Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria Appointed as 26th IAF Chief, WIll Take Over Charge From Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on September 30

Air Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC was appointed as the 26th Indian Air Force (IAF) chief by the government on Thursday. Air Marshal Bhadauria will take charge from Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa who is scheduled to retire on September 30. Air Marshal Bhadauria will serve as the chief of IAF for next two years. He is currently serving as Vice Chief of the Air Staff. Air Marshal Bhadauria assumed the office on May 1, 2019, after superannuation of Air Marshal Anil Khosla. Admiral Karambir Singh Takes Charge As 24th Naval Chief; Indian Navy Gives Emotional Farewell to Admiral Sunil Lanba, Watch Video.

Interestingly, Air Marshal Bhadauria was also set to retire on the September 30 this year, but he has given two years of extension and now will be retiring in 2021 at 62 years of age. He has over 4250 hours of flying on 26 types of fighters and transport aircraft. Air Marshal Bhadauria  is an alumnus of National Defence Academy, Pune and holds a Masters in Defence studies from Command and Staff College. He was commissioned in fighter stream of the IAF on June 15, 1980, and was recipient of ‘Sword of Honour’.

Air Marshal Bhadauria held various Command, Staff and Instructional Appointments at various levels including the present one as Vice Chief of Air Staff. This Air Officer is decorated with PVSM, AVSM, VM and he is one of the ADCs to the supreme Commander. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Flies Joint Sortie With IAF Chief BS Dhanoa From Pathankot Airbase.

He also commanded Flight Test Squadron at Aircraft & System Testing Establishment (ASTE) and was the Project Director of National Flight Test Centre on Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) project. As Deputy Chief of Air Staff (DCAS), he was instrumental in the finalisation of contract of Rafale aircraft for IAF. Air Marshal Bhadauri also headed a frontline deep strike Jaguar Squadron and a frontline fighter base in South Western sector. Bhadauria is from Korath, a village near Agra.

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First Batch of 8 Apache AH-64E Helicopters Inducted Into Indian Air Force at Pathankot Airbase, Choppers Get Cannon Salute

The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday inducted eight Apache Ah-64E attack helicopters during a glittering ceremont held at Pathankot airbase. IAF chief Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest of the event. The newly inducted helicopters received water cannon salute. In 2015, the Indian government had signed a deal with the United States (US) and Boeing to procure 22 Apache helicopters.The choppers will inducted into the IAF in a phased manner. All the 22 chopper will be delivered to the IAF by 2020. The helicopters landed at the Hindan airbase on July 28.

Indian Air Frce’s Tweet:

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa during the induction ceremony said “Apache attack helicopters are being purchased to replace the Mi-35 fleet. Alongside the capability to shoot fire and forget anti tank guided missiles, air to air missiles, rockets and other ammunitions, it also has modern EW capabilities to provide versatility to helicopter in a network centric aerial warfare.” IAF Gets First Apache Helicopter During Ceremony Held at Boeing’s Production Facility in United States’ Arizona; Watch Video.

Cannon Salute to Apache Helicopters:

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa further added, “Apaches have been an integral part of numerous historic campaigns worldwide. These aircraft have been modified specifically to suit the exacting standards demanded by IAF. I am happy to note that the delivery schedule is on time with eight helicopters already being delivered.”

India is the 16th nation including Taiwan which to have Apache attack helicopters in service. The Boeing AH-64 Apache is an American twin-turboshaft attack helicopter with a tailwheel-type landing gear arrangement and a tandem cockpit for a crew of two. It features a nose-mounted sensor suite for target acquisition and night vision systems. The helicopter was introduced to U.S. Army service in April 1986.

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Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Flies Joint Sortie With IAF Chief BS Dhanoa From Pathankot Airbase

Vir Chakra awardee Wing Commnader Abhinandan Varthaman on Monday flew a joint sortie with Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in the trainer version of the MiG-21 Type 69 fighter aircraft from Pathankot airbase. The 26 Squadron is based at Pathankot Air Force Station. According to reports, it would be the last sortie of the IAF Chief in a combat aircraft. The sortie lasted for about half an hour. President Ram Nath Kovind Approves 132 Gallantry Award For Armed Forces Personnel and Members of Paramilitary Forces, Check Full List.

