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IAF deploys Apache attack helicopters and Chinooks in Ladakh, increases combat air patrols

Apaches were brought to provide close air support to the ground forces, while Chinooks were brought to enable faster deployment of troops and equipment.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Atul Yadav/PTI

Inside story of attack on Balakot — from IAF officer who planned and executed it

A total of 16 aircraft, six each armed with Spice 2000 and Crystal Maze missiles, flew into PoK and struck Balakot terror camp while 4 remained in Indian territory as back-up.
Beyond Visual Range (BVR) missile Meteor

IAF’s Mirage 2000 jets unlikely to get Meteor missiles, makers cite high integration cost

The 36 Rafales that India has already bought from France will come equipped with the BVR Meteor missiles.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Atul Yadav/PTI

IAF pilots in Balakot air strikes say op was over in 90 seconds, families didn’t even know

To keep the operation a top secret, senior IAF officials did not change daily routines of the pilots to prevent anyone from getting a hint.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Mirage 2000 couldn’t fire a single Crystal Maze during Balakot. Firing rules set to change now

The IAF was about to launch Crystal Maze missiles on Balakot, which would have provided a live video feed. But it couldn’t fire them due to protocol.
A Mirage 2000 jet fighter aircraft

Computer failure or HAL’s botched upgrade — what Mirage 2000 crash probe is looking at

Court of Inquiry is still in process of pin-pointing exact cause of crash that killed 2 pilots. Difference of opinion among team members and stakeholders.
File photo of Meteor installed on German Air Force Eurofighter Typhoon | mbda-systems.com

After Balakot, IAF plans to equip Mirage 2000 aircraft with long-range Meteor missiles

The 27 February dogfight showed Indian aircraft were outranged by Pakistan Air Force in aerial combat.
Debris of the Mirage 2000 that crashed in Bengaluru | Twitter

Not IAF pilot error but HAL upgrade tech glitch suspected in Bengaluru Mirage 2000 crash

The 1 February crash killed two IAF pilots testing the upgraded Mirage 2000 – Squadron Leaders Samir Abrol & Siddhartha Negi.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Five IAF Spice 2000 bombs hit JeM camps in Balakot, govt satellite images show

High-resolution images procured by India show two JeM structures were hit by IAF in Balakot on 26 February.

New Balakot images show 3 clear IAF Spice 2000 bomb holes in Jaish building

IAF Mirage veteran accesses new satellite images from DigitalGlobe to firm up evidence of strikes on Jaish camp & update technical analysis of damage.

On Camera

A man outside Yes Bank branch in New Delhi | Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Yes Bank to raise $2 billion in share sale to raise capital

The share offering will be from 15 to 17 July, according to a stock exchange filing. Shares of Yes Bank climbed as much as 5.6% on Thursday morning.

Defence

Representational image. A file photo of an Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter. | Photo: Commons

Armed forces to limit flying Cheetah choppers as Covid hits spares production at HAL

HAL has reduced spare production for the ageing Cheetahs, and it has been communicated to the forces that the shortage is expected to last around 3 months.
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.