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Flight Lt Mohana Singh first woman to fly Hawk jet

31 May 2019

Flight Lt Mohana Singh first woman to fly Hawk jet

Three years after making history by being among the first women to be commissioned into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron, Flight Lieutenant Mohana Singh adds another achievement to her list of 'firsts.'

All about Mirage-2000, the jet which destroyed terror camps

26 Feb 2019

All about Mirage-2000, the jet which destroyed terror camps

Avenging the dastardly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF soldiers were martyred, the Indian Air Force attacked terror camps flourishing in Pakistan on Tuesday.

#DefenseDiaries: Lockheed Martin unveils special F-21 fighter jet for India

20 Feb 2019

#DefenseDiaries: Lockheed Martin unveils special F-21 fighter jet for India

US defense giant Lockheed Martin, on Wednesday, unveiled the F-21 fighter jet that it claimed is especially designed for India and will be manufactured in India, under the 'Make in India' program.

MoD: Jets manufactured by HAL cost more than foreign ones

19 Oct 2018

MoD: Jets manufactured by HAL cost more than foreign ones

A recent review of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) by the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has revealed that jets manufactured by the state-run defense company cost more than the same jets produced abroad by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35 stealth aircraft after crash

12 Oct 2018

Pentagon grounds global fleet of F-35 stealth aircraft after crash

The Pentagon in the US yesterday grounded the global fleet of F-35 stealth fighter jets to conduct engine inspections, following its first-ever crash.

Narendra Modi led-NDA saved Rs. 59cr/aircraft in Rafale Deal: Report

25 Jul 2018

Narendra Modi led-NDA saved Rs. 59cr/aircraft in Rafale Deal: Report

As the political controversy around Rafale Deal is widening, a report claims that NDA government got a better price than the previous UPA rule.

IAF pilot dies in MiG-21 crash in Himachal Pradesh

18 Jul 2018

IAF pilot dies in MiG-21 crash in Himachal Pradesh

A MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in Mehra Palli village in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district today, killing an Indian Air Force pilot, officials said.

#DefenseDiaries: Tejas fighter jet misses another deadline for combat readiness

09 Jul 2018

#DefenseDiaries: Tejas fighter jet misses another deadline for combat readiness

The indigenously developed Tejas fighter jet, first approved way back in 1983, has missed yet another deadline for becoming fully combat-ready.

MP woman, a tea-seller's daughter, to join IAF as fighter-pilot

23 Jun 2018

MP woman, a tea-seller's daughter, to join IAF as fighter-pilot

On June 7, when the results of Indian Air Force (IAF) were declared, there was one name that stood out: Aanchal Gangwal.

Jodhpur: US Air Force general flies fighter jet Tejas

03 Feb 2018

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.

Nirmala Sitharaman takes off in IAF's combat jet Sukhoi-30 MKI

17 Jan 2018

Nirmala Sitharaman takes off in IAF's combat jet Sukhoi-30 MKI

To review its operational functionality and combat prowess, India's first woman defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday flew in Sukhoi-30 MKI from the Jodhpur airbase in Rajasthan.

MiG-29 crashes at Goa airport, catches fire, pilot safe

03 Jan 2018

MiG-29 crashes at Goa airport, catches fire, pilot safe

A MiG-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Navy burst into flames after veering off the runway at Goa airport during takeoff.

#DefenseDiaries: How the IAF is losing its mid-air refueling capability

19 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: How the IAF is losing its mid-air refueling capability

The Indian Air Force's (IAF) six Ilyushin IL-78 aircraft are used to refuel fighter jets in mid-air.

Two more women inducted as fighter pilots in Air Force

17 Dec 2017

Two more women inducted as fighter pilots in Air Force

Two more women have been inducted into the Indian Air Force as fighter pilots, taking their total number to five.

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Navy's sea hawk P-8I Poseidon protects the nation

12 Dec 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Indian Navy's sea hawk P-8I Poseidon protects the nation

In recent months, there's been an increase in the Chinese navy's forays into the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

#DefenseDiaries: How the indigenous Netra AEW&CS watches over Indian skies

30 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: How the indigenous Netra AEW&CS watches over Indian skies

Earlier today, the Indian Air Forces (IAF) first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS), christened 'Netra', successfully completed its first air-to-air refueling.

#DefenseDiaries: Why the Su-30MKI is the backbone of the IAF

24 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Why the Su-30MKI is the backbone of the IAF

Recently, a modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter jet test-fired a supersonic BrahMos-A Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM).

#DefenseDiaries: Sukhoi-30MKI armed with BrahMos missile is India's deadliest weapon

22 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Sukhoi-30MKI armed with BrahMos missile is India's deadliest weapon

India has successfully test-fired the BrahMos-A supersonic Air-Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from a modified Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet.

#DefenseDiaries: Why the IAF loves the Mirage-2000 fighter jets

22 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Why the IAF loves the Mirage-2000 fighter jets

The French-made Dassault Mirage-2000 is undoubtedly one of Indian Air Force's (IAF) most versatile and deadliest aircraft.

Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

15 Nov 2017

Congress alleges "huge scam" in $8.7bn Rafale deal

The Congress party has alleged that a "huge scam is brewing" in the deal to purchase 36 Dassault Rafale fighters for $8.7 billion.

#DefenseDiaries: IAF believes Tejas isn't enough to protect Indian skies

11 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: IAF believes Tejas isn't enough to protect Indian skies

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has told the government that the indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas isn't enough to protect Indian skies.

#DefenseDiaries: Shamsher, IAF's lethal deep penetrating strike fighter

09 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: Shamsher, IAF's lethal deep penetrating strike fighter

The Indian Air Force (IAF) possesses several multirole-combat aircraft.

#DefenseDiaries: C-130J Super Hercules, IAF's versatile workhorse

04 Nov 2017

#DefenseDiaries: C-130J Super Hercules, IAF's versatile workhorse

Recently, the Indian Air Force landed its Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules transport plane on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway.

16 IAF planes land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway in rare exercise

24 Oct 2017

16 IAF planes land on Lucknow-Agra Expressway in rare exercise

In a rare drill, at least 16 IAF aircraft are landing on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway today.

India looks to buy 114 single-engine fighter jets

07 Oct 2017

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.

Indian Air Force hit by shortage of AWACS surveillance planes

03 Oct 2017

Indian Air Force hit by shortage of AWACS surveillance planes

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is witnessing a serious cataract in its "eyes in the sky" arising from a severe shortage of airborne warning and control systems (AWACS).

India to have first Rafale base in Ambala by 2019

02 Oct 2017

India to have first Rafale base in Ambala by 2019

India is all set to have its first Rafale base in Ambala, Haryana.

Russia keen on jointly developing MiG-29K with Indian companies

18 Sep 2017

Russia keen on jointly developing MiG-29K with Indian companies

Russian defense major MiG said it's open to providing transfer of technology and joint development of its MiG-29K warplane to Indian companies for the Indian Navy (IN).

Reports: IAF pitches for 36 additional Rafale warplanes

27 Aug 2017

Reports: IAF pitches for 36 additional Rafale warplanes

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is pitching to purchase an additional 36 French-made Dassault Rafale fighter jets as a "follow-on" to the first 36 warplanes.

Report: Indian Air Force warplanes have major advantage over China's

09 Aug 2017

Report: Indian Air Force warplanes have major advantage over China's

Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets will have significant advantages if they are required to operate against Chinese aircraft over Tibet in the event of hostilities.

Russia to sell MiG-35 fighter jets to IAF, say sources

23 Jul 2017

Russia to sell MiG-35 fighter jets to IAF, say sources

If reports are believed to be true, then Russia is keen on selling its new fighter jet MiG-35 to India. MiG Corporation's chief said talks were on to understand the country's requirements.

Tata-Lockheed Martin sign deal to manufacture advanced F-16s in India

20 Jun 2017

Tata-Lockheed Martin sign deal to manufacture advanced F-16s in India

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd and US aerospace major Lockheed Martin Corp. have signed a deal to manufacture the iconic F-16 fighter jets in India.

US, Qatar ink $12 billion deal on F-15 fighter jets

16 Jun 2017

US, Qatar ink $12 billion deal on F-15 fighter jets

Against the backdrop of Qatar's isolation in the Middle East, US has inked a $12 billion deal for supply of 36 F-15 fighter jets to Qatar.

IAF to conduct limited trials for F-16/Gripen warplanes

13 Jun 2017

IAF to conduct limited trials for F-16/Gripen warplanes

The Indian Air Force will be conducting limited trials of the US-built Lockheed Martin F-16 and Swedish Saab Gripen fighter jets.

Navy chief says 4 companies have expressed interest for jets

01 Jun 2017

Navy chief says 4 companies have expressed interest for jets

Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba said four defense companies have expressed interest in providing it 57 multi-role combat fighter jets for its aircraft carrier.

Wreckage of missing Sukhoi aircraft found in Assam

26 May 2017

Wreckage of missing Sukhoi aircraft found in Assam

Four days after a Sukhoi-30 aircraft went missing near the Sino-Indian border, its wreckage was spotted close to its last known position near Tezpur.

Missing Sukhoi-30- Indian Air Force says search on

25 May 2017

Missing Sukhoi-30- Indian Air Force says search on

Two days ago, the Indian Air Force's Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft with 2 of its pilots went missing soon after taking off from Tezpur base, Assam.

Pakistani jets fly over Siachen, but Indian airspace untouched

24 May 2017

Pakistani jets fly over Siachen, but Indian airspace untouched

One day after India launched "punitive fire assaults" on Pakistani military outposts along the Line of Control, jets from Islamabad flew over Siachen, reported media.

IAF's Su-30 goes missing near Sino-Indian border

23 May 2017

IAF's Su-30 goes missing near Sino-Indian border

A Sukhoi 30 MKI figher aircraft of the Indian Air Force went missing near the Sino-Indian border. Sources said the jet lost contact with radar when it was 60km north of Tezpur in Assam.

China's new attack helicopter takes maiden flight

20 May 2017

China's new attack helicopter takes maiden flight

China has unveiled the Z-19E, an indigenously developed attack helicopter aimed at the growing arms export market.