Rafale has game-changing weapons; IAF crew ‘fully operational’

Planes will arrive at Ambala July 29 IDD Bureau India’s latest fighter jet acquisition, the Rafale, is set to arrive on July 29 and is fitted with ‘game-changing’ weapons which are unmatched in the neighbourhood – Pakistan and China. Just days before the Rafale fighter  jets made by Daasult aviation of France are set to

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Despite Covid-19 threat, Boeing completes delivery of Apache and Chinook

IDD Bureau US giant Boeing has completed delivery of all new AH-64E Apache and CH-47F(I) Chinook military helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The final five of the 22 Apache attack helicopters were handed over to the IAF at Air Force Station, Hindan, located just east of the national capital in New Delhi in

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IAF flies Lockheed Martin C130- J for 10 hours non stop

IDD Bureau The Indian Air Force has been using the C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to great effect for military usage, in the process several milestones are getting created for the iconic plane manufactured by US giant Lockheed Martin.  The IAF, On May 3,  flew a pair of C-130 J from Srinagar in the northern part

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$5.31 billion deal for 83 Tejas jets, puts 114 jet prog on backburner

IDD explainer India’s decision to procure an additional 83 single-engined indigenous Tejas fighter jets for Rs 38,800 crore ($ 5.31 Biillion), indicates a slowing down of the existing programme inviting  global biggies to make another 114 fighter jets. On March 18, the Indian Ministry of Defence announced that the Defence Acquisition Council headed by Minister

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2nd squadron of Tejas jet by May; Upgraded version ready

IDD Bureau By the end of May, this year, India is slated to raise the second squadron of the Light Combat aircraft (LCA) Tejas. It shall comprise the upgraded version of the Tejas having enhanced war fighting abilities, over the first twenty of the jets produced so far. The first series production plane of the

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US okays $ 1.9 billion missile shield for India

IDD Bureau India will protect its capital city, New Delhi, with a US made systems supplied by Raytheon. As of now the Indian air defence uses  a mix of Russian, Israeli and Indian missile systems. This will include a clutch of ground based radars, fire control centres, ground launched air  defence missiles and also air

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83 Tejas this year, work to be outsourced. RFP for 114 foreign jets soon

IDD Bureau As India struggles to maintain the desired number of fighter jets for its air force, a fresh contract to procure 83 more jets of the next version of the light combat aircraft, the Tejas, is expected to be inked this year. Part of the production work is expected  to be outsourced. The 83

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$8.6 Billion upgrade of IAF airbases completed in December

IDD Exclusive IDD Bureau India has successfully completed modernization of 30 airfields used by the Indian Air Force, widening its operational footprint for all weather conditions all helped by secure communications, navigation aids, landing  aids, direction finding  instruments and automated air traffic management systems. The massive US $ 8.6 billion dollar project better known by

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BrahMos missiles on IAF fighters; a milestone for Godrej Aerospace

IDD Bureau India’s newest weapon for sea strikes could be the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile.  The Indian Air Force (IAF) can now fire the missile from the Russian made twin-engine Sukhoi 30MKI fighter jet, making it’s the only weapon of its kind that be deployed for a strike at a target at sea. With the Indian

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IAF Chief questions slow pace of ‘make in India’

5th gen combat aircraft

IDD Bureau Indian Air Force Chief  has questioned the slow pace of  the indigenous production  under the ‘make in India’ in the military equipment manufacturing sector. Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria, while speaking at an event of a news channel ‘Aaj Taak’ in India said “Right now, in this ‘Make in India’ and

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