28 Years of Mig-25 Garuda’s First Sortie: IAF’s Tweets on Historic Day When Supresonic Aircraft Took Off For Its Maiden Flight

Twenty-eight years ago, on August 25, 1981, the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Mig-25 “Garuda” flew its first sortie. the then Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Idris Latif and Wing Commander Apram Jeet Singh of the 102 Squadron were the pilots of Mig-25’s maiden flight. IAF Launches Mobile-Based Air Combat Game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ to Attract More Youth to Join The Force.

The IAF in a tweet on Sunday said, “#YearsBack on This Day #IAF: On 25 Aug 81, IAF’s mighty Mig-25 flew its first sortie. Wg Cdr AJ Singh, CO, 102 Sqn and the then CAS, ACM Idris Latif were the pilots in its maiden flight. Mig-25, ‘Garuda’, is one of the fastest fighters ever to have entered military service.”

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The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 is a supersonic interceptor and reconnaissance aircraft that was among the fastest military aircraft to enter service. It was designed by the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich bureau and is one of the few combat aircraft built primarily using stainless steel. IAF to Receive First Batch of Rafale Jets Next Month; Warplanes to be Equipped With SCALP Missiles by 2020.

After its induction into the IAF, Mig-25 was designated as “Garuda”. It was also used extensively in the Kargil War and Operation Parakram, conducting aerial reconnaissance sorties over Pakistan. The aircraft was retired from the service from the IAF in 2007 due to lack of spare parts and India’s acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles and satellite imagery.

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Indian Army to Get Russian-Origin T-90MS Tanks Under ‘Make in India’ Program

The Indian Army will induct 464 Russian-origin T-90 MS battle tanks between 2022 and 2026, at the cost of Rs 13,448, reported The Times of India.  The T-90MS are upgraded version of T-90 family. Soon, an order to produce these tanks will be placed on the Avadhi Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) under Ordnance Factory Board. The cabinet committee on security had already cleared the licence acquisition from Russia last month. Arjun Mark 2 – The Beast with upgraded technology, 3rd Generation Tank.

The entire process will be a part of the Indian government’s ‘Make in India’ programme. After the procurement, the new T-90 regiments will be increased by 10 more units. These tanks will be equipped with thermal imaging night sights which will be of great help for tank commander during the night battles. Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army already has 18 regiments of T-90 tanks. Currently, T-90 are deployed in Rajasthan and Punjab on the western front with Pakistan. The India Army has over 4,000 tanks including over 1,000 T-90 tanks. The Army also has 2,400 older T-72 tanks in its 67 armoured regiments and 124 Arjun Mark-1 tanks. India Successfully Test Fires Nirbhay, Supersonic Cruise Missile From Integrated Test Range in Odisha.

Last year, India also signed a $5 billion deal with Russia to procure S-400 advanced air defence system. The deal was signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India to take part in the 19th India-Russia Annual Bilateral Summit. Meanwhile, in 2018, India also finalised two deals of $500 and $950 million with Russia for procurement of four advanced stealth frigates. Out of these four, two frigates will be procured directly from Russia, while other two will be built at a shipyard in Goa with the transfer of technology.

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Indian Navy to Get 10 Kamov-31 Russian Choppers; Defence Ministry Approves Rs 3,600 Crore Deal

The Defence Ministry on Friday approved the procurement of 10 Kamov Ka-31 Airborne Early Warning and Control helicopters for the Indian Navy. According to reports, the total cost of the deal would be around Rs 3,600 crore. These helicopters would be deployed aircraft carriers and warships. INS Vikrant, First Indigenous-Built AirCraft Carrier to Be Delivered to Indian Navy in 2021: Admiral Sunil Lanba.

The aim of the choppers is to sanitise the air space around the battle groups led by the aircraft carriers and are used for anti-submarine warfare operations. The Navy has already a fleet of 12 of these choppers. In addition to these helicopters, the force has also Kamove-28 and Kamov 25 choppers. Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal.

