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China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers seen near Mukhpari peak on September 7.(PTI)

Chinese state media admits military deployment along India border

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
PUBLISHED ON SEP 09, 2020 08:10 PM IST
Bombers, armoured vehicles, heavy artillery, special forces and infantry units have been deployed in border areas, say reports in state-run media.
The three-day conference, which ended on Friday, saw top commanders hold a series of discussions on “operational preparedness and strategies for countering security threats,” the IAF said in a statement.(Pic: Style Photo service.)
The three-day conference, which ended on Friday, saw top commanders hold a series of discussions on “operational preparedness and strategies for countering security threats,” the IAF said in a statement.(Pic: Style Photo service.)

Amid China border tension, IAF chief stresses on need to build capacity swiftly

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 09:44 PM IST
In his closing address at a conference of the IAF’s top brass, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said it was critical to recognise the nature of emerging threats in a rapidly changing world.
Kingsville: In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, student Naval aviator Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, stands by a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft.(AP Photo)
Kingsville: In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, student Naval aviator Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle, assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas, stands by a T-45C Goshawk training aircraft.(AP Photo)

‘MAKING HISTORY’: US Navy welcomes 1st Black female Tactical Aircraft pilot

Kingsville | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 02:35 AM IST
Madeline Swegle’s milestone comes more than 45 years after Rosemary Mariner in 1974 became the first woman to fly a tactical fighter jet, according to news outlets.
The navy’s Chetak helicopter showers flowers at the staff of Asvini Hospital in Colaba on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)
The navy’s Chetak helicopter showers flowers at the staff of Asvini Hospital in Colaba on Sunday.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT)

Forces express gratitude to India’s Covid warriors

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2020 07:41 AM IST
Army bands performed outside Covid-19 hospitals and sailors on-board India’s largest warship, INS Vikramaditya, formed a human chain on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck to pay tribute to the corona warriors.
The fighter jets featuring in the fly-past, or what the IAF is calling an “aerial salute,” over Delhi-NCR, will be the Sukhoi-30s, MiG-29s and Jaguars.(PTI (Representative Image))
The fighter jets featuring in the fly-past, or what the IAF is calling an “aerial salute,” over Delhi-NCR, will be the Sukhoi-30s, MiG-29s and Jaguars.(PTI (Representative Image))

Forces to honour Covid-19 front-line workers today

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2020 01:23 AM IST
The plan, announced by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Friday, involves several activities, such as illuminating warships and band performances outside coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hospitals across the country.
People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.(AP)
People watch a TV showing a file image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.(AP)

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un makes first appearance in nearly three weeks: Report

Seoul | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2020 04:51 AM IST
Kim attended the event on Friday in Sunchon, near the capital Pyongyang, after nearly three weeks of swirling rumours that the leader of the nuclear-armed nation was seriously ill or possibly dead.
The military’s plan to honour front-line workers on May 3 was finalised at a meeting chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, a government official said. (Photo Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
The military’s plan to honour front-line workers on May 3 was finalised at a meeting chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday, a government official said. (Photo Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

Lit up warships, fly-pasts to honour Covid-19 warriors

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2020 12:57 AM IST
Bipin Rawat said the Indian Air Force’s fighter jets and transport planes will carry out fly-pasts across the length and breadth of the country, from Srinagar to Thiruvananthapuram and Dibrugarh to Kutch.
A displaced Syrian woman collects belongings from a school that was reportedly targeted in a regime forces' air strike in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.(AFP)
A displaced Syrian woman collects belongings from a school that was reportedly targeted in a regime forces' air strike in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.(AFP)

Turkey fighter jet downs Syrian warplane over Idlib: Monitor

Beirut | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2020 04:12 PM IST
The Syrian state news agency SANA said the Syrian warplane was ‘targeted’, and this is the third such downing in the past three days.
The IAF plans to buy 83 LCA Mk-1A jets, taking the total number of Tejas variants ordered to 123.(PTI FILE/ Representative Image)
The IAF plans to buy 83 LCA Mk-1A jets, taking the total number of Tejas variants ordered to 123.(PTI FILE/ Representative Image)

Working on Rs 38,000-crore deal to sell 83 jets to IAF, says HAL chief

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2020 02:48 AM IST
The deal was earlier expected to be worth around Rs 50,000 crore but it had turned out to cheaper as the air force had reduced its requirements for spares and support facilities for the fighter jets, said the HAL chief.
A view of an illuminated Parliament House during the full dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
A view of an illuminated Parliament House during the full dress rehearsal ahead of Republic Day at Vijay Chowk in New Delhi on Thursday.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Abide With Me to feature at Beating Retreat ceremony

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2020 05:40 AM IST
Reports, including in this newspaper suggested that the government was considering dropping the melancholic Christian hymn, a favourite of Mahatma Gandhi. The army did not comment on these reports at the time.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will receive the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft in France today.(AP Photo)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will receive the first of the 36 Rafale aircraft in France today.(AP Photo)

