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New report on IAF: it can’t protect north-eastern and western frontiers simultaneously

Against an authorization of 42 fighter squadrons, the IAF currently has only 33 squadrons but the effective numbers are even lower due to poor serviceability and maintenance standards.

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IAF: Don’t have the numbers to fully fight two-front war

The IAF officers said that the Rafale will significantly enhance the capability of the IAF. Talking about the low serviceability of the Su-30, the IAF vice chief Dhanoa said that it is an issue.

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Police search of bodie of Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel at Ravi river near Chamba on Sunday. Express photo. 06.03.2016.

Chamba: Two IAF jawans washed away after sudden rise of water level in Ravi

All five personnel were on a weekend holiday trip to Chamba and were clicking pictures at the riven bank.

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Taking Off

Contrary to official claims, Tejas is a winner

Ahead of the Pakistan JIT’s visit to probe the attack at the Pathankot air base, two of the three men who saw the terrorists from close quarters could not be located.

In fact: Pathankot attacks expose challenges in securing Air Force bases

Most airbases have boundary walls but not every yard of these is monitored 24×7. Sentry posts are 300 to 400 metres apart. Electronic surveillance has come into in vogue but is still not employed across all airbases.

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Pathankot attack aftermath: IAF completes security audit of facilities

Defence Ministry is in the process of setting up a committee to review security at all armed forces facilities based on the “risk factor”, besides the audit undertaken by the individual services themselves.

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Pathankot attack: Operation enters third day, more forces rushed to air base

More Quick Response Teams have been rushed to the Pathankot Air Base.

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Pathankot terror attack: Operation still on, death toll mounts to 7

Ten security personnel remain in hospital at the base, many of them in serious condition, according to military sources.

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Pathankot air base attack: Jawan injured while defusing explosive

The gunshots and blast were heard this morning during search and combing operation inside the base, IAF and Punjab Police sources told IANS.

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IAF personnel arrest shows rising incidents of online ‘honeytrap’

The Indian Express had earlier reported in July 2015 that the Military Intelligence had sounded warnings that fake profiles of women were being used on social networking sites in order to extract confidential information relating to the ORBAT of various military units.

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Ex-IAF officer, now whistleblower, bombards CIC with over 3,500 RTI petitions

The Commission wants the Chief Information Commissioner to device a mechanism to handle applications appearing to be ‘vexatious’ even as it highlighted that RTI Act has not defined the term.

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A barrier broken

The first batch of women officers will start piloting fighter jets by mid-2017. Even though women officers have been flying transport aircraft and helicopters for many years, this goes a step further.

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For Surya Kiran aerobatics team, IAF set to purchase 20 Hawks

Unlike the earlier Hawks, the current order will have Hawk AJTs with smoke pots and liveried in the colours of the Surya Kiran team. The order is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.

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Sky’s the limit

The real challenge is not teaching women in the air force to fly. It is bringing about a shift in thinking. Women in the forces need to be made equal contributors to strategy, future-planning.

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Air Force chief Arup Raha does a U-turn: Will induct women fighter pilots

In March last year, Raha had said that women are physically not suited to fly fighter planes. On Thursday, however, Raha said he had “no doubt” that women could become fighter pilots.

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