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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 after only three years.

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IAF receives first Rafale combat aircraft in France

The first aircraft with tail number RB-01 was received by a team of Indian Air Force officers led by Air Marshal VR Chaudhary in France.
DNA - Published

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
DNA - Published

Astra lethal power to Indian Air Force fighters soon

Now, Astra BVRAAM will be inducted into the IAF with the DRDO sounding confident that it will prove to be force multiplier due to its pinpoint accuracy and long-range in taking out aerial threats
DNA - Published

Domination of air esssential to win war: IAF chief


IndiaTimes - Published

Air Marshal's ancestral village celebrates his appointment as IAF chief


IndiaTimes - Published

RKS Bhadauria to be next IAF Chief


IndiaTimes - Published

Watch: DRDO successfully tests India's first indigenous air-to-air missile 'Astra'

The test-fire of the air-to-air missile was conducted by DRDO using the Indian Air Force's Sukhoi Su-30MKI aircraft.
DNA - Published

IAF to operationalise air field in Arunachal Pradesh near China border

The officials will land at Vijayanagar ALG in AN-32, a turboprop twin-engined military transport aircraft.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

IAF receives Spice-2000 bombs, used in Balakot airstrike from Israel

The Indian Air Force has signed an over Rs 250 crore contract with Israel for Mark 84 warhead and bombs, which can destroy buildings completely
DNA - Published

IAF receives Spice-2000 'building blaster' bombs

In a major boost for India's aerial firepower, the Indian Air Force has started receiving the 'building blaster' version of the Balakot air strike-fame Spice-2000 bombs at the Gwalior airbase. The..
IndiaTimes - Published

Latest weaponry to be used in war games in Arunachal Pradesh

The war games will be carried out jointly by the 17 Mountain Strike Corps; Tezpur based 4 Corps and the Indian Air Force.
DNA - Published

Indian Air Force inducts second plane with new AEW&C system

The AEW&C system has been developed by the Center of Airborne Systems in Bengaluru with the help of Defence Research and Development Organization
DNA - Published

JKLF's Yasin Malik to be tried in killing of IAF personnel: All you need to know


IndiaTimes - Published

Indian Air Force resurrects 'Golden Arrows' to house Rafale

The 'Golden Arrows' was raised on October 1, 1951, at Ambala with the Harvard IIB trainer aircraft and later got its first jet fighter de Havilland Vampire.
DNA - Published

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.
DNA - Published

1990 IAF personnel killings case: JKLF chief Yasin Malik, others to face trial; summons issued

On January 25, 1990, four IAF employees, Squadron Leader Ravi Khanna, were killed in firing by terrorists.
DNA - Published

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.
DNA - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

India unlikely to seek Pak nod again for Air India One flights

India is unlikely to seek Pakistan's nod again to use its airspace for Air India One flights in foreseeable future, at least till relations between the two countries improve. "Diplomatically, they..
IndiaTimes - Published

12 pilots clear Gaganyaan’s 1st selection level

Twelve test pilots have cleared the first level of selection for India's maiden human space-flight programme, Gaganyaan, which is scheduled for 2022. The mission was announced on August 15, 2018, and..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF completes first level of selecting astronauts for Gaganyaan mission from its test pilots pool


IndiaTimes - Published

HAL's Light Utility Helicopter completes high altitude trials

The Bengaluru-based HAL said that the trials were carried out by the test pilots from HAL, IAF and the Army from August 24 to September 2.
DNA - Published

IAF's Apache AH-64E attack helicopter: All you need to know


IndiaTimes - Published

Indian Air Force inducts eight US-made Apache attack helicopters

The last batch of 10 helicopters is expected to be delivered by May 2020
DNA - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

Will give more teeth to the force: IAF officers hail induction of Apache choppers

"Apache is today the most modern helicopter of the world. This induction of Apache into IAF is going to give a great boost in the operational capability which no other platform has given till now," Air..
DNA - Published

Knife's edge: The role of IAF's new AH-64E Apache attack helicopters in the Indian military

