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Indian Air Force: Air warfare branch of India's military
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India's aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government's transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.

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IAF's send-off to ex-chief BS Dhanoa: Rafale fighter jets to fly with his initials

While the two-sweater trainer Rafales will have the tail number initials of present Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria RB, the fighter versions will fly with the tail sign initials of BS
DNA - Published

Attack on Pearl Harbour: IAF Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria present at adjacent base during shooting, escapes unhurt

Wednesday's attack happened, notably enough, three days before the 78th anniversary of the surprise pre-emptive military strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service upon Pearl Harbour on December..
DNA - Published

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria safe, says IAF after shooting incident at Pearl Harbor

In the wake of a shooting incident in Pearl Harbor shipyard, the Indian Air Force (IAF) said Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, who is currently in the US military base,..
IndiaTimes - Published

Japanese defence minister visits Hindon airbase

Kono and an accompanying delegation were received at the airbase by Senior Air Staff Officer of Western Air Command Air Marshal D Choudhury. "During his visit, the minister was given an overview of the..
IndiaTimes - Published

No concrete evidence emerged with respect to IAF AN-32 that went missing in 2016: Govt


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Need for further enhancing operational capabilities to deter any misadventure by adversaries: IAF chief

Speaking at the second bi-annual IAF Commanders' Conference which was inaugurated by defence minister Rajnath Singh, Bhadauria said, "There is a need for further enhancing our operational capabilities..
IndiaTimes - Published

Army, Navy, Air Force Special Forces deployed jointly to hunt terrorists in Kashmir valley

In a major step towards enhancing jointness among the three services, the three special forces, namely, the Army's Para (Special Forces), Navy's Marine Commandos (MARCOS) and Indian Air Force's Garud..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF aircraft strength to rise to 2,000 soon: Official


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IAF chief RKS Bhadauria flies sortie in HAL's 'Made in India' HTT-40 trainer aircraft

Air Chief assessed the aircraft's flying characteristics including stall and spin during the sortie, the HAL said in a statement.
DNA - Published

Rafale review petitions: IAF stand vindicated, says ex-IAF chief Dhanoa


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Rafale verdict will have positive impact on overall military procurement: Ex-IAF chief Dhanoa

Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (retd) B S Dhanoa on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict on the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying the ruling vindicated the government's position and that it..
IndiaTimes - Published

We have been vindicated: Former IAF chief BS Dhanoa on SC verdict in Rafale case


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Pakistan army places 'bomb' in Kartarpur Gurudwara to instigate Sikhs against India

A banner that accompanies the 'bomb' says that the Indian Air Force dropped this bomb during the 1971 India-Pakistan war on the gurudwara to destroy it.
DNA - Published

Court to hear case against Yasin Malik for killing IAF personnel on November 26

The Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) court in Jammu will hear on November 26 a case filed against Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik for allegedly..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF helicopter carries out precautionary landing due to bad weather, all crew members safe

The helicopter took off later and landed safely at Guwahati.
DNA - Published

Watch: IAF helicopters evacuate crashed civilian aircraft from Kedarnath

The civilian aircraft had crashed a few days back at an altitude of 11,500 feet at the helipad near the Kedarnath temple. Due to connectivity issues, it wasn't feasible to transport the wreckage to a..
DNA - Published

Indian Air Force all set to acquire 83 Tejas LCA, deal to be signed with HAL soon: Sources

In December 2017, the IAF had issued a single-vendor tender to the HAL for acquiring 83 LCA.
DNA - Published

IAF successfully test-fires BrahMos surface-to-surface missile from mobile platform

The Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out successful firing of BrahMos surface-to-surface missiles from a mobile platform at Trak Island in Andaman Nicobar islands on Monday and Tuesday, officials said on..
IndiaTimes - Published

Ex-JKLF man held over 1990 IAF-killings link


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1990 IAF personnel killing case: JKLF terrorist Javed Mir 'Nalka' arrested, was first to get arms training in PoK

Nalka is believed to be among the first few terrorists to receive arms training in POK.
DNA - Published

Pakistani F-16s intercepted Kabul-bound SpiceJet flight last month after mistaking it for Indian Air Force jet

The event occurred at a time when the Pakistani airspace was not closed to India.
DNA - Published

IAF to conduct exercise for Sukhoi Su-30 MKI, Hawk Mk 132 combat aircrafts at six civilian airports in Eastern India

IAF sources said that the exercise is aimed at familiarising the combat crew with the procedure to even conduct operations at these busy civilian airports during times of emergencies.
DNA - Published

IAF launches fighter operations from six civilian airfields

The Shillong-based Eastern Air Command on Wednesday said Sukhoi-30MKI “air dominance” fighters and the Hawk advanced jet trainers will operate from Kolkata, Pasighat, Andal, Dimapur, Imphal and..
IndiaTimes - Published

DRDO must make indigenous fifth generation fighter project happen: IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria

Bhadauria has already made it clear that the IAF will fully back the indigenous fifth-generation fighter aircraft project being developed by the DRDO.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

IAF friendly fire case: Air Force Group Captain, Wing Commander face court-martial in Mi-17 chopper crash

