Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Group Captain Abhinandan Varthaman, who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet in February 2019, was awarded the Vir Chakra by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday. The Defence Investiture Ceremony was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday, November 22.
India on Wednesday successfully test a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, Agni-5. The missile was launched from the APJ Abdul Kalam Island, off the coast of Odisha at 7:50 pm on October 27.
The Indian Military Academy celebrated its 89th Raising Day on 01 Oct 2021. On this momentous occasion, Lt Gen Harinder Singh, Commandant, Indian Military Academy, conveyed his appreciation to the IMA fraternity for their dedication and contribution towards transforming the Academy into a world class military institution.
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari took over as The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) at a ceremony at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) on Thursday. An alumnus of NDA, the CAS was commissioned in December 1982 in the fighter stream of the IAF. He has flown more than 3800 hours on multiple fighter and trainer aircraft.
Ministry of Defence (MoD) placed an order with Heavy Vehicles Factory (HVF), Avadi, Chennai for supply of 118 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) Arjun Mk-1A for the Indian Army on September 23, 2021. The order, worth Rs 7,523 crore, will provide further boost to the ‘Make in India’ initiative in defence sector and is a big step towards achieving ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari has been named as the next Chief of Air Staff. Air Marshal VR Chaudhari is currently serving as the Vice Chief of Air Staff. He will take charge as the IAF chief on October 1, 2021. Notably, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria will retire on September 30, 2021.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to procure Dassault Aviation’s 24 second-hand Mirage 2000 fighters to strengthen its ageing fleet of fourth-generation fighters, reported Hindustan Times. The IAF will also reportedly acquire parts for its two existing Mirage 2000 squadrons. A contract worth 27 million euros has been initiated by the force.
Indian Military Academy and Forest Research Institute are two prestigious training establishments of India located at Dehradun adjacent to one another. These institutions have a rich heritage and have traditionally maintained strong functional relations.
Minister of State For Defence Ajay Bhatt on visited Indian Military Academy, Dehradun on September 2 and 3, 2021. The Minister interacted with Commandant, Indian Military Academy (IMA) and the Gentlemen Cadets undergoing pre-commission training at the academy in Dehradun.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) signed a deal to procure 70,000 AK-103 assault rifles from Russia. The contract signed by the IAF is emergency provisions to replace INSAS rifles. AK-103 rifles are expected to come within the next few months into the service. As per reports, the force has a requirement of 1.5 lakh rifles. The entire contract reportedly is around Rs 300 crore. It was signed last week.