Rs 47,000 crore LCA fighter aircraft projects to be finalised in next few months: IAF Chief
Monday, 18 May 2020 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 operationalised by the end of May.
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 Valley in Eastern Ladakh. "We are aware of the situation, be it on LAC or beyond, be it their air deployments, their posture and kind of deployments. We've full analysis and we've taken necessary action that we need to take to handle any contingency that may come up: IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. On June 19, the IAF chief visited Leh and Srinagar airbases to review the preparedness of forces.
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 Chief Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria flew the Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fighter with 45 Squadron at Air Force Station Sulur.
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 take out any terrorist camp or launchpad across the Line of Control in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
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 near Indo-China border said, "Every air warrior at this base and across IAF is fully trained and capable to meet all the challenges. Our josh has always been high and touching the sky with glory." IAF wing commander at a forward airbase near Indo-China border said, "We have all resources in terms of men and equipment to meet all the challenges. IAF is ready in all aspects to undertake all operational tasks and for providing requisite support for military operations."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 03 made a surprise visit to Ladakh. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane. He reached Nimu, early morning and interacted with Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel. PM was briefed by senior officers at a forward position in Nimu amid ongoing tension with China. Earlier, the Defence Minister was scheduled to visit Ladakh today to review the preparedness of the Army amid the ongoing standoff with China. The situation at the India-China border remains tensed after 20 Indian soldiers lost their lives in a violent face-off in the Galwan valley on June 15-16.
Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached Moscow on June 22 on a three-day visit. He will attend a military parade in Moscow to mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War. The Defence Minister will hold talks on ways to further deepen the India-Russia defence and strategic partnership. Rajnath Singh was received by Major General Kosenko Vasily Alexandrovich and the Indian Ambassador to Russia, D Bala Venkatesh Varma. Government sources told ANI, "During the visit, the Defence Minister will take up the issue of urgent supply of equipment and spares needed for the Russian-origin fighter aircraft including the Su-30MKIs and MiG-29s of the Air Force and the MiG29Ks of the Indian Navy, the T-90 battle ranks for the Army and the Kilo-class submarines of the Navy along with other warships."
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