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After Balakot, Pakistani & Indian air forces are now fighting war of uniform patches

A special patch meant to be worn by PAF pilots showed the JF-17 as a Chinese dragon with the MiG-21 in its grasp. Indians responded with ‘Falcon Slayers’ patch.
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Balakot & dead soldier’s video sparks debate on Indian military’s media strategy

Broadcast media watchdog NBSA had urged news channels to be 'considerate' while reporting on the killing of Indian Army Rifleman Aurangzeb.
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India gets new Special Ops Division that can cripple targets miles inside enemy territory

The new division will have about 3,000 commandos drawn from Special Forces of the Army, Marine Commando unit of the Navy and Garud of the Air Force.

China’s nuclear missile submarine strength grows, could be larger than global estimates

Chinese efforts at surveying and prying underwater, especially in the Indian Ocean region, have not ceased, and are likely to continue in the future too.
An F-21 aircraft | Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin says it won’t sell F-21 jets to any other country if IAF contract goes through

The contenders for the IAF deal include Lockheed's F-21, Boeing's F/A-18, Dassault Aviation's Rafale, Russian aircraft MiG 35 among others.
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PM shows ignorance of radar tech, gives out crucial details of Balakot raid in interview

Modi, facing flak for claiming that clouds hamper radar efficiency, also revealed to News Nation that the Navy performed manoeuvres before the Balakot air raid.
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IAF gets its first Apache Guardian attack helicopter from Boeing

IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters.
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Russia ‘won’t sell war equipment to Pakistan’, ties limited to fighting terror

Intelligence reports have suggested that Islamabad is looking at building deeper military ties with Moscow, especially through the purchase of Russian systems.

Modi’s claims on Rajiv’s INS Viraat holiday completely wrong, says ex-commanding officer

Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha (retd) says the Gandhi family was on board for an official visit. Former Navy chiefs L. Ramdas & Arun Prakash agree with him.
The incomplete diamond formation of Surya Kirans seen at Aero India | Snehesh Alex Philip/ThePrint

Pilot error suspected in Bengaluru Aero India crash

One IAF pilot was killed when two Hawk trainers rehearsing complex manoeuvres for Aero India-2019 collided midair this February.

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Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.