Now the deal will be presented before the cabinet committee on security for the final approval. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) which takes decisions on defence deals is headed by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The council also includes chiefs of three services. Indian Navy’s Virtual Reality Centre For Designing Warships Inaugurated by Admiral Sunil Lanba.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, the defence ministry signed two separate contracts with Cochin Shipyard Limited and GRSE to build 16 Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Crafts (ASWSWC) for the Indian Navy. Both the shipyards will build eight ASWSWCs each. Both the contracts are worth Rs 6,311 crore each.

In view of India’s vast coastline of 7516.6 kilometer with 12 Major ports, 184 minor ports and 1197 Island territories, coastal surveillance for ASW operations is considered critical. Induction of these specialised ships with lower draught, would significantly enhance coastal shallow water Anti Submarine Warfare capability of the Indian Navy with improved performance of weapons, censors, hall mounted and towed sonars.

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Indian Army Recovers Wreckage of World War-II US Air Force Aircraft in Roing District of Arunachal Pradesh

A 12-member team of the Indian Army on March 30 discovered wreckage of a World War II US Air Force aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh’s Roing district. The patrol party successfully carried out the arduous task after receiving an information from local trekkers of Lower Dibang district. The patrol located the aircraft debris covered by thick undergrowth and deeply buried under five feet of snow. World War II Aircraft ‘Dakota DC-3’ Reaches India to Re-Join Indian Air Force.

Army troops moved cross country for 30 kilometers in thick jungles and snow covered areas for eight days to trace out the wreckage. The region had seldom been ventured by anyone in the past and is even obscured from air due to thick foliage. Indian Army Tests ‘Air Cavalry’ Using Attack Helicopters.

The Indian Army tweeted, “Troops from #IndianArmy discovered the wreckage of a World War II vintage US Air Force aircraft in Roing district #ArunachalPradesh. 12 member  patrol successfully carried out arduous task on 30 Mar 2019. The patrol located aircraft debris covered under deep snow @easterncomd.” United States Raises Concerns Over India’s Deal With Russia to Procure S-400 Triumf.
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The World War-II was fought from 1939 to 1945 between two opposing groups –Allies and Axis. The Allied powers comprised – the United Stated States, the United Kingdom and the then Soviet Union. Meanwhile, Germany, Italy and Japan formed the Axis group. The World War-II ended with the surrender of Japan.

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Indian Navy to Get MH-60 ‘Romeo’ Seahawk Helicopters Soon; US Approves USD 2.6 Billion Deal

The United States on Tuesday approved the sale of 24 submarine-hunting MH-60R Seahawk Multi-Mission helicopters to India. The entire deal is of $2.6 billion. As per reports, the US’ (DSCA) received the approval from the State Department for the sale and the Congress was notified about it. The helicopters are nicknamed “Romeo”. These helicopters will give India the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions and also perform peacetime operations like search and rescue. India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease.

According to reports, the deal is yet to be concluded. The negotiations on offset clause are still to take place. The DSCA said that the proposed sale would support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Indian strategic relationship. The agency further added that the deal would improve the security of a major defensive partner which continues to be an important force for political stability, peace and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific and South Asia region. Defence Acquisition Committee Approves Rs 3,000 Crore Procurement Including Brahmos, ARVs For Arjun MBTs.

These helicopters are manufactured by Sikorsky-Lockheed Martin, under the US foreign military sales programme. The Navy will replace the fleet of Sea King Mk 42B/C and Ka-28 helicopters. In November last year, India issued a ‘letter of request’ to the US. These helicopters will be armed with torpedoes and missiles for robust anti-submarine warfare capabilities.

Presently, the Navy operates 11 Kamov-28 and 17 Sea King ASW helicopters, but only four Kamove-28 and around five Sea King ASW are in flying condition. The MH-60 Seahawk helicopter is the world’s most advanced maritime helicopter.

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India Signs $3-Billion Deal With Russia to Get Akula Class Nuclear Submarine, Chakra-III on Lease

India on Thursday signed a $3 billion deal with Russia to get lease of another nuclear attack submarine. The Akula 2 class submarine – Chakra-III will be customised and fitted with indigenous communications systems and sensors. The vessel will be ready by 2025. Chakra-III  is a nuclear attack submarine powered by a nuclear reactor but will armed with conventional weapons. The ship is currently mothballed at a Russian naval shipyard in Severodvinsk. Indian Government Signs Contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd For Construction of Two ‘Project 1135.6’ Frigates For Indian Navy.

