Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on being asked if Tejas aircraft would able to carry out Balakot type airstrike if required in future said that it will have the capability of a standoff weapon which will be even beyond the capability we used that time.
"The most potent BVR weapon that we have today is getting developed, and there will be other lot of air weapons which are currently on, some of the weapons are from our current inventory.
And stand-off weapons that get developed by DRDO and will go into this aircraft," added IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria while speaking to ANI on January 15.
The Indian Air Force carried out a long range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of the Balakot Operations. The strike was carried out by members of the same squadron who carried out the actual operations inside Pakistan in response to the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria also flew a multi aircraft sortie with the units to commemorate the occasion along with the squadron pilots. 'Balakot Air Strike', was the first aerial assault carried out by India in Pakistan after the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Balakot Air Strike was carried out as a reply to Pulwama attack that claimed lives of 40 CRPF officials. Second anniversary of the Balakot Operations was marked on February 26.
IAF chief RKS Bhadauria said that airpower can bring asymmetric results if time and place are chosen correctly. The IAF chief was speaking at a book launch event in New Delhi's Air Force Museum. Bhadauria released Retired Air Marshal Bharat Kumar's book 'The Epic Battle of Longewala'. "Pakistan Army's plan of armoured thrust was brilliant, but they didn't factor in airpower. 'They thought what could half a squadron sitting in Jaisalmer do? It was their mistake. Airpower can bring asymmetric results if the time and place are chosen correctly," he said. The Battle of Longewala took place in December 1971 in the Thar desert of Rajasthan.
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HAL chief R Madhavan spoke on the timeline of delivery of Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas. Madhavan said they will deliver the first aircraft to Indian Air Force by March 2024. "As per contract, we are to start delivery of LAC by 36 months from today. The first delivery of Light Combat Aircraft will be by March 2024. In the first year, there will be delivery of two aircraft which will be ramped up to 16. Total supply time, post first delivery is 6 years that makes total timeline for 9 years," he said. This comes after the Defence Ministry handed over the LCA Tejas contract to HAL at Aero India show in Bengaluru. HAL to manufacture 83 LCA mark 1A aircraft which is the advanced version of Tejas.
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BJP MP Tejasvi Surya took a sortie in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, on the second day of the ongoing Aero India-2021. Surya also tweeted pictures onboard and as he prepared for the sortie the Tejas aircraft. After the sortie, the BJP MP said this is Bengaluru’s gift to the nation and also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for promoting indigenous manufacturing in defence. The government sealed procurement order worth Rs 48,000 crore from Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited. The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 13 approved the deal to procure 73 Tejas Mk-1A variants and 10 LCA Tejas Mk-1 trainer aircraft from the HAL to boost the Indian Air Force's combat prowess. Watch the full video for more.
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The Union Home Ministry has directed a phased closure of two special and temporary COVID care centres in the city in view of "continuous decline" in coronavirus cases, officials said on Tuesday. While the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel COVID hospital located in the Delhi Cantonment area is managed by the DRDO, the Sardar Patel COVID Care Centre operational in south Delhi's Chhattarpur area is managed by the ITBP. ITBP Director General SS Deswal said that the Covid care centre will be closed down after the remaining patients are discharged. Watch the full video for more details.
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After a detailed survey of the lake formed in upper reaches of Uttarakhand's Chamoli, the teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have returned to Joshimath. The report will be submitted to the administration. Flash flood triggered by glacier burst in Chamoli on Feb 7 has claimed several lives.
Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria reacted on how LCA Tejas induction will help squadron strength of Air Force. He said that the Air Force is going to start upwards 30 squadrons now. "With..