Articles about Birender Singh Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, born on September 7, 1957, is a former Chief of Air Staff (CAS) of the Indian Air Force and a former chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC). An alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun, and National Defence Academy, Pune, Dhanoa, was commissioned into the Indian Air Force's flying branch in 1978. He has held key posts and responsibilities in both Eastern, Western, and South Western Air Commands. He led a frontline ground attack fighter squadron as its Commanding Officer in the 1999 Kargil War and oversaw the 2019 Balakot airstrike on terrorist camps in Pakistan. Dhanoa has been bestowed with several gallantry honors such as the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), and the Vayu Sena Medal (VSM). He became the Vice Chief of the Air Staff in 2015 and, in 2016, was appointed as the Chief of the Air Staff of India. Dhanoa retired after over 40 years of service in 2019.

China's celebrated fighter jet toothless compared to Rafale: Ex-IAF Chief

29 Jul 2020

India
China's celebrated fighter jet toothless compared to Rafale: Ex-IAF Chief

With the airbase in Ambala prepared to welcome five Rafale jets, the former chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), BS Dhanoa has hailed the "game changing jets," saying that China's J-20 doesn't even come close to the fresh dispatch from France.

After 26/11, government rejected IAF's proposal to strike Pakistan: Dhanoa

28 Dec 2019

India
After 26/11, government rejected IAF's proposal to strike Pakistan: Dhanoa

The Indian Air Force's proposal to strike Pakistan had been rejected by the previous governments twice before, revealed former IAF chief Birender Singh Dhanoa on Friday.

Abhinandan's 51 Squadron to get citation for downing Pakistan's F-16

06 Oct 2019

India
Abhinandan's 51 Squadron to get citation for downing Pakistan's F-16

The Chief of Indian Air Force, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, will award a unit citation to 51 Squadron, to which Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman belonged.

Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to take over as IAF Chief

19 Sep 2019

India
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria to take over as IAF Chief

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria will take over as the next Chief of Air Staff, the principal spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense said on Thursday.

8 Apache attack choppers inducted into IAF at Pathankot airbase

03 Sep 2019

India
8 Apache attack choppers inducted into IAF at Pathankot airbase

The Indian Air Force inducted eight Apache helicopters today at the Pathankot Air Force Station in Punjab.

Abhinandan Varthaman flies with IAF Chief: Details here

02 Sep 2019

India
Abhinandan Varthaman flies with IAF Chief: Details here

Wing commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who brought down an F-16 of Pakistan in February, flew with IAF Chief BS Dhanoa from the Pathankot airbase for some 30 minutes on Monday.

20 years of Kargil war: IAF recreates Tiger Hill operation

24 Jun 2019

India
20 years of Kargil war: IAF recreates Tiger Hill operation

20 years ago, the valiant Indian forces fought Pakistanis to reclaim our territories which were captured. Yes, we are talking about the 1999 Kargil War, which once again proved the valor of Indian officers.

Secrecy, success and propaganda war: IAF reviews Balakot strikes

25 Apr 2019

India
Secrecy, success and propaganda war: IAF reviews Balakot strikes

On February 26, IAF breached Pakistani airspace to attack Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot as a response to Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred.

US report claims IAF didn't down Pakistani F-16. Cover-up much?

05 Apr 2019

World
US report claims IAF didn't down Pakistani F-16. Cover-up much?

Weeks after India and Pakistan indulged in aerial combat, a US publication has contradicted IAF's claim that it shot down a Pakistani F-16.

Prepared to proactively engage with any threat from Pakistan: IAF

07 Mar 2019

India
Prepared to proactively engage with any threat from Pakistan: IAF

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday said it was in a "high state of preparedness" for engaging proactively with any kind of perceived threat from Pakistan.

Terrorists being trained for attack via sea, says Navy Chief

05 Mar 2019

India
Terrorists being trained for attack via sea, says Navy Chief

During a press interaction on Tuesday, Navy Chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said they have reports that terrorists are being trained to carry out an operation via sea.

Bombs penetrated buildings, exploded inside: Here's what happened at Balakot

04 Mar 2019

India
Bombs penetrated buildings, exploded inside: Here's what happened at Balakot

The unprecedented Balakot strikes in Pakistan drew a deep red line for India. With its seamless operation, IAF scripted history.

We don't count casualties, government does that: IAF Chief

04 Mar 2019

India
We don't count casualties, government does that: IAF Chief

Almost a week after Indian Air Force jets demolished Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp in Pakistan's Balakot, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said they don't count the number of human casualties.

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi hospital

02 Mar 2019

India
Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visits Abhinandan Varthaman in Delhi hospital

Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman visited Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman at a Delhi hospital where he was taken after Pakistan released him. She told him India is proud of his courage and determination.

Only seven people, including Modi, knew about IAF's operation

27 Feb 2019

India
Only seven people, including Modi, knew about IAF's operation

On February 26, 12 Mirage-2000 jets breached Pakistan's airspace in Balakot, dropped explosives on Jaish-e-Mohammed's biggest camp and returned unharmed.

19-minute long operation: How IAF planned strikes on JeM's camp

26 Feb 2019

India
19-minute long operation: How IAF planned strikes on JeM's camp

Rattling Pakistan and delivering a strong message that India won't tolerate actions of terrorism, Indian Air Force struck a terrorist training camp on Tuesday.

Aero India 2019: Army chief flies in Made-In-India Tejas jet

21 Feb 2019

India
Aero India 2019: Army chief flies in Made-In-India Tejas jet

In a first, Army Chief Bipin Rawat flew in Light Combat Aircraft Tejas on Thursday at the ongoing Aero Space 2019 in Bengaluru.

