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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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Watch: IAF's Apache helicopter carries out night operations near China border [Video]

Watch: IAF's Apache helicopter carries out night operations near China border

Indian Air Force (IAF) Apache attack helicopter, at a forward airbase near India-China border, carried out night operations. These attack helicopters are fully loaded with fire-and-forget anti tank..

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Watch: IAF's MiG-29 roars in night operations near China border [Video]

Watch: IAF's MiG-29 roars in night operations near China border

Indian Air Force's MiG-29 fighter aircraft conducted night operations at a forward airbase near India-China border. Chinook heavylift helicopter also joined the night operation. The Indian Air Force..

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IAF ready for challenges near India-China border [Video]

IAF ready for challenges near India-China border

Amid India-China border tensions, Indian Air Force personnel stated that they are ready in all aspects to undertake any operational tasks. A squadron leader of Indian Air Force at a forward airbase..

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Watch: IAF Apache attack helicopter carrying out air operations near India-China border [Video]

Watch: IAF Apache attack helicopter carrying out air operations near India-China border

Amid border tensions between India and China, Indian Air Force (IAF) Apache attack helicopter at a forward airbase on July 04 carried out air operations near India-China border.

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Watch: IAF's fighter aircraft carry out air operations near India-China border [Video]

Watch: IAF's fighter aircraft carry out air operations near India-China border

Amid border tensions between India and China, Indian Air Force (IAF) Su-30MKI and MiG-29 fighter aircraft on July 4 carried out air operations at a forward airbase near India-China border.

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Watch: Indian Air Force develops Mi-17 helicopters for tackling locusts attack [Video]

Watch: Indian Air Force develops Mi-17 helicopters for tackling locusts attack

The Indian Air Force has successfully designed and developed an Airborne Locust Control System on Mi-17 helicopters for tackling the locusts attack. The machine developed by the Air Force can help in..

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Watch: IAF chopper makes precautionary landing in Sonipat [Video]

Watch: IAF chopper makes precautionary landing in Sonipat

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Cheetah helicopter made precautionary landing at KGP highway in Sonepat district of Haryana on June 26. According to Government of India's statement, "The actions taken by the..

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Taken necessary action to handle any upcoming contingency on LAC: IAF Chief [Video]

Taken necessary action to handle any upcoming contingency on LAC: IAF Chief

The Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on June 20 reacted on the question over his visit Leh and Srinagar airbases amid the escalated tension between India and China at Galwan..

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Military chopper, fighter jet activity seen in Leh [Video]

Military chopper, fighter jet activity seen in Leh

Military chopper and fighter jet activity was seen in Ladakh on June 19. Activity was witnessed amid ongoing situation between China and India after violent face-off in Galwan valley in Ladakh...

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Reactivated Ladakh's Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in 2008 despite no from everyone: Former IAF Vice Chief [Video]

Reactivated Ladakh's Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in 2008 despite no from everyone: Former IAF Vice Chief

Former Indian Air Force (IAF) Vice Chief, Air Marshal (retired) PK Barbora on June 07 said he reactivated Ladakh's Daulat Beg Oldi airstrip in 2008 with the help of IAF and Indian Army, however, the..

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IAF inducts 2nd LCA Tejas squadron [Video]

IAF inducts 2nd LCA Tejas squadron

The second squadron of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fighter was inducted by Indian Air Force today at Sulur Air Force Station. 18 Squadron was operationalised by IAF Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria. IAF..

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IAF Chief Air Marshal Bhadauria flies LCA Tejas at 2nd squadron induction ceremony [Video]

IAF Chief Air Marshal Bhadauria flies LCA Tejas at 2nd squadron induction ceremony

Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria landed the LCA Tejas fighter after a sortie at the induction ceremony of the second squadron of the LCA Tejas fighters in Sulur, Tamil Nadu today.

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Air Force ready 24x7 to attack terrorist camps across LoC in PoK if need arises: IAF Chief [Video]

Air Force ready 24x7 to attack terrorist camps across LoC in PoK if need arises: IAF Chief

Indian Air Force Chief Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on May 18 said, "If the situation demands so, of course, Indian Air Force is ready 24x7." He was replying to a question that if his force is ready to..

