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Army chief General M.M. Naravane

Tanks, fighter aircraft will soon be on their way out like Sony Walkman: Army chief

Addressing a seminar, Army chief M.M. Naravane spoke about evolution of warcraft and emphasised the relevance of Chanakya’s Arthashastra.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Atul Yadav/PTI

Inside story of attack on Balakot — from IAF officer who planned and executed it

A total of 16 aircraft, six each armed with Spice 2000 and Crystal Maze missiles, flew into PoK and struck Balakot terror camp while 4 remained in Indian territory as back-up.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

‘Make chai, not war’ – Imran Khan’s message that almost won him the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize

Today, IAF’s Abhinandan Varthaman lives on in Pakistan’s memory either as a mannequin inside a war museum or as a poster boy for a tea stall.

Before Balakot, a pilot-navigator duo of IAF’s bomber fleet showed up Pakistan in 1971 war

K.K. Dutta was the Navigation Leader in 16 Squadron commanded by MVC Padmanabha Gautam. This is the story of their Canberra bomber missions.
Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile Meteor

IAF’s Mirage 2000 jets unlikely to get Meteor missiles, makers cite high integration cost

The 36 Rafales that India has already bought from France will come equipped with the BVR Meteor missiles.
Abhinandan Varthaman

Balakot operation & Abhinandan Varthaman teams strike big with 13 awards

The Army won 107 gallantry awards, including a Shaurya Chakra (posthumous) for Lance Naik Sandeep Singh who was part of the 2016 surgical strike.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistani F-16, gets Vir Chakra

Govt accepted IAF recommendation for the award to Abhinandan Varthaman for his Nowshera actions, including shooting down an F-16 fighter aircraft of Pakistan Air Force.
A Sukhoi 30 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed minutes after taking off from IAS Tezpur base in Assam | PTI

10 crashes, 11 aircraft lost, 22 killed — the year of Balakot has been a bloody one for IAF

The latest aircraft the Indian Air Force lost in 2019 is a Su-30 MKI fighter jet that crashed in paddy fields near Tezpur, Assam, Thursday night.

Pakistani military plane that crashed was used for surveillance after Balakot strikes

Pakistan military's media wing draws flak for not naming civilian victims and for referring to killed soldiers as martyrs.
Screengrab of the viral video of Air Marshal Denzil Keelor (retd) | Twitter

History lesson for Pakistan’s military: IAF’s Keelor brothers shot down PAF jets in 1965

Denzil, Trevor Keelor shot down Pakistan’s Sabre jets in 1965. They were honoured with Vir Chakra, first time two brothers received the award for the same reason.

On Camera

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat speaks at the book release of 'Gandhi Ko Samajhney Ka Yahi Samay' in New Delhi on 17 February 2020 | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Listen to Mohan Bhagwat’s Dussehra speech. You won’t say RSS lacks intellectual bandwidth

Mainstream Indian media used to denigrate and ridicule RSS. But it is now publishing its chief Mohan Bhagwat’s statements as front-page news.

Iraq PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi bets big on economic reforms

Kadhimi's govt is pushing a soup-to-nuts overhaul in the next three to five years. The path of least resistance would have been to wait until the general election next summer.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

India & US agree on deeper cooperation in Indo-Pacific as Rajnath meets Mark Esper

The hour-long meeting between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark Esper came a day before the bilateral 2+2 ministerial dialogue in Delhi.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.