Rafale, the fighter jet that will be a game changer for India: 10 points

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 05:06 PM IST
The induction of the controversial Rafale fighter aircraft will be a “game changer” for India in regional politics of South Asia, as far as its neighbours are concerned, defence experts have reiterated.
The Indian Air Force is (IAF) preparing to begin a fresh hunt for new-generation mid-air refuelling planes to extend the reach of its fighter jets(PTI)
The Indian Air Force is (IAF) preparing to begin a fresh hunt for new-generation mid-air refuelling planes to extend the reach of its fighter jets(PTI)

IAF to begin fresh hunt for mid-air refuelling aircraft

New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2019 04:16 PM IST
The IAF currently operates a fleet of six Russian-origin Ilyushin-78 tankers that are plagued by maintenance problems and more refuellers are required to stay prepared to counter China in the eastern sector.
New weaponry are set to be unveiled at the October 1 military parade in China(HT Photo)
New weaponry are set to be unveiled at the October 1 military parade in China(HT Photo)

Fighter jets zoom in skies, missiles on China roads in prep for National Day

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 09:31 AM IST
Some advanced weapons will make their debut in the military parade, the scale of which is scheduled to be greater than the ones commemorating the 50th and 60th founding anniversary of the PRC, as well as the V-Day military parade in 2015, Cai Zhijun, deputy head of the office of the leading group for the military parade, said earlier.
As the companies contest to get the Indian order, they have made several offers to sweeten the deals.(REUTERS FILE Photo/ Representative Image)
As the companies contest to get the Indian order, they have made several offers to sweeten the deals.(REUTERS FILE Photo/ Representative Image)

Indian Air Force taps all sources for new fighters jets

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2019 11:21 AM IST
After the Rafale contract was curtailed from 126 to 36, the IAF had once again hit the global market for procuring 114 jets.
China “will not sit idly by” if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan. (Representataive Image)(AP)
China “will not sit idly by” if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan. (Representataive Image)(AP)

China ‘will not sit idly’ if US sells F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan

Beijing | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 10:56 AM IST
Beijing has repeatedly said it will levy sanctions against U.S. companies linked to a planned $8 billion sale and demanded Washington cancel it immediately.
Sources said Sq Ldr Minty Aggarwal told Wing Commander Abinandan Varthaman to turn back at the right moment but the pilot did not get the message as Pakistan had jammed the communication system.(PTI image)
Sources said Sq Ldr Minty Aggarwal told Wing Commander Abinandan Varthaman to turn back at the right moment but the pilot did not get the message as Pakistan had jammed the communication system.(PTI image)

IAF’s woman fighter controller during aerial dogfight scripts history with medal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 11:14 PM IST
She is the first woman in the India’s military history to be awarded the YSM, a medal that recognises distinguished service of a high order during war, conflict or hostilities. YSM is not a gallantry award.
Sources said Sq Ldr Minty Aggarwal told Wing Commander Abinandan Varthaman to turn back at the right moment but the pilot did not get the message as Pakistan had jammed the communication system.(PTI image)
Sources said Sq Ldr Minty Aggarwal told Wing Commander Abinandan Varthaman to turn back at the right moment but the pilot did not get the message as Pakistan had jammed the communication system.(PTI image)

Woman fighter controller who helped intercept Pak’s air attack gets medal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 09:22 PM IST
Sq Ldr Minty Aggarwal was part of a team of seven fighter controllers on duty on February 27 morning and controlled the Indian Air Force’s interception package launched to stop Pakistan’s fighter jets.
Shoigu had flown to Kaliningrad to attend a ceremony marking the start of construction of a new military academy.(Reuters FILE)
Shoigu had flown to Kaliningrad to attend a ceremony marking the start of construction of a new military academy.(Reuters FILE)

Russian jet chases NATO plane away from defence minister’s aircraft: Report

Moscow | By Reuters
UPDATED ON AUG 14, 2019 12:40 PM IST
Reports said a Spanish F-18 jet based in Lithuania had tried to approach Shoigu’s plane, prompting one of two Russian SU-27 fighter jets accompanying him to see it off.
While the formal induction will happen in September, 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.(REUTERS)
While the formal induction will happen in September, 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.(REUTERS)

IAF may induct first Rafale fighter in 3rd week of September

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2019 08:29 AM IST
While the formal induction will happen in September, 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.
Pakistan has turned down India’s request to lift restrictions on the use of its airspace until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward Indian Air Force bases close to the Indian-Pakistan border, said (WHO).(REUTERS)
Pakistan has turned down India’s request to lift restrictions on the use of its airspace until New Delhi removes its fighter jets from forward Indian Air Force bases close to the Indian-Pakistan border, said (WHO).(REUTERS)

