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.