With Rafales touching down, IAF looks to raise squadron strength from 31 to 42

rafale-mewNew Delhi, July 30: It was a proud moment for India, when the first lot of Rafale fighter jets touched down at Ambala on Wednesday.

The five jets are part of the 36 ordered from Dassault Aviation of France. While this marks a major increase in terms of air power, the Indian Air Force is looking to build its strength to a 42 fighter jet squadron ie is 18 jets in each.

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Why the induction of the Rafale will be a game changer for the Indian Air Force

Rafale-refullingNew Delhi, July 29: The Rafales arrive in India today and it is set to be a game changer. Five of the Rafales ordered from France by the Indian Air Force will land at their home base at Ambala, Haryana.

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What equipping the Rafales with HAMMERs mean

rafale-newNew Delhi, July 24: The new Rafale fighter jets set to arrive this month which already has a deadly weapons package will be equipped with the HAMMER air to ground precision guided munitions.

The Indian Air Force on the other hand s planning to boost the capabilities of the aircraft by equipping it with the HAMMER missiles from France.

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Top commanders to discuss if Rafale will be deployed in Ladakh

Rafales-at-a-IAF-baseNew Delhi, July 21: The top Indian Air Force commanders will meet this week and discuss the operational readiness along the Line of Actual Control.

The two day commanders’ conference starting July 22 is also likely to discuss the possibility of deploying the Rafale jets in the Ladakh sector. The meet assumes significance in the wake of the tensions with China.

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Amidst tensions with China, IAF carries out sorties at Leh: Watch video

iaf-sortiesNew Delhi, June 26: The Indian Air Force is carrying out sorties in Leh. Air activity has gone up in the region following the stand off with China along the Line of Actual Control. It may be recalled that earlier this week, India had added Apache helicopters, Sukhoi fighters and tanks. The three divisions formed an arc and top sources said that India was in a position to respond to the Chinese.

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IAF to operationalise No.18 Squadron at Coimbatore

tejasChennai, May 25: The Indian Air Force (IAF) will operationalise its No.18 Squadron at Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu on May 27, equipping it with the fourth generation LCA Tejas aircraft. A PIB (Defence Wing) release here said IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria will operationalise the squadron “Flying Bullets” at the Sulur Air Force Station near Coimbatore on Wednesday.

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Future war theatres: IAF set to get two more warning systems

iaf-newNew Delhi, Jan 05: A proposal worth Rs 9,000 crore was cleared to purchase two Airbus 330s and convert them into a 360 degree long range capability Airborne Warning and Control Warning System.

The proposal was cleared by the Defence Acquisition Council and is now awaiting approval by the Cabinet Committee on Security.

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IAF proposal to strike Pakistan post 26/11 was rejected says former IAF chief

New Delhi, Dec 28: A proposal by the Indian Air Force to strike Pakistan post the 26/11 attacks was rejected by the government, former IAF chief B S Dhanoa said. The statement was made while addressing a fathering of students at the VJTI’s annual festival, Technovanza.

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IAF dropped this bomb here: Pakistan instigates ahead of Kartarpur Corridor inauguration

kartarpurNew Delhi, Nov 08: In a clear attempt to instigate the Sikhs, Pakistan has put up a banner in the Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara premises that speaks about a bomb that the Indian Air Force dropped in 1971.

“Indian Air Force dropped this bomb during 1971 at the Gurudwara Darbar Sahib Sri Kartarpur with an aim to destroy it. However, this evil design could not be materialised due to the blessing of WAHEGURU JI (Almighty ALLAH). The Said Bomb landed into Sri Khoo Sahib (Sacred Well) and this Darbar Sahib remained unhurt. It is pertinent to mention that This is the same sacred well From where Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji used to get water to irrigate his fields,” the banner read. The banner is titled Miracle of Waheguru Ji.

How different would a Balakot strike been if India had the Rafale

rajnathNew Delhi, Oct 21: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said recent that had India possessed the Rafale fighter jets earlier, the Indian Air Force would have not have needed to enter Pakistan to hit terror camps.

“Had we possessed Rafale fighter jets we would not have required to enter Balakot and launch a strike. We could have struck at Balakot while sitting in India,” he said.

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