Air Force

BrahMos supersonic missile test-fired

India’s indigeneously developed surface-to-surace supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully test-fired from Chandipur Test Range off the Odisha coast. BrahMos is a joint venture between DRDO and NPOM of Russia. BrahMos is the first Indian missile whose life has been extended from 10 to 15 years. BrahMos has been operationalised in the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

DAC approves procurement of radars

The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) approved procurement of high powered radars for the Indian Air Force and air cushion vehicles for the Army and the Coast Guard together worth over Rs. 5,500 crore. The 12 high power radars will be procured indigenously under the ‘Buy (Indian) IDDM’ category. The radars will have the capability to scan 360 degrees without mechanical rotation of Antenna,

India, Russia conclude negotiations for S-400

India has concluded price negotiations with Russia for a nearly Rs 40,000 crore deal to procure S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems for the Indian Air Force. S-400 Triumf can detect, track & shoot down multiple targets including cruise missiles, ballistic missiles, aircraft, drones & UAVs. S-400 is Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system.

Navy conducts “Prasthan” exercise

Indian Navy has conducted an exercise called ‘Prasthan’ in the Western Offshore Development Offshore area in Mumbai. The exercise is held every 6 months & aims at integrating maritime stakeholders, including, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, ONGC, Customs & Port Trust. The drill focused on things like fire on an oil platform, Oil spill, search and rescue for crashed helicopters and more.

Dakota aircraft joined IAF again

A restored Dakota aircraft has joined the Indian Air Force more than 4 decades after the fleet was phased out following an illustrious service record. Dakota popularly known as Gooney Bird was the 1st major transport aircraft inducted in the Indian Air Force. Restored Dakota rechristened as Parashuram will join Vintage Fly of one each of Tiger Moth & Howard raised at Hindan air force station

Vijay Prahar exercise under way in Rajasthan

More than 20,000 troops of strike formations of the Indian Army’s South Western Command were engaged in “Vijay Prahar” exercise near Suratgarh in Rajasthan. The aim of the exercise is to fine-tune jointmanship with the Indian Air Force. The other aspects which were focused were fighting capabilities through armed helicopters and fighting and operate in the nuclear environment.

Second Indian woman fighter pilot to go solo

Flying Officer Bhawana Kanth became the 2nd woman pilot of IAF to fly solo in a fighter aircraft. She flew in a MiG-21 Bison aircraft from Ambala Air Force Station. In Feb, flying officer Avani Chaturvedi made history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo. Only selected countries, such as Britain, US, Israel & Pak have allowed women in the role of fighter pilots.

Multilateral Air Force exercise ‘Samvedna’

A Multilateral Air Force exercise, ‘Samvedna’, will be held from March 12 to 17, 2018.
The exercise is spearheaded by Indian Air Force and will be conducted by Southern Air Command. It is the first composite HADR Air exercise in the South Asian region. Air Forces of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE and Myanmar have already committed resources and personnel for the exercise.

SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket

Elon Musk-led space exploration startup SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket, which carried two test satellites for its planned global internet broadband service.The rocket also carried Spanish company Hisdesat’s PAZ satellite to low Earth orbit as payload. The launch was carried out from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, United States.

Transport plane Saras to be fast-tracked

The government will fast-track the revived light transport plane Saras towards production and begin the feasibility study for a 70-seater regional transport aircraft RTA-70.The improved 19-seater would be first produced for the Indian Air Force by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. Saras would be a good fit for regional travel under the subsidised UDAN scheme.

Air Force gets vintage Dakota aircraft

Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal (ACM) B.S. Dhanoa received a restored World War-II DC3 Dakota aircraft from an IAF veteran.The gift deed was signed between ACM Dhanoa and Air Cdre (Retd) Chandrasekhar at a handover ceremony. The DC3 Dakota aircraft Parashurama bearing the Tail Number VP-905 will be part of the IAF’s vintage fleet.

US Air Force chief flies Indian-made Tejas

Aiming to strengthen the relationship between the air forces of US and India, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force General David L Goldfein flew the ‘Made in India’ light combat aircraft Tejas.With this, Goldfein also became the first foreign military chief to fly Tejas aircraft.Tejas is a single jet engine, multi role light fighter designed by ADA and HAL for the Indian Airforce and Navy.

