of now, the defence ministry has given approval for procurement of an initial batch of 15 LCHs (10 for Air Force and five for Army) but the numbers are expected to go up as the first ones enter service.

    Better than never: PT Usha's coach O M Nambiar talks about "late" Padma recognition

    Usha was conferred the Padma Shri in 1985 while Nambiar, presented the Dronacharya that year, had to wait for another 36 years before the nation's fourth highest civillian honour came his way.

    Rafale aircraft makes debut on Republic Day flypast

    The 25,000 strong audience was able to see Rafale fighter jet again when it culminated the flypast by conducting the Brahmastra formation wherein it traversed at a low altitude for some distance, then pulled up vertically at 90 degrees and conducted rolls before stabilising at a higher altitude.

    Indian Armed forces conduct 'Kavach' drill in Andaman Sea

    The conjoint military training commenced with maritime strikes by Jaguar aircraft, Para Commandos and Marine Commandos carrying out combat free fall at Car Nicobar with an aim to validate air dominance and maritime strike capability within the area of interest in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

    Several countries have shown interest in procuring Tejas aircraft: HAL chairman R Madhavan

    In an interview , Madhavan also said that a number of countries have shown keen interest in procurement of the Tejas aircraft and that the first export order is likely to come by in the next couple of years.

    Soon Rafale can land and take off on Purvanchal Expressway

    "The stretch is being developed in such a manner that any combat aircraft can land and take off. It is part of the Expressway and we are in regular talks with the Indian Air Force," Awanish Kumar Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government, told IANS.

    If Chinese can be aggressive, India can too: IAF Chief

    If Chinese can be aggressive, India can also be aggressive, said Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria over the current stand-off at LAC, and news of intrusion along the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh. He also said that the IAF pilots are getting training on Rafale aircraft in France, and in India the training of pilots have also started. "Till next year the induction will be fully completed," he added. (ANI)If Chinese can be aggressive, India can too: IAF Chief

    Anil Kapoor, Netflix offer apologies after Indian Air Force raises objection to 'AK vs AK'

    Actor Anil Kapoor has apologised for unintentionally hurting sentiments of the Indian Air Force (IAF) after the organisation raised objection to certain scenes featuring the actor in his upcoming OTT film, AK vs AK. Earlier in the day, the IAF took to Twitter to express displeasure over Kapoor wearing a wrong uniform and using abusive language in the film, urging the streaming platform Netflix to remove the scenes with the discrepancies. Kapoor tweeted a video to apologise and explain his stance on the matter.Anil Kapoor, Netflix offer apologies after Indian Air Force raises objection to 'AK vs AK'

    Rafale jets of Indian & French air forces conduct complex maneuvers as part of mega drill

    Rafale fighter jets of Indian and French air forces on Thursday carried out a plethora of complex aerial maneuvers along with other frontline combat jets as part of a five-day mega exercise in Jodhpur to further enhance their operational coordination, officials said.

    Rafale jets of Indian & French air forces conduct complex maneuvers as part of mega drill

    Apart from Rafale jets, the Indian Air Force deployed its Sukhoi and Mirage 2000 combat aircraft and other key assets like IL-78 flight refuelling plane as well as airborne warning and control system (AWACS), the officials said.

    Tezpur Air Force Station ready to face any challenge in eastern sector: IAF

    Air Commodore Dangi, who took over the command of the Tezpur Air Force Station from Air Commodore Tejpal Singh on Wednesday said, "The Indian Air Force (IAF) is growing by leaps and bounds and we are capable of taking on any challenge".

    CDS General Bipin Rawat to fly in a French Rafale fighter jet

    Apart from the operational briefing, the CDS would be undertaking a sortie in the French Air Force Rafale fighter for almost one hour and would be familiarised with the most advanced fighter in the Indian and the French Air Force inventories.

    Lt Gen C P Mohanty stresses on Army modernisation to deal with threats from Pakistan, China

    Attending a function at Sainik School here, Mohanty said, "As of now, the major challenge before the Indian Army is to tackle both China and Pakistan at one time in the borders.

    French A-400M tactical aircraft arrives in Jodhpur for Exercise Desert Knight 21

    "As part of Indo-French defence cooperation, Indian Air Force and French Air and Space Force have held six editions of air exercises named Garuda, the latest being in 2019 at Air Force Base Mont-de-Marsan, France. As measures to further the existing cooperation, the two forces have been gainfully utilising available opportunities to conduct 'hop-exercises'," MoD said.

    Maldives & Bhutan will be first recipients of India's vaccine gift

    Right from the start of the COVID pandemic, India has worked very closely with the Maldives in dealing with the pandemic. Among all neighbours, Maldives was the first and one of the largest beneficiaries of India’s Covid related assistance.

