India successfully test fired a land attack version of BrahMos supersonic missile. The supersonic cruise missile was test-fired on November 24 at Andaman and Nicobar Islands. It hit its target, which was on a different island with ‘pinpoint accuracy’. The strike range of BrahMos missile has now been enhanced to over 400 km. BrahMos Aerospace, an India-Russian joint venture, produces the lethal weapon that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or from land platforms. According to official sources, in the next few days, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy are scheduled to carry out separate test-firing of the new version of the air-launched and naval versions of the supersonic cruise missile respectively. Watch the full video for more.
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IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria undertook his maiden flight in indigenous Light Combat Helicopter. The sortie in HAL designed and developed LCH took place in Bengaluru. The aircraft took to the skies at 11.45 hours and remained airborne for an hour. The IAF chief was accompanied by HALs Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John. The LCH is planned to be inducted into Indian defence forces in the near future. Earlier, Bhadauria undertook a sortie in the newly inducted Apache attack helicopter. The Air Chief Marshal was on a two-day visit to airbases under Western Air Command. During his visit, Bhadauria also reviewed operational preparedness of the fighter squadrons. The IAF chief also interacted with the air warriors serving at these bases.
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The second batch of IAF’s Rafale jets arrived in India on Wednesday. The fighter jets landed in India from France at around 8.14 pm. The second batch of three Rafale jets landed in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Rafale jets flew non-stop from France and were refueled on their journey. With this addition, India now has eight Rafale aircraft. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29. Watch the full video for more details.
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Diwali is round the corner but fire cracker market in Rajkot is still deserted. Due to COVID pandemic and air pollution, the market is down in Gujarat. One of the merchants said, "Due to coronavirus and air pollution, businesses are going down. As per new guideline, fireworks can only be performed before 10pm. So, purchasing power is going low. Earlier, the profit margin used to from 20-25% but now it is 10-15%." Several crackers are named after PM Modi, Rafale etc.
The Indian Air Force celebrated its 88th anniversary with a grand parade and scintillating air display at the Hindon Air Base in Ghaziabad. The event was attended by Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief MM Naravane and Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria inspected the parade which was followed a majestic air display. The highlight of the air show this time around was the newly inducted Rafale jets which took part in the air display. The Rafale flew in the 'Vijay' formation, flanked by two Jaguars and Mirage 2000 each. It also carried out a minimum radius turn within an area smaller than a hockey field forming a figure of eight. The Air Force Day is celebrated to mark the day the IAF was established in 1932. Wishes poured in for the IAF from across the political spectrum with President Kovind and PM Modi leading the way. Watch the full video for all the details on the IAF Day parade 2020.
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