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Airmen Trainees passed out from Air Force Station, Jalahalli


As many as 1200 airmen trainees joined the mainstream of the Indian Air force at the passing out parade of ab-initio trainees at Air Force Station Jalahalli in Bengaluru today. 

Air Vice Marshal GSPN Chowdary, Senior Maintenance Staff Officer, Training Command was the Reviewing Officer at the parade. The parade was witnessed by a large number of air warriors, ab-initio trainees and other guests.

The Reviewing Officer presented trophies to the Best in Trade to Leading Aircraftsman Sanjeet Kumar for Electronics Fitter Trade, Leading Aircraftsman Dinesh for Electrical Fitter (Restructured) Ground and Leading Aircraftsman Sahil Poonia for Electrical Fitter (Resctured) Aviation. Leading Aircraftsman Sahil Poonia secured the Best All Rounder Trophy.

The Reviewing Officer congratulated the graduating trainees and those who had performed well in different fields. He emphasised that the country has reposed enormous faith in each one of them to guard the Air Frontier of the Nation and reiterated the need to utilize their training in pursuit of excellence to achieve professional goals. He lauded the remarkable efforts put up by the instructional staff and all those connected with the training, both directly and indirectly at the Training Institutes and Air Force Station Jalahalli.  


A noble gesture to respect our protectors


Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) and Mrs Veena Nayyar, wife of Late Vice Admiral KK Nayyar, former Vice Chief of Naval Staff inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pledge Rs Two Crores for welfare schemes run by the Army, Navy and Air Force for Next of Kins of service personnel who are martyred in the Line of Duty.

Mrs Veena Nayyar presented a Cheque of Rs 2 Crores to three Services which was received by Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of the Naval Staff, Gen MM Naravane, Chief of the Army Staff and Air Marshall VPS Rana, Air Officer In Charge of Administration at Army Headquarters, New Delhi, a release issued today by the Ministry of Defence informed.

The main objective of the MoU is to facilitate various welfare schemes instituted for Next of Kins of servicemen who die in the Line of Duty. The welfare schemes include Education Scholarships and Computer Grant for the wards and widows of deceased service personnel, Grant for Higher Education of widows and Marriage grant for widows and daughters, the release informed.

The Chief of the Naval Staff and the Chief of the Army Staff conveyed their gratitude to Mrs Veena Nayyar for her benevolent contribution to the three Services and said that her noble gesture would support more than one lakh widows and wards in leading a respectful life. 

DIAV is one of the primary organisations of the Indian Army which looks after the Rehabilitation and Welfare of the families of Service personnel who have died in harness. DIAV has disbursed approximately Rs 86 Crores to about 76,000 beneficiaries over the past 20 years towards various welfare schemes, the release added.

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Command Hospital Air Force Receives Unit Crest

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command IAF visited Command Hospital, Air Force in Bengaluru today.  

In a formal 'Hollow Square' organized on the occasion, the AOC-in-C presented the Command Hospital with its Unit Crest. The Crest was received by Air Vice Marshal Ashutosh Sharma, Commandant CHAFB. Crests are awarded to units to promote esprit de corps and celebrate their historical traditions. The Crest of Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore emphasizes its Motto of “Sarva Vyadhi Vinashanam” meaning “All Diseases be Eradicated”.

In his address to personnel of the hospital, the AOC-in-C congratulated the entire team of CHAFB for the highest quality health care provided. He especially complimented the Doctors, nursing officers and para-medical staff for their dedication and untiring efforts during the COVID pandemic.


CAS on visit to Bangladesh


Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, PVSM AVSM VM ADC Chief of the Air Staff, embarked on an official goodwill visit to Bangladesh today on an invitation from Air Chief Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat, BBP, OSP, NDU, PSC Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force (BAF), a release by Ministry of Defence stated today.

Chief of Air Staff Bangladesh recently represented his country at the Chiefs' of Air Staff Conclave 21 at Air Force Station Yelahanka where he led a delegation to Aero India 2021 earlier this month at Bengaluru.

During the course of the four-day visit, the CAS and delegation are scheduled to interact with senior dignitaries and visit key operational bases of BAF. They will discuss the progress made in areas of shared interests and explore avenues to further mutual military cooperation, the release said.

The visit of the CAS to Bangladesh comes at a significant period for both Bangladesh and Indian Armed Forces as the two celebrate 50 years of the 1971 war. It will enhance the existing professional ties and bonds of friendship between the two Air Forces, the release added.

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Air Force Chief launches HAVAI Portal


Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria formally launched the operationalisation of ‘HAVAI’ portal in the presence of Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, Director (Ops)-HAL, DCAS-IAF and AOC-in C, MC-IAF during the ongoing Aero India 2021 today.

The E-portal is developed as part of inter-organization information sharing system (IOIS) under ‘Digital India’ initiative. Such an initiative has been taken up between two government organisations (IAF and HAL) for the first time. The e-portal will optimize long-term material planning and reduce the repair and overhaul cycle time. It will also reduce the time for finalization of tasking and budgetary quotation processes.

Welcoming the initiative, CAS said, "The E-portal will bolster the competencies of the Indian Air Force and HAL and lead to increased serviceability of IAF weapon systems. This would facilitate secure information sharing between IAF and HAL for better coordination, improved transparency and faster decision-making."

Mr Madhavan said, "The Customer-centric portal would go a long way in leveraging the benefits of information sharing in real time. It will also enable the visibility of HAL repair milestones, provide instantaneous budgetary quotations against IAF orders and give information on status of supply against Aircraft on Ground and repair tasks undertaken by HAL Divisions."