BSF’s Women Bikers To Make History

In another first for women this Republic Day, a newly-raised all-woman bikers contingent of the Border Security Force will make its debut on Rajpath on January 26.The 27-member BSF women ‘daredevils’ will showcase their stunts & acrobatics on their 350cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles. In 2015, women contingents of the Army, Navy and Air Force had made their debut in the national parade.

Farewell to MiG-27 ML Bahadur

Indian Air Force has bid farewell to MiG-27 ML Bahadur over Hasimara Air Force base in West Bengal.The MiG-27 ML, codenamed ‘Bahadur’ had an impeccable track record in its more than 3 decades of glorious service to the nation.Its capability of dropping bombs, rockets, precision munitions guided by laser & fire air-to-air missiles for self-defence made it a lethal & potent weapon platform.

IAF to order 83 more Tejas

The Indian Air Force kicked off the process to order another 83 indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft by issuing a request for proposal to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. The 83 Tejas Mark-1A jets are supposed to have 43 “improvements” to improve maintainability. HAL has so far delivered only five of the 20 Tejas ordered by the IAF.

IAF bids adieu to MI-8 helicopter

Indian Air Force bid adieu to the MI-8 helicopter, also known as the PRATAP in the phasing out ceremony held at Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru.MI-8s served for 45 years after their induction into IAF helicopter inventory in 1972.PRATAP was inducted in 10 operational helicopter units & operated in several major IAF operations including Operation Meghdoot in the Siachen Glacier.

Work to integrate Brahmos missile begins

The work has begun to integrate Brahmos supersonic cruise missile on 40 Sukhoi combat aircraft.The project is likely to be completed by 2020 and is expected to fulfill the critical needs of the Indian Air Force.Brahmos is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on Sukhoi-30. The missile is a joint venture between Defence Research & Development Organization and NPO Mashinostroyenia of Russia.

Putin orders partial troop withdrawal

Russian President Putin has ordered partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to war-torn country.Russia 1st intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes targeting both Islamic State & other jihadists.There had been an unprecedented involvement by Russia’s air force in recent days with warplanes making 100 sorties & staging up to 250 strikes daily.

Air force drill “Vigilant Ace”

The air forces of South Korea and the United States will hold ‘Vigilant Ace’ a joint drill from 4th – 8th December. ‘Vigilant Ace’ between air forces of United States and South Korea is held at periodic intervals to simulate wartime defenses. The exercise comes as North Korea continues to press forward with developing its nuclear and missile program.

Conf. of Commanders of Eastern Command

A two-day conference of all Commanders of Eastern Air Command commenced at Shillong in Meghalaya, where issues pertaining to security are being discussed. The conference is being hosted by Air Marshal Anil Khosla AVSM VM, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command. Air Force Station, Chabua was awarded the ‘Pride of EAC’ Trophy, for standing best in overall performance.

NASA Launches NOAA Weather Satellite

NASA has successfully launched for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the first in a series of four highly advanced polar-orbiting satellites. JPSS-1 lifted off on a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Satellite will provide meteorologists with observations of atmospheric temperature and moisture, clouds, sea-surface temperature

Award of President’s Standard & Colours

Kovind will give the prestigious President’s standard to 223 Squadron and 117 Helicopter Unit during a ceremonial parade scheduled to be held at Air Force Station Adampur on 16 Nov 17. The Commanding Officer of 223 Squadron, Group and 117 Helicopter Unit will receive the President’s Standard. This honour is an acknowledgement of the meritorious service rendered by the selected units.

Guided Glide Bomb successfully test-fire

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully tested an indigenously-built lightweight ‘glide bomb’. It was launched at the Integrated Test Range in Chandipur, Odisha. The ‘glide bomb’ is named as Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW). It was released from the IAF aircraft and guided through precision navigation system.

‘Ex Blue Flag-17’

A 45 member contingent of the Indian Air Force had left for Israel to participate in exercise ‘Blue Flag-17’. Blue Flag is a bi-annual multilateral exercise which aims to strengthen military cooperation amongst participating nations. Indian Air Force is participating with the C-130J special operations aircraft along with Garud commandos.

