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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
"The flypast will culminate with a single Rafale aircraft carrying out a 'Vertical Charlie' formation," said Wing Commander Indranil Nandi.
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.
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.
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.
I do not see Reliance as an outperformer given the fact that the expectations are still very high, says Sandip Sabharwal.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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'
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.
Venkatramu has over two decades of experience across various domains in the banking sector. His expertise is in products, business management and strategy spanning liabilities, digital financial services, payments, cards, mobile banking, and wallets, the statement said.
RKS Bhadauria called on the Chief Minister on Wednesday. The Chief Minister expressed his gratitude to the Indian Air Force for always being at the forefront in extending humanitarian assistance to the state. He said the IAF has been very helpful especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
IAF choppers, NDRF teams, forest and police personnel on Sunday trying to extinguish the wildfire in the Dzukou range in Nagaland's Kohima district. The fire, which possibly started in this ecologically sensitive region on December 29, is spreading towards the Manipur side.Watch: IAF helps douse wildfire in Nagaland's Dzukou valley
The fire broke out in the Dzukou range in Southern Angami region of the district on Tuesday afternoon. The scenic Dzukou valley, a tourist hot spot in Nagaland, is located in the Dzukou range.
The people cited above said though the overall hue of the Republic Day parade will be maintained, its scale and size will be restricted to an extent in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cabinet approves export of Akash Missile System aiming to achieve target of $5 billion defence export
Akash is country's important missile with over 96 per cent indigenisation. Akash is a Surface-to-Air Missile with a range of 25 Kms. The missile was inducted in 2014 in Indian Air Force (IAF) and in 2015 in Indian Army.
The Chinese military muscle-flexing forced the top military brass to readjust the national security doctrine that included greater focus on tri-services convergence and boosting the overall combat capabilities of the armed forces to deal with all possible future security challenges.
LAC standoff: Conflict with India not good for China at global front, says IAF chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria
Amid simmering tension along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, said on Tuesday that any “serious conflict” with India is not good for China at the global front. Speaking at a press conference, the IAF chief said, “Any serious India-China conflict is not good for China at the global front. If Chinese aspirations are global then it doesn't suit their grand plan. What could be possible Chinese objectives for their action in the north?... It's important that we recognise what they have really achieved.”LAC standoff: Conflict with India not good for China at global front, says IAF chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria
"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.
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.
If COVID-positive crew members have 'mild symptoms', they will "continue home isolation and will stand discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for three days", the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular, adding there is no need for "testing after the home isolation period is over".
At a ceremony in Ambala on September 10 where five Rafale jets were inducted into the IAF, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the induction of the fleet was crucial considering the atmosphere being created along the frontier and that it is a "big and stern" message to those eyeing India's sovereignty.
"The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved proposals to procure equipment worth Rs 27,000 crore from domestic industry," the defence ministry said in a statement.
Making use of the extended stocking requirements and the emergency financial powers in the ongoing conflict with China in Eastern Ladakh, the defence forces are expected to spend over Rs 50,000 crore for acquisition of equipment and ammunition from both local and foreign sources.
The 71 Medium Regiment sent an officer from Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir to Gill's residence here with a cake, a trophy, track-suit and a T-shirt to celebrate his birthday on Friday. He was also the commanding officer of the Regiment during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.
As many as 609 personnel were inducted into the IAF following a 67-week rigorous and intensive training at Mechanical Training Institute at the Airforce station, a Defence release here said. Air Commodore Charles Andrews, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station, Jalahalli reviewed the parade.
The Indian Air Force has demanded the ‘withdrawal’ of some scenes.
The Missile is being developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and will have both Lock-on After Launch and Lock-on Before Launch capability, the sources informed.
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.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship and improve the security of a “Major Defence Partner”, said Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) of the Department of Defence.
An IAF team headed by Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Projects) Air Vice Marshal N Tiwari in France for reviewing the project as part of the annual routine meeting. The Indian pilots are training there in France and by March 2021, the Indian side is likely to complete the training phase there.
The IAF's Rafale project management team has an office in Paris headed by a Group Captain-rank officer. The team is tasked with overseeing the production timelines as well as coordinating training of the crew. A team of experts headed by assistant chief of air staff (projects) reached France earlier this week to coordinate logistical issues as well as training of pilots and technicians.
The project would take India into a select league of nations with such technology, the others being France and the US. Sources said the initial projections make it a highly cost-effective system, with the developmental and prototype cost pegged at under Rs 1,000 cr.
These aircrafts are not the ‘Prime Minister’s aircrafts’ but will be used for other VVIPs as well; they belong to the Indian Air Force and not the Prime Minister, said government sources.