Fire in my heart too: Modi on outrage after Pulwama

18 Feb 2019

Politics
Fire in my heart too: Modi on outrage after Pulwama

Amid growing anger and demand for revenge in the nation after the horrendous Pulwama attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said he shared the same fire as countrymen.

Vayu Shakti: IAF showcases firepower in backdrop of Pulwama attack

17 Feb 2019

India
Vayu Shakti: IAF showcases firepower in backdrop of Pulwama attack

Days after the Pulwama attack rocked Kashmir, the Indian Air Force (IAF), on Sunday, carried out a mega exercise at the Pokhran firing range near the Pakistan border to demonstrate its control over the skies.

#PulwamaTerrorAttack: PM Modi pays tributes to martyred CRPF personnel

15 Feb 2019

India
#PulwamaTerrorAttack: PM Modi pays tributes to martyred CRPF personnel

The mortal remains of 40 CRPF personnel who lost their lives in a deadly terror attack in Jammu & Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday have been flown to Delhi.

Gaganyaan mission: IAF to assist ISRO in astronaut training

15 Sep 2018

India
Gaganyaan mission: IAF to assist ISRO in astronaut training

Since PM Modi announced plans to send Indian astronauts to space by 2022, ISRO has been frantically trying to make requisite arrangements for its landmark Gaganyaan mission.

Rafale deal: IAF chief backs government, says India facing threat

12 Sep 2018

India
Rafale deal: IAF chief backs government, says India facing threat

On Wednesday, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief BS Dhanoa backed the government on the controversial Rafale deal, saying that the procurement of Rafale fighter jets was crucial for strengthening India's weakening air force strength.

Imphal: Tribal students call hill bandh; MUSU to disrupt Assembly

22 Jul 2018

India
Imphal: Tribal students call hill bandh; MUSU to disrupt Assembly

Throwing its weight behind the beleaguered Vice-Chancellor of Manipur University, AP Pandey, a tribal students' body has called for an indefinite hill bandh from tomorrow, coinciding with Manipur University Students' Union's (MUSU) decision to disrupt the Assembly session for not discussing the impasse at the institute.

GaganShakti-2018: 13-day mega exercise sees 14,000 men, 11,000 sorties

25 Apr 2018

India
GaganShakti-2018: 13-day mega exercise sees 14,000 men, 11,000 sorties

The Indian Air Force (IAF) flew as many as 11,000 sorties in its mega 13-day GaganShakti exercise, which came to an end April 22.

Gaganshakti-2018: Historic Air Force exercise 'shakes heavens, splits Earth'

17 Apr 2018

India
Gaganshakti-2018: Historic Air Force exercise 'shakes heavens, splits Earth'

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is in the middle of its largest exercise in three decades, with more than 1,100 aircraft involved in "flying a lot of sorties and dropping a lot of bombs," said Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.

Jodhpur: US Air Force general flies fighter jet Tejas

03 Feb 2018

India
Jodhpur: US Air Force general flies fighter jet Tejas

American Air Force General David L Goldfein on Saturday became the first foreign military chief to fly India's light combat aircraft Tejas.

Indian military unveils joint training doctrine to boost tri-service integration

16 Nov 2017

India
Indian military unveils joint training doctrine to boost tri-service integration

After finalizing a joint war doctrine earlier this year, The Indian Army, Navy and Air Force have prepared a joint training doctrine.

India prepared for war at short notice: Air Force chief

08 Oct 2017

India
India prepared for war at short notice: Air Force chief

On Air Force Day, Air Chief Marshall BS Dhanoa said India is prepared to fight a war at short notice and can face any security challenge.

India looks to buy 114 single-engine fighter jets

07 Oct 2017

India
India looks to buy 114 single-engine fighter jets

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has started looking to buy 114 new single-engine fighter jets to increase its firepower even as it struggles with a depleting fleet.

Pakistan warns India against surgical strikes, attacks on nuclear installations

06 Oct 2017

World
Pakistan warns India against surgical strikes, attacks on nuclear installations

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has warned India against conducting any surgical strikes in its territory or targeting its nuclear installations.

IAF chief: Air Force can target Pak nuclear sites

05 Oct 2017

India
IAF chief: Air Force can target Pak nuclear sites

Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief BS Dhanoa sent a major warning to Pakistan, saying his warplanes are capable of attacking nuclear sites across the border.

SB Deo now vice-chief of Air Staff

03 Jan 2017

India
SB Deo now vice-chief of Air Staff

Air Marshal SB Deo on Monday took over from Air Marshal BS Dhanoa as vice-chief of Air Staff.

Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi to lead Eastern Command

01 Jan 2017

India
Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi to lead Eastern Command

Lt Gen Praveen Bakshi stated that he would continue leading the Army's Eastern Command with "full professional sincerity" and had no intention of resigning.

Bipin Rawat, Birender Dhanoa appointed as Army and AirForce chief

31 Dec 2016

India
Bipin Rawat, Birender Dhanoa appointed as Army and AirForce chief

Lt General Bipin Rawat was appointed the 26th Army Chief of India replacing General Dalbir Singh Suhag.

Lieutenant General Rawat's efficiency in the Congo

19 Dec 2016

India
Lieutenant General Rawat's efficiency in the Congo

In August 2008, Lt. General Bipin Rawat was sent to the Congo to command the Indian Army's deployment.

Government announces new army, air force, security chief

18 Dec 2016

India
Government announces new army, air force, security chief

The government announced the names of the new air force and army chief, while also listing the new heads for India's security agencies.