F-16 vs Gripen: Which combat jet will rule supreme in Indian fighter dogfight?

As India looks to replace its ageing Soviet-era lightweight combat aircraft fleet, two players have emerged as possible contenders, American defence major Lockheed Martin’s F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 70 and Swedish defence major Saab’s Gripen E fighter aircraft. Indian Air Force (IAF) has requirement of over 400 fighter aircraft, which is far higher than the 126 aircraft that … Read more

Indian Air Force more prepared after first setback at Pathankot terror attack, says Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, on Wednesday said the Pathankot terror attack earlier in January this year was the first setback, adding that they are now better prepared having learnt lessons from the same. “Pathankot was the first setback. We have learnt lessons and are better prepared now. The second setback … Read more

Indian Air Force To Double Garud Commando Force Units

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has decided to double the number of commandos and induct 50 plus units consisting of 40 men each in the force. The Indian Air Force will also provide new weapons and sensors for additional training. This decision by the IAF comes in the wake of several terror attacks on Army … Read more

Air Force Chief Arup Raha supports Govt decision on appointment of New Army Chief

As controversy brewed over the appointment of Lt Gen Bipin Rawat as the next Army Chief, with opposition questioning as to why he was chosen over his seniors, TIMES NOW spoke to Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on the supersession row. In an exclusive interview, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said that once the government … Read more

Which fighter aircraft for Indian skies? Ageing fleets crying for replacement

The dogfight for picking the Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) for the security of the Indian skies is beginning anew, this time for a much larger number than the 2007 figure of 189 asked by the Indian Air Force (IAF) — an estimated 400 for the Indian Air Force (IAF) and 60 for the Indian … Read more

Why Indian Army Special Forces are way behind US Navy SEALs or Israel’s IDF despite upgrade

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday cleared a Rs 300-crore proposal to buy critical equipment for the Indian Army’s Special Forces, but sources say the elite units will continue to lag by a distance from their American and Israeli counterparts. The plan includes purchase of over 1,100 automatic assault rifles, 1,000 freefall parachutes, sniper rifles, … Read more

India Floats Radar Tender For Light Combat Aircraft

Indian state-owned military aircraft maker Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has floated global bids to procure around 100 state-of-the-art active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems for an improved variant of the HAL Mark-I Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), dubbed Tejas Mark-IA, according to local media reports. “The tender in the form of Expression of Interest (EoI) … Read more

Let her fly, let her be airborne all the time, says Supreme Court on woman IAF officer

Giving wings to Wing Commander Sandeep Kaur’s endeavour to get Permanent Commission in the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Supreme Court has asked the service to consider her demand. The IAF at present does not give Permanent Commission to women officers, who joined the service on Short Service Commission. Following the Delhi High Court order, Kaur … Read more

Major Roadblock hits India’s Ambitious Project for making Air Force One for Prime Minister’s Foreign Travel

An ambitious project of creating a dedicated fleet of aircraft for the Prime Minister’s foreign travel has hit rough weather. Last year, the government had proposed to take away two Boeing-777s from Air India’s fleet to be dedicated for the PM’s use abroad, on the lines of the US President’s Air Force One. Air India … Read more

Court of Inquiry finds that the AN-32 crash off Chennai on 22 July was caused due to icing.

Russia-made medium transporter aircraft AN-32–the mainstay workhorse of the Indian Air Force (IAF)–will no longer ferry personnel, or civilians, the Indian Air Force has told the Ministry of Defence. It has also recommended that the entire fleet of AN-32s to be replaced as soon as possible. This follows a Court of Inquiry into the crash … Read more

IAF to buy last US C-17 aircraft left

Unable to process its request in time to buy three C-17 Globemaster heavylift transport aircraft from the US, the Air Force is now moving a proposal to buy the only remaining aircraft in the American inventory for over Rs 2,500 crore before the Defence Ministry. Originally, the Air Force wanted to buy three C-17 planes … Read more

Dhanoa Transformed concepts of IAF’s Air Operations

It was the air force chief designate Air Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who developed the country’s aerial targeting philosophy against potential adversaries and transformed the concepts of air operations of the Indian Air Force to contemporary war fighting practices. Announcing that Air Marshal Dhanoa will be the new chief, two days after his appointment was … Read more

IAF sergeant, brother held with 60kg poppy husk

Jhajjar police on Sunday arrested two brothers, including an Indian Air Force sergeant, with 60kg poppy husk at a naka on Sonipat-Jhajjar border. According to police, Sergeant Jagdeep Singh, who is posted at Faridabad, and his brother Parvinder are from Farmana village in Sonipat district. Parvinder, who was driving the car, tried to break the … Read more

India indicts Pakistan-based militants over Pathankot air base attack

India’s top counter-terrorism agency on Monday charged Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), and its top leader, with perpetrating a deadly attack on an Indian air force base in January. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) stated that all four gunmen who stormed the air base on Jan. 2 were Pakistani nationals and that Maulana Masood Azhar, … Read more

Indian Army and Indian Air Force get New Chiefs

The government on Saturday announced Lt General Bipin Rawat would be the new Army Chief, superseding two seniormost Lt Generals, Praveen Bakshi and P M Hariz. The only other time the seniormost officer has not been appointed Chief was in 1983, when Lt Gen S K Sinha was overlooked for the post in favour of … Read more

Will Soon Name Next Indian Army, Indian Air Force Chiefs, Says Manohar Parrikar

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday that he will soon name the next Indian Army and Indian Air Force chiefs. He was speaking after paying tributes at the Amar Jawan Jyoti here on Vijay Diwas or Victory Day that is observed on 16 December to mark the military triumph over Pakistan in 1971 which … Read more

Air Force Personnels can’t grow beard, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court Thursday upheld sacking of an Air Force man for keeping long beard and said that armed forces’ regulations are meant to ensure discipline and uniformity. A bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur added that regulations do not interfere with religious rights of individuals and that they have the … Read more

Four IAF officers complete Fighter Controllers’ course

An impressive graduation ceremony was held at Air Force Station Memaura on December 11 to mark the culmination of 154th Fighter Controllers’ Course. Flying Officer Himanshu Wadhwani was adjudged ‘Best in Overall Performance’. The valedictory function was presided over by Air Marshal MK Malik, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration. Air Marshal MK Malik is an accomplished Fighter … Read more

India saves Rs 470 crore in Hercules transport aircraft deal with US

The Defence Ministry has been able to make a valuable saving of almost $69 million (470 crore) in the deal for acquiring six C-130JSuper Hercules transport aircraft from the US. The savings have come, courtesy the procedures involved in government to government deals between India and America. THE DEAL India had signed the rupees 4,000 … Read more

Indian Air Force okay with demonetisation, says Chief Raha

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha on Saturday backed the Centre’s move to demonetise, saying the armed forces have accepted the decision. “The armed forces are okay with the decision that has been taken,” said Air Chief Marshal Saha, in a press conference held at a guns factory in Kashipur. He also highlighted their role in … Read more