Birender Singh Dhanoa: News

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.

29 Jul 2020


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.

28 Dec 2019

Pakistan News

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.

19 Sep 2019

Indian Air Force

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.

03 Sep 2019


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.

02 Sep 2019

Pakistan News

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.

05 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

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.

04 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

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.

04 Mar 2019

Abhinandan Varthaman

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.

27 Feb 2019


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.

26 Feb 2019

Pakistan News

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

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

17 Feb 2019


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.

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.

12 Sep 2018


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.

22 Jul 2018


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.

25 Apr 2018

Indian Army

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.

17 Apr 2018

Indian Army

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.

06 Oct 2017


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.

05 Oct 2017

Air Force Day

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.