They will replace the ageing fleet of Russian Mil Mi-35s.
DNA - Published

'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.
DNA - Published

Apache AH-64E attack choppers: All you need to know about IAF's latest induction

On Sept 3, 2019, the Indian Air Force (IAF) inducted eight US-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, which will give a major boost to its combat capabilities.
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

IAF inducts 8 Apache AH-64E attack helicopters

Indian Air Force on Tuesday inducted at one of its forward airbases — Pathankot in Punjab — eight Apache attack helicopters acquired from the US. One of the most advanced multi-role combat..
IndiaTimes - Published

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.
DNA - Published

Eight Apache attack helicopters to be inducted into IAF at Pathankot on Tuesday


IndiaTimes - Published

We both fought Pakistanis and we both ejected: IAF chief does sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman

IAF chief BS Dhanoa who flew his last sortie with Abhinandan Varthaman, drew parallels with him saying both of them had fought Pakistanis and had ejected. "Both of us got ejected and both of us fought..
IndiaTimes - Published

Pleasure to fly with Abhinandan: IAF chief after doing MiG-21 sortie together

Vir Chakra awardee Varthaman who shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet post-Balakot operations had resumed flying operations on August 23.
DNA - Published

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..
IndiaTimes - Published

Amid Pakistani terrorists' threat, IAF chief highlights need for enhanced base security

In his address, the IAF chief acknowledged the high degree of professionalism and hard work displayed by the air warriors of SWAC in achieving the assigned goals and also reviewed the operational..
DNA - Published

Indian Air Force plans to buy 30 new fighter aircraft

A proposal in this regard by the IAF is likely to be taken up before a high-level meeting of the Defence Ministry in the next few weeks, government sources said.
DNA - Published

IAF to get 'building blaster' Spice-2000 bombs from Israel by mid-September

Spice-2000 bombs are likely to be delivered to IAF from Israel around mid-September along with the Mark 84 warhead and bombs which can destroy buildings completely.
DNA - Published

IAF jawan shoots himself dead at Kasauli Air Force Station


IndiaTimes - Published

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to fly MiG-21 during Apache induction

The first batch of the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack Helicopters, which is world's most lethal attack helicopter, arrived in India in July at the IAF Hindon Airbase in Ghaziabad
DNA - Published

S Dhami becomes first female Flight Commander in Indian Air Force

Dhami took over as Flight Commander of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase, recently.
DNA - Published

Pakistan considering full closure of airspace to India, ban on land routes for trade with Afghanistan, says Fawad Chaudhry

Pakistan had fully closed its airspace in February after an Indian Air Force strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror camp in Balakot
Firstpost - Published

Centre inks Rs 380-cr deal with private firm for nine precision approach radars

These precision approach radars will be installed at Indian Naval air stations and Indian Air Force stations
DNA - Published

IAF Chief B S Dhanoa begins 3-day visit to Thailand on Monday


IndiaTimes - Published

IAF chopper in Budgam crashed on February 27 after hit by Indian missile: Probe report

The Mi-17 IAF helicopter that crashed in J&K's Budgam on Feb 27, the day Indian and Pakistani air forces were engaged in a fierce dogfight, was hit by an Indian missile, according to a high-level probe..
IndiaTimes - Published

Five IAF officers found guilty in Feb 27 Srinagar chopper crash

Five Indian Air Force officers have been found guilty by a court of inquiry for the shooting down of a Mi-17VF chopper over Srinagar on February 27 in which six personnel were killed.
IndiaTimes - Published

Hardly had any fuel left after the rescue operation, says Wing Commander U C Vashisth

TALES OF BRAVERY: IAF officers share challenges faced during recent operations in Gujarat, Maharashtra
DNA - Published

PM Narendra Modi in Paris, flew over Pakistan airspace

The airspace was shut following the airstrike by the Indian Air Force on February 26
DNA - Published

IAF's admission test scheduled on August 24 postponed in Srinagar

The fresh date for the examination in Srinagar will be notified later, an official statement said
DNA - Published

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