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The government expects Bipin Rawat to bring about jointness among the three services by 2022. One of the key objectives behind jointness, or jointmanship, is the setting up of theatre commands for the best use of military resources to fight future battles. (Representational photo@IAF_MCC)

India speeds up work on setting up Air Defence Command

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 10:24 PM IST
Air defence refers to protecting the military’s assets from aerial threats such as the enemy’s fighter planes and missiles and the new Command --- likely to be headquartered in Allahabad --- will control the air defence resources of all the three services.
U.K. search and rescue authorities are taking part in the search of the crash site.(AP (Representative Image))
U.K. search and rescue authorities are taking part in the search of the crash site.(AP (Representative Image))

US fighter plane crashes off coast of northeast England

London | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 04:19 PM IST
The F-15C Eagle from the 48th Fighter Wing was on a routine training mission from RAF Lakenheath when it crashed at 9:40 a.m. local time (4:40 a.m. EDT). The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear.
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.
Forty troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed in the car bombing in Pulwama on February 14 that led to escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan.(PTI)
Forty troopers of the Central Reserve Police Force were killed in the car bombing in Pulwama on February 14 that led to escalation in tensions between India and Pakistan.(PTI)

Independence Day awards: 5 IAF pilots who carried out Balakot air strikes to get gallantry award

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2020 03:56 AM IST
The fighter planes had destroyed the JeM camp in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s province after entering Pakistani airspace for the first time in 48 years following a suicide bombing claimed by the terror group.
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.
After scrapping an order with Dassault Aviation for 126 Rafale jets worth $11 billion in 2015 -- a process that took nearly a decade -- Modi’s administration bought 36 jets separately.(AP Photo)
After scrapping an order with Dassault Aviation for 126 Rafale jets worth $11 billion in 2015 -- a process that took nearly a decade -- Modi’s administration bought 36 jets separately.(AP Photo)

India begins process to buy 114 fighter planes at 15bn USD in world’s largest deal

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2020 10:33 AM IST
The deal -- valued at more than $15 billion -- has attracted initial offers from global defence majors, including Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Sweden’s Saab AB.
Disability pension and the pension soldiers who have served their full tenure with the three services - Indian Navy, Army, Air Force - will no longer be exempt from income tax, according to a recent notification of the Finance Ministry.
Disability pension and the pension soldiers who have served their full tenure with the three services - Indian Navy, Army, Air Force - will no longer be exempt from income tax, according to a recent notification of the Finance Ministry.

Disability pension no longer tax free for soldiers who serve full tenure

New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 11:25 PM IST
Currently, both the disability pension and pension of soldiers are exempt from income tax.
A critical operational necessity for the navy, the MRHs are being bought as a replacement for the Sea King 42/42A fleet, which went out of service nearly two decades ago.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)
A critical operational necessity for the navy, the MRHs are being bought as a replacement for the Sea King 42/42A fleet, which went out of service nearly two decades ago.(Representative Image/HT File Photo)

NDA govt eyes Rs 17,500-cr navy chopper deal with US

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 07:50 AM IST
India is buying 24 Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky MH-60R helicopters to strengthen the navy’s anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare and surveillance capabilities.
Usha Padhee, joint secretary of civil aviation ministry, with defence personnel.(Twitter)
Usha Padhee, joint secretary of civil aviation ministry, with defence personnel.(Twitter)

Defence pilots may soon join civil aviation sector to tackle staff crunch

Hindustan Times | By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 12:20 AM IST
Civil aviation joint secretary discusses possibility to tackle staff crunch in industry
Congress president Rahul Gandhi took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday after a fire broke out at the national capital’s Shastri Bhawan which houses several key ministries.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday after a fire broke out at the national capital’s Shastri Bhawan which houses several key ministries.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)

‘Burning files’: Rahul Gandhi’s tweet attack on PM after Shastri Bhawan fire

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Bhopal | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 10:43 PM IST
No casualties were reported in the fire at Shastri Bhawan which houses several key ministries.
A MiG-29 fighter jet(HT File Photo)
A MiG-29 fighter jet(HT File Photo)

Short of fighter planes, IAF eyes 21 MiG-29 jets and air-defence aircraft

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 04, 2019 07:12 PM IST
IAF needs a minimum of 42 squadrons [each comprising 16 -18 fighters], but has only 30. More squadrons will be decommissioned in the coming months. India is expected to get first Rafale fighter jets — the French-made medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) — in September 2019.
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.
Ranchi, India - March 2, 2019::Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing the "Parivartan Ulgulan "rally of Congress at Morhabadi ground in Ranchi, India, on Saturday, March 2, 2019.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)
Ranchi, India - March 2, 2019::Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing the "Parivartan Ulgulan "rally of Congress at Morhabadi ground in Ranchi, India, on Saturday, March 2, 2019.(Diwakar Prasad/ Hindustan Times)

