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25th Air Chief Marshal of the IAF

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Birender Singh Dhanoa: 25th Air Chief Marshal of the IAF
Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, VM, ADC was the 25th Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force and served from 31 December 2016 to 30 September 2019. Dhanoa also served as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.

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IAF flew 625 tonnes of new notes post-demonetisation: Former air chief Dhanoa

Post-demonetisation in 2016, the Indian Air Force flew 625 tonnes of new currency in 33 air sorties across the country to various destinations. This little-known aspect of demonetisation was revealed..
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'Had we procured Rafale...': Former IAF chief BS Dhanoa on India-Pak dogfight after Balakot strike

Dhanoa said had Abhinandan Varthaman been flying a Rafale instead of a MiG 21 during the India-Pakistan dogfight after the Balakot strike, the outcome would have been different.
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BS Dhanoa rails against politicisation of defence purchase deals

Referring to the row over the Rafale purchase deal, former Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Saturday that such controversies slow down defence acquisitions, affecting the armed forces' capabilities.
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Govt rejected IAF proposal to strike Pakistan after 26/11: B S Dhanoa

Former IAF chief B S Dhanoa said on Friday the government had rejected a proposal of the air force to strike Pakistani terrorist camps after 26/11. “We knew where the terror camps were located in..
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Balakot message was to tell Pak there will be cost for terror attacks: Former Air Chief Marshal

The message of the Balakot air strike was to tell the Pakistani establishment and terrorist organisations that there will be a cost to pay for terror attacks in India which was effectively conveyed,..
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Rafale review petitions: IAF stand vindicated, says ex-IAF chief Dhanoa


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Rafale verdict will have positive impact on overall military procurement: Ex-IAF chief Dhanoa

Former IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal (retd) B S Dhanoa on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court's verdict on the Rafale fighter jet deal, saying the ruling vindicated the government's position and that it..
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We have been vindicated: Former IAF chief BS Dhanoa on SC verdict in Rafale case


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PM Modi meets former IAF chief B S Dhanoa, says 'he served the nation with utmost valour'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief B S Dhanoa. Tweeting some pictures from his meeting with the former IAF chief, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Dhanoa..
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Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria takes charge as new IAF chief

Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Monday took charge as the 26th chief of the Indian Air Force. He succeeds Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who retired after 41 years of service in the..
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Army chief General Rawat becomes chairman of powerful tri-services committee

Army chief General Bipin Rawat on Friday took charge as Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) from outgoing IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa. In a landmark military reform, Prime Minister..
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Chief Air Marshal BS Dhanoa calls on President Ram Nath Kovind ahead of retirement


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'RB' on India's first Rafale jet stands for new Air Chief

As per defence sources, 'RB' stands for Air Force chief-designate Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, who played a key role in negotiations for procuring 36 Rafale jets in the flyaway condition. Air Marshal..
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Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria next Indian Air Force chief

Air Marshal Bhadauria (PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC) will become the 26th IAF Chief after taking over from the incumbent top gun Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa who retires on Sep 30, 2019
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IAF's 17 Squadron, nicknamed Golden Arrows, 'resurrected' for Rafale

A "Resurrection ceremony" for 17 Squadron was held at Air Force Station Ambala on Tuesday as Dhanoa presented a memento to Group Captain Harkirat Singh SC to commemorate the occasion.
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IAF's 'Golden Arrows' Squadron, led by Dhanoa during Kargil war, to be 'resurrected' for Rafale

IAF's 17 Squadron, nicknamed Golden Arrows, was commanded by Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa during the Kargil war in 1999.
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IAF's 17 Squadron to be resurrected on Tuesday; to be first Rafale unit

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday is expected to resurrect its 'Golden Arrows' 17 Squadron which will be the first unit to fly the multi-role Rafale fighter jets. IAF chief B S Dhanoa will resurrect the..
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Apache helicopters inducted: IAF gets a new bird of prey

Codenamed AH-64E, the Apache helicopters will be part of 125-Helicopter squadron, popularly called "Gladiators" of the IAF. Air Force chief BS Dhanoa said Apaches are being purchased to replace the..
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'Apache will enhance our capability as a strike force': Air chief Dhanoa as IAF inducts US-made attack helicopters

