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Chidambaram on Rafale makers failing offset obligations: The opening of a can of worms?

September 24, 2020 11:23 am

In a series of tweets Chidambaram said the French manufacturer should have completed its first annual commitment of fulfilling offset obligations as of Wednesday.

Daily briefing: Rethink short lockdowns, PM tells states; Khurshid named for ‘provocative speeches’ during Delhi riots

September 24, 2020 8:57 am

From more details on the FinCEN files to Congress leader Salman Khurshid's alleged role in the Delhi riots, read the top stories from print edition today.

IAF's Rafale fleet to have first woman pilot soon

September 21, 2020 3:07 pm

At present, the IAF has 10 women fighter pilots and 18 women navigators. The total strength of women officers serving in the IAF is 1,875.

Rafale jets induction a stern message for those eyeing India's sovereignty: Rajnath Singh

September 11, 2020 4:23 am

Calling it a "historic day" for India's national security, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that the induction of Rafale jets is important given the "atmosphere being created along the borders."

Explained: The evolving role of religious teachers in Indian Army

September 16, 2020 1:48 pm

A multi-faith prayer was held during the induction ceremony of Rafale jets in the IAF at Ambala Air Force Base.

Quixplained: A look at India's Rafale fighter jet vs China's J20 and Pakistan's F16

September 16, 2020 1:40 pm

The state-of-the-art 4.5 Generation Rafale jet can reach almost double the speed of sound, with a top speed of 1.8 Mach. With its multi-role capabilities, including electronic warfare, air defence, ground support and in-depth strikes, the Rafale lends air superiority to the Indian Air Force.

Rafale jets to be formally inducted into Indian Air Force today

September 10, 2020 1:17 am

"At Ambala, the program will include ceremonial unveiling of the Rafale aircraft, a traditional 'Sarva Dharma Puja', air display by Rafale and Tejas aircraft as well as by 'Sarang Aerobatic Team'," the defence ministry said in a statement.

Bird menace due to garbage dump danger to Rafale in Ambala, IAF tells Haryana govt

September 02, 2020 10:36 am

The Director-General Inspection and Safety of Indian Air Force, Air Marshal Manavendra Singh, has written a demi-official letter, addressed to Keshni Anand Arora, Chief Secretary, Haryana, in this regard.

Rafales will provide India major advantage in Tibet in case of aerial combat: B S Dhanoa

August 02, 2020 8:58 pm

Dhanoa, known as the architect of the Balakot strikes, said the Rafale jets along with S-400 missile systems will give the Indian Air Force a major combat edge in the entire region and that India's adversaries will think twice before starting a war with it.

Rafale a game changer, now IAF challenge is to boost jet strength

July 30, 2020 7:29 am

The strength of 29 squadrons by 2023 includes two Rafale squadrons, one additional MiG-29 squadron and one additional squadron of indigenous Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas jets, into the IAF fleet as per schedule.


Quixplained: India's Rafale vs Pakistan's F16 and China's J20

August 07, 2020 8:31 am

The five Rafale fighter jets that land in Ambala on Wednesday morning will resurrect the Number 17 Golden Arrows squadron of the Indian Air Force. It will take the IAF’s squadron strength to 31. When all the 36 Rafale jets are delivered by 2022, it will take it to 32 squadrons, still well below the 42 squadrons of the sanctioned strength.

Rafale jets re-fuelled mid-air at 30,000 feet

July 31, 2020 12:16 pm

The Rafale aircrafts are being flown by Indian Air Force pilots. They took off from the Merignac airbase near Bordeaux in France on Monday and will reach Ambala Air Force Station on Wednesday.


What Rahul did right: It was not the promise of better governance

June 22, 2020 6:08 pm

Congress President Rahul Gandhi is rightly being credited for the grand old party's victory in three crucial states in the Hindi heartland. But what did he do right? It was not the promise of better governance. Manoj CG explains what really worked.