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India’s first woman Rafale pilot part of IAF’s tableau

Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh joined the IAF’s fighter stream in 2017 and flew the MiG-21 Bison aircraft before being posted to a Rafale squadron based in Ambala.
Indian Air Force officer Shivangi Singh at the combined graduation parade ceremony at the IAF Academy, Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad in 2017. (ANI) (ANI)
Indian Air Force officer Shivangi Singh at the combined graduation parade ceremony at the IAF Academy, Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad in 2017. (ANI) (ANI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2022 04:38 AM IST
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Rare on-board footage adds to flying display

As many as 75 military aircraft participated in the grand finale of the 73rd Republic Day parade.
Five Rafale jets of the Indian Air Force fly in in Arrowhead formation at the Republic Day parade (ANI)
Five Rafale jets of the Indian Air Force fly in in Arrowhead formation at the Republic Day parade (ANI)
Published on Jan 27, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Shivangi Singh, India's first woman Rafale jet pilot, part of Air Force tableau

Shivangi Singh is the second female fighter jet pilot to be part of IAF's Republic Day tableau. In 2021, Bhawna Kanth became the first woman in IAF's R-Day tableau. 
Shivangi Singh joined the Indian Air Force in 2017 and was commissioned in the IAF's second batch of women fighter pilots.
Shivangi Singh joined the Indian Air Force in 2017 and was commissioned in the IAF's second batch of women fighter pilots.
Updated on Jan 26, 2022 12:03 PM IST
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Republic Day flypast to recall 1971 war glory

In December, India observed the Swarnim Vijay Parv at India Gate to mark the culmination of year-long celebrations organised across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of victory in the 1971 war.
The flying display is the highlight of India’s biggest ceremonial parade. As many as 75 different aircraft from the IAF, army and navy --- India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence --- will take part in the January 26 flying display. (BLOOMBERG.)
The flying display is the highlight of India’s biggest ceremonial parade. As many as 75 different aircraft from the IAF, army and navy --- India is celebrating the 75th year of its Independence --- will take part in the January 26 flying display. (BLOOMBERG.)
Published on Jan 17, 2022 05:23 PM IST
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3 Rafale fighters with Indian enhancements to arrive on Feb 1-2

The last contracted Rafale fighter is expected to arrive in India in April concluding the 36 aircraft contract with France. This fighter, fitted with all India specific enhancements, actually was the first fighter used for training Indian fighter pilots.
IAF's Rafale jet fighter doing the vertical Charlie maneuver on 2021 Republic Day.
IAF's Rafale jet fighter doing the vertical Charlie maneuver on 2021 Republic Day.
Published on Jan 11, 2022 09:05 AM IST
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Trials of Rafale fighter jet’s naval version kick off in Goa

The Rafale-M is a variant of Rafale fighters that operate from land bases. The Indian Air Force has also ordered 36 Rafale-B and Rafale-C fighter jets.
The Rafale-M demonstration of capability is expected to be carried out over the next two weeks and will be followed by a similar demonstration by the US-origin F-18 fighters in the next three to four months, the officials said. (HT Photo)
The Rafale-M demonstration of capability is expected to be carried out over the next two weeks and will be followed by a similar demonstration by the US-origin F-18 fighters in the next three to four months, the officials said. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 10, 2022 11:19 PM IST
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Rafale kicks off demo to show it can pair with Indian aircraft carriers

Rafale-M demonstration: The Indian Navy is looking at buying more deck-based fighter jets to operate from aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and the Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) Vikrant, which is currently undergoing sea trials.
Rafale-M fighters are embarked on the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Photo courtesy: Dassault Aviation)
Rafale-M fighters are embarked on the French Navy’s nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (Photo courtesy: Dassault Aviation)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 11:26 PM IST
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Nuke capable Rafale-M tested for INS Vikrant in Goa

The marine version of the Rafale jet has a reinforced undercarriage and nose wheel, a bigger arrester hook, an integrated ladder, and other minor differences from the Rafale currently in use in the Indian Air Force.
According to people familiar with the matter, the Rafale M is better suited for use on the aircraft carriers than the F18 Hornet fighter from the US for several reasons.
According to people familiar with the matter, the Rafale M is better suited for use on the aircraft carriers than the F18 Hornet fighter from the US for several reasons.
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 10:19 AM IST
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Navy to test Rafale-M jet for INS Vikrant

The Rafale-M fighter will be pushed through an intensive trial to assess whether it is best suited for IAC-1.
Rafale Maritime Strike fighter taking off from an aircraft carrier.
Rafale Maritime Strike fighter taking off from an aircraft carrier.
Published on Jan 01, 2022 07:17 AM IST
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Rafale deal: India imposes penalty for delay in offsets duty

