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Indian Air Force: Air warfare branch of India's military
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India's aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government's transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed.

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IAF creates 9 quarantine facilities, helps in moving medical supplies, blood samples across India

All measures and directives issued by the government towards containing the spread of COVID-19 have been strictly enforced across all IAF stations.
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COVID-19: IAF creates nine quarantine facilities at its nodal bases across country

IAF aircraft are continuing to fly in medical supplies and doctors to Leh and fly out blood samples for COVID-19 testing to Chandigarh and Delhi, the release noted.
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Defence Acquisition Council approves proposal for procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas aircraft for IAF

The proposal will now be placed for consideration of Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).
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Defence ministry sends Rs 37,000 crore deal for 83 improved Tejas jets to CCS for final nod

The defence ministry on Wednesday paved the way for the procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas Mark-1A fighter jets for IAF from defence PSU Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd at a cost of over Rs 37,000 crore by..
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160 stranded in J&K’s Gurez screened for Covid-19 before being airlifted by Army, IAF


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TADA court frames charges against Yasin Malik and 6 others in 1990 killing of IAF personnel


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Coronavirus outbreak: India to send medical team to Italy, Jaishankar calls Iran, Italy 'extreme situations'

India evacuated 58 Indians from Iran on Tuesday via a special Indian Air Force flight. The flight also carried samples of 529 Indians stranded in the country to be tested.
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IAF plane brings back 58 Indians stranded in Iran


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IAF evacuates 58 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran

The first batch of 58 Indian pilgrims from coronavirus-hit Iran landed at Ghaziabad's Hindon Air Force station on Tuesday. They were fetched by Indian Air Force's (IAF) C-17 Globemaster.
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Coronavirus outbreak: Indian Air Force's C17 leaves for Iran to evacuate Indians

Indian Air Force's C17 Globemaster has left for Iran to evacuate Indians stranded in the country as the coronavirus pandemic spreads in the west Asian country. The plane with 14 Air Force officers and..
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IAF aircraft to leave for coronavirus-hit Iran tonight to bring back Indians

An Indian Air Force transport aircraft will be sent to Iran on Monday night to bring back Indians stranded in the coronavirus-hit nation, official sources said.
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IAF's first women fighter pilots get Nari Shakti Puraskar

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the 'Nari Shakti Puraskar' to IAF's first women fighter pilots, Mohana Jitarwal, Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth, on Sunday at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The trio was..
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IAF has two-pronged strategy to deal with shortage of fighter jets: Govt


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Rafale jets not enough for force's needs; indigenous weapons to be game changer: IAF chief

Soon to be inducted, the 36 Rafale jets will not be sufficient to take care of the force's requirements, IAF chief RKS Bhadauria said on Friday, highlighting the need to focus on developing indigenous..
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Govt took tough, bold decision, IAF successfully struck terror target: Air chief on Balakot airstrike


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IAF, Air India evacuate 236 from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, quarantined Japanese cruise ship

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar thanked both China and Japan for its cooperation in the evacuation.
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Plane leaves for Wuhan with 15,000 kg of medical supplies

An Indian Air Force special flight carrying around 15,000 kg of medical assistance comprising masks, gloves and other emergency medical equipment departed for Wuhan, China on Wednesday. ​​The same..
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In case of another Pulwama, there will be no status quo, says IAF chief Bhadauria


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IAF Chief Bhadauria flies five aircraft mission commemorating 1st anniversary of Balakot strikes

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria flew a MiG-21 Type 69 aircraft in a formation also comprising two Mirage-2000s and two Sukhoi-30 MKIs. Commemorating the operation, the IAF said it stands..
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IAF flight leaves for China carrying 15 tonnes of medical supplies

The C-17 military aircraft will bring back over 80 Indians and around 40 citizens from neighbouring countries, government sources said. Last week, India accused China of deliberately delaying..
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Balakot airstrikes anniversary: IAF Chief RKS Bhaduria flies MiG-21 in same formation as WC Abhinandan's in 2019

Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Wednesday tooks a MiG-21 aircraft of the 51 Squadron to flight to mark the first anniversary of the Balakot airstrikes.
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Balakot air strike anniversary: When IAF's jets crossed Pakistan border


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There was no Pakistani aircraft within 150 kms of our strike package, says former IAF Chief on Balakot airstrike


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One year of Balakot airstrikes: How IAF avenged the Pulwama terror attack

In a pre-dawn strike on February 26, 2019, Indian Air Force's (IAF) IAF's Mirage 2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and pounded the terror camps in Balakot.
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Balakot most significant Indian air action in four decades: IAF chief


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IAF pilot killed, NCC cadet injured as trainer aircraft crashes in Punjab's Patiala

The deceased pilot has been identified as Wing Commander GS Cheema. He succumbed to a serious head injury.
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China delaying permission to India to send plane to Wuhan: Official sources

