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Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, head of the Indian Air Force | Photo: ANI

Will order for 83 Tejas soon, HAL to deliver 70 aircraft by 2026: IAF chief Bhadauria

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the plans were being drawn up to depute more officers to HAL to increase accountability.
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HAL cuts its profit on Tejas Mark 1A deal by 50%, fighter jets to take to sky by 2022

Defence Ministry Wednesday gave green signal to the purchase of 83 Light Combat Aircraft Mark 1A Tejas from the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited at a cost of Rs 37,000 cr.
A Tejas aircraft (representative image) | Twitter: @PIB_India

DAC paves way for procurement of 83 indigenous Tejas fighter aircraft for IAF

The defence ministry said procurement of the Mk1A version of Tejas aircraft, to be manufactured by HAL, will be a major boost to the 'Make in India' campaign.

US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin offers to help India on Tejas & AMCA projects

The offer comes ahead of President Donald Trump's maiden visit to India during which the countries are expected to expand defence and military cooperation.
HAL (Hindustan Aeronautic Ltd.) headquarters in Bengaluru

HAL needs new orders to prevent complete halt of production after 2021-22

The company is betting on the IAF to place a multi-billion dollar order for an advanced version of the indigenously produced LCA Tejas before the financial year ends.
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Navy’s Tejas aims for first-ever take-off from aircraft carrier Vikramaditya

DRDO & its Aeronautical Development Agency are aiming to pull off the maiden flight of naval Tejas from Vikramaditya as a technology demonstration.
IAF's Tejas at the inauguration of Aero India in Bengaluru | Shailendra Bhojak/PTI

HAL eyes first foreign sale of Tejas as Malaysian air force shortlists contenders

Tejas is among the contenders as Malaysia looks to issue request for proposal for its new 36-jet contract next year. But diplomatic ties could hurt the deal.
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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Air Chief Bhadauria’s focus on homegrown AMCA shows IAF learnt nothing from Tejas failure

The only reason Indian pilots still use the "flying coffin" MiG 21 is because of the delay in acquiring Tejas, about two decades on.
IAF chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauri addressing a press conference in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

New IAF chief bets on indigenous fighter, trainer aircraft, rules out new foreign purchase

At his maiden press conference, new Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria said the Indian air-to-air missile Astra will be inducted across platforms.

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20 days since soldiers’ death in Galwan, ‘patriot’ Ajay Devgn decides it’s movie material

India’s stand against Chinese aggression is at best foggy, with military talks still underway. But actor-producer Ajay Devgn couldn't wait lest Akshay Kumar claimed the subject.
Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator, Financial Times

India can’t replace China at manufacturing, not without paying more: Economics commentator Martin Wolf

In conversation with ThePrint's Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times, Martin Wolf discussed India's fiscal deficit, banking sector and its potential in the global market.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets soldiers who were injured in Galwan Valley clash, during his visit to Ladakh, in Leh on 3 July 2020 | ANI

Army slams ‘malicious’ claims on Leh hospital visited by PM, says troops get best treatment

Army said troops injured at Galwan are being treated in a repurposed hall that is part of the hospital complex as some wards have been made isolation facilities.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.