The defence ministry has imposed a penalty of up to a million euros on European weapons maker MBDA for delay in meeting its offset obligations under the 59,000 crore Rafale deal.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh.
Defence minister Rajnath Singh.
Updated on Dec 23, 2021 04:40 AM IST
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Rafale deal: Defence ministry fines European missile maker 1 mn euros over delay

MBDA has deposited its penalty but has also lodged its protest with the defence ministry
The defence ministry has imposed and collected a fine of less than 1 million euros from MBDA for delaying its offset obligations for the September 2019-September 2020 period.(ANI)
The defence ministry has imposed and collected a fine of less than 1 million euros from MBDA for delaying its offset obligations for the September 2019-September 2020 period.(ANI)
Published on Dec 22, 2021 01:28 PM IST
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When will India get remaining Rafale jets? IAF chief provides a timeline

Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari also commented on the ongoing India-China border stand-off, noting that although troops have backed off from certain areas in Ladakh, “complete disengagement has not taken place” yet.
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari (Photo via ANI)
Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari (Photo via ANI)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 11:47 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Ready to meet any requirement for Rafale jets, says French defence minister

French defence minister Florence Parly made the remarks during a virtual conversation organised by Ananta Centre on India-France cooperation to defend a rules-based Indo-Pacific, before her meeting with defence minister Rajnath Singh
Defence minister Rajnath Singh with his French counterpart Florence Parly during an official welcoming ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday. (Raj K Raj / HT photo)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh with his French counterpart Florence Parly during an official welcoming ceremony at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday. (Raj K Raj / HT photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 02:08 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Open and ready to provide India more Rafales, says French defence minister Parly

French defence minister Florence Parly, who pledged to supply more Rafale jets if needed by India, also noted that China’s behaviour in the region is becoming “more and more aggressive”
French defence minister Florence Parly said the use of Rafale jets by air forces of India and France is a “real asset and strength” for bilateral cooperation, (ANI)
French defence minister Florence Parly said the use of Rafale jets by air forces of India and France is a “real asset and strength” for bilateral cooperation, (ANI)
Updated on Dec 17, 2021 08:41 PM IST
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Ready to provide additional Rafale jets to India: France

Indo-France industrial and technological partnership is expected to form an integral part of the talks today between defence minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly.
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during a rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad on October 6 earlier this year. (PTI / File Photo)
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during a rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad on October 6 earlier this year. (PTI / File Photo)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 11:59 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

French defence minister Florence Parly to arrive in India today

It will be Parly's fourth visit to India since 2017. She had visited India in September last year primarily to attend a ceremony in Ambala that was held to induct the first batch of five Rafale jets into the Indian Air Force.
Florence Parly will hold wide-ranging talks with her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on Friday to enhance defence and security ties between the two countries(AFP Photo)
Florence Parly will hold wide-ranging talks with her Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on Friday to enhance defence and security ties between the two countries(AFP Photo)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 06:32 AM IST
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UAE says French Rafale fighter jets not a substitute for US F-35 warplanes

The Gulf Arab state on Friday ordered 80 Rafales made by Dassault Aviation and 12 Caracal military helicopters made by Airbus Helicopters in an arms contract worth 17 billion euros ($19.2 billion).
A French Rafale jet fighter takes off from France's aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. (AP)
A French Rafale jet fighter takes off from France's aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. (AP)
Published on Dec 05, 2021 02:37 PM IST
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UAE signs mega weapons deal with France, buys 80 Rafale fighter jets

In a USD 18 billion deal, the mega deal with UAE marked France's largest-ever weapons contract for export.
French Rafale fighter jets sit on France's aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. (AP File)
French Rafale fighter jets sit on France's aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle. (AP File)
Published on Dec 03, 2021 06:57 PM IST
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6 Rafale fighter jets with India specific enhancement to arrive in Dec-Jan 2022

It is understood that once the India specific enhancements are tested to satisfaction in Indian conditions, the existing fleet of 30 Rafales will be retrofitted with the same enhancements in the coming year.
With the induction of Rafales and Russian S-400 air defence systems, India will have an potent arsenal to deter any threat in the region.
With the induction of Rafales and Russian S-400 air defence systems, India will have an potent arsenal to deter any threat in the region.
Published on Nov 25, 2021 11:54 AM IST
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News updates from HT: BJP accuses previous UPA of irregularities in Rafale deal

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
BJP accused the previous Congress government of irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal.(HT Photo)
BJP accused the previous Congress government of irregularities in the Rafale fighter jet deal.(HT Photo)
Published on Nov 09, 2021 05:07 PM IST
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Barbs fly between Oppn, govt in fresh Rafale row

