AIR FORCE

  • NASA launches satellite to measure soil moisture 23 hours 3 minutes ago

    Los Angeles: NASA on Saturday launched a new Earth-observing satellite that aims to give scientists high-resolution maps showing how much moisture lies in soil in order to improve climate forecasts. The SMAP observatory -- short for Soil Moisture Active Passive -- blasted off atop a United Launch Alliance Delta...
  • Gujarat: MiG-21 crashes near Jamnagar, pilot safe Yesterday

    Jamnagar: A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed near Bed village in Jamnagar district on Saturday while the pilot managed to eject safely, police said. "A MiG-21 crashed at Rasoolnagar area near Bed village, 20-km from Jamangar city," district superintendent of police Neeraj Badgujar said. "The...
  • Watch: Beating The Retreat ceremony 3 days ago

    The Army, Navy and Air Force bands performed at the Beating The Retreat ceremony at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi, marking the end of Republic Day celebrations. President Pranab Mukherjee revived a presidential tradition by riding a 6-horse buggy. ...
  • Empowered women on showcasing India's military might 5 days ago

    The 66th Republic Day saw all women contingent from Indian Armed Forces and Border Security Force showcasing India's military might on the Rajpath. ...
  • Several firsts on 66th Republic Day 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The 66th Republic Day celebrations on Monday were marked by many firsts. 1) It witnessed the first ever march by an all-women contingent drawn from the army, navy and air force. 2) A US President was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade for the first time. 3) The recently...
  • President confers gallantry awards on 83 IAF Air Warriors for showing exemplary courage 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Eighty three Indian Air Force Air Warriors have been awarded Presidential Awards on the eve of Republic Day. This includes Param Vishist Seva Medal (PVSM) for six Air Marshals, Ati Vishist Seva Medal (AVSM) for two Air Marshals, four Air Vice Marshals and nine Air Commodores. Vayu Sena Medal...
  • Barack Obama to reach India today, preparations in full swing 1 week ago

    New Delhi: The countdown has begun for the much-awaited visit of US President Barack Obama along with US First Lady Michelle Obama to India. President Obama is the chief guest of the 66th Republic Day, making him the first US President to attend the parade. Obama, who...
  • Cartoon of the day: Obama takes off for 3-day visit to India January 24, 2015

    US President Barack Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama on Saturday took off on Air Force One from Andrews air base for 3-day visit to India for Republic Day. ...
  • US President Barack Obama leaves for 3-day visit to India, to reach New Delhi on Sunday January 24, 2015

    Washington: United States President Barack Obama on Saturday evening left Andrews Air Force Base for his highly anticipated three-day landmark trip to India on an invitation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama is accompanied by a sizable delegation that includes several top officials, as well as First Lady Michelle...
  • Inside look: Barack Obama's official aircraft Air Force One January 24, 2015

    US President Barack Obama will travel to India in his official aircraft Air Force One which is a Boeing 747-200B that has been modified to meet presidential requirements. Capable of refueling midair, Air Force One has unlimited range and can carry the President wherever he needs to travel. The onboard...
  • Air Force One: The plane that carries the US President and can launch a nuclear attack January 20, 2015

    United States President Barack Obama will visit India to attend the Republic Day parade as the chief guest on January 26. The special aircraft, Air Force One of the 'The Flying White House' that carries the President the United States is a customized Boeing 747-200B Jumbo and has a bomb...
  • Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar hands over first overhauled Su-30 MKI to Air Chief January 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar handed over the first overhauled Su-30 MKI to Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Nasik on Friday. According to a government release, the handing over of the world's first overhauled Su-30 MKI coincides with 50 years of...
  • IAF unmanned aerial vehicle crashes in Barmer, Rajasthan; no casualties reported January 9, 2015

    Barmer: Indian Air Force unmanned air vehicle on Friday crashed in Chohtan area of Barmer district in Rajasthan. The UAV took off from Barmer's Uttarlai air force station. No causalities have been reported as of now. This is second such incident in last one year. Earlier in November 2014 a Heron...
  • Singapore activates air force, navy for search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 December 28, 2014

    Singapore: Singapore said on Sunday it has activated its air force and navy to help in the search and rescue operation for the AirAsia (AIRA.KL) jet that went missing on a flight from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore. "Two C130s are already on stand-by for this purpose. We remain ready to provide...
  • Himachal Pradesh: 175 labourers working on the Rohtang tunnel trapped after snowfall December 21, 2014

    In Himachal Pradesh the National Highway from Manali to Rohtang Pass has been shut down, after 175 labourers working on the Rohtang tunnel were trapped following a fresh spell of snowfall. The Indian Air Force and the Border Roads Organisation are engaged in rescue operations. ...
  • Barack Obama's year-end message to Americans: I'm not a lame duck December 20, 2014

