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IAF Pilots Test F-21 Simulator

Indian Air Force fighter pilots, including one of India’s first female pilots in this stream, examined and tested a cockpit simulator of the F-21 fighter aircraft of American aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin, here on Tuesday.  Lockheed Martin has been pitching its F-21 aircraft for the

Why Did Pakistan Open Its Airspace for India? Goodwill Gesture or Move To Save Ailing Economy?

By Siddhi Gaharwar Although Pakistan’s decision to open up its airspace for civil traffic must have come as big relief to the Indian airlines that suffered huge losses because of the airspace closure by the north-western neighbour, it also is undeniably true that the Imran

Pak Opens Airspace Closed Since Balakot Strike, Indian Airlines Resume Flights Operations Over Pakistan

Indian airlines on Tuesday resumed flight operations on normal routes to Europe and other west-bound destinations over the Pakistan airspace, after Islamabad removed access restrictions.  “After cancellation of NOTAMS by Pakistan and India in the early hours of Tuesday, there are no restrictions on airspaces of both countries, flights

IAF Broke Will of Pakistan Army During Kargil War: Ex-Officers

The Indian Army was bringing results but the Indian Air Force (IAF) broke the Pakistani Army’s morale and will to continue holding the heights it had captured in Kargil, former IAF officers said while talking about the 1999 war. Giving credit to air power for

ISRO Calls off Chandrayaan-2 Launch After Technical Snag, Next Date Soon

With the countdown clock freezing minutes before 2 am, the launch of Chandrayaan-2, India’s second mission to moon, was called off 56 minutes before the scheduled time early Monday morning. The GSLV Mark III carrying the orbiter, lander, and rover was to take off at

Rafale & Su-30MKI Deadly Combo Will Make Pakistan, Other Enemies Worried: IAF

Once the French Rafale and the Russian Su-30MKI jets start operating jointly in the Indian Air Force (IAF), it will be a deadly combination and will make our enemies including Pakistan worried in case of any conflict, said Indian Air Force Vice Chief Air Marshal RKS

India’s New Advanced Talwar Frigates To Arrive By 2022 After Payments Clearance

The Indian Navy is likely to get its first two advanced Talwar class frigates by 2022, following clearance of payments and key material procurements that will enable Russia’s Yantar Shipyard to commence full-scale work on the warship. The contract for new frigates – two of which are to

JFD Completes Sea Acceptance Trials of Submarine Rescue System For Indian Navy

UK-based subsea engineering and services provider JFD has completed sea acceptance trials and training activities on the second of two fly-away submarine rescue systems built for the Indian Navy. The activities were conducted on the east coast of India at Visakhapatnam, where the system will

India to Buy 18 More Su-30MKI and 21 Mig-29 Fighter Jets From Russia

Indian Air Force (IAF) is eyeing 18 more Sukhoi Su-30 MKI multirole fighters and 21 Mikoyan MiG-29 air superiority jets from Russia to add extra teeth to its arsenal, and tackle the twin threats of Pakistan and China. IAF already has a sanctioned strength of

1.86 lakh Bulletproof Jackets To Be Procured By April Next Year: Govt

The shortage of bullet-proof jackets for armed forces is being met through procurement of 1.86 lakh such jackets by April 2020 for nearly Rs 639 crore, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed Rajya Sabha on Monday. Replying to supplementaries, the minister said there was no embargo

IAF Pushes Rs1.5 lakh cr ‘Make In India’ Deals For 170 Aircraft

With the budget done and dusted, the IAF is now finalising two long-pending mega ‘Make in India’ projects worth about Rs 1.5 lakh crore ($22 billion). But while the project for 56 medium transport aircraft by the Tata-Airbus consortium is set to take off this

Upgraded BrahMos With 500-km Range Ready: CEO of BrahMos Aerospace

The upgraded version of the homegrown BrahMos missile with an enhanced range of up to 500 km is ready, the CEO of BrahMos Aerospace, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, has said. Mishra, in an interview broadcast on Doordarshan News Sunday, said it is possible to increase the

INS Viraat Will Be Sold As Scrap

The government has decided to scrap Indian Navy aircraft carrier INS Viraat, following the trajectory of the country’s first carrier INS Vikrant. Docked at the Mumbai naval yard since being decommissioned in 2017, INS Viraat has been expensive to maintain, according to Shripad Naik, Minister

There’s No Room For Cowards In The Army : Supreme Court to Jawan

“There is no room for cowards in the Army,” said the Supreme Court while approving the dismissal of a jawan who abandoned his post and failed to fire at militants during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir way in 2006. Dalbir Singh, posted with Rashtriya

India To Test Advanced British Missile After Reality Check of 27 Feb Dogfight With Pakistan

