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Former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa has always highlighted how Rafale fighter jets (R) are better stealth fighters and are not superior to China’s J-20 jets (L). Rafale is 4.5 generation jet.(HT Photos)

Rafale vs J-20: Ex-IAF chief Dhanoa calls China’s bluff with ‘two simple questions’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 05:26 PM IST
Chinese Communist Party’s tabloid Global Times quoted a military ‘expert’ who claimed the Rafale fighter is only superior to the IAF’s Sukhoi-30 MKI jets but a generation below Chinese PLA’s J-20 fighter.
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI File Photo)
Picture of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) facility destroyed by Indian Ar Force strikes in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26, 2019.(ANI File Photo)

How IAF chose targets, planned Balakot mission and executed the pre-dawn raid

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 09:06 AM IST
As India marks the first anniversary of the Pulwama attack, the unprecedented air action against the Jaish-e-Mohammed’s facility at Balakot has turned the spotlight back on how the IAF chose the targets, planned the mission and executed the pre-dawn raid on February 26.
Air Chief Marshal (retd) Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Air Chief Marshal (retd) Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

‘Proof of Balakot success conclusive,’ says former IAF chief BS Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 10:21 AM IST
The former IAF chief, under whose leadership the force carried out the attack and who monitored the pre-dawn raid from his house, said military victory is measured by whether you have achieved the stated political objective, which was successfully done in the Balakot operation.
Former chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former chief of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal (retd) BS Dhanoa(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Pakistan’s version on F-16 a facade, says former IAF chief BS Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2020 03:11 PM IST
Close to one year after the Balakot air strike, Dhanoa talks about the details of the operation, what it took to plan and execute, what it means for India’s future military equation with Pakistan, and the capabilities of the Rafale jets.
HT Image
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Chandigarh administrator VP Singh Badnore to inaugurate Military Literature Festival today

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2019 01:07 AM IST
At least 22 panel discussions on issues of military and national significance will be organised during the event
While the formal induction will happen on October 8, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India only next April-May. All 36 fighter planes will arrive by September 2022, a small step on the long road towards building a stronger air force.(HT FILE)
While the formal induction will happen on October 8, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India only next April-May. All 36 fighter planes will arrive by September 2022, a small step on the long road towards building a stronger air force.(HT FILE)

France to hand over 1st Rafale Jet on October 8

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 19, 2019 02:52 AM IST
India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore in September 2016.
An IAF Apache chopper readies for takeoff.(HT FILE)
An IAF Apache chopper readies for takeoff.(HT FILE)

Apache choppers give wings to IAF might

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:00 AM IST
The helicopters are part of a $1.1-billion deal India inked with US defence and aerospace giant Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apaches to sharpen its attack capabilities.
IAF had told the French government that the formal induction ceremony of the first of the 36 jets on order should be held in the third week of September, within three years of the signing of the contract.(HT FILE)
IAF had told the French government that the formal induction ceremony of the first of the 36 jets on order should be held in the third week of September, within three years of the signing of the contract.(HT FILE)

India to get its first Rafale jet at France event on Sept 19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 12:38 AM IST
The formal induction ceremony will be held in Merignac, France, and will be attended by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, said one of the officials cited above.
India had signed a $1.1-billion deal with US defence giant Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache choppers to sharpen its attack capabilities.(Photo @Boeing_In)
India had signed a $1.1-billion deal with US defence giant Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache choppers to sharpen its attack capabilities.(Photo @Boeing_In)

IAF gets its first batch of 8 US-made Apache attack helicopters

Hindustan Times, Pathankot | By Ravi Krishnan Khajuria
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 10:20 PM IST
Two Apache helicopters flown by Wing Commander Kshitij Avasthi and squadron leader Munish Dogra presented the tactical manoeuvres before a select gathering, including IAF chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Western Air Commander Air Marshal R Nambiar near the Apache choppers for ‘Pooja’ ceremony before induction at the Pathankot Air Base. (ANI photo)
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Western Air Commander Air Marshal R Nambiar near the Apache choppers for ‘Pooja’ ceremony before induction at the Pathankot Air Base. (ANI photo)

IAF gets its first fleet of 8 Apache attack helicopters

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 10:35 AM IST
India signed a $1.1-billion deal with US defence giant Boeing in September 2015 for 22 Apache choppers to sharpen its attack capabilities. The IAF currently flies Soviet-origin Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopter gunships.
India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore on September 23, 2016 — a deal that was at the centre of a political controversy in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (PTI)
India ordered 36 Rafale jets from France in a deal worth Rs 59,000 crore on September 23, 2016 — a deal that was at the centre of a political controversy in the run-up to the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (PTI)