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HAL Receives RFP for Basic Trainer HTT40 from IAF


Defence aviation major HAL has received a Request for Proposal (RFP) from the Indian Air Force for their Basic Trainers requirement at the on-going Aero India 2021 in IAF base in Yelahanka, near Bengaluru. 

The documents were handed over to Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL by Air Marshal Sandeep Singh, DCAS and Mr V L Kantha Rao, DG (Acquisition), Ministry of Defence. 

The RFP is for 70 aircraft with an additional clause for 38 more. The certification will be given against the PCQR

The production will take place at HAL's two manufacturing units at Bengaluru and Nashik.

The RFP has come within six years from the first flight of HAL which is the shortest timeline in the aircraft industry. The trainer will have more than 60 per cent indigenous content and is supported by agencies such as CEMILAC, RDAQA andASTE.

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Third Batch of Rafale aircraft lands in India


The third batch of three Rafale aircraft landed at an IAF base a short while ago, an official tweet by the Indian Air Force informed.

They flew over 7000 km with in-flight refuelling.

The aircraft got airborne earlier in the day from Istres Air Base in France.

IAF deeply appreciates the tanker support provided by UAE Air Force, the tweet added.

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Joint Armed Forces Exercise in Andaman Sea


In a bid to enhance joint operational readiness, Indian Armed Forces conducted a large-scale conjoint military training exercise "KAVACH" along with "AMPHEX-21" in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Andaman and Nicobar Command (ANC). It witnessed the participation of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) and Army Southern Command (SC) involving assets of Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The exercise involved participation and deployment of all forces of ANC, elements of Amphibious Brigade of Army's Southern Command along with corvettes, submarine and amphibious landing ships of Navy's Eastern Fleet and Marine Commandos. Jaguar Maritime Strike and transport aircraft from Indian Air Force and assets of Coast Guard also participated in the exercise.

The exercise started with maritime strikes by Jaguar aircraft, Para Commandos and Marine Commandos carrying out Combat Free Fall at Car Nicobar with an aim to validate air dominance and maritime strike capability within the area of interest in Indian Ocean Region (IOR). Prior to amphibious landing operations, troops of the Army, Navy and Air Force were mobilised and transported by sea and air in close coordination with all agencies.

As part of shaping the battlefield, MARCOS along with their combat loads and Air Droppable Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (ADR) were dropped over the Andaman Sea, enabling the Marine Commandos to reach the target with stealth and speed.  MI-17 V5 Armed Helicopters undertook precision targeting against designated enemy assets at sea and on land. The training exercise culminated with the beach landing operations by elements of Amphibious Brigade of Southern Command from INS Jalashwa, Airavat, Guldar and LCU MK-4 class of ships with 600 troops along with tanks, troop carrier vehicles and other heavy weapons. The logistic team demonstrated and validated the joint logistic system and its capabilities to respond to dynamic changes in operational situations and combat missions. The areas in which the exercise was conducted holds strategic significance for India.

The exercise also validated joint capabilities of intelligence gathering from space, air, land and sea-based assets, its synthesis, analysis and near real-time sharing to achieve battlefield transparency for quick decision making. The joint force executed multi-domain, high-intensity offensive and defensive manoeuvres in the Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal. The tri-services exercise fine-tuned joint warfighting capabilities and Standard Operating Procedures towards enhancing operational synergy.

Commander-in-Chief Andaman and Nicobar Command visited the exercise area in the Southern Group of Islands to oversee the exercise and commended all Ranks for the high level of operational preparedness.   

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Air Marshal RD Mathur visits Air Force Station Hakimpet

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force visited Air Force Station Hakimpet today.

On arrival, he was received by Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore AS Minhas, who briefed him on diverse flying training activities being undertaken at the Station.

During the visit, he interacted with the Flying Instructors of the Fighter Training Wing (FTW) and Helicopter Training School (HTS). He appreciated the sustained efforts put in by them in maintaining a healthy Flying environment.

The Air Marshal also inspected and inaugurated the newly constructed Communication & Cyber building which would further enhance the overall operational capabilities of the Base.

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Modified IJT Commences Spin Flight Testing: HAL


The indigenous Intermediate Jet Trainer (IJT) designed and developed by HAL to replace the ageing Kiran aircraft fleet of the IAF has commenced spin flight testing in Bengaluru. 

The flight was piloted by HAL's test pilots Gp. Capt H.V. Thakur (Retd) and Wg. Cdr P. Avasti (Retd).

The spin testing of an aircraft is the most crucial phase of its flight testing. Accordingly, the testing will be gradually progressed to assess the behaviour of the aircraft till six turn spins to either side to meet the targeted requirement

The IJT has already been tested to its full envelope in terms of speed, altitude and load factor ('g' envelope) and has also been integrated with drop tanks as well as bombs. For the spin test, HAL redesigned the aircraft by moving the vertical tail aft and extending the rudder surface. These changes for ensuring a satisfactory spin behaviour required an extensive redesign of the rear fuselage and the rudder.

The changes have been incorporated in two aircraft with the involvement and clearance from certification agencies at every stage. Postmodification, the two aircraft underwent significant flight tests to assess the general handling with the new configuration of fin and rudder. These aircraft have now been incorporated with the necessary safety devices (Anti-Spin Parachute Systems). During the first flight, initially, the aircraft was taken through one turn spin to the left and right-hand sides to test the spin characteristics.

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