Rejected India’s plea to open airspace: Pakistan

Islamabad | By Imtiaz Ahmad
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2019 11:28 PM IST
Pakistan closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir.
The budget includes a capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore for buying new weapons and systems at a time when the military plans to upgrade its capabilities with new fighter jets, submarines, artillery and other weapons.(PTI)
The budget includes a capital outlay of Rs 1,08,248 crore for buying new weapons and systems at a time when the military plans to upgrade its capabilities with new fighter jets, submarines, artillery and other weapons.(PTI)

Defence allocation same as interim budget, customs waiver for imports

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 05, 2019 11:05 PM IST
The armed forces will have to prioritise their purchases for optimal utilisation of the available resources, said a senior army official who did not want to be named.
The IAF has released a video of its Jaguar fighter jet flying into a flock of birds. The IAF pilot jettisoned two fuel drop tanks and Carrier Bomb Light Stores pods to be able to safely land the aircraft and save lives. (Photo ANI)
The IAF has released a video of its Jaguar fighter jet flying into a flock of birds. The IAF pilot jettisoned two fuel drop tanks and Carrier Bomb Light Stores pods to be able to safely land the aircraft and save lives. (Photo ANI)

‘Saved lives’: IAF praises Jaguar pilot who dropped practice bombs after bird hit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 09:47 PM IST
The IAF has released a 48-second video of the bird hit and the pilot’s maneuvre that it said, saved the fighter jet and lives of many civilians living in the area near the airfield at Ambala.
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.
An Indian Air Force (IAF) team comprising computer forensic experts is in France to probe if documents or designs were stolen or copied during the break-in at the Rafale project management team office in the European country last Sunday(AFP)
An Indian Air Force (IAF) team comprising computer forensic experts is in France to probe if documents or designs were stolen or copied during the break-in at the Rafale project management team office in the European country last Sunday(AFP)

India tweaks rules for friendly countries for defence exports

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAY 26, 2019 11:21 PM IST
The office in question oversees the implementation of the project for 36 Rafale multi-role fighters, which India is acquiring.
India was the world’s fourth biggest military spender last year behind the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, according to new data think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on Monday.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
India was the world’s fourth biggest military spender last year behind the United States, China, and Saudi Arabia, according to new data think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) released on Monday.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

India was 4th biggest military spender last year

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2019 09:07 AM IST
According to the SIPRI data, China was the second-largest military spender last year. Beijing increased its military expenditure by 5% to $250 billion in 2018. It accounted for 14% of global military spending. In contrast, India’s military spending went up by 3.1% to $66.5 billion. India accounts for 3.7% of the global defence spending.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Sherdils (Lion Heart) squad's fighter jet F-16 flies during Pakistan Day celebrations in Karachi on March 23, 2017.(REUTERS)
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Sherdils (Lion Heart) squad's fighter jet F-16 flies during Pakistan Day celebrations in Karachi on March 23, 2017.(REUTERS)

On row over using F-16 jets against India, Pakistan military now says it was ‘self defence’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 12:46 AM IST
Pakistan military insisted that Islamabad had the right to use any fighter jet in its “legitimate self defence”.
The J-10 fighter jets of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Bayi Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan on Saturday in preparation for a flight performance there, China’s Global Times reported.(AP)
The J-10 fighter jets of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Bayi Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan on Saturday in preparation for a flight performance there, China’s Global Times reported.(AP)

China’s fighter jets to take part in Pakistan’s National Day parade

Beijing | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2019 08:56 PM IST
Contingents from countries including China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey will participate in the parade, with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad being the guest of honour, a report said.
The Supreme Court will on Thursday resume hearing petitions calling for a review of its judgement in the Rafale case from December last year that said there was no reason to doubt the purchase process or the need for the fighter jets.(PTI)
The Supreme Court will on Thursday resume hearing petitions calling for a review of its judgement in the Rafale case from December last year that said there was no reason to doubt the purchase process or the need for the fighter jets.(PTI)

Supreme Court to hear petition to review Rafale verdict today

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2019 09:24 AM IST
The hearing follows a controversy after attorney general KK Venugopal told the top court that the petitioners used stolen documents in their review petitions and “should not be relied on”.
Image for representation purpose only(Bloomberg file photo)
Image for representation purpose only(Bloomberg file photo)

After 10 years, India no longer world’s top weapons importer

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 12, 2019 07:05 AM IST
India is no longer the world’s largest importer of weapons, a position it held for over a decade, with Saudi Arabia topping the global share of arms imports between 2014 and 2018.
HT Image(ANI)
HT Image(ANI)

Sleep deprived, choked, beaten up: How IAF pilot Abhinandan held off Pak grilling

Hindustan Times | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 01:55 AM IST
The official, who is part of a team debriefing Varthaman after he walked back into India across the Wagah border on March 1, said the Wing Commander was deprived of sleep, choked and even beaten up by his captors in Pakistan.
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