Thursday, 6 October, 2022
TopicAIR FORCE

Topic: AIR FORCE

Prachand is here but the age-old debate on LCH ownership remains unsettled

Since close air support is lower on air forces’ pegging order of operational tasks, armies have wrested ownership of combat helicopters to support troops.

India expresses concern at US package to Pakistan air force’s main fighter jets, the F-16

On September 8, the Joe Biden administration approved a $450 million programme to help Pakistan meet counterterrorism threats. In 2019, Pakistan used same aircraft to target India.

US grounds Chinook choppers over engine fire episodes, but Indian fleet safe

India 'hasn't faced fire issues' with its Chinook fleet, but Indian Air Force is 'in touch' with both US defence officials and manufacturer Boeing.

PLA ‘fully rotates’ troops as China & India both beef up presence in eastern Ladakh for winter

Almost all soldiers deployed by PLA at forward points along LAC for the winter are in their early 20s, a move seeking to ensure they can take on harshness of climate.

Modi govt okays 6 more ‘eyes in the sky’ for IAF, DRDO project to cost Rs 11,000 crore

The DRDO will get 6 aircraft from Air India, get them modified & fit them with the Airborne Early Warning & Control system that can detect & track all flying objects faster than ground-based radars.

India begins theaterisation of military, unified commands will take 2-3 years to create

Services have been told to dual-task commander-in-chief rank officers to work on structures of 4 identified theatres — 2 led by Army, 1 each by Air Force & Navy.

Raising theatre commands can’t be left to the military. It’s a govt’s job all over the world

The government made a fundamental error of judgement by making the CDS first among equals and not senior by rank/appointment to the Service Chiefs.

Army, Navy, IAF to jointly train for nuclear biological chemical warfare and intelligence

Integrated Defence Staff headquarters has planned joint tri-services institutes for training in select subjects at existing institutes.

Why India needs two maritime theatres of command, not one

Bay of Bengal to Arabian Sea, the waters that surround India have distinct geographies and politics. Indian military’s most significant reform can’t skip that fact.

India plays into China’s hands if we lament 1962 or criticise Modi govt and military

To pressure Modi government and military from our drawing rooms, without knowing what is happening at LAC at 15,000-feet, is an irresponsible act.

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The LCH is designed with stealth features such as reduced visual, aural, radar and infrared signatures | Photo: IAF

Prachand is here but the age-old debate on LCH ownership remains unsettled

Since close air support is lower on air forces’ pegging order of operational tasks, armies have wrested ownership of combat helicopters to support troops.
File photo of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan distributing rice to PMGKAY beneficiaries at a PDS centre | ANI

How Modi govt extending free grains scheme could help BJP in Gujarat, Himachal polls

PMGKAY was extended for three more months last week. An analysis of the scheme's beneficiaries shows that over 50% of the population in Gujarat and 38% in HP will benefit from it.

Defence

File photo of a BrahMos firing by a Su-30 MKI | Credit: IAF

IAF to increase Sukhois armed with BrahMos supersonic cruise missile with over 500km-range

The IAF currently has 40 SU-30 MKI with BrahMos, the only supersonic cruise missile in the world.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.
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