    Centre should take note of Arnab's purported chats, say Maharashtra Home Minister Deshmukh

    The minister's remarks came after a Maharashtra Congress delegation met him here, seeking a probe into the matter and registration of a case if necessary, for allegedly "leaking sensitive and classified information" about national security.

    Indian, French air forces to conduct 5-day joint military drill around Jodhpur from Wednesday

    "The aim of the exercise is to provide operational exposure and share best practices towards enhancing combat capability," said a source. Both the air forces will deploy frontline fighter jets as well as transport, and tanker aircraft in the exercise.

    Rafale to feature in Republic Day parade for first time

    "The flypast will culminate with a single Rafale aircraft carrying out a 'Vertical Charlie' formation," said Wing Commander Indranil Nandi.

    After Tejas, India moves ahead to procure more MiG-29s & Sukhois

    The acquisition of these MiG-29s at “relatively lower prices” will add to 59 such jets already with IAF. The 12 Sukhoi-30MKIs, in turn, will add to the 272 such jets already contracted from Russia for about $15 billion, with the bulk of them being licensed produced by Hindustan Aeronautics.

    India approves Rs 48,000 crore to procure 83 indigenously-developed LCA Tejas for the IAF

    In a major decision aimed at boosting the domestic aerospace industry, India on January 13 approved a much-awaited deal worth Rs 48,000 crore to procure 83 indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas for the Indian Air Force. The defence minister said Tejas jets are going to be the backbone of the fighter fleet of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in years to come.

    3 value largecaps that may offer great returns in a year

    I do not see Reliance as an outperformer given the fact that the expectations are still very high, says Sandip Sabharwal.

    Huge step for country, IAF: RKS Bhadauria on 83 LCA Tejas fighter jets procurement order

    Indian Air Force chief, RKS Bhadauria called the CCS approval for 83 LCA Tejas fighter jets, a huge step for IAF capability building and boosting the indigenous industry. “It is a huge step for IAF capability building. It is also a big boost to our indigenous industry. It is also a big recognition of our designers. It is a huge step for Indian Air Force and for the country,” said RKS Bhadauria on January 14 during a virtual interview to ANI.Huge step for country, IAF: RKS Bhadauria on 83 LCA Tejas fighter jets procurement order

    LCA Tejas far better than China-Pak JF-17 fighters, says IAF Chief

    ​​On Wednesday, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about Rs 48,000 crores to buy 83 LCA Tejas Mark1A fighter jets.

    IAF-LCA Tejas deal: Biggest indigenous defence procurement to boost Make in India initiative

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that the Union Cabinet's nod to procure 83 indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas for the Indian Air Force will strengthen the movement to create an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' (self-reliant India). Watch!IAF-LCA Tejas deal: Biggest indigenous defence procurement to boost Make in India initiative

    Armed forces acknowledge contributions by veterans, assure them full support

    The Air Force chief met the veterans from the Air Force and informed them about various new initiatives taken to address their long-pending grievances. Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh also extended his heartfelt gratitude to all veterans for their service to the nation.

    Decision to procure Tejas will strengthen movement for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat': Modi

    In a major decision aimed at boosting the domestic aerospace industry, India on Wednesday approved a much-awaited deal worth Rs 48,000 crore to procure 83 Tejas for the Indian Air Force.

    India clears deal to manufacture LCA Mk1A 'Tejas' fighter jets for the air force

    “The CCS chaired by PM today approved the largest indigenous defence procurement deal worth about 48000 Crores to strengthen IAF’s fleet of homegrown fighter jet ‘LCA-Tejas’. This deal will be a game changer for self reliance in the Indian defence manufacturing,” Defence Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

    Women to be inducted as Army pilots: Army Chief

    Women pilots would be flying helicopters to forward locations and be part of operations at the borders, the Army Chief said, adding that the proposal has been cleared.

    Indian Air Force's advanced light chopper makes precautionary landing in Saharanpur

    "An advanced light helicopter of Indian Air Force was airborne from Air Force station Sarsawa on a routine training mission. Approximately 30 nautical mile out of Sarsawa, the helicopter developed a technical snag and carried out precautionary landing South of the airfield," he said.

    Yasin Malik charged with Rubaiya’s abduction

    Militants kidnapped Sayeed days after her father, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, was sworn in as India’s first Muslim home minister in the VP Singh government.

    Gaganyaan: Two flight surgeons to soon leave for Russia for training

    Training of astronauts is a critical aspect of the human space mission project. Fight surgeons are responsible for astronauts' health before, during and after a flight. The flight surgeons will also get to train with the prospective astronauts, officials said.

    Indian air force and army practice jointness to take on Chinese military behemoth

    Ten months after the creation of the post of Chief of Defence Staff and at a time when two National Defence Academy coursemates are heading the Army and the Air Force, the two forces are preparing to fight a war jointly against the Chinese forces opposite Eastern Ladakh sector.

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