The Centre on March 22 said in the Rajya Sabha that Indian armed forces have 1,07,505 vacancies, with the most being for 86,324 posts in the army. While 79,349 posts for junior commissioned officers are vacant, the Army needs 6,975 personnel as officers. Besides, over 12,000 and 11,000 vacancies lie in the Navy and Air Force respectively. Citing retirements, premature retirements and casualties for the void, Naik asserted of having sufficient… read-more
Courtesy: Deccan Herald
The second squadron of Rafale will be set up in West Bengal by Indian Air Force in April 2021. Reportedly, they will be inducted at the Hasimara Air Force Base of Alipurduar district. Earlier, the first squadron of five jets was inducted on September 10, 2020, with pilots belonging to the 'Golden Arrows' squadron based in Ambala Air Force Station. Notably, India will receive 36 Rafale built by Dassault Aviation.
Courtesy: The Hindustan Times
In a first, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is eyeing to participate in a multilateral exercise that is slated to take place in the strategic Persian Gulf Region. Touted as 'Desert Flag' exercise, the IAF will ship Sukhoi-30MKI fighters, two C-17 Globemaster-III aircraft and 125 personnel for this operation. Besides, the event will witness a various range of defence operations with force enhancer AWACS. Currently, India is eyeing to export BrahMos… read-more
Courtesy: The Times Of India
With 6.5% of women participation, Indian Navy has recorded highest participation of women among all three services. The information provided by Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik in Rajya Sabha on February 8 added that the Army and Air Force has 0.56% and 1.08% females respectively. He also said that the women in defence forces increased during 2020. Recently, the government has also sanctioned 1,700 women in the Military Police Corps… read-more
Indian Government will procure 83 indigenous combat fighter jet - Tejas - at Rs 48,000 crore from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. Sealing the deal on February 3, the contract was given to HAL Chief and CEO R Madhavan during the inauguration ceremony of Aero India 2021. Reportedly, the government aims to strengthen the IAF combat after its approval by the PM Narendra Modi led Cabinet Committee on Security.
American aircraft maker Boeing is free to supply its F-15EX fighter jets to the Indian air force as the former has been licensed by the US government. The company is officially in the race with Sweden's Gripen and France's Rafale to fulfil India's forage of 114 multi-role aircraft. An official from Boeing said, "the marketing licence it allows us to talk to the Indian Air Force directly about the capability of the fighter."
DRDO successfully test-fired its surface-to-surface Akash-NG (New Generation) Missile on January 25. Tested at the Odisha coast, the maiden launch of Akash-NG missile achieved accurate strike. Reportedly, the missile is capable of intercepting high manoeuvring aerial threats. The missile is equipped with command and control System, onboard avionics and aerodynamic configuration. Moreover, DRDO will have tableaux of LCA-Tejas and anti-tank… read-more
Indian Air Force on January 18 stated the flypast of Republic Day parade would feature the newly-inducted fighter aircraft Rafale. The IAF Wing Commander Indranil Nandi said, “The flypast will culminate with a single Rafale aircraft carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ formation." In the aerobatic exercise, the aircraft pulls up vertically and rolls down until reaches normal height. Reportedly, IAF’s 38 aircraft and Indian's Army's four planes… read-more
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In a tragic air plane crash, a ‘Mig-21 Bison’ of the Indian Air Force crashed in Rajasthan’s Suratgarh region on January 5. Reportedly, the incident happened around 8:30 PM when the jet experienced a technical malfunction during a training sortie. However, no casualties occurred as the pilot ejected safely. While the pilot tried every effort for its safe landing after the malfunction appeared, the IAF has called for an inquiry over the mishap… read-more
Garima Abrol, wife of late Squadron leader Samir Abrol, is all set to join the Indian Air Force as a flying officer. Garima passed out from the Air Force Academy on December 19. Samir, who was a squadron leader in the IAF, lost his life on February 1, 2019, when his Mirage 2000 trainer fighter aircraft crashed in Yamalur, Bengaluru. His co-test pilot, Squadron leader Siddhartha Negi, had also died in the accident.
Courtesy: The New Indian Express