Thursday, 19 May, 2022
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‘No one wants to be the last man to die’ — What happened on final day of 1971 Bangladesh War

In ‘December in Dacca’, KS Nair writes about 15 December 1971, when the end of the war was in sight, but by no means certain.

From WW-II to 1965 victory against Pakistan, the legacy of IAF’s only 5-star officer Arjan Singh

Marshal Singh’s service to the force will remain a hallmark in India’s and the subcontinent’s military history. A look at his life and achievements on his 103rd birth anniversary.

Suranjan Das, one of IAF’s first Experimental Test Pilots who evaluated all jets for 20 years

Suranjan Das trod a road not travelled by any IAF pilot. His contribution to HF-24 Marut, India’s first homegrown fighter aircraft, was immense.

Ode to a powerful beast – What flying the Chetak is like at the daunting heights of Himalayas

For six decades now, the Chetak has been the backbone of the rotary wing fleets of the three military Services, BSF, many state governments and private aviation companies.

Quicker travel, better use of resources — why IAF’s fuel ‘fleet cards’ are a win-win

'Fleet Cards' will allow IAF vehicles to refuel at any Indian Oil fuel station, rather than follow current system of refueling at only air force stations. 

India eyes more military satellites, aims for secure communication & 24-hr border surveillance

Defence Acquisition Council Tuesday cleared first step of procurement for indigenously designed and built GSAT 7B, a state-of-the-art, multiband, military-grade satellite for Army.

‘Mystery’ brochure on 1971 War crops Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram from images, courts controversy

Both images show the then service chiefs, but the former PM and defence minister is removed from them.

Helicopter, transport pilots missing in IAF top ranks. It is a fighter-dominated Service

AVM Mohey is the first helicopter pilot to be appointed Assistant Chief of Air Staff, Training, in nearly three decades. IAF needs policy change.

Tejas not part of 75 aircraft in Republic Day flypast this year, Tangail formation included

Tangail formation will have a Dakota & two Dornier flying in Vic formation as a tribute to the Tangail airdrop operations of 1971 War. Rafale will also be displayed at the parade.

A Pakistani daughter on getting to know IAF MiG pilot who shot down her father’s F-104 in 1971

Every year we celebrate 1965 but 1971 broke our hearts, our spirits, says Lesley Ann Middlecoat, daughter of Wing Commander Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat of PAF.

On Camera

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Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

Defence

File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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