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India says contract on French Rafale fighter jets being fine-tuned


PTI India is fine-tuning a contract to buy 126 French-made Rafale fighter jets, Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said today, adding that Paris would have to “wait a little” to pop the bubbly. India last year selected Dassault Aviation as its preferred bidder in a USD 10 billion (7.6 billion euro) contract to equip its air [...]

Airbus eyeing Rs 12,000 crore IAF deal for medium-lift transport planes


PTI Close on the heels of clinching the IAF contract for supply of mid-air refuellers, European consortium Airbus will now bid for the Rs 12,000 crore global tender to be floated by India for procuring 56 medium-lift transport aircraft to replace its vintage Avro planes. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by defence minister A [...]

India may have to look at options: IAF chief on Pak violations


PTI Asserting that repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan are “unacceptable”, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne on Saturday warned that India may have to look at “some other options for compliance” if such incidents continue. “We have a Line of Control, we have a ceasefire agreement, we have certain structures and mechanisms which are [...]

IAF strengthening VIP fleet with new Embraers


IANS The Indian Air Force (IAF) is strengthening its VIP fleet with four new Embraer 145 aircraft and AW101 chopppers. The IAF’s Delhi-based Communication Squadron, which has just got the first lot of three VIP role helicopters, already has four Embraer 135s. The newer aircraft, being acquired from Brazil, will have some security features similar [...]

Russia takes delivery of fighters, bombers


UPI The Russian air force has received two new batches of fighter and bomber aircraft from Sukhoi. Sukhoi said the deliveries last month were comprised of six Su-35S production multifunctional fighter aircraft and five serial Su-34 frontline bombers. The Su-35S, called the Flanker-E by NATO, is an upgraded single-seat, twin-engined 4++ generation fighter with a [...]

Airbus unveils contract for Indian air refuelling tankers


NDTV Russia’s hope of bagging the Rs. 9,000-crore contract to supply mid-air refueller’s to India is over. They were pipped by the European aviation giant, Airbus. Despite the setbacks, however, Russia remains the biggest supplier of arms to India. Russia and India are soon likely to sign a contract for joint production of the fifth-generation, [...]

Budget cut will affect IAF’s modernization: Air chief


TNN Chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne has said that the recent decision of the Union government to curtail defence budget by Rs 10,000 crore will affect various developmental and modernization projects of Indian Air Force. “We will take up the issue with the government in order to work out some solution,” [...]

Trainer aircraft Pilatus set to make its Aero India debut


DNA Aero India 2013, which is to be held in a months’ time at the Air Force Station Yelahanka, is expected to see quite a few aircraft making their debut at the air show. Among them will be the Pilatus IAF Basic Trainer Aircraft which will be inducted into the Indian Air Force later this [...]

IAF inducts armed Mi-17 squadron in Rajasthan


IANS The Indian Air Force (IAF) has enhanced its capabilities on the western border with Pakistan with the air chief, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne inducting an armed Mi-17V5 helicopter squadron at Phalodi air base in Rajasthan on Monday. The squadron will initially operate with 10 helicopters. A squadron’s full strength is 16-18 helicopters. “These [...]

Indian Air Force to deploy helicopter squadron near Indo-Pak border


Press Trust of India IAF Chief Air Marshal NAK Browne will inaugurate the medium-lift helicopter complex for the new squadron of its latest Mi-17 V5 helicopters at Phalodi airbase near the Indo-Pak border here on January 7. This may be seen as Indian Air Force strengthening its presence along the Pakistan border by deploying the [...]

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