IAF to induct first Rafale jet on Sept 19, Air chief Dhanoa set to visit France

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 10:38 AM IST
While the formal induction will happen on September 19, the first batch of four Rafale jets will fly to their home base in India only next April-May. All 36 fighter planes will arrive by September 2022, a small step on the long road towards building a stronger air force.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman after their sortie on the MiG 21 jet, at Airforce Station, Pathankot.(PTI)
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman after their sortie on the MiG 21 jet, at Airforce Station, Pathankot.(PTI)

Air chief BS Dhanoa, Wing Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman fly MiGs in joint sortie

Hindustan Times, Pathankot | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2019 01:28 AM IST
The air chief was responsible for destroying Pakistan supply dumps along the Line of Control (LoC) during the 1999 Kargil war, an action that helped turn the tide in India’s favour.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Air Chjief Marshal BS Dhanoa together flew a MiG 21 on Monday.(Photo courtesy IAF)
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and Air Chjief Marshal BS Dhanoa together flew a MiG 21 on Monday.(Photo courtesy IAF)

‘We’ve 3 things in common’: Air Chief Dhanoa after sortie with Abhinandan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Both BS Dhanoa and Abhinandan Varthaman, a Vir Chakra awardee, have played key roles in conflict situations. The Air Chief Marshal, who is also a MiG-21 pilot, destroyed Pakistan supply dumps along the Line of Control (LoC) during the 1999 Kargil war which helped turn the tide in India’s favour
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February, pose for a photograph after a sortie on the MiG 21 jet, at Airforce Station in Pathankot.(Photo: PTI)
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, the IAF pilot who became the face of a tense military confrontation between India and Pakistan in February, pose for a photograph after a sortie on the MiG 21 jet, at Airforce Station in Pathankot.(Photo: PTI)

Abhinandan Varthaman, who downed Pak F16, flies again, this time with IAF chief

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Wing Commander Abhinandan - who was taken captive by Pakistan on February 27 after he was shot down over Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir- had been recently cleared to fly.
Doval with Anantnag residents during a recent visit.(ANI)
Doval with Anantnag residents during a recent visit.(ANI)

NSA Ajit Doval-led panel to set terms for Chief of Defence Staff position

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 04:41 PM IST
According to the officials, the members of the committee, apart from the NSA, will be the Cabinet secretary, the defence secretary, and the secretary, expenditure and COSC.
The Indian Air force (IAF) is still flying 44-year-old MiG-21 fighter jets when no one even drives cars that old, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Tuesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The Indian Air force (IAF) is still flying 44-year-old MiG-21 fighter jets when no one even drives cars that old, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Tuesday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

IAF flying 44-yr-old MiG-21, says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 01:01 AM IST
The Russian-made MiG-21 joined the IAF in 1973-74.
The Air Chief also said that MI-21M (type-96) would be phased out this year. (ANI photo)
The Air Chief also said that MI-21M (type-96) would be phased out this year. (ANI photo)

No one drives cars as old as those jets: IAF chief on MiG-21 fighters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2019 11:47 PM IST
Often dubbed “flying coffins”, at least 170 MiGs have been lost in accidents over the past decade.
Air Marshal Dhanoa, a Wing Commander at the time of India’s most recent war with Pakistan, flew repeated MiG-21 sorties, destroying Pakistani supply dumps and logistics facilities along the Line of Control (LoC).(HT file photo)
Air Marshal Dhanoa, a Wing Commander at the time of India’s most recent war with Pakistan, flew repeated MiG-21 sorties, destroying Pakistani supply dumps and logistics facilities along the Line of Control (LoC).(HT file photo)

Air Force better equipped now than during Kargil conflict, says Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
PUBLISHED ON JUL 25, 2019 01:44 AM IST
Describing the changes, Dhanoa said, all IAF strike “formations across fleets” have “all-weather” capability to carry out precision strikes during “day and night.” In contrast, IAF was operating “legacy platforms” — for instance, the MiG -21 Type 96, Mig 23Bn, MiG 27, etc — during the Kargil war.
The air chief BS Dhanoa said the February 27 skirmish served to illustrate the IAF’s network centric warfare capabilities.(HT file photo)
The air chief BS Dhanoa said the February 27 skirmish served to illustrate the IAF’s network centric warfare capabilities.(HT file photo)

Balakot raid proved IAF’s precision strike powers, says Air Chief Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2019 05:23 PM IST
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said the Balakot strikes proved that the IAF had the capability to carry out operations across the full spectrum of operations and this was achieved through “long planning and induction” of platforms.
On the Balakot airstrike, which was carried out in retaliation against the February 14 terror attack on a security convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.(HT Photo)
On the Balakot airstrike, which was carried out in retaliation against the February 14 terror attack on a security convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama.(HT Photo)

