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IAF strengthening air defence radars along LAC with China

September 25, 2009

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is strengthening its air defence in Ladakh along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China by putting in place a series of special mountain and light-weight radars. Western Air Command (WAC) chief Air Marshal N A K Browne told reporters in the capital on Friday that different types of […]

IAF strength just one-third of China’s: IAF chief

September 24, 2009

Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said on Wednesday that India’s “aircraft strength is inadequate and is just one third of China’s air force.” He said it would take at least three years for the situation to change as the IAF was in the process to augment its inventory. Talking to the media at the […]

Russia will complete MiG-29 upgradation by 2013

September 21, 2009

Russia will complete the upgradation of Indian Air Force’s 60 MiG-29 fighters by 2013 which will extend their service life by another 15 years. “The implementation of the contract signed between India and Russia started last year, and it will be fulfilled in 2013,” a defence source was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. Under […]

Navy backs Tejas with Rs 900 cr

September 21, 2009

One of the most breathtaking sights in military aviation is a modern fighter landing on an aircraft carrier deck. Flying in at over 250 km per hour, it must halt within 100 metres, one-tenth the distance available to most land-based fighters. The pilot aims at a cable stretched across the landing area; a tail hook […]

Russian fighter jets for Indian tender to have new radar

September 20, 2009

Russia’s Phazotron NIIR corporation said on Thursday it has developed a new-generation airborne radar for MiG-35 fighter jets which participate in the Indian fighter tender. Six major aircraft makers – Lockheed and Boeing from the United States, Russia’s MiG, which is part of the UAC, France’s Dassault, Sweden’s Saab and the EADS consortium of British, […]

IAF opens airstrip near China border

September 19, 2009

In a major breakthrough, the Indian Air Force, for the first time, landed its AN-32 transport aircraft at Nyoma, an advanced landing ground situated at an altitude of 13,300 feet, in the western sector in Ladakh, on Friday. The successful landing of a fixed wing aircraft at Nyoma — situated 23 km from the Line […]

GE engines in the fray for MMRCA tender, parts to be sourced from India news

September 18, 2009

Multinational American technology and services conglomerate, General Electric (GE), currently in contention as an engine supplier for some aircraft participating in the medium-range multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) tender of the Indian Air Force has said it is keen on sourcing components from Indian industry. UAE Air Force F-16 E/F Block 60.Three of the MMRCA contenders […]

GE plans to source parts from India for F-16 engine

September 17, 2009

GE said, it will manufacture, assemble and test the engine, if any of its partner wins the contract, at the Hindusthan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). The global engine manufacturing behemoth said it will get many of its engine components manufactured by local firms. GE’s F110-GE-132 turbofan engine powers the F-16 IN, which Lockheed Martin is seeking […]

Panic after bomb falls off IAF jet during training

September 15, 2009

A bomb from an IAF fighter aircraft fell on a vacant land 15 km off the Pokhran firing ranges near here and exploded, leaving behind a huge crater and causing panic among residents of the area. “A bomb fell off the IAF fighter jet near the Pokhran firing ranges during a training sortie late last […]

Super Viper: F-16IN aircrafts tailored to meet IAF’s needs

September 15, 2009

As the race for bagging the USD 10-billion Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft order from India hots up, US aerospace major Lockheed Martin on Monday raised its sales pitch saying its fighter plane, F-16IN, is tailored exclusively to meet the IAF’s requirements. “The F-16IN is the right choice for the Indian Air Force and is […]