Global aerospace giant Lockheed Martin today said its proposal to manufacture custom-built F-16 fighter jets in India will make the country an export hub and give it access to an estimated USD 165 billion fighter aircraft market over the next few decades. Eyeing India's lucrative defence market, the American aerospace major said F-16 production would place India at the centre of the world's largest fighter aircraft ecosystem, creating "unmatched" Make in India opportunities and export
Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Birendra Singh Dhanoa, will be visiting Israel on a four-day tour of the country from 21 to 24 May. In Israel, the Chief of the Air Staff will be attending a conference on ‘Air Superiority as a Bridge to Regional Stability’. The conference is part of the Israel Air Force’s 70th anniversary celebrations. ACM Dhanoa is also expected to meet expected to meet the Chiefs and Senior Commanders of Air Forces from over 20 countries attending the
Vice-Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal S.B. Deo on Monday welcomed inclusion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Defence Sector while saying that the move will add more teeth to the infrastructure of the country’s defence forces. He further said that AI will help in fighting future wars and will enhance the targets more accurately. Addressing a stakeholders’ workshop on ‘Artificial Intelligence in National Security and Defence’, Air Marshal Deo said, “AI helps to identify warships,
China's fifth-generation Chengdu J-20, its most advanced fighter jet, has recently successfully completed its first maritime combat training. The latest Chinese jet has been in development since 2002 and entered into service in 2017. A Sukhoi Su-30MKI (NATO reporting name Flanker-C) of the Indian Air Force reportedly managed to detect the latest Chinese Chengdu J-20 jet fighter, which is supposed to be a top-of-the-line stealth aircraft operated by the People's
The Sarang Helicopter Aerobatic Team of the Indian Air Force (IAF) will put up an aerobatic show at the passing out parade of 134th course of National Defence Academy (NDA) in the last week of May in Pune. A senior NDA official told TOI, “The Sarang has been performing its show for the past two years on the day of the PoP. The show has not only mesmerised people but also inspired larger number of youngsters to join the force.” The Sarang team has evolved from the ALH Evaluation Flight
The Indian Air Force has just conducted a massive war drill. In sheer scope and scale this matches the legendary military manoeuvres like Brasstacks (1987) and Op Parakram (2001-02). It was a massive exercise and involved over 1150 aircraft that generated a blistering rate of 11,000 sorties in 13 days. Some 1400 officers and 14,000 men were pulled out of training establishments to participate in this gigantic exercise. In the intense Bangladesh war of 1971, the IAF had generated a sortie rate
In yet another first, the IAF successfully conducted its first online selection test for airmen from 03 to 06 May 18. Taking forward the Digital India Initiative of the Government of India, the first ever Scheduled Test for Airmen Recruitment (STAR) was conducted successfully through computer-based online tests in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Pune, a Government of India organisation functioning under the Ministry of Electronics and Information
Rana to be seen as IAF pilot in Teja’s film? May 09,2018
Rana Daggubati and director Teja will be working again together. Last time they teamed up and gave us the hit film ‘Nenu Raju Nene Mantri’. News is that they will be joining hands again. Teja has already met Rana and told him a story based on indo-Pak war that happened in 1971. Rana seems to have taken a liking to this script. He might play the role of an Indian Air force pilot here. So in all probability this film will go on floors.
