From China face off to the fight against COVID-19, how the IAF is doing India proud

New Delhi, May 05: The Indian Air Force has been kept busy over the past couple of months. After playing a crucial role in transporting soldiers and equipment to eastern Ladakh where India is locked in a stand-off with China, the IAF has now been deployed for COVID-19 relief.

The IAF has been lifting relief material from various countries and delivering them to domestic locations as India continues to battle a horrific second wave of COVID-19.

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As India-China stalemate continues, top IAF officers grouping to be held this week

New Delhi, Apr 13: The Indian Air Force Commanders would group this week and discuss the operational capabilities and challenges.

The meeting comes in the wake of the tensions with China along the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. The top leadership of the IAF would meet for three days at the commanders’ conference which would be inaugurated by Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh. 

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IAF’s Iron Fist exercise put off amidst tensions with China in eastern Ladakh

New Delhi, Mar 28: A crucial exercise, Iron Fist will not be held this year in the backdrop of the Indian Air Force’s operations in the Ladakh sector owing to the heightened tensions with China.

The exercise that is held every three years was supposed to be held at Rajasthan’s Pokhrantest facility this month. However it has been removed from the training schedule for the current year, a HT report said.

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2nd Balakot anniversary marked by IAF’s long precision strike mission

New Delhi, Feb 28: The Indian Air Force carried out a long range precision strike mission against a practice target at Pokhran to mark the second anniversary of the Balakot airstrikes in which a Jaish-e-Mohammad training facility was struck.

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Its done: The 3.45 am call to NSA Doval after Balakot was hit and Operation Bandar was competed

New Delhi, Feb 26: On February 26 2019, the Indian Air Force hit a Jaish-e-Mohammad training facility in Balakot, Pakistan to avenge the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

In a daring pre-dawn operation the IAF took down the training facility that had been mapped by the intelligence years ago. Former officer with the Research and Analysis Wing, Amar Bhushan told OneIndia that while the facility had been mapped over one and half decades back, it required a strong leadership with guts to hit the facility. 

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To boost IAF, Defence Ministry looking at French mid-air refuellers

New Delhi, Dec 07: A French proposal to acquire six Airbus 330 multi role transport tanker aircraft on a government to government basis to expand the strike capabilities of the Indian Air Force and purchasing the latest mid-air refuellers is under consideration by the Ministry of Defence. 

The Indian Air Force wanted to get an Airbus 33 MRTT on a wet lease from a British company. However the proposal by France involves selling 5 to 7 year old aircraft to the IAF with a certification of another 30 years of platform life. This would be done at a reduced price. 

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How IAF’s Golden Arrows Squadron will be bolstered by April

New Delhi, Nov 04: The Golden Arrows Squadron of the Indian Air Force will have 18 Rafale fighter jets by April 2021. Three new Rafale jets will arrive today at the Jamnagar airbase directly from France.

The additional jets will bolster the capabilities of the Golden Arrows Squadron of the Indian Air Force. This is crucial as it comes at a time when the tensions with China have been escalated along the Line of Actual Control at eastern Ladakh. 

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By April IAF to have 21 Rafale Fighter Jets

New Delhi, Oct 28: Come April 2021, the Golden Arrows squadron will be complete with 18 Rafale fighter jets.

The Indian Air Force will get its second batch of three to four Rafale fighter jets in the first week of November. This will further bolster the Air Force amidst the tensions with China. 

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India prepares to induct more Rafale jets: IAF team in France

New Delhi, Oct 15: A team of the Indian Air Force led by a two star officer is in France to review the progress of the Rafale project. The second batch of fighters is set to reach their home base at Ambala in the next few weeks.

The IAF is expecting three Rafale jets to delivered every two months. All the planes are likely to join the IAF fleet by the end of the year. The team in France is headed by the assistant chief of air staff (projects). The team reached France earlier this week for a review of the project. 

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Rudram-1 test fired: How this tactical anti radiation missile will boost the IAF

New Delhi, Oct 09: Rudram 1, the tactical anti radiation missile was test fired successfully on Friday.

The missile can be launched by the Indian Air Force from the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jets to take down enemy radars and surveillance systems and it has a speed of up to 2 Mach.

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