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Wing Commander Varthaman was awarded Vir Chakra last month for shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet during aerial combat which took place on February 27 after Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. In the aerial dogfight, Wg Cdr Varthaman’s Mig-21 Bison was also shot down. Though he ejected safely but his parachute drifted to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). The Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot was then captured by the Pakistani Army. He was later released on March 1. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

IAF Chief With Wg Cdr Varthaman:

Apart from Wg Cdr Varthaman, Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal who intercepted PAF aircraft on February 27 was also conferred with Yudh Seva Medal. The five IAF pilots – Wing Commander Amit Ranjan, Squadron Leaders Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, BKN Reddy and Shashank Singh were awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for carrying out airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge February 14 Pulwama attack.

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IAF Launches Mobile-Based Air Combat Game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ to Attract More Youth to Join The Force

Air Chief Marshal Barinder Singh Dhanoa on Wednesday launched Indian Air Force’s (IAF) mobile-based air combat game – ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ in New Delhi. The teaser of the game was launched on July 20 on IAF’s Twitter handle. The game also features a character with a gunslinger moustache similar to that of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman who shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter during aerial combat on February 27. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Posted at Suratgarh Airbase in Rajasthan: Reports.

The game is offered on Android and iOS devices. At present the game is available as a single player wherein the user can cherish the thrill of flying experience. Later, the IAF will introduce the multiplayer version of the game. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Meets Army And Air Force Personnel in Jammu And Kashmir; Watch Video.

Teaser of the Game:

The game featuring Wg Cdr Varthaman like character showcases various fighter jets and choppers of the IAF including Su-30 MKIs and Mi-17 helicopters. It also makes a veiled reference to the Balakot airstrike, which was carried out by the IAF on Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan on February 26 using Mirage 2000 aircraft. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison.

With the launch of this game, the IAF aims to attract more youth to join the force to fulfill its depleted manpower. According to reports, Ministry of Defence, the IAF has shortage of 483 officers. Currently, the air force has 12,142 officers as on 1 June, against a sanctioned strength of 12,625.

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Captain Amarinder Singh Orders Double Promotion For Kargil War Hero Satpal Singh

Hours after news surfaced that Kargil War hero and Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh was managing traffic as a senior constable in Sangrur district, Punjab Chief Minister on Friday took note of the matter and ordered double promotion for the gallantry award winner. He is now promoted to the rank of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI). Satpal joined Punjab police in 2010 after his retirement from the Indian Army’s 8 Sikh Regiment. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.

Satpal Singh Managing Traffic in Sangrur:

 

Capt Singh slammed the then Akali government for ignoring the Kargil War hero’s credentials at the time of his recruitment. The Punjab CM tweeted, “Have promoted Vir Chakra awardee Satpal Singh of the #KargilWar from senior constable to ASI. He deserves special treatment, which previous @Akali_Dal_govt didn’t deem fit to give him at the time of his recruitment in 2010. This is the least we can do for our brave soldiers.”

Captain Amarinder Singh’s Tweet:

Satpal was posted in Drass sector during Operation Vijay in 1999 and was part of the team that helped the Army capture Tiger Hill. Satpal killed Capt Karnal Sher Khan of the Northern Light Infantry of the Pakistani Army and three others. Capt Sher Khan was later conferred the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest gallantry award on the recommendation of the Indian Army. Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero.

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Meanwhile, India on Friday celebrated the 20th aniiversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. Chiefs of all the the three wings of the Indian Defence Forces – General Bipin Rawat, Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa paid tribute to the martyrs of the Kargil War at War Memorial in Dras.

