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Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria | Twitter: @IAF_MCC

ACM Bhadauria said we’re ready for two-front war with China-Pakistan, but there are deficits

Modern warfare is not just about boots on the ground. It encompasses new fighting capabilities that include cyber, psyops and space technologies among others.
IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria addresses during the 88th Air Force Day celebrations at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, 8 October, 2020 | Atul Yadav | PTI

IAF chief Bhadauria commends Air Force for ‘prompt response’ on Ladakh stand-off

Speaking on the occasion of Air Force Day, Bhadauria said IAF demonstrated its resolve, operational capability and the will to effectively engage the adversary.

Why the IAF’s peacetime operations are bigger than any other country

The IAF pilots brave icing conditions, extremely low temperatures and mountain waves that can even break the aircraft mid-air.
IAF's Rafale fighter jet enters Indian airspace for the first time | Photo: ANI

Decision to buy more Rafale aircraft or new fighter jets under consideration, IAF chief says

During his annual press conference, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also announced that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.
File photo of an Indian Air Force C-130J Super Hercules aircraft operating at a forward airbase near PoK and China border on Sep 25 | ANI Photo

US approves $90 million sale of spares, support for C-130J Super Hercules aircraft to India

The proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security by helping to strengthen US-India strategic relationship, US Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.
Air Marshal Amit Dev | @IAF_MCC | Twitter

Air Marshal Amit Dev takes over as Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Eastern Air Command

Defence spokesperson Ratnakar Singh said prior to his present appointment Air Marshal Dev was Air officer-in-charge of personnel at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan in Delhi.
Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria briefs media, in New Delhi on Friday | ANIPix

Security in eastern Ladakh at uneasy ‘no war no peace’ status, says IAF chief Bhadauria

Speaking at a conference, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said the IAF is fully resolved to counter any 'misadventure' in the region.
An IAF An-32 aircraft on its inaugral landing at the Nyoma airfield in 2009 | Special arrangement

At Nyoma, how the IAF turned a sandy surface into a smooth landing ground for its An-32

Upon landing at Nyoma, the engines were kept running. After a well-deserved cup of tea, we were back in the skies, leaving behind a dust storm.
A fire brigade machine sprays water on the Rafale fighter jet | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

How Rafale tips balance in the air and why Oxford vaccine news shouldn’t dishearten anyone

In episode 564 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about importance of Rafale in IAF, recalls 2019 Balakot strike & explains why what happened with Oxford vaccine trial is not unusual.
Rafale jet at the induction ceremony in Ambala. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Rafale’s operational induction ‘very important step’ amid border tensions, Rajnath Singh says

Rafale jets were inducted into IAF at a ceremony in Ambala amid LAC tensions. Since arrival in July, the fighters have flown in Leh and completed bombing practice.

On Camera

A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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.