The official said IAF's helicopter fleet like Mi17V5, ALH Mark-4, Chinook, Mi-35 and Apache were also part of the fly past. He added that planes like C-17, C-130, Dornier and DC-3 Dakota were also part of the full rehearsal day.
Ahead of its 88th anniversary, Indian Air Force conducted full dress rehearsal and air drills at Hindon Air Force Base in Ghaziabad on October 06. Paratroopers from IAF's skydiving team Akash Ganga also underwent full dress rehearsal.Indian Air Force conducts full dress rehearsal at Hindon Base ahead of 88th anniversary
The idea behind the deployment of the MARCOS in Eastern Ladakh where Indian Air Force's Garud operatives and Indian Army's Para Special Forces, which have been there since day one of the conflicts, is to enhance the integration of the three services and provide the naval commandos exposure to extreme cold weather conditions, government sources said.
The Russian-origin jet had taken off from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, and went down at around 5 PM on Thursday, officials had said. One pilot of the aircraft had been rescued while a search operation is on for Cdr Nishant Singh, Indian Navy officials had said on Friday.
Indian Air Force's Chinook helicopter carried out night sortie from Leh airbase in Ladakh on October 10. Several sorties were also held earlier on October 10. IAF’s C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft had also landed at the Leh airbase in Ladakh with supplies for troops deployed in forward areas. The jumbo aircraft can carry large combat equipment, troops and humanitarian aid across long distances in all weather conditions.Watch: Indian Air Force's Chinook helicopter carries out night sortie from Leh airbase
The Air Marshal, during his two-day visit which concluded on Friday, interacted with the personnel of the college and reviewed various upcoming infrastructural projects at the institute, an official release said.
According to a report by ANI, the grandeur and might of the various types of aircraft in the Indian Air Force were on full display on the occasion of the 88th Air Force Day celebrations on Thursday. The newly inducted Rafale fighter jet displayed its ability to carry out sharp turns during the flypast at the IAF base in Ghaziabad on the occasion. The Rafale flew in the 'Vijay' formation, flanked by two Jaguars and Mirage 2000 each. It also carried out a minimum radius turn within an area smaller than a hockey field forming a figure of eight.
The Sarang team of the Indian Air Force today presented a dramatic display of talent in the air, as the month long celebrations of 88th anniversary of the Air Force DayIndian Air Force Day: Sarang helicopter displays aerial manoeuvres; forms the alphabet 'I'
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.
"This is the first flight of the Air India One-B777 aircraft with the head of State on board. The aircraft is fuel efficient and has a longer range than the B747-400 that are deployed for similar VVIP operations," the statement read.
Defence Ministry approves acquisition of military hardware worth Rs 2,290 crore, including 72,000 Sig Sauer assault rifles
"The DAC headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accorded approval for various arms and equipment worth Rs 2,290 crore," the defence ministry said. The cost of procurement of the Sig Sauer assault rifles for the frontline troops of the Indian Army will be Rs 780 crore, officials said.
"The spin testing of an aircraft is the most crucial phase of its flight testing. Accordingly, the testing will be gradually progressed to assess the behaviour of the aircraft till six turn spins to either side to meet the targeted requirement", the PSU Defence major said.
Under the operation, the Army transported large quantities of clothes, tents, food items, communication equipment, fuel, heaters and other supplies to army personnel deployed at forward posts and mountain passes at the height of over 16,000 feet.
"We hope that the talks will progress along the lines that are expected. Current progress is slow, what we see is an increase in the effort to dig-in for winter, in terms of forces on the ground, in terms of deployment of air assets in airfields close by. Defence forces see the ground reality. Our further action will depend on ground realities," he added.
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.
As far as domestic civil aviation is concerned, the recovery since we opened on May 25 has been steady and predictable, Civil Aviation Minister said.
"Bhadauria flew the twin-seater LCH for a hour, taking off around noon from our airport in the city's eastern suburb, with our deputy chief test pilot Wing Commander (Retd) S.P. John," a Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) official told IANS here.
Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in Bengaluru on November 20. The sortie lasted for 45 minutes. LCH is planned to be inducted into the Indian defence forces in the near future. Watch: IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria flies indigenous Light Combat Helicopter
An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and National Defence College, Air Marshal Amit Dev was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in December 1982 as a fighter pilot and has built a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years.
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.
"Both the officers were trained in the 204th pilot course of the Indian Air Force Academy at Hyderabad from July 2018 to June 2019," the statement said. It said the training was one of the strongest pillars of bilateral cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile is the world's fastest operational system in its class and recently DRDO has extended the range of the missile system from the existing 298 km to around 450 km.