Speaking on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil victory, General Bipin Rawat gave a stern warning to Pakistan, saying, “You will get a bloodier nose next time”. President Ram Nath Koind also visited the Kargil War Memorial to pay homage to the war heroes.

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Indian Army Commanders’ Conference 2019: Here Are Key Highlights of The Conclave

The Army Commanders’ Conference is being held in New Delhi from April 8 to April 13. It is an apex level biannual event, which formulates important policy decisions. Army Commanders’ Conference is an important event in planning and execution process of Indian Army. To ensure due diligence, decisions are taken through collegiate system comprising Army Commanders and Senior Officers. Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat.

In the conference all aspects of extant security dynamics, emerging security scenarios, enhancing operational capability in near and long term and enhancement of combat edge over potential adversaries have been discussed. It has also been emphasized in the Conference that Indian Army is committed to peaceful security environment and shall holistically address emerging threats, challenges and ensure no room for terror. Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

Reviews during the Conference included readiness, tri-services synergy, military diplomacy, joint exercises that  have created capacity and environment and supporting operational plans that have evolved. Defence cooperation has facilitated new vistas and these shall provide excellent opportunities for enhancing strategic engagements.

Principal Staff Officers also provided update on contemporary issues like mitigating the cyber threats, management and streamlining of communication and data security. Live issues pertaining to administration and human resources development were deliberated in detail.

For developing deeper understanding and enhancing coordinating, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of Air Staff addressed Army Commanders and Staff. He conveyed vision and high credibility of IAF missions and ideas for synergised application. Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of Naval Staff and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee has also addressed the Army Commanders and focused on coordination and challenges in maritime domain. Indian Army Recovers Wreckage of World War-II US Air Force Aircraft in Roing District of Arunachal Pradesh.

Additionally, to promote indigenisation through ‘Make in India’, an exhibition of emerging and future defence technological innovations was held.   A total of 53 domestic companies participated in this event.  This interaction of industry representatives with the senior leadership of the Army facilitated in obtaining a direct feedback regarding product development and enhancement keeping in view the requirements of Army.

With a focus on the welfare of the families of brave soldiers who made supreme sacrifice in the services of the Nation, Year 2019 has been declared as the year of ‘Next of Kin’. The deliberations in Army Commanders’ Conference validated the current course set by the military hierarchy, as merited by the dynamics of emerging security and operational events.

The key highlights of the conference are as given below:-

  • Optimum force readiness to be ensured.
  • Re-prioritising the existing requirements to ensure that the resources allocated for force modernisation and capacity building be ensured by optimising allotted budget.
  • Increase the content of indegenisation in force modernisation.
  • The state of existing infrastructure along Northern Borders and it has been decided to pursue these projects on higher priority. Ensure speedy move and all weather connectivity to Northern Borders are the focus areas.
  • As the Indian Army was becoming a more networked and digitised force, the COAS emphasised on the need to enhance technological threshold of all ranks so as to imbibe state of art technology and exploit the same.
  • The need to appreciate role of women officers in view of their permanent commission and align their employment gainfully with organisational requirements has been concurred by all.  Avenues for making the lady officers experts in foreign languages, artificial intelligence, data management, cyber and space domains are being examined.

Meanwhile, the first bi-annual Commanders’ Conference of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the year 2019 began yesterday at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, welcomed the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the conference. Sitharaman addressed the Air Force Commanders. She complimented the IAF and its air warriors for achieving and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in the service of the nation.

(Source: PIB)

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IAF’s First Bi-Annual Commanders’ Conference Begins Today at Vayu Bhawan; Nirmala Sitharaman Lauds Air Warriors For Displaying Highest Level of Professionalism

The first bi-annual Commanders’ Conference of Indian Air Force (IAF) for the year 2019 began today at the Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, welcomed the Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the conference. Sitharaman addressed the Air Force Commanders. She complimented the IAF and its air warriors for achieving and maintaining the highest standards of professionalism in the service of the nation. The defence minister praised the IAF for its flawless execution of the Balakot strikes and subsequent thwarting of the Pakistani response. She said that the IAF has proved its mettle in Exercise Gagan Shakti 2018 and Vayu Shakti 2019 and the same reflected in the successfully conducted Balakot Strike and air action on 27 February. Indian Air Force Quashes Pakistan’s Claim of Not Using F-16 Fighter Jet Against India, Releases Radar Images of February 27 Aerial Combat.

