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01 April, 2020, 07:02 AM IST



Rajnath Singh to inaugurate induction of Sukhoi fighter jet Su-30 squadron

At a press meet here, Air Marshal Amit Tiwari said this would be the second frontline fighter squadron of the Indian Air Force (IAF) to be based in South. The induction ceremony would take place on January 20 and the fighters would have the most potent platform capable of long reach and multi-role capabilities, he said.

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  • The IAF is in the process of acquiring additional 83 LCA Mk1A aircrafts for which contract negotiations are in progress. Delivery of LCA Mk1A aircraft would commence 3 yrs from the date of signing of contract. Request For Proposal for 83 LCA Mk1A was issued to December, 2017. A Request For Information for procurement of 114 MRFA was issued in April 2018.

    The Army Chief pointed out that the last large tank battle, one in which large armoured formations of two armies, manoeuvred against each other supported by artillery and air forces, took place in the 1973 Arab-Israel war on the Golan Heights in the deserts of Sinai.

    Balakot airstrikes sent out a strong message to Pakistan that terrorist infrastructure across the border cannot be used as a safe haven to wage a “low-cost war” against India, said defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday.

    Last year, on this day, Indian Air Force carried out air strikes in Pakistan's Balakot, targetting Jaish-e-Muhammed's (JeM) terror training camps. The JeM had claimed responsibility of a deadly terror attack on February 14 in Pulwama, killing more than 40 CRPF personnel.

    Plans to develop the indigenous Kaveri fighter jet engine as part of the Rafale offsets deal have not taken off.

    "We have the best product technologically advanced F21 for IAF and F/A 18 which I understand the Navy is very much interested in. That competition will be concluding soon and I hope resolution will be satisfactory for both the parties," Joel Starr, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs in the US Department of State said.

    To commemorate the 10th edition of the Joint Military Training, the scope of the exercise was expanded to include an air-sea training component for the first time, with supporting assets from the Indian Navy, said Singapore's Def Ministry. The RSAF has deployed six F-16C/D fighter aircraft to train alongside the IAF's six SU-30MKI fighter aircraft.

    The biggest deal in the indigenous military aviation sector has been finalised, with the overall cost of IAF acquiring 83 single-engine Tejas fighters and their support package from HAL being slashed from the earlier around Rs 56,500 crore to Rs 39,000 crore. The over Rs 17,000 crore reduction in cost has come after hard-nosed negotiations.

    Speaking at the annual summit, the minister shared the government’s plans for the defence sector and said that the plan is for the sector to grow to $ 26 billion by 2025, with the private sector being a key player to achieve the goal. Singh also said that India’s ties with China are on the upswing and that there is no threat perception on the border.

    HAL is now focusing on boosting exports in sync with the government's priority and identified South East Asia, West Asia and North Africa to sell key platforms like Tejas, attack helicopter Rudra and advanced light helicopter Dhruv. Last month, PM Modi has set an ambitious defence export target of USD 5 billion dollars in the next five years.

    "Thirteen fighter aircraft have crashed during the period from 2017-18 to November 2019. Every accident is followed by an investigation by a BoI or a CoI which gives causes of accident and suggests remedial measures to avoid similar accident in the future. "These recommendations are circulated to all the operating units for implementation," he said.

    "This time, the IAF is planning to hold trials of all the competitors who participate in the tender in less than a year so that time is saved. The fact that most of the systems and avionics of the participating firms have been tested will also help in shortening the time taken from trials," defence sources told ANI.

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