IAF Chief BS Dhanoa hailed the wide-ranging capabilities of the Apache attack choppers.
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Apache will enhance operational capability of IAF as strike force: BS Dhanoa

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday said the Apache attack choppers will enhance the operational capability of the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a strike force. Speaking at the induction ceremony of the..
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IAF chief BS Dhanoa flies last combat sortie with copilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Abhinandan became a national hero after he shot down an F-16 of the Pakistani army during India's attack on a terrorist camp in Balakot, deep inside the Line of Control, on February 27.
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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman keeps it simple!

As Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman flew a sortie in MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa from the Pathankot airbase, Twitter users were missing the officer's iconic..
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Abhinandan Varthaman flies sortie of MiG-21 with IAF Chief

Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a sortie in a MiG-21 fighter aircraft along with IAF Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa. Varthaman fighter jet was shot down during Pakistan counter-attack on..
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IAF Chief B S Dhanoa begins 3-day visit to Thailand on Monday


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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, IAF chief Dhanoa to visit France to receive first Indian Rafale fighter plane

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa are scheduled to receive the first Rafale fighter jet manufactured by French firm Dassault Aviation for India on September 20.
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IAF to get first Rafale fighter jet next month

Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa are set to travel to Paris next month to receive the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets for the Indian Air Force, government sources said on..
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IAF always cautious and alert: Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa


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Air Force has changed a lot in 20 years: IAF Chief BS Dhanoa

The biggest change that I think has taken place in our ability of reconnaissance and surveillance, says BS Dhanoa
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IAF plans to upgrade and make Sukhoi Su-30 MKIs more lethal

IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa expressed satisfaction with the modernisation and upgrade of the MiG-21, MiG-27 and MiG-29 fighters with Russia's help
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Balakot showed IAF's ability of precision bombing: IAF chief Dhanoa


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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa flies Russia's YAK-130 Jet

ACM Dhanoa's sortie in the YAK-130 gives the IAF a chance to get first-hand knowledge of the jet which can also be used as a light-attack aircraft
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IAF chief BS Dhanoa embarks on four-day visit to Russia


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AN-32 will keep flying: Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa

He stressed that the IAF has expedited the process to acquire new equipment including advanced line of aircraft, following which they will not be used in a critical role
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IAF achieved military objective in Balakot op; Pakistani side did not come into our airspace: Dhanoa


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Pakistani fighter jets did not enter Indian airspace after Balakot: Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa

He also said while the IAF had achieved its objectives, PAF didn't.
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Pak planes did not cross LoC during Feb 27 dogfight: Air chief Dhanoa

"Pakistan did not come into our airspace. Our objective was to strike terror camps. Their objective was to target army places. None of them crossed the border. We achieved our military objective. None..
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'Let the young boy soar through trials and challenges of flying': IAF chief presents his 'wings' to graduating cadet

Dhanoa presented 'wings' worn by him to Sword of Honour recipient and first in order of merit Flying Officer Navin Reddy at Air Force Academy in Dundigal.
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Missing AN-32: Air Force Chief visits Jorhat Air Force to review Search and Rescue operations

Search and Rescue Operations (SAR) for the missing Indian Air Force AN-32 aircraft entered its sixth day on Saturday. Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa visited the Jorhat Air Force..
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IAF chief BS Dhanoa assesses search operations for missing AN-32 aircraft

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Saturday visited Air Force Station in Jorhat to assess the ongoing search operations for the ill-fated AN-32, which went missing on Monday. "The..
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Missing AN-32: BS Dhanoa reviews search operations, IAF announces Rs 5 lakh for any information

Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Saturday visited Air Force Station in Jorhat to assess the ongoing search operations for the ill-fated AN-32, which went missing on Monday. "The..
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Rajnath Singh takes charge as defence minister

Rajanth Singh on Saturday took charge as the defence minister and immediately held a meeting with Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa and Navy chief Karambir Singh...
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