Citing claims of a French media report on “commissions” being paid during the UPA rule, the BJP said the Indian National Congress should be renamed “I Need Commission” party.
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during a rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad on October 6, 2021. (PTI)
Indian Air Force fighter jet Rafale during a rehearsal for the 89th Air Force Day parade at Hindan base in Ghaziabad on October 6, 2021. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 10, 2021 01:48 AM IST
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Rafale row: BJP says INC can be renamed as ‘I need commission’, Cong hits back

Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said the Modi government had launched an "operation cover up" and demanded to know why it had not probed the entire episode so far. 
File image of the Rafale fighter.(AFP)
File image of the Rafale fighter.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 02:40 PM IST
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Slugfest after French report alleges trace of Rafale deal pay-off

The French report has published alleged fake invoices for payments between 2004-2013, that it claimed enabled French aircraft maker Dassault Aviation to pay at least €7.5 million in kickbacks to a middleman to help it secure a multi-billion deal with India for the sale of Rafale fighter jets
IAF pilots after flying the first batch of five Rafale aircraft during its induction ceremony, in Ambala, Haryana, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
IAF pilots after flying the first batch of five Rafale aircraft during its induction ceremony, in Ambala, Haryana, on Sept. 10, 2020. (Ajay Aggarwal /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 09, 2021 04:13 AM IST
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French journal Mediapart claims new evidence of kickbacks in Rafale deal

The online journal published alleged fake invoices that it claimed enabled Dassault Aviation to pay at least €7.5mn in kickbacks to a middleman to help it secure the 59,000 cr deal with India for 36 Rafale jets
A file photo of Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel marching past a Dassault Rafale fighter jet displayed during the Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, on October 8, 2020. (Bloomberg/File)
A file photo of Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel marching past a Dassault Rafale fighter jet displayed during the Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India, on October 8, 2020. (Bloomberg/File)
Updated on Nov 08, 2021 10:11 AM IST
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Ayudha Puja: History, meaning and significance of this Navratri day

Ayudha Puja is an occasion to worship the instruments and weapons which hold significance in our life. Union minister Rajnath Singh had performed the puja while receiving the Rafale fighter jet in Paris in 2019.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed Ayudha or Shastra Puja while receiving the Rafale fighter jet in Paris in 2019.(ANI File Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh performed Ayudha or Shastra Puja while receiving the Rafale fighter jet in Paris in 2019.(ANI File Photo)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 05:50 AM IST
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Three more Rafale fighters arriving from France, to land in Jamnagar tonight

In a major boost for the Indian Air Force, three more Rafale fighter jets are arriving in Gujarat's Jamnagar on Wednesday evening from France.
Induction ceremony of the second squadron of Rafale fighter aircraft at the Hasimara airbase in Alipurduar. (ANI File Photo)
Induction ceremony of the second squadron of Rafale fighter aircraft at the Hasimara airbase in Alipurduar. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Oct 13, 2021 09:22 PM IST
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By | Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, New Delhi

Air Force Day: From Rafale to Chinook, how India displayed its arsenal today

On the 89th anniversary of Air Force Day, India honoured the unsung heroes of the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel march past as IAF helicopters perform an air display during 89th foundation day of the force, at Hindan Airbase in Ghaziabad.(PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel march past as IAF helicopters perform an air display during 89th foundation day of the force, at Hindan Airbase in Ghaziabad.(PTI Photo/Kamal Kishore)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 01:17 PM IST
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Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Air Force Day: Paratroopers re-enact 1971 Tangail airdrop as celebrations begin

The 2021 Air Force Day parade is being held as a tribute to the heroes of the 1971 war, which saw India defeat Pakistan, and led to the birth of Bangladesh. Rafale, Tejas, Jaguar, MiG-29 and Mirage 2000 have also been included in the celebration.
One of the three paratroopers is seen landing at the Hindon Air Force base during 89th IAF Day celebrations.(ANI Photo)
One of the three paratroopers is seen landing at the Hindon Air Force base during 89th IAF Day celebrations.(ANI Photo)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 09:40 AM IST
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By | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Air Force should get S-400 within this year: Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari

The Air Force chief also said that China's capability to launch multiple high altitude missions would remain weak, adding that the induction of Rafale, Apaches have significantly added to the force's combat potential.
Indian Air Force chief VR Chaudhari addressing a press conference on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Indian Air Force chief VR Chaudhari addressing a press conference on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 02:09 PM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Chandigarh: Breathtaking acrobatic feats enthral hundreds at Sukhna Lake air show

Due to bad weather, Surya Kiran, the aerobatics demonstration team of the Indian Air Force, could not present its performance during the air show at Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake
Indian Air Force’s Rafale aircraft performing acrobatics during an air show at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Indian Air Force’s Rafale aircraft performing acrobatics during an air show at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Sep 23, 2021 05:36 AM IST
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