Air Force launches App ‘MedWatch’

On its 85th anniversary, the Indian Air Force has launched an innovative mobile health App named ‘MedWatch’ on the lines of Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’. ‘MedWatch’, available on the IAF’s AFCEL network, comprises a host of features that will provide authentic health information to all IAF personnel. This will directly enable ‘Mission Indradhanush’ of the Govt of India

SpaceX launches 10 satellites

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 satellites to bolster the global data communications network for Virginia-based company, Iridium. The white rocket blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. About seven minutes after launch, the tall portion of the Falcon 9, known as the first stage, returned to Earth for an upright landing.

India celebrates 85th Air Force Day

India started to celebrate Air Force day on 8th of October in the year 1932 as an auxiliary air force of Indian Empire. Air Force Day is celebrated in order to increase awareness about the importance of Indian air force in any organization of the national security, both officially and publicly. On its day of glory, the IAF displays its vintage, modern and fighter aircrafts.

China operationalises stealth fighter

China has announced commissioning of the radar-evading J-20 stealth fighter jets into military service, giving its air force an edge in the region. The J-20 is China’s fourth-generation medium and a long-range fighter jet. J-20 is only the third stealth fighter to enter service with any air force, after the F-22A Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Ambala, Hasimara IAF bases being readied

The Indian Air Force has initiated major infrastructure upgrade at its frontline base in Ambala for deployment of the first squadron of the Rafale jets. India has signed a £7.87 billion deal with the French govt for purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets The IAF is also carrying out infrastructure upgrade at its Hasimara base in West Bengal which will house the second squadron of the Rafale jets

Afghan Air Force recieves helicopters

The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four US made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. The U.S. plans to supply a total of 159 Black Hawks to Afghanistan in the coming years as it boosts the capacity of the Afghan Air Force. The helicopters will replace the Russian made Mi-17 helicopters.

Astra completes development trials

indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air missile moved one step closer to induction into the Air Force after successfully completing development trials. A total of 7 trials were conducted against Pilotless Target Aircrafts successfully. Missile was tested in various missions & all sub-systems including radio frequency seeker performed accurately, meeting all mission parameters.

India starts ‘Operation Insaniyat’

India has started Operation Insaniyat to provide assistance to Bangladesh in response to humanitarian crisis being faced on account of large influx of Rohingya refugees. Under it, relief material consisting of items including rice, pulses, sugar, salt, biscuits & mosquito nets will be provided to the affected people. 1st tranche will be brought to Chittagong by an Indian Air Force plane.

SpaceX launches super-secret shuttle

SpaceX has launched the Air Force’s super-secret space shuttle, a technology tester capable of spending years in orbit. It’s the fifth flight for one of these crewless minishuttles, known as the X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle. This is the first time SpaceX has provided a lift for the experimental mini-shuttle.

Hercules training centre

Mahindra Defence Systems in association with Lockheed Martin has opened the C-130J Super Hercules simulator training center at Hindon Air Force station. It will train air crew who operate the C-130J special operations aircraft acquired from Lockheed Martin in 2011. The center will deliver qualitative and quantitative training to hone the tactical and operational skills of the C-130J pilots

IAF Deploys Hercules Strategic Aircraft

Indian Air Force installed 6 C-130J Super Hercules strategic aircraft in its Arjan Singh base in Panagarh, West Bengal. Arjan Singh is the 2nd base in the country to have a fat fleet of Hercules aircraft after Hindon Air Force base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. C-130J Super Hercules can carry 64 airborne troops with equipment and can also be used to carry 6 pallets or a few armored vehicles.

Boost to Army’s air power

Indian Army will finally get an advanced medium-range surface to air missile system by 2020 which will be able to shoot down ballistic missiles, fighter jets & attack helicopters from a range of around 70 km. The missile system will be produced by DRDO in collaboration with the Israel Aerospace Industries. The current version of MRSAM is operational with the Indian Air Force and the Navy.

New Air Officer-in-charge Administration

Air Marshal Hemant Bhagwat has taken over as Air Officer-in-Charge Administration of Indian Air Force. He served for 7 years as Air Traffic control Officer in 3 operational bases of IAF & is a qualified Parachute Jump Instructor & served in instructional capacity for 15 years He is senior most active parachute jump instructor of IAF & was commissioned in Administrative branch of IAF in 1981.

