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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in France | PTI

IAF gets Rafale, but French fighter jet won’t be able to solve India’s air power conundrum

On 8 October 2019, the first Rafale for the Indian Air Force was handed over to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. This delivery is the latest in a series of much-needed yet perennially delayed steps taken to bolster the Indian Air Force’s combat capabilities. The IAF has historically been the largest and best-equipped force in the region — reliant principally on license production of Soviet aircraft types to make up mass, and a privileged relation with Moscow to ensure access to high technology. The twin sticks of numerical and technological security have allowed the IAF to deter outright conflict in many cases and outfight its adversary when war became inescapable. History is replete with examples of the Indian Government taking swift and decisive action to maintain the IAF’s overall edge in the region, from the decision to induct and produce hundreds of MiG-21s from 1962 onward, to the emergency procurement of...

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Group Captain Harkirat Singh (inset) will be the first commanding officer of the new Rafale squadron | Background photo: Twitter | Indian Air Force (@IAF_MCC) | Inset photo: Twitter | @rajnathsingh

A little known story about Grp Capt Harkirat Singh, who will command first Rafale squadron

Group Captain Harkirat Singh was awarded Shaurya Chakra in 2009 for his brave act that helped save his MiG 21 Bison that had developed engine complications.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with the Rafale fighter jet (representational image) | Photo: Twitter

Rajnath Singh receives India’s first Rafale jet in ‘exponential boost’ to IAF capability

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, who was in France for the Rafale handover, said his visit was aimed at "expanding the strategic partnership" between the countries.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with French president Emmanuel Macron | PTI

Rajnath Singh calls on French President Macron to discuss defence & strategic ties

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is in France for the official handover ceremony of the first Rafale fighter jet acquired by the IAF.

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File photo of a Rafale fighter aircraft | PTI

All about Rafale fighters, the game-changing dream machines IAF will get tomorrow

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will formally receive the first Rafale fighter jet in France's Merignac Tuesday. Four jets will arrive in India by May 2020.
Saab AB Gripen E smart fighter aircraft

SAAB wants to offer Gripen at half of Rafale cost, with full tech transfer, local production

In an interview to ThePrint, SAAB India CMD Ola Rignell highlights efficiency of Gripen, its offer to India, & the issues around its sales to Pakistan.
File photo of a Rafale fighter aircraft | PTI

IAF receives its first Rafale aircraft in France, to be inducted on 8 October

The French-made aircraft was received by an IAF team. The full order of fighter jets is expected to arrive in India in May 2020.

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File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.