Friday, 1 July, 2022

Topic: Rafale

Rafale’s Hammer story captures what’s wrong with India’s defence acquisition

The Hammer is only the latest and most high profile case in a frenzy of ‘emergency procurements’ kicked off by the Ladakh crisis.

As Rafale lands, IAF veteran recalls ‘quiet’ 1985 induction of another French warhorse

Air Marshal Anil Chopra (Retd) and his colleagues spent six months in France before they brought home India’s first seven Mirage 2000 fighter jets.

BJP cheers Rafale landing, West Bengal’s bizarre lockdown & ode to tigers

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

India’s Rafale lands in Ambala, Rajnath warns those who threaten territorial integrity

Five aircraft and seven pilots land after 8,500-km journey from Merignac in France, welcomed at Ambala with traditional water salute.

Balakot, Kargil, 1971 — Rafale base at Ambala steeped in history, military significance   

Ambala air base is home to a shrine dedicated to the Sufi saint Pir Baba, and personnel posted there believe it protects them during all major operations. 

Rafale fighters to take off from France tomorrow, can be operational within a week

While operational deployment usually takes six months, due to these 'extraordinary circumstances' the fighters will be ready to be deployed within a week.

For quick deployment of Rafale, IAF opts for HAMMER weapon system, not Israeli Spice 2000

French HAMMER system was kept out of India’s 2016 contract for 36 Rafales due to its cost, but amid tensions with China, it can be equipped faster.

IAF to induct 5 Rafale fighters on 29 July in Ambala, their first mission could be in Ladakh

The IAF, in a statement, Monday said that after the arrival, ‘efforts will focus on operationalisation of aircraft at the earliest’.  

Manohar Parrikar had Rafale file all memorised, blamed Jaitley for delaying OROP: New book

Book titled ‘An Extraordinary Life’ also recounts Manohar Parrikar’s sleepless night when Indian troops conducted surgical strikes across the LoC in 2016.

On Camera


PM Modi at the MSME Idea Hackathon, 2022. | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

BJP, Modi’s ‘total politics’ stems from insecurity. They still don’t rule the power elite

Yogendra Yadav is wrong. BJP might have a hegemonic position in politics and economy, but it's not the same in moral and intellectual spaces.
The Reserve Bank of India logo | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

RBI intervenes with multi-pronged strategy in battle against rupee fall

The Reserve Bank’s challenges include crashes in forward dollar premiums to rising open interest in futures that adds to pressure on the currency.


The Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator | Photo: DRDO

‘Major milestone’: India conducts maiden flight of unmanned aircraft demonstrator

DRDO calls flight a significant step towards self-reliance in defence technologies; Defence Minister Rajnath Singh lauds achievement, says ‘it paves way for Aatmanirbhar Bharat in critical military systems’.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.