Indian Air Force

  • CAG chides IAF for grounding of AN-32 transport planes 5 days ago

    New Delhi: The Air Force was on Friday chided by CAG for an "avoidable expenditure" of Rs 227 crore modernisation programme of its 105 Soviet-origin An-32 transport aircraft and the grounding of over 50 per cent of the fleet due to delay in creating upgrade facilities. In its report tabled in...
  • IAF scrambles fighter jets as Turkish plane sparks alert July 13, 2014

    The Indian Air Force on Sunday scrambled fighter planes from air base here after two commercial passenger aircraft sought to enter Indian territory from Pakistan side using similar identification codes, sparking a security alert. Two MiG-21 fighter aircraft were sent from Jodhpur air base to investigate a Turkish Airlines plane over Jaisalmer on Sunday morning when...
  • Pentagon notifies US Congress of proposed sale of Harpoon missile to India July 3, 2014

    Washington: The Pentagon has notified the US Congress about its decision to sell anti-ship Harpoon missiles to India at an estimated cost of $200 million arguing that it will strengthen India-US strategic relationship and improve security of an important partner. The entire package under the foreign military sale route includes...
  • Indian Air Force launches 'Guardians of the Skies' 3D mobile game July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Embarking on its first sortie in virtual world, the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday launched a 3D mobile game in a bid to attract generation-next youth to pursue a career in the air force. Launching the 3D mobile game 'Guardians of the Skies' (GOTS), Air Marshal S Sukumar...
  • IAF plans to engage Russia for joint air exercises: Arup Raha June 10, 2014

    The Indian Air Force is planning to engage Russia for joint air exercises like the ones it has been conducting with other nations, IAF chief Arup Raha said on Monday. Raha said this while holding a joint press conference with French Air Force chief General Denis Mercier at the Jodhpur air...
  • French, Indian air force chiefs to take part in 'Garuda-5' June 9, 2014

    French Air Chief General Denis Mercier with his country's Ambassador Francois Richier and French defence attach  Group Captain Benedict Smith along with Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha will arrive in Jodhpur on Monday to participate in the ongoing fifth Indo-French air exercise 'Garuda-5'. The main attraction of the day will...
  • France, Indian Air Force chiefs to take part in 'Garuda-5' June 8, 2014

    French Air Chief General Denis Mercier with his country's Ambassador Francois Richier and French defence attach Group Captain Benedict Smith along with Indian Air Force Chief Arup Raha will arrive in Jodhpur on Monday to participate in the ongoing fifth Indo-French air exercise 'Garuda-5'. The main attraction of the day...
  • Snapshot: Sukhoi 30, Rafale jets at the 5th Indo-French air exercise in Jodhpur June 5, 2014

    The fifth Indo-French air exercise named 'Garuda-V' began on June 2 at Jodhpur Indian Air Force station. In the joint exercise frontline fighter aircraft of both the countries are taking part. ...
  • Why Jaitley as Defence Minister temporarily may be a good thing May 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The fact that Mr Arun Jaitley holds two heavyweight plus one integrated portfolio of course goes on to show the BJP strategists' importance in the party and the new dispensation but may equally go on to underline the talent deficit that the BJP may be facing. Having said...
  • J&K: IAF's MiG-21 crashes in Anantnag, pilot dead May 27, 2014

    Srinagar: An Indian Air Force MiG-21 crashed near Mirhama, Bijbehara area of Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. Pilot Raghu Bansi was killed in the crash. A court of inquiry has been ordered into the accident to investigate the cause. "The Pilot airborne from Srinagar was on a routine training...
  • IAF holds workshop to train officials on disaster management May 21, 2014

    The Indian Air Force held its annual workshop on disaster management on Tuesday at Phalodi in Jodhpur to train officials of Rajasthan government in dealing with natural calamities like flood and earthquake. The event was organised by the Air Force station in Phalodi under the aegis of South Western Air Command,...
  • IAF investigation team visits C-130J plane crash site March 29, 2014

    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 Black...
  • IAF C-130J crash: 2 Wing Commanders, 2 Squadron Leaders among dead March 28, 2014

    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 Hercules, acquired...
  • IAF's C-130J Hercules aircraft crashes near Gwalior, 5 killed March 28, 2014

    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 Special...
  • President honours defense personals with gallantry awards March 22, 2014

    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 Organisation...
  • Tirupati wildfire brought under control but yet to be doused March 21, 2014

    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. They...
  • Women physically not suited for flying fighter planes, says Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha March 12, 2014

    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 March 11, 2014

    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 February 24, 2014

    A 32-year old Indian Air Force pilot attached to Sulur airbase near Coimbatore allegedly 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 mess...
  • IAF Jaguar aircraft crashes near Bholasar, pilots escape unhurt January 22, 2014

    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 Bikaner and ejected timely. A court of inquiry has been ordered...
  • Republic Day: IAF appeals Delhiites to keep surroundings clean January 20, 2014

    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 January 4, 2014

    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 complaint...
  • MoD tasked to recruit crew for ISRO's 'Man to Moon' mission December 28, 2013

    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 ago,"...
  • Naxals focusing on strengthening cadre in Bastar December 26, 2013

    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 years...
  • MiG-21 FL phaseout a sad day for IAF fighter pilots December 12, 2013

    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 December 11, 2013

    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 November 22, 2013

    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 said...
  • Air Marshal Raha to be next IAF chief October 29, 2013

    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 back...
  • IAF to hold air show in Nagpur to mark 81st anniversary October 28, 2013

    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 be...