Indian Air Force

  • IAF investigation team visits C-130J plane crash site 29-03-2014 08:41 PM

    An IAF investigation team on Saturday visited the site where a recently-acquired C-130J military transport plane, one of the most modern US-made aircraft, had crashed, killing all five crew members including four officers. "The team visited the site (in Karauli district near Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border) to look into facts. The...
  • IAF C-130J crash: 2 Wing Commanders, 2 Squadron Leaders among dead 28-03-2014 06:12 PM

    New Delhi: A newly-acquired transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Gwalior on Friday, killing all five IAF personnel on board. The casualties included Wing Commander Prashant Joshi, Wing Commander Rajiv Nair, Squadron Leader Kaushik Mishra, Squadron Leader Ashish Yadav and Warrant Officer KP Singh. The C-130J Super...
  • IAF's C-130J Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior, 5 killed 28-03-2014 02:17 PM

    In a major setback to the Air Force, a newly acquired US-made C-130J transport aircraft on Friday crashed near Gwalior after taking off from Agra air base, killing five crew members, including four officers. Two Wing Commanders, two Squadron Leaders and another crew member were killed in the Super Hercules...
  • President honours defense personals with gallantry awards 22-03-2014 05:03 PM

    Three officers, including an IAF officer who died while saving Uttarakhand flood victims, a naval officer who non-stop sailed around the world and an Army Major who killed three terrorists, were on Saturday awarded the Kirti Chakra, the second highest peacetime gallantry award. A Civil Engineer of the Border Roads...
  • Tirupati wildfire brought under control but yet to be doused 21-03-2014 08:41 AM

    Tirupati: The fire near the Tirupati temple in Andhra Pradesh has been brought under control but has not yet been doused. Two Indian Air Force helicopters have now been deployed to help put out the fire. Each of the two helicopters has the capacity to carry 4,000 litres of water....
  • Women physically not suited for flying fighter planes, says Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha 12-03-2014 07:51 AM

    Women are physically not suited to fly fighter planes, Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function here, the Air Force chief said women are physically not suited for the job and they might face problems while...
  • Snapshot: President awards standard, colours to IAF units 11-03-2014 05:47 PM

    Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday awarded the prestigious President's Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit and President's Colours to 4 Base Repair Depot in a grand ceremonial parade held at Air Force Station Kanpur. The President's Standard is awarded to operational Units and Colours are awarded to non-flying formations based on their...
  • IAF pilot from UP commits suicide in TN after quarrel with his wife 24-02-2014 10:25 PM

    A 32-year old Indian Air Force pilot attached to Sulur airbase near Coimbatoreallegedly committed suicide in the Officer's Mess following reported quarrel with his wife whom he married just three months ago, police said on Monday. Squadron Leader Abhishek Tripathi of Allahabad was found hanging from the ceiling of the...
  • IAF Jaguar aircraft crashes near Bholasar, pilots escape unhurt 22-01-2014 11:17 PM

    A Jaguar aircraft of Indian Air Force on Wednesday night crashed near Bholasar village in Rajasthan's Bikaner district but the pilot and co-pilot ejected safely. Defence spokesperson SD Goswami said the pilots detected a technical problem while landing at Nal airport in Bikanerand ejected timely. A court of inquiry has...
  • Republic Day: IAF appeals Delhiites to keep surroundings clean 20-01-2014 06:58 PM

    New Delhi: In view of the flypast rehearsals and the associated flight safety concerns posed by birds in the run up to Republic Day celebrations, the Indian Air Force has appealed to the citizens of Delhi and the neighbouring states to keep their areas clean. The IAF has urged people...
  • IAF officer goes missing, FIR lodged 04-01-2014 08:27 PM

    A Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force has been missing for the last one month and the force has lodged a police complaint in Sri Ganganagar district. SHO Suratgarh city Ranveer Singh said,"Wing Commander Venugopal Reddi, who belongs to Andhra Pradesh, is missing for a month and a written...
  • MoD tasked to recruit crew for ISRO's 'Man to Moon' mission 27-12-2013 10:34 PM

    The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been tasked to recruit crew for ISRO's "ambitious" Man to Moon Mission, Air Marshal AK Behl, Director General, Medical Services (Air) said on Friday. MoD and ISRO have signed an MoU for the project. "We have collaborated with the ISRO a couple of years...
  • Naxals focusing on strengthening cadre in Bastar 26-12-2013 10:46 AM

    Naxals have focused more on strengthening their cadres instead of consolidating base in the Bastar region comprising seven districts of Kanker, Kondagaon, Bastar, Narayanpur, Bijapur, Dantewada and Sukma this year, according to experts. Spread around 40,000 sq km, tribal-dominated Bastar has witnessed a string of deadly attacks in past 10...
  • MiG-21 FL phaseout a sad day for IAF fighter pilots 12-12-2013 09:34 AM

    Kalaikunda Airbase (West Bengal): As the iconic MiG-21 FL flied into the annals of Indian Air Force (IAF) history, fighter pilots recount their 50-year romance with fighter jet. The MiG-21 FL was in the service of the IAF for over 50 years and conducted its last sortie on Wednesday at...
  • MiG-21 FL flies into history today after serving the IAF for 50 years 11-12-2013 09:11 AM

