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IAF chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S Bhadauria on a Mirage 2000 aircraft | Source: IAF

IAF chief flies Mirage 2000, force shows capabilities of Spice 2000 used in Balakot strike

Mirage 2000 aircraft also carried out a long-range precision strike against a practice target to mark the second anniversary of 2019 Balakot operation against Pakistan.
The Ministry of Defence at South Block in New Delhi | Commons

Govt gives financial powers to armed forces’ command heads to clear projects up to Rs 200 cr

Financial powers have been delegated to Deputy Chief of Army Staff, Air Officer Maintenance, Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff, additional director general of Indian Coast Guard.
An Apache helicopter in action | Source: Boeing India

India is a market like no other, Boeing says as it outlines 20-year plan

Boeing currently has 62 aircraft in operation with the Indian military — Apache, Chinook, P8I, C17 — and is eyeing fighter contracts from IAF and Navy.
File photo | The Tejas aircraft used by IAF | Wikimedia Commons

‘We’ll monitor HAL’s delivery’ — IAF appoints team to ensure mega Tejas order is on schedule

Defence officials also said the contract for 15 indigenous Light Combat Helicopter is set to be awarded by March this year.
Airbus' A330 MRTT | www.airbus.com

Airbus emerges frontrunner as IAF looks at 10-year lease for mid-air refuellers

Airbus' A330 multi-role tanker transport aircraft has also been leased by the UK Royal Air Force since 2008 under a 27-year contract.
(Representational image) A navy aircraft during the 2019 edition of the Aero India at Yelahanka in Bengaluru | PTI file

Aero India 2021 — world’s first ‘hybrid’ air show takes flight in Bengaluru this week

Top aviation & defence firms from around the world are expected to take part, either physically or virtually. India will showcase its indigenous capabilities.
File image of the Dakota vintage aircraft of the IAF | Twitter | @IAF_MCC

This R-Day, catch a glimpse of IAF’s vintage Dakota that ‘saved Srinagar’ in 1947-48 war

The aircraft, which participated in the 1971 war too but began to be phased out soon after, will be flanked by two Mi-17-1V at the flypast in a Rudra formation — a first for the Dakota.
A Rafale fighter jet of the IAF getting refuelled mid-air | File image | Credit: IAF

IAF looks to lease mid-air refuellers amid critical shortage, seeks offers from Airbus, Boeing 

India’s refueller fleet currently comprises six Russian IIyushin-78 tankers, first inducted in 2003, that are facing maintenance and serviceability issues.
Tejas

Tejas keeps India’s capability gap with China under check. It is HAL’s game to lose now

Although several major air forces like France, Germany and the US are still inducting or ordering fourth-generation fighters, their capabilities and threats are distinct from India’s.
File photo | The Tejas aircraft used by IAF | Wikimedia Commons

Tejas, a tale of India’s nascent aerospace system with a happy ending

It was in 1983 when India rolled out the project to build a new light combat aircraft as a replacement for Russian MiG 21s, which continue to fly despite being obsolete.

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Afghan peace deal being signed in Doha

Year on, Trump’s Doha accord with Taliban grows into a headache for Biden — and for India

Should the Biden administration go ahead with Trump’s plan to withdraw troops and risk plunging Afghanistan into further chaos and bloodbath like the Obama administration did?
Copper fittings | Flickr

How India turned copper importer from exporter in 3 yrs & Pakistan stepped in to fill the gap

India was a major copper exporter but with the shutting down of Sterlite plant, it has now turned into a net importer. This has been advantageous to Pakistan, say exporters.

Defence

Representational image of a Chinese People's Liberation Army soldier at a base in Qinyang, China

4, 9 or 14? Even China ‘isn’t sure’ how many PLA soldiers died in Galwan Valley

During talks with India, Chinese officials have — unofficially — given contradictory figures for their Galwan clash casualties. China has officially acknowledged 4 deaths.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint Team

Habeas Porcus — how our judiciary is murdering the principle of ‘bail, not jail’ routinely

Judiciary is responsible for ensuring our liberty, and habeas corpus is the usual route. But magistrates are acting as if the rule is ‘jail, and bail is above my pay grade’.