China is delaying grant of clearance to India's proposal to send an Indian Air Force plane to carry relief material for people affected by coronavirus in the neighbouring country and bring back Indians..
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Hindustan Aeronautics Limited back on Rafale Radar, talks on for making jets in India

French aircraft manufacturer Dassault and state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Limited have worked most recently on $2.1 b deal to upgrade IAF’s Mirage 2000 fleet. General Rawat has spoken of staggered..
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In Tokyo for a course, IAF officer held on woman’s complaint

According to a source in Tokyo, the wing commander from a non-flying branch was taken into custody on February 6. His wife approached a court there for bail on February 8, which ordered her to deposit..
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HAL to provide IAF with 83 Tejas fighters in Rs 39k cr deal

The over Rs 17,000 crore reduction in overall cost has come after hard-nosed negotiations spread over a year. The defence ministry and IAF were initially shocked at the “exorbitant price” being..
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Gaganyaan astronaut-elects begin training in Russia

The four Indian astronaut-elects, who left for Russia on Friday, have begun their 12-month long training on Monday. The four Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilots, picked after thorough screening, have..
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'India will work to create theatre commands, despite inter-Service rivalry & strong IAF objections'


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In major restructuring, IAF boosts fighter squadron strength by 20 per cent


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Abhinandan Varthaman shot down Pakistan F-16, confirms Vir Chakra citation

The audacious pre-dawn air strikes on the Jaish-e-Mohammed facility at Balakot on February 26 last year and the subsequent skirmish between Indian and Pakistani fighters garnered a dozen medals for the..
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Our govt cleared the stalled purchase of Rafale aircraft for IAF: Narendra Modi

The BJP government cleared the work which had been stalled for more than three decades leading to the inclusion of Rafale aircraft in the fleet of Indian Air Force (IAF), said Prime Minister Narendra..
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IAF adjudged best marching contingent among 3 services at R-Day parade

Flight Lieutenant Shrikant Sharma led the contingent of the Indian Air Force comprising of 144 air warriors. The smartly dressed air warriors were in 12 by 12 formation. Flight Lieutenant Mohit Kumar,..
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Gagannauts will go to space at 400km altitude, could communicate with International Space Station

India’s gagannauts will be sent to space at an altitude of 400km, the same height the International Space Station (ISS) orbits around the Earth. ​​There is a possibility that gagannauts will be..
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Gaganyaan will be historic achievement for India in 21st Century: PM Modi on 'Mann Ki Baat'

Modi praised the four pilots of the Indian Air Force who have been selected as astronauts for the 'Gaganyaan' mission and their forthcoming training in Russia.
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IAF reactivates No 222 'Tigersharks' squadron, first Sukhoi Su-30MKI unit for southern India

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'We Rule the Skies': IAF tweets photo of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter pilots

The Sukhoi Su-30MKI, codenamed 'Flanker-H' by NATO, is a twinjet multirole air superiority heavy, all-weather, long-range fighter jet, developed by Russia's Sukhoi and built under license by India's..
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In two days, IAF helicopters rescue 107 people stranded during 'Chadar Trek' in Ladakh


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It's a proud moment to lead IAF contingent at Republic Day celebrations, says Flt Lt Shrikant

Waking up at 3 AM, reaching Vijay Chowk by 4 AM, marching 12-14 kilometres per day is part of the 2-month drill for Flt Lt Shrikant Sharma and his 144 men contingent as they prepare for Republic day..
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India to acquire 200 fighter jets for Air Force: Defence secy

The government is in the process of acquiring around 200 aircraft to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, defence secretary Ajay Kumar said here on Sunday.
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Former IAF officer arrested for posing as Amit Shah on phone to MP governor facilitating friend's appointment

In an effort to help his friend get the vice-chancellor's post of a university, Wing Commander Kuldeep Vaghela, who had worked in the Raj Bhavan before, impersonated the Union Home Minister and called..
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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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Ostentatious practices not acceptable: Army chief

New Army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane, much like his course-mates Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, is dead against ostentatious..
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Gaganyaan mission: 4 IAF top guns to undergo 11-month training in Russia, no woman among them

Four astronaut candidates who have been shortlisted for an advanced training for the country’s maiden human spaceflight mission or Gaganyaan are IAF top guns. The middle-ranking officers will undergo..
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'Very-very bold step': IAF chief RKS Bhadauria welcomes creation of CDS post, promises to full support to Gen Rawat

Bhadauria said it is the responsibility of the three services of the Armed Forces to support the CDS.
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IAF's new year greetings video rides high on patriotism, lauds air warriors

The India Air Force extended new year greetings to the people with a video that rides high on emotion and patriotism, as it lauded the IAF's air warriors who guard the skies. The nearly..
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