Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat attended 'Indo-French joint exercise Desert Knight-21' in Jodhpur on January 21.
"The Indian and French air forces have been holding bilateral exercises since 2002.
Today we have witnessed 'Exercise Desert Knight 2021'.
The significance of this exercise is that Rafale fighters which have been inducted recently in our Air Force and French Rafale aircrafts along with our (Indian) Su-30s, Mirages have trained together and we have shown that how quickly we have adapted to Rafale fighters," said General Bipin Rawat.
He also added, "We also flew in a French multirole transport aircraft (Airbus-330) in which they can ferry passengers, do mid-air refuelling and can also convert it into a medical facility too for medical emergencies.
We also saw how our Rafales, Su-30s and Mirages were refuelling from it."
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh attended Combined Commanders' Conference in Kevadia on March 05. He also visited the Statue of Unity today along with COAS General MM Naravane, Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh, CDS General Bipin Rawat and IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria.
Observing that the Indian military faces greater challenges than any other military in the world, Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat on Thursday said there is a need to study transformational concepts and to be prepared for threats for military primary arising from China and Pakistan. In his keynote address during a national webinar on "Transformation: Imperatives for Indian Armed Forces" organised by the College of Defence Management (CDM), Secunderabad, Rawat said that India is facing complex security and a challenging environment. "Some important steps that we need to take, include-- defining the national security strategy, higher defence strategic guidance, structural reforms in higher defence and operational organisations," he said. Watch the full video for more details.
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An architect in Punjab’s Bathinda has built a vehicle inspired by the Rafale. The jet-shaped vehicle can run at a speed of 15 to 20 kmph. The vehicle, that cost ₹ 3 lakhs to build, is painted light blue and has no roof. The vehicle has side view mirrors and is also equipped with a windshield. The architect of the vehicle, Rampal Behaniwal, said that he first had the idea when he saw the Rafale jets land in India and added that the vehicle will be displayed soon at a cultural park. Watch the full video for all the details.
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An architect from Punjab's Bathinda designed a vehicle inspired by Rafale. The jet-shaped vehicle runs at 15-20km/h speed in Bathinda's Rama Mandi. "This (vehicle) cost me about Rs 3 lakh and will be displayed in my (soon to be launched) cultural park for people, who can't afford flying so that they can fulfil their dream in some or the other way. Its name 'Punjab Rafale' is inspired from Rafale (jets)," said Rampal Behaniwal, Architect.
DRDO chief G Satheesh Reddy lauded the government after HAL bagged the contract to manufacture 83 Tejas LCA. Reddy added that that will be giving a major boost to the aeronautics of the country. Calling the decision 'historical', Reddy said it will pave the way for development of new aircraft. "83 LCA order from IAF is the single largest order ever as far as the number is concerned. LCA Tejas Mark-1A aircraft is supposed to replace Mirage and Jaguar aircraft. Rafale is a different class of aircraft but LCA too has advanced technological features," he said. The Defence Ministry handed over the contract on Wednesday at Aero India air show in Bengaluru. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited is likely to produce the first LCA Mark 1A aircraft by 2023. The LCA Mark 1A is the advanced version of Tejas fighter aircraft.
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Four French Rafale fighter aircraft were seen landing at the Jodhpur Air Force base to participate in 'Exercise Desert Knight-2021' on January 20. Four French Rafale aircrafts will participate in the wargames with the Indian Air Force's Rafale fighter jets. Also, Airbus 330 multirole tanker transport aircraft of French Air Force landed here for 'Exercise Desert Knight-2021'.
A MBBS student has allegedly committed suicide in Rajasthan's Jodhpur. A final year student at MDM Hospital was found hanging from fan of his hostel room. Speaking to ANI, a police official said, "Final year student at MDM Hospital was found hanging from fan of his hostel room. Post mortem and room search will be done in presence of family member." "Investigation will be done accordingly," he added.
Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was admitted to a hospital in Jodhpur on February 17 after he complained of restlessness, discomfort in knees and other ailments. Asaram Bapu is serving life imprisonment in Jodhpur Central Jail in a rape case.
Jodhpur District and Sessions Court in Rajasthan dismissed the plea of the State Government in the blackbuck poaching case. It was alleged that Bollywood actor Salman Khan had presented false affidavit in connection with Arms Act. Government's plea was earlier dismissed by the lower court. Speaking to media, Salman Khan's lawyer, Hastimal Saraswat said, "Jodhpur District and Sessions Court dismissed both the pleas of the State Government in a detailed order. We had replied in 2006 itself that no false affidavits were presented and such pleas are being furnished only to disturb Salman Khan."
As per the information of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) officials, as part of joint user trials by Indian Army and Air Force, 4 HELINA anti-tank missiles were launched from ALH Dhruv helicopter in Rajasthan sector. 4 missions were carried out for evaluating missile capabilities in minimum and maximum range of 7 kms. The final mission was carried out with warhead missile against a derelict tank. All the mission objectives were met.
IAF chief RKS Bhadauria called the increase in capital outlay of Defence budget ‘a huge step’. Bhadauria said it will provide adequate budgetary support amid Covid-19 pandemic. The IAF chief also spoke on how LCA Tejas induction will help squadron strength of Air Force. Bhadauria added that the Air Force is going to start upwards 30 squadrons now. "We all know the pandemic effect and its impact on the economic scenario. Increase in capital outlay of Defence amid pandemic is huge step," he said. Defence forces received an overall hike of around 7.4% over last year in union budget. In addition, it got over 18% hike in capital outlay for acquisition of new weapon systems.
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