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The air strikes against the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror base were India’s response to the Pulwama suicide bomb attack in which 40 Central Reserve Police Force jawans were killed on February 14.(HT image)

IAF unitspart of Balakot, Pakistan dogfight to be feted

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2019 11:54 PM IST
The Number 9 Mirage-2000 squadron, ‘Wolf Pack’, that carried out the Balakot raid; Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Number 51 Squadron, ‘Sword Arms’; and Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal’s 601 Signal Unit will get the citations, one of the officers said.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was part of the fighter fleet that was sent to counter a package of incoming PAF fighters comprising F-16s among others on February 27, 2019.(ANI PHOTO.)
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was part of the fighter fleet that was sent to counter a package of incoming PAF fighters comprising F-16s among others on February 27, 2019.(ANI PHOTO.)

Balakot pilot Abhinandan Varthaman clears medical tests, set to fly soon

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 08, 2019 11:03 PM IST
The Bangalore-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine - the final certifying authority on the fitness of a pilot – declared Wing Commander Abhinandan fit to fly.
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.
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) failed to achieve its objective when it launched a counter-attack on February 27 through the Nowshera sector in Jammu, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday.(HT file photo)
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) failed to achieve its objective when it launched a counter-attack on February 27 through the Nowshera sector in Jammu, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Monday.(HT file photo)

‘Pakistan failed to achieve objective in counter-attack’: IAF Chief BS Dhanoa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 16, 2019 10:08 AM IST
On January 26, Indian Air Force fighters struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) training camp in Balakot deep inside Pakistan, killing an unspecified number of terrorists.
The Indian Air Force has already rubbished the US report.
The Indian Air Force has already rubbished the US report.

‘How was its part found in India?’ Nirmala Sitharaman asks reporter to read on F-16

Hindustan Times, Ahmedabad | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2019 10:32 PM IST
Foreign Policy quoted one of the senior US defence officials with direct knowledge of the count as saying Pakistan invited the US to physically count its F-16 planes after the incident as part of an end-user agreement signed when the foreign military sale was finalised.
Indian Air Force's Sukhoi 30 plane.(PTI Photo)
Indian Air Force's Sukhoi 30 plane.(PTI Photo)

India, Pakistan scramble jets at border

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rahul Singh, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON APR 02, 2019 12:06 AM IST
Military tensions between India and Pakistan escalated following the Balakot strikes, with PAF fighters, including F-16s, making a failed attempt to bomb Indian military installations on February 27.
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had so far said it had used only JF-17 Thunder jets, developed jointly with China, in the February 27 engagement with India.(Mint File/Representative image)
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) had so far said it had used only JF-17 Thunder jets, developed jointly with China, in the February 27 engagement with India.(Mint File/Representative image)

Pakistan changes stance on use of F-16s in aerial dogfight with India

Hindustan Times, Islamabad/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON APR 02, 2019 12:31 PM IST
The statement described the events of February 27 as “part of history now” and said no Pakistani F-16 “was hit by the Indian Air Force”.
An IAF Mirage 2000 during a drill, 2017. It is only because of the force’s good training, situational awareness, and some luck that this audacious PAF mission failed.(PTI)
An IAF Mirage 2000 during a drill, 2017. It is only because of the force’s good training, situational awareness, and some luck that this audacious PAF mission failed.(PTI)

Opinion | What the IAF-PAF dogfight reveals

By Shekhar Gupta
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2020 03:36 PM IST
The February 27 aerial duel shows India’s military capability doesn’t match its ambitions. Blame the nation’s tardy defence acquisition process for this.
Pakistan Air Force personnel sit in front of their JF 17 jet fighter in Guangdong province, China.(AP File Photo/Representative image)
Pakistan Air Force personnel sit in front of their JF 17 jet fighter in Guangdong province, China.(AP File Photo/Representative image)

China, Pakistan upgrading fighter aircraft used against Indian Air Force: Report

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2020 01:30 AM IST
The JF-17, or the FC-1, is a single-engine multi-role light fighter jet jointly developed by China and Pakistan for export, according to the website of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China.
Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.(Reuters/File Photo)
Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed killed 40 CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14.(Reuters/File Photo)

Pakistan says it downed two IAF jets, identifies pilots behind act

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2019 10:53 PM IST
Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in the National Assembly that one Indian jet was shot down by Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui while the other was downed by Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan.
The Indian Air Force on Tuesday said all the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets that were engaged in air combat with the Pakistan Air Force jets on February 27 had returned to base safely, amid claims by the neighbour that it had shot down a Su-30 jet.(Hindustan Times)
The Indian Air Force on Tuesday said all the Sukhoi-30 fighter jets that were engaged in air combat with the Pakistan Air Force jets on February 27 had returned to base safely, amid claims by the neighbour that it had shot down a Su-30 jet.(Hindustan Times)

IAF junks Pakistan’s claim of shooting down Sukhoi-30 fighter jets

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2019 10:50 PM IST
The air force said the deployment of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of the AMRAAM (advanced medium range air to air missile) were conclusively observed by the Indian military.
The Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation, comprising 24 fighter jets, including F-16s.(Reuters/Picture for representation)
The Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it said was a JeM training camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The next day, Pakistan retaliated with a large air formation, comprising 24 fighter jets, including F-16s.(Reuters/Picture for representation)

‘Challenges not over yet, keep your guards up’: Pakistan Air Force chief tells officers

Islamabad | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 04, 2019 06:51 PM IST
The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) chief on Monday asked his officers to keep their “guard up” as challenges facing the country “are not over yet”, amid heightened tensions with India following the Pulwama terror attack and an aerial combat between the two forces.
Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released by Pakistan as a “gesture of peace” through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post on Friday.(Facebook)
Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released by Pakistan as a “gesture of peace” through the Wagah-Attari joint check-post on Friday.(Facebook)

IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to be back home soon, BSF cancels retreat ceremony at Attari-Wagah border

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2020 08:09 PM IST
The 35-year-old Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying the MiG-21 Bison that shot down the PAF F-16 in the aerial engagement with Pakistan on Wednesday morning.
India’s Air Vice-Marshal R.G.K Kapoor (R) flanked by Navy’s Rear Admiral DS Gujral (C) and Army’s Major General Surinder Singh Mahal speaks with the media in the lawns of India’s Defence Ministry in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
India’s Air Vice-Marshal R.G.K Kapoor (R) flanked by Navy’s Rear Admiral DS Gujral (C) and Army’s Major General Surinder Singh Mahal speaks with the media in the lawns of India’s Defence Ministry in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

If provoked, prepared for any contingency: Army at joint defence briefing

Hindustan Times | By Rahul Singh
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2019 08:52 AM IST
Rear Admiral DS Gujral, the officiating director general of naval operations, said the navy was prepared to respond swiftly, resolutely and strongly to any “Pakistani misadventure”.
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