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to test-fire the British Advanced Short Range Air-to-Air Missile (ASRAAM) from the Russian Su-30 MKI and the Anglo-French Jaguar aircraft by the end of this year, ThePrint has learnt. The planned test comes as India tries to bridge

Work Begins on India’s Next Gen Nuclear-Powered Submarines

Work has started on the Rs 1 lakh crore project to produce next generation nuclear-powered submarines for the Indian Navy, with a defence public sector unit working on a special alloy for the hull. A scale model is likely to be tested soon as part of

1 Dead In INS Visakhapatnam Fire; Inquiry On

At least one person died after a Level 3 fire broke out on the second and the third deck of warship Visakhapatnam which is currently under construction in South Mumbai, Maharashtra. The deceased has been identified as a contract worker who succumbed possibly due to

‘Operation Bandar’ Was IAF’s Code Name For Balakot Airstrike

When the Air Force sent its package of 12 Mirage 2000 fighter aircraft to attack the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Balakot on February 26, it code-named it ‘Operation Bandar (Monkey)’, to maintain secrecy. “In order to maintain secrecy and ensure that the plans don’t leak out, the Balakot operations were

Indian Navy Executes ‘Operation Sankalp’ For Gulf Region Amid Rising US, Iran Tension

Indian Navy on Thursday launched Operation Sankalp in the Gulf of Oman to re-assure Indian Flagged Vessels operating/ transiting through Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman following the maritime security incidents in the region. Indian Navy spokesperson posted a tweet saying that INS Chennai &

India Has Finalised The Mega Plan To Acquire 30 Weaponised Sea Guardian (or Predator-B) Drones

India has finalised the plan to acquire 30 weaponised Sea Guardian (or Predator-B) drones in yet another proposed mega defence deal with the US, even as New Delhi remains steadfast about going ahead with its deal inked for the Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems despite

India, US Work Towards Signing 2 More Defence Pacts

INDIA AND the US are working towards signing two more defence pacts, the Industrial Security Annexure (ISA) and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation (BECA) to further institutionalise defence cooperation between the two countries. Pentagon had already submitted a draft ISA to the

10 Things You Should Know About Chandrayaan-2

Chandrayaan 2, India’s second moon-mission, will be launched on 14th Jully 2019. It is expected to land on the Moon on September 6. The total mass of the mission is 3.8 tonnes and has cost Rs 978 crore. Here are 10 most important facts on

US Expected to Fast Track Indian Requests for Predator UAV Drones for Indian Army and Navy

A Letter of Agreement (LoA) from the Trump administration is expected soon for the Indian government’s requests for ten each `Predator MQ9’ UAVs for both the Indian Army and Navy. The drones will come through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and a contract will be

85 Nations on Radar to Push Sale of Made-In-India Military Goods

With its ambitious target to achieve Rs 35,000 crore worth of military exports by 2025, the government has drawn up a list of 85 countries that it wants to promote its defence industry in and has empowered its defence attaches across the world to showcase

Mi-17 crash: IAF Probe In Final Stage, 2 Officers Likely to Face Court-Martial

The Indian Air Force (IAF) investigation into the crash of its Mi-17V5 chopper near Srinagar on February 27 is in the final stage and two officers are likely to face court-martial proceedings for the lapse. In the morning of February 27, when Pakistan counter-attacked in

In First Address, Navy Chief Launches All-Out Attack On VIP Culture

In his first set of instructions after taking over, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh has sought a cutting down on wasteful expenditure with the pruning of ceremonial practices and ensuring that same standards are met for both officers and men during events. Admiral Singh has asked

Walk To Battle Sites, Flame to Mark 20 Years of Kargil Victory

The government will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Kargil War against Pakistan this year in Dras, Leh and Delhi with events such as expeditions to the battle sites, ‘victory flame’ and an outreach programme to highlight the conflict being planned. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated

Indian Armed Forces May Soon Get 450 kms Supersonic Cruise Missile ‘BrahMos’

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos on Tuesday was test fired from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha. The anti-ship version of the missile was launched around noon from the launch complex-3 of the ITR, Defence Research and Development (DRDO) sources said. Described as

Army Officials Reach Out To Veteran Who Was Declared Foreigner By Tribunal

A day after the author of an inquiry report which labelled an ex-Indian Army subedar a ‘foreigner’ told a local channel in the northeast that it was a case of mistaken identity, Indian Army officials reached out to the detained man, Mohammed Sanaullah’s family, offering

Army Bulletproof Jackets Imported From China Due to Price Advantage; No Quality Concern

Indian companies producing bulletproof jackets for the Army are importing Chinese raw material due to price advantage but there are no concerns yet about the quality of these body armours, a Niti Aayog member has said. Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat, who is a former


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