United Opposition will defeat BJP, says Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2019 07:52 AM IST
Rahul Gandhi has been targeting PM Modi over Rs 58,000-crore Rafale deal with France that India signed in 2016 for the purchase of 36 fighter planes.
The IAF shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet that intruded into Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, according to external affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar.(PTI/Picture for representation)
The IAF shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet that intruded into Indian air space in Nowshera sector of Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir, according to external affairs ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar.(PTI/Picture for representation)

India, Pak claim to shoot down each other’s jets, IAF pilot in Pak custody

New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2019 04:33 AM IST
Pakistan responded on Wednesday to an Indian air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp the previous day, even as the two sides claimed to have downed the other’s fighter planes, and Pakistan captured an Indian pilot, escalating tensions between the two countries.
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist signed the pact in Stockholm on Wednesday, at a time when the Scandinavian country is eyeing projects worth billions of dollars under the “Make in India” initiative.(AFP)
Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Swedish counterpart Peter Hultqvist signed the pact in Stockholm on Wednesday, at a time when the Scandinavian country is eyeing projects worth billions of dollars under the “Make in India” initiative.(AFP)

India, Sweden sign security pact to share classified information

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2019 11:20 PM IST
India and Sweden have concluded a security protection agreement that will enable both countries to share classified information with each other, the Swedish embassy in New Delhi said on Thursday.
Airport ground staff stand besides Tejas, India's first locally-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), before its induction into the Indian Air Force at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, India, July 1, 2016.(REUTERS)
Airport ground staff stand besides Tejas, India's first locally-built Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), before its induction into the Indian Air Force at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Airport in Bengaluru, India, July 1, 2016.(REUTERS)

Time, questions over quality hit HAL

By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2019 10:25 PM IST
The Opposition, in particular the Congress, has underlined that not manufacturing the fighter planes in India was a national loss. The Congress party has accused the government of deliberately leaving HAL out of the deal.
The pilot Rohit Katoch (36) ejected safely after steering his burning aircraft a few kilometres away from a rural residential area in Hatimpur locality.(HT PHOTO)
The pilot Rohit Katoch (36) ejected safely after steering his burning aircraft a few kilometres away from a rural residential area in Hatimpur locality.(HT PHOTO)

IAF’s Jaguar fighter plane crashes in UP’s Kushinagar, pilot ejects safely

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 06:51 PM IST
An Indian Air Force (IAF) Jaguar fighter plane crashed in a field in Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar on Monday, moments after it caught fire midair.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi meeting students on the first day of his two-day visit to Amethi.(PTI Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi meeting students on the first day of his two-day visit to Amethi.(PTI Photo)

Rahul attacks PM for his ‘silence’ on deal

Hindustan Times, Amethi | By Umesh Raghuvanshi, Amethi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2018 12:28 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday stepped up his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his continuing ‘silence’ on the Rafale deal, saying “desh ka chowkidar chori kar gaya”.
AF's Light Comabt Aircraft "Tejas" performs during a rehearsal ahead of Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru.(PTI)
AF's Light Comabt Aircraft "Tejas" performs during a rehearsal ahead of Aero India 2017 at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru.(PTI)

In a first, Tejas successfully refuelled mid-air by Russian-origin tanker

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2018 12:12 AM IST
An advanced version of the indigenously produced Light Combat Aircraft (LCA ), or Tejas, was on Monday successfully refuelled mid-air by an Ilyushin-78 tanker, demonstrating a key capability sought by the Indian Air Force.
Indian Air Force fighter planes flying past during the Republic day parade rehearsals at Rajpath in New Delhi. Air traffic at the Jodhpur Civil Airport was affected for nearly an hour on Thursday following a fighter aircraft tyre burst, officials said.(Representative Image/PTI Photo)
Indian Air Force fighter planes flying past during the Republic day parade rehearsals at Rajpath in New Delhi. Air traffic at the Jodhpur Civil Airport was affected for nearly an hour on Thursday following a fighter aircraft tyre burst, officials said.(Representative Image/PTI Photo)

Fighter plane’s tyre burst at Jodhpur airport, no damage reported

Hindustan Times, Jodhpur | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2018 06:14 PM IST
It took the Air Force staff about an hour to repair the tyre and restore the aircraft. Till then the traffic of the passenger aircrafts was held up, sources said.
The two-seater Sukhoi-30SM jet crashed after taking off from Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province.(Reuters/Photo for representation)
The two-seater Sukhoi-30SM jet crashed after taking off from Russia’s Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province.(Reuters/Photo for representation)

Advanced Russian fighter plane crashes in Syria killing two pilots

Reuters, Moscow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 03:17 PM IST
News agencies reported the Russian defence ministry as saying that birds got into the engine leading to the mishap, and the plane was not hit by any missile.
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