It is the second biggest deal with Russia after $5.5 billion contract to procure S-400 advanced air defence system which was finalised in October 2018. In 1988, the Indian Navy inducted a Project 670 Skat-class nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine which was rechristened as INS Chakra on a three-year lease. While, in 2012, a second INS Chakra, the retrofitted K-152 Project 971 Akula-class Nerpa, was leased for 10 years. The Chakra-II is currently serving with the Eastern Naval Command. India is also planning to extend the lease of Chakra-II another five years to 2027. The discussions are going on with Russia to extend the lease. Indian Navy Inducts Third Ship of LCU Mk-IV Class at Port Blair.

Last in October, India also signed a $500 million contract to build two stealth frigates in Goa that are expected to be delivered by 2027. The deal came just weeks after the two countries inked a $950 million deal to import two other such warships from Russia. The Follow-on P 1135.6 series of frigates, customised to meet the Indian Navy’s specific requirements, are potent platforms, with a mission span covering the entire spectrum of Naval warfare; Air, Surface and Sub-surface.

Defence Acquisition Council Approves Indian Army’s Request to Procure 5,000 Milan 2T Missiles, Also Gives Nod to Rs 4,000 Crore Project to Construct 6 Submarines

The Defence Acquisition Council on Thursday approved the procurement of 5,000 French-made Milan 2T missiles. The meeting was headed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Three services chief were also present in the meeting. the Indian Army had requested to procure second-generation missiles, Milan 2T missiles as India till now have not approved Israeli made anti-tank missile ‘Spike’ and Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) Nag missile is still under trials. Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31.

Milan 2T is an advanced variant of MILAN missiles which India used in the Kargil War of 1999 to destroy the bunkers built by Pakistani soldiers in the mountains. MILAN is a wire-guided missile. The purchase of MILAN 2T missiles will also fulfil the immediate need of anti-tank missiles and these missiles could also serve for another decade. It has a range of over 2 kilometres. Currently, the Indian Army has a requirement of 70,000 anti-tank guided missiles and 850 launchers. India tests NAG 190, $500 Million Spike Missile deal in jeopardy.

Apart from the Milan 2T Missiles, The DAC also approved the project to construct six submarines. The total cost of the project will be Rs 40,000 crores. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the Indian government signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd, Goa to-date for the construction of two naval frigates. The contract was part of an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of Republic of India and Government of Russian Federation which was concluded on 15 October 2016. As part of the IGA, India signed a deal with Russia in October to directly purchase two project 1135.6 class frigates, while another deal was signed to build two other frigates at Goa Shipyard Ltd.

Indian Government Signs Contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd For Construction of Two ‘Project 1135.6’ Frigates For Indian Navy

The Indian government on Wednesday signed a contract with Goa Shipyard Ltd, Goa to-date for the construction of two naval frigates. The contract was part of an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between the Government of Republic of India and Government of Russian Federation which was concluded on 15 October 2016, for construction of additional Project 1135.6 Follow-on ships in India, at M/s Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL). According to the contract, the ships are scheduled for delivery in June 2026 and December 2026 to the Indian Navy respectively. Indian Navy Inducts Third Ship of LCU Mk-IV Class at Port Blair.

The $500 million deal to construct two stealth frigates in Goa was signed in November last year with Russia. The deal came just weeks after the two countries inked a $950 million deal to import two other such warships from Russia. The Follow-on P 1135.6 series of frigates, customised to meet the Indian Navy’s specific requirements, are potent platforms, with a mission span covering the entire spectrum of Naval warfare; Air, Surface and Sub-surface. INS Tarangini Returns to Kochi After Seven-Month Long Sailing; Rear Admiral RJ Nadkarni Receives The Ship.

The ships would be equipped to operate in littoral and blue waters; both as a single unit and as consorts of a naval task force. Advanced features of stealth include a special hull design, to limit radar cross-section, low electromagnetic, infrared and under water noise signatures. The ships would carry highly sophisticated and state-of-art weapon systems and sensors. To support these ships through their life cycle, the Indian Navy has put in place requisite infrastructures for training and maintenance. Indian Army Seeking 5,000 Anti-Tank Guided Missiles ‘MILAN 2T’ to Fulfil Immediate Shortage; DAC To Take Decision on January 31.