On the morning of February 27, when Pakistan counter-attacked in response to the Balakot airstrike, an IAF Mi-17 chopper crashed over Budgam near Srinagar killing all six of its occupants.
DNA - Published

IAF action against 6 officers in Mi-17 chopper crash, 2 to face court-martial

Four other officers will also face administrative action in the case including two Air Commodores (equivalent to Army Brigadiers) and two Flight Lieutenants (Captain equivalents in Army) for their..
IndiaTimes - Published

45-50 terrorists, including suicide bombers, training at JeM Balakot facility: Sources

Eight months after Indian Air Force (IAF) bombed the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan's Balakot, intelligence agencies have received inputs that as many as 45-50 terrorists, including..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF base in Pathankot to get 'impregnable' shield by Dec

IAF has plans to install the integrated perimeter security system, which is a "comprehensive multi-sensor, multi-layered, hi-tech surveillance and intrusion detection system", at 23 of its "sensitive..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF wants new Russian MiG-29s to have indigenous weapons

The sources said there are other indigenous equipment and weapons which would be integrated with the aircraft once the deal comes through.
DNA - Published

Rajnath Singh to campaign for party candidate in poll-bound Haryana, Maharashtra

Senior BJP leader and defence minister Rajnath Singh will address a number of political rallies for party candidates in poll-bound Haryana and Maharashtra from October 13. Singh, who returned to..
IndiaTimes - Published

PM's new aircraft will be flown by IAF pilots but maintained by Air India


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India-France defence dialogue reviewed full spectrum of bilateral ties: Rajnath Singh

Singh was received by a military guard of honour at Hotel de Brienne, the headquarters of the French Armed Forces ministry in Paris, on Tuesday night at the end of a packed day's schedule during which..
IndiaTimes - Published

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inducts first Rafale jet in Indian Air Force; squadron to be ready by '21

18 aircraft will be delivered by Feb 2021, remaining 18 will arrive by May 2022
DNA - Published

Abhinandan leads the men and machines that taught Pak a lesson

The IAF on Tuesday put the men and their flying machines that bombed on February 26 a Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) facility at Balakot and then thwarted Pakistan's counter-offensive the next day at the..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France


IndiaTimes - Published

Defence minister Rajnath arrives in Merignac to receive first Rafale combat aircraft for IAF

At Merignac, a suburb of the south-western French town of Bordeaux, the defence minister will receive the first Rafale fighter jet bearing the tail number RB-01, which is the initial of new Air Force..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF demonstrated its resolve, capability in punching perpetrators of terrorism: Air Force chief RKS Bhadauria

The IAF Chief also acknowledged the contribution of all the personnel who he said silently and professionally contributed to the airstrikes at the terror camp in Balakot.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

'They safeguard our skies with courage and commitment': President Kovind hails IAF on Air Force Day

India remains forever indebted to the brave men and women in blue for their selfless devotion and sacrifice, President Kovind said.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Air Force Day: IAF awards squadrons for braving Pak attacks, conducting Balakot airstrikes

Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal's 601 Signal unit was awarded for their role in Balakot aerial strikes and foiling the aerial attack by Pakistan in February.
DNA - Published

IAF Chief awards units for Balakot airstrikes, thwarting Pakistan attack

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron was awarded unit citation by Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria for thwarting Pakistani aerial attack and shooting down enemy F-16 fighter aircraft on..
IndiaTimes - Published

Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pak's F-16, flies fighter jet at Air Force Day Parade

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of IAF, who shot down Pakistan's F-16 jet during a dogfight on February 27 earlier this year, flew MiG-21 Bison aircraft on Air Force Day parade today at Hindon Air..
IndiaTimes - Published

PM Narendra Modi hails IAF for protecting country during conflicts


IndiaTimes - Published

'Major shift' in the government's way of handling terrorist attacks: IAF Chief

"The strategic relevance of this (Balakot air strikes) is the resolve of the political leadership to punish the perpetrators of terrorism. There is a major shift in the government's way of handling..
IndiaTimes - Published

Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day


IndiaTimes - Published

Government partially lifts ban on Pilatus for IAF to maintain its trainer fleet


IndiaTimes - Published

Meteor & Scalp missiles to make Rafale more lethal

Along with the air dominance Sukhoi Su-30MKIs, Rafale fighter will give the IAF an extremely potent combination to deal with any threat from across India's western as well as northern borders
DNA - Published

IAF Mirage 2000 fighter jets that destroyed Jaish terror camp in Balakot airstrike code-named 'Spice'

However, the Balakot Operation was code-named 'Operation Bandar' to maintain secrecy
DNA - Published

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman's 51 Squadron to be awarded unit citation

THE REAL HERO: He is being honoured by the IAF for thwarting Pakistani aerial attack
DNA - Published

IAF's Sukhois to get more advanced avionics, radars


IndiaTimes - Published

Rajnath Singh, in France to receive first Rafale, to perform 'Shastra Puja' in Paris this Dussehra

With the Indian Air Force all ready to welcome the first Rafale combat aircraft, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will be in Paris to attend the ceremony where France will hand over the aircraft to India..
DNA - Published

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