Wednesday, 18 May, 2022

Topic: Rafale

3 more Rafale jets take off for India from France

So far, 8 Rafale jets have arrived in India in two batches. New Delhi has signed an agreement with France to procure 36 of the aircraft at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore.

IAF to deploy Rafale, Sukhoi, Mirage 2000 combat jets during Indo-French air exercise

The Indian Air Force said its deployment will also include IL-78 flight refuelling aircraft as well as airborne warning and control system.

Rafale fighter jet to debut at Republic Day parade

A single Rafale aircraft will culminate the flypast by carrying out the 'Vertical Charlie' formation during the Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath.

Dassault Aviation eyes Made-in-India Rafale, looks to raise investment in country

French firm Dassault is looking to manufacture Rafale jets in India, depending on the order size. But India will take a call after the delivery of the first 36 jets.

CAG report flags vendors’ ‘dilly-dallying’ on offsets deals, cites Rafale as example

The CAG made the observations in its latest report, which was tabled in Parliament Wednesday.

Flight Lieutenant Shivangi Singh will be first woman fighter pilot to fly Rafale

Flt Lt Singh, who was commissioned into the IAF in 2017 as part of the second batch of women fighter pilots, is currently flying a MiG-21 Bison.

In a first, 2 woman Navy aviators will operate from warship, IAF trains woman pilot for Rafale

Indian Navy's Sub Lts Riti Singh & K. Tyagi will be deployed as helicopter ‘observers’ after training. The IAF, meanwhile, is training MiG-21 Bison pilot for Rafale.

Old swings in new Panchsheel & NSD’s new ‘acting course’ for news anchors

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by the editors at ThePrint.

How Rafale tips balance in the air and why Oxford vaccine news shouldn’t dishearten anyone

In episode 564 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta talks about importance of Rafale in IAF, recalls 2019 Balakot strike & explains why what happened with Oxford vaccine trial is not unusual.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image|

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
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Tata in acquisition talks with as many as 5 brands, to bolster position in consumer goods sector

The conglomerate will likely face stiff competition in the sector from existing global giants such as Unilever, as well as Indian tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries.


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China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.