The woman pilot is undergoing training to fly Rafale aircraft, they said. She has been flying MiG-21 fighters and was selected for the Rafale fleet following an internal process, the sources said.
The issue of Depsang plains would be discussed between the two countries separately where the Chinese have blocked some patrolling points of the Indian Army and a couple of other patrolling points of the Indian Army where Chinese have not yet disengaged entirely during the first phase of disengagement are also to be resolved soon.
People familiar with the talks on export of the missile said India is likely to ink an agreement with the Philippines early next year to supply a batch of BrahMos to the Southeast Asian country.
At an online media briefing, Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that both sides are working on a mutual logistics support agreement and close to seal a multi-billion dollar deal under which an Indo-Russian joint venture will produce 200 Kamov Ka-226T attack helicopters for the Indian armed forces.
The broad contours of the proposal include removal of armoured personnel carriers within one day of inking an agreement, withdrawal of troops from specific areas on the north and south banks of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh and carrying out verification of the disengagement process by both the sides, they said.
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.
Air Vice-Marshal P Subhash Babu had approached the Armed Forces Tribunal through counsel Ankur Chhibber against the anomaly which has come up after the implementation of the Sixth pay Commission where senior Colonels and Brigadiers get more pay than the Major Generals as they get military service pay while the latter do not get it.
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
The Indian Air Force (IAF) chief also said that the Balakot air strikes in Pakistan clearly demonstrated that air power could be put to sophisticated use and create a space for action below the conventional threshold.
With a strike range of 20 to 70-km, the Hammer munitions are designed to destroy bunkers, hardened shelters and other targets in all terrains, including the mountainous one in Ladakh. “The emergency procurement of the munitions was inked last month with France, which is expediting the deliveries,” said a source.
A second batch of three Rafale fighter jets arrived at Jamnagar airbase in Gujarat on Wednesday evening after flying non-stop from France, in a further boost to the strike capability of the Indian Air Force when India and China are locked in a bitter border row in eastern Ladakh.
The move by the DMA, headed by Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat, is part of a series of reforms aimed at ensuring efficient use of resources and manpower, the officials said.
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.
The aircraft are set to take off from France tomorrow morning and would arrive in India in the evening itself, government sources told ANI. The additional aircraft would be adding more strength to the Air Force which has already started deploying the Rafales in operational role in conflict areas, the sources said.
The missile was fired after the Su-30 MKI aircraft travelled for over three hours covering a "significantly long distance", the officials said.
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
However, he later tweeted that he was talking about the "events after Pulwama Attack". When some of his fellow lawmakers objected to his mention of "success in Pulwama", the minister said that "after the Pulwama incident, the way Pakistan went inside the Indian territory to target it, the entire media in India was ashamed of it."
The release said the AAI is also building a regular terminal building with an area of 2,520 square metre at the Bareilly airport and more than 80 per cent of its construction work has been completed.
We were ready to wipe out Pakistan's forward brigades after Balakot: Former Air Force chief BS Dhanoa
Dhanoa, who was the Indian Air Force chief when the aerial strikes took place in Pakistan, said that Indian military could not strike to secure Abhinandan's release but it could do it to put pressure on the Pakistan military.
Pakistan Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa's "legs were shaking" while Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the meeting of parliamentary leaders that India was about to attack their country, said a Pakistani lawmaker as he recounted the events of February 2019 meeting during which Imran Khan government decided to release Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman.Bajwa trembling, Qureshi said India will attack if Abhinandan not released: Pak oppn recalls
Sadiq, who was the Speaker of the National Assembly during the PML-N government, made a similar statement earlier on Wednesday in Parliament that Foreign Minister Qureshi had said in an important meeting that if Varthaman was not released, India would attack Pakistan "at 9 PM that night" and "for God's sake we should let him go".
The Indian Navy had a few years ago expressed interest in the acquisition of 57 naval fighter aircraft for operations from its aircraft carriers including the present INS Vikramaditya and the under-construction Indigenous Aircraft Carrier.
The agency said AW-101 (Augusta-Westland-101) was the only helicopter that had three engines and thereby it was made eligible to submit bids “by adding the word “at least” before twin engine”.
GoI has also taken other significant measures to bolster the aviation sector. Leasing, repair and maintenance of aircraft can be a formidable source of employment and provide business opportunities. As part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, the tax regime for the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) ecosystem has been rationalised.
In last six to seven weeks, the DRDO has carried out more than a dozen successful trials of different weapon systems including the Shaurya strategic missile, Nag anti-tank guided missile, BrahMos Extended Range missile system, Hypersonic Missile Technology Demonstration Vehicle and the Rudram-1 anti-radiation missile system.