Sitharaman stressed on a proactive role of the IAF in the Indian Ocean Region and relationships through Military interactions and HADR. She asked the IAF to look at the future with the latest technologies available across the world and those that can be developed within India, in order to meet its needs.  She added that the IAF will play a vital role in enhancing the defence manufacturing capabilities of the nation through its acquisitions in the form of Strategic Partnership Model. She added that she is aware of the critical requirements projected by the IAF and assured that as a Nation we need to build those capabilities. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

The defence minister said that IAF personnel, serving and retired could contribute immensely in enhancing defence manufacturing and production in India. The defence production industry must utilize these assets to the fullest. She expressed great appreciation for the training imparted to all personnel in the IAF as reflected in the actions and conduct of Wing Commander Abhinandan. The CAS while addressing the Commanders emphasised on further enhancement of the IAF’s capability in the field of Space, Cyber, Information, AI and Drone technology. Pakistan Navy Claims it Thwarted Indian Submarine From Entering Its Waters; Indian Navy Terms it as ‘False Propaganda.

During the two day conference, discussions and deliberations will take place in line with the theme of the conference of ‘Enhancing our operational capability in the short and long term’. The successful strike over Balakot and air action on 27 February will also be discussed along with the latest technologies in the aviation field to make IAF a more high tech force. ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Yesterday, in the Indian Army Commanders Conference, the decision was taken that amid the increasing tensions with Pakistan, troops readiness would remain as they are at the movement. The During the conference, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said, “Indian Army is committed to peaceful security environment. We shall holistically address emerging threats, challenges & ensure no room for terror. Readiness, tri-services synergy, mil diplomacy, joint exercise have created capacity & environment” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa also attended that conference.

(Article Source : PIB)

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Apache AH-64E Attack Helicopters to be Inducted Into Indian Air Force This July: Report

The Indian Air Force (IAF) will soon induct United States (US)-made Apache AH-64E attack helicopters, as the first batch of our choppers will arrive in July this year, reported Hindustan Times. India had inked a $ 1.1-billion deal with the US defence giant Boeing, in September 2015 for 22 Apaches.

According to the report, the first batch of choppers will be based at the Pathankot air base. He report further added that the choppers will be split into two squadrons, with the second one to be based in eastern part of India in Jorhat. Indian Air Force Soon to Get Boeing’s Apache And Chinook Helicopters.

Video of Apache helicopter in action:

 

The IAF is currently operating Soviet-origin Mi-25 and Mi-35 helicopter gunships. Boeing is likely to deliver all the 22 helicopters through 2020. Meanwhile, on March 25, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa inducted the first batch of four Chinook helicopters into the IAF.

The Chinook heavy-lift helicopters had arrived in India from the US on February 10 this year. The multi-mission helicopters, which have been deployed in Chandigarh, will be used for transports artillery, troops, equipment, supplies to the battlefield. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

New Delhi signed a $ 3 billion deal to buy 22 Apache and 15 Chinook helicopters in September 2015 with Boeing and the government of the United States. The Indian government signed a direct contract with the Boeing to procure Chinook helicopters, while the deal to buy Apache helicopters is a mixed one. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

A part of the deal was signed with the US aviation company and the other half is signed with the US government under foreign military sales route. Meanwhile, last year, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government signed another deal with the Boeing to acquire six Apache helicopters for the Indian Army. It will be the first fleet of attack helicopters of the army.