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IAF carrying out intensive night-time operations over Eastern Ladakh

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MiG-29, Apache choppers primed and ready; Indian Air Force conducts night-time combat sortie over eastern Ladakh

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Need to further enhance our operational capabilities: IAF chief

The Indian Air Force needs to further enhance its operational capabilities and improve serviceability of its mission critical systems, Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria said on Thursday, at a time when..
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Defence Ministry approves proposal to procure 21 MIG-29, 12 Su-30 MKI jets for Rs 18,148 crore

Addressing the long-felt need of the Indian Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons, 21 MIG-29 and 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft will be procured while existing 59 Mig-29 aircraft will be upgraded.
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Amid China row, India likely to get six 'fully-loaded' Rafale jets by July-end

Amid the ongoing dispute with China over its aggression along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), India is likely to get around six fully-loaded Rafale fighter aircraft by July-end fitted with the..
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IAF watching Chinese bases, sure of matching air power

There has been “no major or fresh infusion of assets” by the People’s Liberation Army-Air Force at Hotan and Kashgar in Xinjiang as well as Gargunsa, Lhasa-Gonggar and Shigatse airbases said..
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IAF's Cheetah helicopter makes emergency landing on expressway in Haryana's Sonepat

The helicopter was rectified and recovered back promptly and safely at Hindan, the defence ministry said.
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In a first, private firm to train IAF chopper pilots on simulators


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MP: Tea seller's daughter Anchal Gangwal flies high, becomes IAF officer

Obstacles cannot stop a person from realising dreams if one has the determination, and this has been proved by 24-year-old Anchal Gangwal, a tea seller's daughter who recently joined the Indian Air..
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IAF chief: Forces capable of handling the situation

Asked if China had an advantage over India, the IAF chief said, “Rest assured, our armed forces are capable of handling the situation.” However, Bhadauria would not go into details on whether the..
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Unusual activity by China air force detected: IAF chief

India has detected unusual movement of China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) along the border in Ladakh and put in place its own strategy to respond to any contingency, Chief of Air..
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Air chief RKS Bhadauria: Sacrifice of 'Braves of Galwan' will not go in vain

In the backdrop of the Indian Army-People’s Liberation Army, China stand-off in Ladakh on June 15 and as many as 20 Indian army soldiers being killed, Indian Air Force (IAF) chief RKS Bhadauria has..
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'Sacrifices of our brave soldiers will not go in vain': IAF chief warns China, says forces prepared for any contingency

The IAF chief made the comment at a Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at Air Force Academy (AFA) Dundigal in Hyderabad.
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Efforts underway to resolve current LAC situation peacefully despite 'unacceptable Chinese action': IAF chief

"In spite of unacceptable Chinese action after agreements reached during military talks and the resulting loss of lives, all efforts are underway to ensure that the current situation at the LAC is..
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Determined to deliver, geared up for any contingency: IAF chief

The Air Force is determined to deliver and is well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency, IAF chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Saturday addressing a Combined..
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Eastern Ladakh tension: IAF chief pays quiet visit to Leh, Srinagar

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria paid a two-day visit to Leh and Srinagar to oversee preparedness of the IAF in view of the massive escalation in tension with China following the violent Galwan Valley..
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IAF Chief visits Leh to review Ladakh operations, fighter aircraft moved to forward bases

Even as the Indian Air Force (IAF) moved its assets including fighter aircraft to forward bases and airfields in view of the ongoing dispute with China, its chief RKS Bhadauria was on a two-day..
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Amid border row with China, IAF pushes proposal for acquiring 33 new Russian fighter aircraft

The proposal includes the acquisition of 12 Su-30 MKIs that would be required for replacing the number of aircraft lost by the Air Force in different accidents.
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Twitter abuzz in Pakistan with users claiming IAF activity near Karachi

IAF sources have denied any such activity by its fighter aircraft over Pakistan.
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IAF choppers to be pressed into service for anti-locust ops


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IAF commissions second squadron of Tejas fighters with chief flying solo sortie

The IAF commissioned its second squadron of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft on Wednesday, even as the Rs 37,000 crore contract for production of 83 more such single-engine fighters by..
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IAF chief Bhadauria flies Tejas single-seater aircraft at Sulur airbase

Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria flew a Tejas single-seater light combat aircraft at the Sulur air force station on Wednesday. Officials said Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria, who worked..
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Tejas inducted into 18 Squadron by IAF, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria flies fighter

The first LCA-Tejas FOC standard aircraft also completed its contract flight test acceptance within 12 months of the standard of preparation release in February 2019.
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Mysterious thundering sound in Bengaluru due to 'routine' IAF flight test