    Washington: If US President Barack Obama is feeling the pain from a rough year at the office, he did a great job of covering it up on Friday. Before boarding Air Force One for a vacation in Hawaii, the President gave a year-end news conference with a spring in his step,...
  • Will make non-aggressive but strong India: Manohar Parrikar November 24, 2014

    Gurgaon: India does not believe in an aggressive posture but will build a position where people should not dare see eye to eye with it, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Sunday. He also asserted there will be "zero tolerance to error" in defence-related issues. Addressing service personnel at Air Force centre...
  • Akash missile test fired successfully for second day November 18, 2014

    ?Balasore: For the second consecutive day, India on Tuesday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile from a test range in Odisha as part of user trial by the air force. The trial of the missile was 'fully successful', ITR director MVKV Prasad said adding it hit a para-barrel...
  • India test fires Akash missile successfully November 17, 2014

    Balasore: India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile from a test range in Odisha as part of user trial by the Air Force. "The sophisticated Akash missile was test-fired from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur at about 3.18 pm," defence sources said. Describing...
  • For this terminally-ill boy, the dream of becoming a fighter pilot comes true November 14, 2014

    Ambala/New Delhi: For 14-year-old Chandan, who is terminally ill with cancer, it was a dream come true - thanks to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Delhi-based NGO Uday Foundation. On his birthday on Thursday, as a part of his gift, he was made to wear the full uniform of...
  • Indian Air Force personnel, families asked not to use Xiaomi phones October 25, 2014

    New Delhi: IAF personnel and their families have been asked not to use Chinese 'Xiaomi Redmi 1s' phones on the grounds that data was allegedly transferred to their servers in China and it could be a security risk, a charge denied by the company. "F-secure, a leading security solution company, recently...
  • IAF asks personnel not to use Xiaomi phones October 24, 2014

    New Delhi: IAF personnel and their families have been asked to desist from using Chinese 'Xiaomi Redmi 1s' phones as these are believed to be transferring data to their servers in China and could be a security risk. "F-secure, a leading security solution company, recently carried out a test of...
  • News 360: Toddler raped in Bangalore school, third child abuse incidence in the last 6 months October 22, 2014

    As the news about the alleged rape of a three-year-old in a private school in Bangalore spread, ruckus broke out on Wednesday morning outside the institution. Shocked parents gathered at the school premises seeking information about the unfateful incident. ...
  • US plane on secret mission returns to Earth October 18, 2014

    Los Angeles: After spending about 22 months orbiting the Earth on a secret mission, a US Air Force X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane has finally returned. The spacecraft which blasted off in December 2012 for its third space mission touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Xinhua reported. "The mission...
  • PM Modi meets top military commanders, Defence Minister Jaitley also present at the meet October 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met top military commanders for the first time in a conference on Friday. In the ongoing meeting, he is expected to outline his vision and also get a briefing on the overall security situation in the country. Ceasefire violations from the Pakistan side and...
  • India developing air-launched version of Nirbhay missile October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: DRDO is developing an air-launched version of the 1,500-km-range Nirbhay sub-sonic cruise missile which would be capable of being fired from the Air Force's frontline Su-30MKI combat aircraft. "This Nirbhay missile would be capable of being used from air, land and ships and submarines....
  • Snapshot: Sukhoi crashes near Pune village, pilots safe October 14, 2014

    Pune: An Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jet Su-30MKI crashed at village near Pune on Tuesday evening. The incident happened at village Theoor around 6.30 pm. Both the pilot and the co-pilot ejected safely. The plane was reportedly on a training sortie when it crashed into a field. ...
  • Over 2 lakh policemen deployed in Maharashtra for Assembly elections October 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra police have made extensive security arrangements to ensure that voting for the October 15 Maharashtra Assembly polls goes peacefully with the deployment of over two lakh state police personnel, along with the reserved police forces. Special security arrangements have been made in Gadhchiroli, the naxal-infested district, to thwart...
  • Andhra gears up for cyclone threat; NDRF teams arrive October 9, 2014

    Hyderabad: Disaster response teams have started arriving in Andhra Pradesh, while Army and Air Force also have offered help as the state gets ready to meet the threat of cyclone 'Hudhud' in coastal districts where an alert has been sounded. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the Centre is sending four...
  • Photos: When Group Captain Sachin Tendulkar attended the 82nd Air Force Day parade in uniform in New Delhi October 9, 2014

    Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar attended the 82nd Air Force Day parade in New Delhi yesterday. The honorary Group Captain of the Indian Air Force was accompanied by his wife Anjali at the parade in Hindon near New Delhi.The legendary cricketer and winner of the highest civilian order in India, the...