Importantly, in line with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative, these ships being constructed at M/s GSL, Goa under Russian assistance, would make these platforms the largest number of ships of a class in service showcasing indigenous equipment such as sonar system, Brahmos missile system, Combat Management System etc. The Indian-made warships are likely to cost 30-50% more than the other two ships. India already operates six of the Talwar-class frigates.

AVIAINDRA-2018: IAF’s Special Forces ‘Garud’ Undertake Air-Borne Assault Operation in Anti-Terrorist Scenario

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa with Indian nd Russian pilots at Air Force Station Jodhpur (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

During the ongoing exercise Aviaindra-2018 between the Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFASF), the IAF’s Special Forces ‘GARUD’ undertook an airborne assault operation in an anti-terrorist scenario at Air Force Station Jodhpur. The An-32 aircraft of the IAF was piloted by a mix crew of IAF and RFASF. Indian and Russian pilots also flew Sukhoi-30MKI during the exercise. The second leg of the joint exercise started from December 10 and is scheduled to continue till December 21. The first phase was held in at Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28.

Yesterday, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa interacted with pilots of both the air forces. Chief of the Air Staff was received by Air Commodore Philip Thomas, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jodhpur. The second edition of Ex AVIAINDRA is aimed at exposing RFASF and IAF pilots to single/multi aircraft missions in a Counter Terrorism Scenario within the predefined scope.  The 30 member RFASF contingent comprises of fighter, transport and helicopter pilots.

During the interaction, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed RFASF team and emphasised the importance of joint exercises, as they create an environment of camaraderie and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices. Meanwhile, earlier in December, the IAF also conducted the fourth edition of the Cope India exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station. Both the IAF and the USAF practiced airborne assaults on ‘enemy’ territory.

AVIAINDRA 2018: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa Interacts With IAF And RFASF Pilots at Jodhpur Air Force Station

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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa interacts with Russian and Indian Air Force Pilots during AVIAINDRA 2018 (Picture Courtesy: Twitter/@IAF_MCC)

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff visited Air Force Station Jodhpur on December 2018 to interact with the participating forces of ongoing second leg of Exercise AVIAINDRA 2018 between Indian Air Force (IAF) and Russian Federation Aerospace Force (RFASF). Chief of the Air Staff was received by Air Commodore Philip Thomas, Air Officer Commanding Air Force Station Jodhpur. The second edition of Ex AVIAINDRA is aimed at exposing RFASF and IAF pilots to single/multi aircraft missions in a Counter Terrorism Scenario within the predefined scope.  The 30 member RFASF contingent comprises of fighter, transport and helicopter pilots. India, China Resume Joint Military Training ‘Hand-in-Hand’; Indian Army’s 11 SikhLi Participates in The Exercise.

The Chief of the Air Staff was briefed in detail about various phases of the exercise and was apprised of its progress. Post briefing, Chief of the Air Staff visited the RFASF and IAF detachment, wherein he interacted with the personnel of both the Air Forces. During the interaction, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed RFASF team and emphasised the importance of joint exercises, as they create an environment of camaraderie and provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s best practices. Hand-in-Hand Exercise 2018: Indian Army Soldiers Teach Bhangra to Chinese Army Troops During Joint Military Drill; Watch Video.

 

He spoke about the long standing military partnership between RFASF and IAF and the common equipment that both the nations operate. He complimented the efficacy of Russian equipment, as it has played a pivotal role during various IAF air campaigns. Ex AVIAINDRA is a testimony of the Indo-Russian Military relationship and would enhance mutual cooperation and understanding between IAF and RFASF.

The second leg of the joint exercise started from December 10 and is scheduled to continue till December 21. The first phase was held in at Lipetsk, Russia from September 17 to 28. Meanwhile, earlier in December, the IAF also conducted the fourth edition of the Cope India exercise with the United States Air Force (USAF) at Kalaikunda Air Force Station. Both the IAF and the USAF practiced airborne assaults on ‘enemy’ territory using their C-130 aircraft and fighter jets including the F-15s from the US and the SU-30MKI, Mirage-2000 and Jaguar fighters from India.