The sonic boom was probably heard while the aircraft was decelerating from supersonic to subsonic speed between 36,000 and 40000 feet altitude, a Ministry of Defence statement said.
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IAF presses ‘reset’ button on modernisation plans to push ‘Make in India’


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Rs 47,000 crore LCA fighter aircraft projects to be finalised in next few months: IAF Chief

In a big boost for defence under the Make in India initiative, Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria on Monday said that the second squadron of Light Combat Aircraft (LCAs) worth over Rs 8,000 crore would be..
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India seeks local warplanes as overseas purchase plan stalls

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'Celebrating a Century': Air Commodore (Retd) Malik Singh Khera turns 100, IAF wishes him on centennial celebration

Khera was commissioned on May 7, 1946 and served with the Indian Air Force for over three decades, retiring in May 1977.
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IAF scrambles fighter jets after Chinese helicopters spotted along Sino-India border in Ladakh: Report

Chinese military helicopters were seen flying close to the border on at least a couple of occasions following the clashes near Pangong Lake in Eastern Ladakh, reports said.
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Army, IAF and ITBP personnel pull off high-altitude rescue in north Sikkim


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Defence ministry inks Rs 1,200 crore deal to upgrade 37 airbases to boost operational capabilities

The defence ministry on Friday inked the long pending Rs 1,200 crore deal with Tata Power SED (strategic electronics division) to progressively upgrade 37 airfields of IAF, Navy and Coast Guard with..
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'Thank you from the airwarriors': IAF thanks locals for help to pilot of crashed Mig-29 in Punjab's Nawanshahr

A Mig-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed at Chuharpur, a village near the border of Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur districts.
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Watch: Locals help pilot of crashed Mig-29 in Punjab's Hoshiarpur

A Mig-29 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) crashed at Chuharpur, a village near the border of Nawanshahr and Hoshiarpur districts.
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IAF's Mi-17 helicopter force lands in Sikkim, all air warriors and army soldiers on board safe

While the helicopter has sustained damage, all six personnel on board which includes 4 aircrews of IAF and two personnel of the Indian Army are reported to be safe.
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#IndiaSalutesCoronaWarriors: Armed Forces salute corona-warriors; conduct flypasts, musical tributes, shower petals

The Indian Armed Forces, including all its three wings -- the Indian Army, Indian Navy, and Indian Air Force -- paid tributes today
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Armed forces conduct flypast for corona warriors, choppers shower petals

The Indian Air Force on Sunday conducted flypast across India to show gratitude to the thousands of healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. The flypast was an effort by the country's..
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IAF conducts fly-past over Delhi saluting 'corona warriors'

The military jets, including Sukhoi-30 MKI, MiG-29 and Jaguar, flew over Rajpath, Delhi's centrepiece boulevard, and then orbited over the city for around 30 minutes from 11 am. IAF is carrying out..
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#IndiaSalutesCoronaWarriors: Indian Army, Navy, IAF all set to express gratitude to corona-warriors today

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Navy, IAF fully geared to mass evacuate Indians from Gulf, other regions


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Covid-19: Forces readying for possible evacuation of Indians from Gulf

The armed forces are keeping some of their large warships and transport aircraft on stand-by to ensure they can swing into action if the government directs mass evacuation of Indians from the Gulf..
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231 Ladakhi pilgrims evacuated from Iran reach Leh: Ladakh MP

Taking to Twitter, Namgyal wrote, "231 pilgrims of Ladakh evacuated from Iran completed quarantine in Jodhpur have reached Leh by Indian Air Force flight. They are being screened at Leh Airport and..
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IAF chopper makes emergency landing in Hoshiarpur, pilots safe

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Chopper carrying Covid-19 samples lands on UP road

A Cheetah helicopter of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on its way to Chandigarh carrying samples for Covid-19 testing from Ladakh had to make an emergency landing on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in..
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Cheetah helicopter on Covid-19 duty makes emergency landing on highway near Hindon

An IAF spokesperson said the chopper developed a technical snag and carried out a safe landing on the Outer Ring Road highway near Hindon.
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IAF pays tribute to Marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh on 101st birth anniversary

Marshal Arjan Singh, who led the India Air Force during the 1965 India-Pakistan war, passed away on September 16, 2017 at the age of 98.
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COVID-19 Crisis: 'Lifeline UDAN' flights transport essential medical cargo to remote parts of India

Under Lifeline UDAN, 116 flights have been operated by Air India, Alliance Air, Indian Air Force, Pawan Hans, and private carriers.
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