    New Delhi: India's first supersonic jet fighter the MiG-21 FL will be decommissioned after 50 years of service on Wednesday. The aircraft had played a crucial role in the 1971 war with Pakistan. Retiring the FL model, which is the oldest, is the first step to the Air Force's plan...
  • Need to cut our coat according to our cloth, PM says hinting at trimming defence budget 22-11-2013 07:53 PM

    Hinting at a possible cut in the country's defence budget, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said the Services will have to exercise prudence in acquisitions in view of the economic slowdown, stressing on the need to "cut our coat according to our cloth". Addressing the Combined Commanders' Conference, he...
  • Air Marshal Raha to be next IAF chief 29-10-2013 10:03 PM

    Air Marshal Arup Raha will be the next Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, succeeding Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne, who retires Dec 31 after a distinguished 41-year career during which he passionately worked for the modernisation of the force. The appointment was cleared by the government some time...
  • IAF to hold air show in Nagpur to mark 81st anniversary 28-10-2013 08:33 PM

    As part of the ongoing celebrations commemorating the 81st anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), the Maintenance Command will hold an aerial and static display at the Air Force station in Sonegaon here on October 30-31. The show 'Air Force Band' and the local Bhonsla Military school band will...
  • Boeing delivers 4th C-17 aircraft to Indian Air Force 26-10-2013 12:58 AM

    Boeing has delivered its fourth C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to the Indian Air Force (IAF), with one more to be supplied by the year end. This keeps the American aircraft giant on track to deliver five of the large, versatile military transport aircraft to the IAF this year, and five...
  • India to finalise Rafale deal by March: IAF official 17-10-2013 09:17 PM

    India will finalise a $15 billion deal to buy 126 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault Aviation by March 2014, an Indian air force official said on Thursday, after the deal had been held up by differences over local manufacturing. New Delhi picked the Rafale for exclusive negotiations in January...
  • Cyclone Phailin: IAF sends C-17 aircraft to transport relief material 12-10-2013 02:25 PM

    The Indian Air Force (IAF)'s latest strategic transport aircraft, the C-17 Globe Master undertook its first sortie towards transporting of relief materials including specialist army vehicles and ambulance from bases in central India to Bhubaneswar, ahead of the arrival of cyclone Phailin, due to strike land later this evening. The...
  • NCP corners government over $ 3 billion defence aircraft deals 09-10-2013 07:38 PM

    New Delhi: A day after Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel dashed off a letter to Defence Minister AK Antony questioning why the PSUs are being kept out of the bidding process for $ 3 billion aircraft deal, both sides are now sticking to their stand. The Defence Minster has asked...
  • IAF donates Rs 8.3 crore in PM's relief fund for rehabilitation of Uttarakhand flood victims 09-10-2013 03:15 PM

    After having rescued over 23,000 people in disaster-hit Uttarakhand, the Indian Air Force has now contributed for their rehabilitation by donating Rs 8.33 crore in the Prime Minister's relief fund. The amount was collected by IAF through donation of a day's salary by its over 1.7 lakh officers and men...
  • 'Govt barred HAL from aircraft deal as it's overloaded with work 09-10-2013 11:37 AM

    New Delhi: While Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel has questioned the Ministry of Defence for barring PSUs from IAF aircraft deal, sources say that the government took the decision deliberately. Sources have told CNN-IBN that the government took the decision to keep Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) out of it, since...
  • Can't accept MoD logic for barring PSUs from aircraft deal: Patel 09-10-2013 09:23 AM

    New Delhi: Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel has hit out at the Defence Ministry for barring Indian PSUs like the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from taking part in a $3 billion Indian Air Force aircraft deal. He said he cannot accept the logic given by the MoD for barring PSUs....
  • Row over Indian PSUs being barred from taking part in aircraft deal 09-10-2013 08:06 AM

    New Delhi: Top UPA ministers are battling it out over a $ 3 billion aircraft deal. Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel has taken on the UPA government over a New Defence Purchase clause. This came as the Indian Air Force (IAF) barred Indian PSUs like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from...
  • IAF bars Indian PSUs from taking part in $ 3 billion aircraft deal 08-10-2013 09:22 PM

    New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has barred Indian PSUs like Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) from taking part in the $3 billion aircraft deal. The IAF has shortlisted five foreign aircraft firms to buy 56 new aircraft. Meanwhile, Union Minister Praful Patel has written to Defence Minster AK Antony...
  • Conscious of threats to assets, says IAF chief 08-10-2013 05:31 PM

    Indian Air Force chief NAK Browne on Tuesday said the service was conscious of the threat to its assets from terrorists and necessary steps have been taken for their protection. "It is a very valid concern. These kinds of things have happened in our neighbourhood (Pakistan) and in last two...
  • IAF to build its own trainer aircraft, says Air Marshal Kanakaraj 07-10-2013 06:04 PM

    The Indian Air Force is all set to independently manufacture its first aircraft and the task has been entrusted to 11 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Head Quarters Maintenance Command (MC) in Nashik, a top IAF official said. "It will be a trainer aircraft. Though manufacturing of the aircraft...
  • Keran infiltration: 3 terrorists killed, IAF offers help to Army 05-10-2013 08:13 AM

    Srinagar: The Army operation against the infiltrators in Keran, Jammu and Kashmir, is nearing a closure. Three terrorists have reportedly been killed in the 12-day long operation that is still on. The Indian Air Force, too, has offered to assist the Army in the endgame against the terrorists. Air Chief...