Indo-Thailand Siam Bharat 17

Indo-Thailand Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Table Top Exercise 2017 was recently held at Chiang Mai,Thailand. The exercise was carried out between the Indian Air Force and Royal Thailand Air Force. 11 member IAF contingent was led by Group Captain Sucharu Rai VM. The objective is to enhance interoperability between both the Air Forces, while conducting combined air operations.

Wreckage of Su-30 found.

Wreckage of Su-30 fighter aircraft of Air Force that went missing near Indo-China border has been found. Wreckage was spotted close to last known position of the aircraft, 60 km north-west of Tezpur. Sukhoi Su-30 is a Russian-made twin-engine fighter meant for all-weather, air-to-air and air-to-surface missions. IAF has lost at least 7 of the 240 Sukhoi-30MKIs till now since its induction.

IAF to resume ‘Bambi Bucket’ operation

17 : The Indian Air Force’s ‘Bambi Bucket’ operation will resume today, on fourth consecutive day, to douse the wildfire in Mount Abu. IAF has so far flown a total of 144 shuttles with Bambi buckets dropping around 4,00,000 litres of water at various locations to douse the blaze in Mount Abu. The two MI-17 V5 helicopters of the IAF flew a total of 64 shuttles yesterday,

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb

The US has dropped the “mother of all bombs” – the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the US military – on an area of eastern Afghanistan. The weapon is known in the US Air Force by its nickname MOAB, or “mother of all bombs”. MOAB stands for massive ordinance air blast. The bomb was dropped in Achin district of Nangarhar, Afghanistan to target ISIS militants.

Arunachal Pradesh permitted to use ALGs

Defense Ministry has given permission to Arunachal Pradesh government to use the functional Advance Landing Grounds in the state for civilian purpose. The ALGs across the state have been developed by the Defence Ministry and are under the direct control of the Indian Air Force. Operations from Ziro, Mechuka, Walong, Aalo, Pasighat and Tuting Advanced Landing Grounds are being permitted.

IAF to get indigeneous AEW&C

The first indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&C) configuration shall be handed over to the Indian Air Force, on 14th Feb. during Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka Air base in Bengaluru. The AEW&C is a system of systems populated with state-of-the art Active Electronically Scanned Radar, Secondary Surveillance Radar etc. The surveillance System is a game changer in air warfare.

Aero India 2017 – A Curtain Raiser

The 11th biennial edition of International Aerospace and Defence Exhibition – Aero India 2017 will be held at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru from 14th to 18th February 2017.Aero India which began in 1996, has carved a niche for itself as a premium aerospace and aviation exhibition in the international arena. Organized and conducted by the Defence Exhibition Organisation

First batch of 3 women fighter pilots

Indian Air Force (IAF) commissions the first batch of three women fighter pilots at the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dundigal near Hyderabad.

In a first, women join Sarang team

For the first time, two women are part of the Sarang team of the Indian Air Force, a show-stopping helicopter-formation team that is performing at the Aero India show. In a major policy shift in 2010, the IAF allowed women pilots to fly twin-engine medium to heavy-lift helicopters. Deepika Misra is the Squadron Leader and Sandeep Singh an engineering officer, is the Flight Lieutenant.

LCA Tejas Ready for Crucial Handover

The first of the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is likely to be handed over to the Indian Air Force. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to hand over the aircraft to Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. This will start the process of induction of fighters being built at home under a project that was commenced in 1983 and has already cost the exchequer over Rs.17,000 crores.

Akash Missile successfully

The Indian Air Force successfully test-fires two ground-to-air Akash missiles, which hit their targets flying 25 km away.

Russia made MI-17 V5 series helicopters

The Indian Air Force formally inducts Russia-made MI-17 V5 series helicopters at its Jamnagar base in gujarat.

Royal Air Force in London test-flies successfully

The Royal Air Force in London test-flies successfully a Torando fighter jet using parts marked with a 3D printer.

Arup Raha takes over as the 24th Chief of the IAF

Arup Raha, a veteran fighter pilot, takes over as the 24th Chief of the Indian Air Force, succeeding Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne.

IAF trainer aircraft

The Indian Air Force announces that it will acquire 75 Swiss-made Pilatus-7 basic trainer aircraft to replace the ageing Kiran aircraft at a cost of over   2,900 crore.