Wednesday, 26 January, 2022
TopicIndian Air Force (IAF)

Topic: Indian Air Force (IAF)

All about Mi-17V5, the helicopter that crashed with Gen. Bipin Rawat & 13 others on board

Mi-17V5 is part of the Russian Mi-17 series, which can fly at high altitudes in complex weather conditions, be it in tropical and maritime climates or even in desert conditions.

Prompt actions in Ladakh last year were testament to IAF’s combat readiness: Air chief

On 89th Air Force Day Friday, the Chief of Air Staff V R Chaudhary also said that IAF must demonstrate to the nation that external forces will not be allowed to violate its territory.

Project Cheetah set to take off, India to get upgraded & armed drones from Israel

Under the project, the Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Israeli Herons will be upgraded to undertake specialised and longer surveillance missions & precision strikes.

IAF inducts second squadron of Rafale aircraft at Hasimara airbase

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said induction of the Rafale jets at Hasimara was carefully planned, keeping in mind the importance of strengthening IAF’s capability in eastern sector.

What are military theatre commands and why does India want to switch to them

A proposal is being discussed to have 5 unified or theatre commands that will help in better planning & military response, and aim to have unified approach to fighting any future war.

National Defence Academy to add 2 squadrons to address officers’ shortage in Army, Navy & IAF

The additional intake at NDA will take overall strength to around 2,400 cadets. It will also cater for foreign cadets and IAF cadets training for ground duty roles. 

11 down in 5 yrs, 3 in 2021, but many in IAF still swear by MiG-21s despite its ‘safety record’

The safety record of MiG-21s have once again been called into question following Friday’s crash that killed Squadron Leader Abhinav Choudhary.

Despite Covid, 100+ IAF personnel are in Russia on S-400 missile training as delivery nears

The delivery of the S-400 missile system was originally scheduled to begin in 2020, but the deadline was extended after payments to Moscow were delayed.

Think-tank run by ex-IAF pilot turns Covid resource pool, fields SOS calls, tracks hospitals

KRANTII, run by an ex-fighter pilot, has retired veterans and civilians helping in coordinating relief efforts, connecting patients to doctors, oxygen, medical supplies and hospitals.

Army, Navy, Air Force pitch in with doctors, medical aid, oxygen as India’s Covid burden grows

Infrastructure in military hospitals are being ramped to handle the rising Covid cases while doctors & medical staff of the forces have been deployed in cities where cases have surged.

On Camera


File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow | Photo: Andrey Rudakov | Bloomberg

How Vladimir Putin keeps everyone guessing

Over the years, Putin has always had the upper hand tactically vis-à-vis the West because he’s had what’s called escalation dominance. But experts say he may have gone a big step too far.
AU Small Finance Bank Managing Director and Chief Executive Sanjay Agarwal. | Photo by special arrangement

MSME sector requires hand-holding, Budget measures needed: AU Small Finance Bank MD & CEO

The sector has faced continued distress since the Covid-19 pandemic struck in March 2020. Govt data says about 9% of MSMEs shut down due to the pandemic.


The photo of former PM Indira Gandhi with the three former service chiefs | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

‘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.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.