Air Chief Marshal B.S Dhanoa seems determined to position the Indian Air Force as a critical tool of statecraft in an increasingly complex strategic neighbourhood. Speaking at the Vivekanada Foundation recently, he strongly argued a case for the IAF as a force that has the capability to punch well above its weight. The Gagan Shakti exercise, which saw the IAF fly over 11,000 sorties between 10 and 22 April, helped dispel widespread apprehensions that IAF’s combat edge was seriously blunted
Former Chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif, passed away at a private hospital here today. He was 94. Latif, who was the chief of the IAF from September 1978 to August 1981, was admitted to the hospital on April 25 with aspiration pneumonia, sources said.He was critically ill and underwent treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital, where he passed away at 4.30 pm, they said. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharam took to Twitter to condole the
The Congress today demanded a judicial probe into the BJP-led NDA government’s decision to procure 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at an “inflated” price. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala alleged that the Modi government had betrayed Karnataka by denying Rs 36,000 crore “offset Rafale contract” to HAL, which went to a private corporate entity with “zero” experience of manufacturing aircraft. “The Congress demands a probe into Modi government’s decision to
As the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) continues to undertake significant organizational and modernization reforms to build a military that is “built to fight,” in line with President Xi Jinping’s recent rhetoric at the 19th Party Congress, asymmetric inequalities between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the PLA Air Force (PLAAF) are set to widen. In the backdrop of contentious Sino-Indian relations, especially after the Doklam standoff, the advancing capabilities of the PLAAF pose
#GAGANSHAKTI2018 : Pan India Exercise from 08-22 Apr 18, to hone the skills of Airwarriors, to strike Adversaries’ Targets, Practice Air Support & Joint Ops with the sister services by Day & Night. Missions would be conducted in a near Real time scenario.
Arunachal locals in fear as IAF bombs hit home Apr 28,2018
During the mega “Gaganshakti” exercise that ended on Sunday, instead of taking pride in the ferocious roar of the IAF aircraft that swooped down to strafe or to drop some of the heaviest bombs used, spewing huge plumes of orange dust into the air, the mood among the locals from the villages situated near the Dollungmukh firing range was that of fear and anxiety. “Many of the shrapnel from the bombs fall inside the villages. Injury or even death is just a question of luck and
In the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s China visit to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa here today said that a significant increase in Chinese aircraft and aircrew has taken place in the Tibet Autonomous Region as compared to other military regions. He added that China’s deployment of its Sukhoi-27 and J-10 fighter aircraft fleets for continuous operations during winter months gives them a “year round
Lockheed Martin Corp. will provide latest combat jet technologies including a target tracking device aboard the F-16 aircraft that it plans to offer to India in its bid for the world’s largest order from the Indian Air Force. The global defense giant will offer jets equipped with the advanced radar which is fitted on its fifth-generation combat jet, the F-35, as well as a helmet-mounted tracking system and a new radio data link system, Vivek Lall, vice president for strategy and business
With a skewed squadron strength and a limited number of fighter jets, the Indian Air force would be taking close to two days in shifting focus from Pakistan to China in case of an emergency two-front war situation. However, with a squadron strength of 42, the IAF can smoothly shift its focus from the northern frontier to the western frontier. This lessons came after the recent Gagan Shakti exercise testing the Air Force’s capability. “With a full strength of 42, the Air Force can launch
The Indian Air Force’s pan-India exercise Gagan Shakti-2018, for practising war-time drills witnessed the IAF pushing the limits of its every fighter aircraft, including the Tejas, which entailed conducting six sorties per day on all of them, totalling to about 9,000 sorties. For the Tejas, this is a good development as the IAF usually sticks to around three sorties per day on every Tejas. However, the Tejas was not without problems and had developed snags during the exercise, top IAF
Notwithstanding few snags they developed during Indian Air Force (IAF) combat exercise Gagan Shakti, a fleet of eight indigenous Tejas Light Combat Aircraft convinced the top brass of the IAF that the homemade combat jet is ready for operation. Tejas LCA undertook 6 sorties a day. Each mission, lasting for 45 minutes on the lower side to one and half hours, proved the indigenous fighter jet’s efficiency in an operational role. There were technical snags, but none were repetitive in nature.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) tested its capability in dealing with a possible scenario of nuclear and biological warfare during a 13-day-long mega military exercise whose aim was to sharpen its war waging capability in the wake of fast evolving regional security situation. Official sources said the focus of the Gagan Shakti exercise from April 8-20 was to check the viability of IAF’s operational plans to deal with any kind of challenge including nuclear warfare and a possible situation of a