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IAF Air Strikes in Pakistan: ‘We Don’t Count the Dead, Says Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa After BJP Chief Amit Shah Claims Over 250 JeM Terrorists Killed in Balakot

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Monday during a press conference in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore, said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) only focussed on whether targets were hit or not and didn’t count the number of casualties suffered by terrorists. He further added the number of casualties at the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) training camp would be released by the government. The Air Chief Marshal said, “The IAF is not in a position to clarify the number of casualties. The government will clarify that. We don’t count human casualties, we count what targets we have hit or not.” ‘R-73 Selected’, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s Last Radio Message Before Ejecting Out of Mig-21 Bison.

Speaking on the targets being hit, he said, “The target has been clearly amplified by the Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale in his statement. If we plan to hit the target, we hit the target, otherwise why would he (Pakistan PM Imran Khan) have responded. If we dropped bombs in the jungles, why would he respond.” When asked about why Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was flying Mig-21 Bison which is considered to be an ageing fighter jet, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa termed it a capable aircraft. Pakistan Air Force Pilot Shahzaz Ud Din Whose F-16 Was Shot Down by Wg Cd Abhinandan Varthaman Mistaken to be Indian; Lynched by PoK Locals?

Media interaction of Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa:

He further stated, “It has been upgraded, has better radar, air-to air missiles and better weapons system.” Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa also made it clear that the Wg Cdr Varthaman would be flying fighter jets only after being declared fit. Lockheed Martin Busts Pakistan’s Lie; American Aircraft Manufacturer Not to Sue India For Claiming IAF’s MiG-21 Bison Shot Down PAF F-16 Fighter Jet.

Yesterday, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah during  a rally in Gujarat claimed that over 250 terrorists were killed in the strike. On February 26, 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed terror camps of JeM in Pakistan’s Balakot. In retaliation, the very next day, fighter jets of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) violated the Indian airspace. The IAF fighter jets intercepted PAF aircraft. Pakistan’s F-16 Which Violated Indian Air Space Shot Down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman with Mig-21 Bison; IAF Presents Cover of AMRAAM Missile As Evidence.

Wg Cdr Varthaman was part of a team comprising of six Mi-21 Bison pilots who took off from Srinagar, apart from Su-30 MKIs, Mig-29s and Mirage-2000s from other air force stations. According to reports, the dogfight lasted for about 15 minutes, during which the IAF pilot managed to “lock on” to PAF’s F-16 and then fired R-73 missile. The IAF officer was released almost after 60 hours  by Pakistan on March 1.

Aero India 2019:General Bipin Rawat Takes Sortie of LCA-Tejas; Watch Video

Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat on Thursday took a sortie in Light Combat Aircraft (LCA)- Tejas during an Aero India in Bengaluru. Gen Rawat described the fighter jet as a “wonderful aircraft”. The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) took a sorties in a two-seater trainer variant of the Tejas. On Wednesday Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)-made fighter jet received the Final Operational Clearance (FOC). Watch Video of Rafale Jets Landing at Yelahanka Air Force Station to Participate in Bengaluru’s Aero India Show.

After the sortie, while interacting with the media, the COAS said that the flight in the LCA was a wonderful experience. According to Gen Rawat, the aircraft will add to the air power of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The FOC Certificate and Release to Service Document (RSD) were handed over to the Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on the opening day of Aero India 2019. General Rawat also flew in Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) at the event. Gagan Shakti 2018: Sukhoi 30-MKI Equipped With Brahmos Missile Hit Targets Over Malacca Strait on Concluding Day.

General Bipin Rawat taking sortie in LCA Tejas:

Meanwhile, on February 20, Lockheed Martin unveiled the F-21 fighter jet. The United States of America’s premier fighter jets maker offered to produce these jets in India under the ‘Make in India’ programme. Lockheed Martin would partner Tata Advanced Systems to produce the F-21 locally as it is eyeing the multi-billion dollar deal for 114 aircraft. The US fighter jets maker claimed that F-21 is designed to address IAF’s unique requirements. Though Lockheed Martin offered the F-16 fighter jet in response to IAF’s Request for Information for 114 fighter jets.