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Story of Flt Lt Alfred Tyrone Cooke: IAF’s unsung 1965 hero & his classic 1 vs 4 air combat

True saga of Flight Lieutenant Alfred Tyrone Cooke, who fought probably the toughest air battle of all time on 7 September 1965.
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Russia ‘won’t sell war equipment to Pakistan’, ties limited to fighting terror

Intelligence reports have suggested that Islamabad is looking at building deeper military ties with Moscow, especially through the purchase of Russian systems.
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Never mind Balakot, IAF is worse off than Pakistan Air Force on pilot strength

Compared to Pakistan Air Force’s 2.5 pilots per aircraft, the IAF is at a ratio of 1.5. The IAF also has issues with squadron strength and target practice.

GD Bakshi a war hero or not? What Vistara & others need to know of Indian military awards

The G.D. Bakshi-Vistara controversy last week led to a lot of confusion over who exactly qualifies as a war hero. ThePrint explains.
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If Pakistani pilots trained on Rafale, then its weapons system has already been compromised

This would be a serious violation of the India-France secrecy pact, whether by intent or by default remains to be seen.

How a woman officer helped IAF hit back when Pakistani jets targeted India after Balakot

The IAF plans to recommend the woman officer's name for a medal for distinguished service.
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Three live bombs fired by Pakistani fighter aircraft are still lying at LoC

In the 27 Feburary dogfight, the Pakistan Air Force fired a total of 11 H-4 bombs and 4 or 5 AMRAAM missiles, but not one could hit a target.
IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan custody | @OfficialDGISPR/twitter

What Wing Commander Abhinandan told his wife when he called while in Pakistan’s custody

While one ISI officer punched Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s ribs, another walked in and made him speak to his wife, a former IAF helicopter pilot.
Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as he is released by Pakistan authorities at Wagah border on the Pakistani side

IAF officer told Wg Cdr Abhinandan to turn back, but he couldn’t hear her

IAF’s analysis of the 27 Feb dogfight with PAF reveals that the officer repeatedly told Abhinandan to turn back, but he couldn’t hear her due to suspected radio jamming.

Wing Commander Abhinandan being shot down is the real Rafale scandal

PAF had outranged and outgunned India’s best, and it’s only because of IAF’s training, awareness and some luck that Pakistan’s 27 February mission failed.

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Why Right-wingers and lapsed liberals hate Romila Thapar, the mother of history in India

The dislike for Romila Thapar is embedded in belief that Left-liberal monopoly on scholarship has denied Hindus their rightful place in history.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.