The second batch of IAF’s Rafale jets arrived in India on Wednesday. The fighter jets landed in India from France at around 8.14 pm. The second batch of three Rafale jets landed in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Rafale jets flew non-stop from France and were refueled on their journey. With this addition, India now has eight Rafale aircraft. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29. Watch the full video for more details.
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Diwali is round the corner but fire cracker market in Rajkot is still deserted. Due to COVID pandemic and air pollution, the market is down in Gujarat. One of the merchants said, "Due to coronavirus and air pollution, businesses are going down. As per new guideline, fireworks can only be performed before 10pm. So, purchasing power is going low. Earlier, the profit margin used to from 20-25% but now it is 10-15%." Several crackers are named after PM Modi, Rafale etc.
IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria undertook his maiden flight in indigenous Light Combat Helicopter. The sortie in HAL designed and developed LCH took place in Bengaluru. The aircraft took to the skies at 11.45 hours and remained airborne for an hour. The IAF chief was accompanied by HALs Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John. The LCH is planned to be inducted into Indian defence forces in the near future. Earlier, Bhadauria undertook a sortie in the newly inducted Apache attack helicopter. The Air Chief Marshal was on a two-day visit to airbases under Western Air Command. During his visit, Bhadauria also reviewed operational preparedness of the fighter squadrons. The IAF chief also interacted with the air warriors serving at these bases.
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Indian Air Force (IAF) Chief, Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria took a sortie in indigenous Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) in Bengaluru on November 20. The sortie lasted for 45 minutes. LCH is planned to be inducted into the Indian defence forces in the near future.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Longewala post in Jaisalmer on Diwali, praised armed forces and highlighted the active participation of Air Force and Navy in rescuing stranded people in other countries amid COVID. "While the Indian Armed Forces are capable of dealing with the enemies, they're at the forefront to help people during disasters. The role played by Air Force and Navy in rescuing people who were stranded in other countries due to COVID is praiseworthy," said PM Modi.
The Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC) conducted a three-day joint services exercise code-named 'Bull Strike' at the remotely located Teressa Island, military officials said on Thursday. The drill began on Tuesday and ended on Thursday and saw participation from three service components of the ANC, elements of Indian Army's Parachute Brigade, MARCOS (Marine Commando Force), and Special Forces, officials said. The exercise focussed on enhancing interoperability and synergy among the three services - Army, Navy, and Air Force - to maximize combat potential, officials said. The exercise was conducted at Teressa island, which is located in the strategically important Nicobar group of islands. Ground-based maneuvers, tactics and procedures for joint operations in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands were rehearsed. Watch the full video for more details.
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As tension between India and China persists along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, top members of the Donald Trump administration arrived in India for the high-level 2+2 dialogue. US Secretaries of State and Defence, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper, reached Delhi on October 26, 2020. The 2+2 talks have been scheduled between Pompeo, Esper and their Indian counterparts Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh, on October 27. After his arrival, Esper was accorded Guard of Honour at South Block before he held a meeting with Singh. Chiefs of Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, were present at the meeting. Ahead of his trip, Pompeo had alluded to the China agenda on the table. Watch the full video for more.
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As the novel coronavirus spreads around the globe more people are coming up with creative ways to avoid unnecessary touching. In a recent incident, US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster greeted Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh with elbow bumps. The incident took place after the delegation meet between representatives of both the countries in New Delhi.
US delegation led by US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, met Indian delegation led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on October 26. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh were also present in the meeting. Esper is in India to attend 2+2 ministerial dialogue.
Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane was conferred with the honorary rank of 'General of the Nepal Army' by Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on November 05. He was also presented a sword and a scroll during the function. This age-long tradition reflects the strong ties between both the countries.
Indian Army Chief, General MM Naravane arrived in Nepal's Kathmandu on November 04. General Naravane will be conferred with honorary rank of 'General of the Nepal Army' during his visit by Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari at an event in Kathmandu. Army Chief is on a three-day long visit to Nepal.
Indian Army Chief General MM Naravane on November 03 said that his upcoming visit to Nepal will go a long way in strengthening the bonds and friendships that the two armies cherish. He will be on a three-day visit to Nepal from November 04. "I am delighted to be visiting Nepal on the kind invitation and to meet my counterpart General Purna Chandra Thapa. I am sure that this visit will go a long way in strengthening the bonds and friendships that the two armies cherish," said Naravane.
Hindon Airport has begun its commercial flight services for Kalaburagi on November 18. The airport is located in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad. Under UDAN scheme, the central government has capped airfares at Rs 2,500 per hour of flight. The airline will be available 3 days a week in this route.
A massive fire in the morning of November 06 engulfed a factory in Ghaziabad's Dasna area. Four fire tenders rushed to the site to douse off the flames. So far, no injuries have been reported. The reason for fire is also yet to be ascertained. Further details are awaited.
India is celebrating 88th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 08. Grand celebrations began at Hindon airbase in UP's Ghaziabad. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria inspected the 88th parade at airbase. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on the occasion said, "As we enter the 89th year, the IAF is undergoing a transformational change. We are entering an era which will redefine where we employ aerospace power and conduct integrated multi-domain operations." "This year has indeed been an unprecedented one. As COVID-19 spread across the globe, our nation's response was firm. The tenacity and resolve of our air warriors ensured that IAF continued to retain its capability to undertake full-scale operations throughout this period," Air Chief Marshal added. IAF was established on October 8, 1932, under colonial rule. It was given the prefix 'Royal' by King George VI for its contribution during the Second World War. The prefix was later dropped in 1950 when India became a republic.
India is celebrating 88th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 8. Celebrations began at Hindon airbase in UP's Ghaziabad. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria inspected the 88th parade at airbase. RKS Bhadauria at Hindon airbase said, "I want to assure the nation that the Indian Air Force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard our nation's sovereignty and interests in all circumstances." "I commend all air warriors for quick response in the recent standoff on the northern frontiers, when we deployed our combat assets at short notice to handle any eventuality and provided proactive support to all requirements of deployment and sustenance for Indian Army," Air Chief Marshal added. IAF was established on October 8, 1932, under colonial rule. It was given the prefix 'Royal' by King George VI for its contribution during the Second World War. The prefix was later dropped in 1950 when India became a republic.
India is celebrating 88th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on October 08 at Hindon airbase in UP's Ghaziabad. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria inspected the 88th parade at airbase. Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff, General Manoj Mukund Naravane and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh attended the 88th IAF celebrations. 'Nishan Toli' was led by Squadron Leader Shivangi Rajawat. IAF was established on October 8, 1932, under colonial rule. It was given the prefix 'Royal' by King George VI for its contribution during the Second World War. The prefix was later dropped in 1950 when India became a republic.
As coronavirus cases in the national capital surge once again, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID Hospital continues to treat virus infected patients free of cost. This COVID hospital at Ulan Batar Marg is..
India successfully test fired a new generation anti-radiation missile Rudram-1. The missile was test-fired at the integrated test range at Balasore in Odisha around 10:30 AM. The missile is likely to..
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