Achieved our objective: Dhanoa on Balakot strike

Hindustan Times, Gwalior | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 12:04 AM IST
Dhanoa asserted that the IAF achieved its stated military objective but the Pakistani side did not. “But none of them [PAF aircraft] crossed the LoC [Line of Control] into our side,” he told reporters.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, receives the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) baton from outgoing Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba in a ceremony, at South Block in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, receives the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) baton from outgoing Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba in a ceremony, at South Block in New Delhi.(PTI file photo)

If Pak closed airspace, that’s their problem: Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa

Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 02:42 PM IST
Pakistan fully shut its airspace till June 28 on the eastern border with India after the IAF carried out aerial airstrikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot on February 26.
Flying Officer Reddy is a second generation soldier. His father Subedar G Pulla Reddy, is from the Signals Regiment of the Indian Army and is currently serving.(IAF)
Flying Officer Reddy is a second generation soldier. His father Subedar G Pulla Reddy, is from the Signals Regiment of the Indian Army and is currently serving.(IAF)

IAF chief BS Dhanoa gifts his ‘wings’ to new flying officer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2019 11:39 PM IST
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the Reviewing Officer for the Combined Graduation Parade at the Air Force Academy located in Telangana. With Flying Officer Reddy, 151 cadets were awarded the President’s Commission.
Advanced technology and sensors, including satellites of the Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) have also been employed to trace the aircraft.(REUTERS/Representative Image)
Advanced technology and sensors, including satellites of the Indian Space Research Agency (ISRO) have also been employed to trace the aircraft.(REUTERS/Representative Image)

Rs 5 lakh cash award announced for info on missing AN-32

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2019 11:59 PM IST
The announcement, described as unprecedented by air force officers, comes after a massive search and rescue operation to trace the missing aircraft yielded no results for the sixth consecutive day.
Dhanoa is scheduled to visit various operational and training units and interact with senior functionaries of the Swedish Air Force among others.(PTI)
Dhanoa is scheduled to visit various operational and training units and interact with senior functionaries of the Swedish Air Force among others.(PTI)

Air Force chief to leave for 4-day sweden visit today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent & Agencies
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2019 07:12 AM IST
Dhanoa’s visit comes at a time when the Scandinavian country is eyeing projects worth billions of dollars under the Make in India initiative.
Ahead of formally taking charge as Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited the National War Memorial here and paid tribute to jawans who laid down their lives for the country post-independence.(ANI Photo)
Ahead of formally taking charge as Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh on Saturday visited the National War Memorial here and paid tribute to jawans who laid down their lives for the country post-independence.(ANI Photo)

Rajnath Singh pays tribute to jawans at National War Memorial ahead of taking charge as Defence Minister

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2019 09:01 AM IST
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh were also present at the memorial.
Technology was on India’s side in the Balakot air strikes, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday.(PTI File Photo)
Technology was on India’s side in the Balakot air strikes, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday.(PTI File Photo)

Technology was on India’s side in Balakot operation: IAF chief BS Dhanoa

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 08:16 PM IST
At the event on April 11, Dhanoa emphasised on further enhancing the IAF’s capability in the field of space, cyber, artificial intelligence and drone technology to further boost its overall combat capability.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa(PTI File Photo)
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa(PTI File Photo)

Balakot proof is ‘blowin in the wind’, Pakistan doesn’t want to see it, says IAF chief BS Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2020 03:33 PM IST
Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa quoted lines from an iconic Bob Dylan track in response to a question on Pakistan downplaying the pre-dawn raid by the IAF’s Mirage 2000 fighters and also denying that any damage was caused by the precision bombing.
IAF chief BS Dhanoa said Rafale jets will ensure the deterrence of India’s air defence increases manifold.(ANI/Twitter)
IAF chief BS Dhanoa said Rafale jets will ensure the deterrence of India’s air defence increases manifold.(ANI/Twitter)

Once Rafale jets come, Pakistan won’t come near LoC or border: IAF chief Dhanoa

Chandigarh | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 01:17 AM IST
The Rafales will be armed with Meteor air-to-air missiles which have the capability of shooting down enemy planes at strikes ranges upto 150 kms.
Varthaman was chasing Pakistani jets on a MiG -21 Bison fighter plane in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27 and crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) where his aircraft was shot down during the fierce dogfight.(ANI)
Varthaman was chasing Pakistani jets on a MiG -21 Bison fighter plane in Jammu and Kashmir on February 27 and crossed over to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) where his aircraft was shot down during the fierce dogfight.(ANI)

IAF pilot Abhinandan’s debriefing ends, to go on sick leave for few weeks: Report

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 05:13 PM IST
A medical review board in the near future will assess the medical fitness of the Wing Commander and decide when he can resume his operations as a fighter pilot, sources told news agency ANI.
French-origin Mirage 2000s carried out an air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26.(AP File Photo)
French-origin Mirage 2000s carried out an air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26.(AP File Photo)

Opposition chorus grows for proof of air strike in Pakistan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 08:47 AM IST
The government has not released any evidence of the casualties as demanded by the Opposition.
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