Indian Air Force Chief (IAF) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that India too can be aggressive if China shows aggression.
While addressing a press conference in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on the sidelines of IAF and the French Air and Space Force's bilateral exercise 'Desert Knight-21', Bhadauria said, “If they (China) can be aggressive, so can we.
We are fully prepared.” The IAF Chief also said that eight Rafale fighter jets have arrived in India and three will come by the end of the month.
“Enough pilots are being trained.
Parallel training is also being done in India.
Numbers will be enough so that we can maintain cockpit to pilot ratio.
By next year, the induction of the jets will conclude," he added.
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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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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Three Su-30MKIs formed 'Trinetra' as they flew past Rajpath. They split outwards and upwards, forming a 'Trishul in the Sky'. The formation was led by Group Capt AK Misra, Commanding Officer of 15 Squadron with Sqn Ldr RC Kulkarni. One Rafale with 2 Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and 2 MiG-29 Air Superiority Fighters flew past Rajpath, in 'Eklavya' formation. The fighter jets flew at height of 300m and speed of 780 Km/h. The formation is led by Gp Capt Rohit Kataria, Flight Commander of 17 Squadron. Republic Day parade culminates with a single Rafale aircraft flying at a speed of 900km/hr carrying out a 'Vertical Charlie'. The aircraft is piloted by Group Capt Harkirat Singh, Shaurya Chakra, Commanding Officer of 17 Squadron with Sqn Ldr Kislaykant.
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.
Sliver, buried inside ground in a basement, was stolen from Rajasthan’s Jaipur. The robbery was reported from a doctor’s house in Jaipur on February 24. The silver was reportedly kept in three iron boxes, 6 feet beneath surface. The exact volume of stolen silver has not been revealed. Robbers used a vacant plot behind the doctor’s house to dig a tunnel. RS Beniwal, ACP, Vaishali Nagar (Jaipur) said, “We are not sure about the volume but a lot of silver was stolen. They dug the silver inside the ground around 3 months ago.” Watch the full video for more.
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CDS Gen Bipin Rawat lauded Indian pilots at Desert Knight exercise. General Rawat said that Indian pilots are able to adapt quickly. "Air forces of India and France have been doing exercises since 2002. Rafale, Mirage, Sukhoi aircraft were used in the training. This shows how quickly Indian pilots have adapted to Rafale," he said. Rawat added, "Our pilots are able to operate different aircraft. We saw France’s MRTT aircraft in the training. We saw how our jets were refueling from this aircraft." France's Rafale jets were seen landing at Jodhpur air force base on January 20. The jets took part in joint training 'Exercise Desert Knight'. Airbus 330 multirole tanker transport was also seen landing in Jodhpur.
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Four French Rafale fighter jets landed in Jodhpur for exercise Desert Knight-21. The jets landed in Jodhpur after flying directly for around four hours from the Djibouti airbase using their A-330 multirole tanker transport aircraft which also landed there. The Indian Air Force (IAF) kick started the first major international wargames involving its Rafale fighter jets in Jodhpur on January 20 with their French counterparts. Exercise Desert Knight-21 is being held at Jodhpur Air Force Station from January 20 to January 24. The French are participating with Rafale, Airbus A-330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT), A-400M Tactical Transport aircraft and approximately 175 personnel. The IAF aircrafts participating in the exercise include Mirage 2000, Su-30 MKI, Rafale, IL-78 Flight Refuelling Aircraft, AWACS and AEW&C aircraft. The exercise marks an important milestone in the series of engagements between the two air forces. Watch the full video for more.
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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..