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Air Chief reviews LCH Programme, flies a Sortie


Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Chief of the Air Staff undertook his maiden flight in HAL designed and developed Light Advanced Helicopter (LCH) here today.

The aircraft took to the skies at 11.45 hours and remained airborne for an hour. 

The Chief of Air Staff was accompanied by HAL Deputy Chief Test Pilot, Wg Cdr (Retd) S P John.

While thanking all stakeholders of LCH project, the Air Chief said, "It was a very good sortie. I was able to look at the important flying characteristics and status of sensors already installed.  The LCH is a potent platform due to excellent D&D efforts and well-supported flight test team.  The IAF is keenly looking forward to the induction of this aircraft and I am sure HAL will give required focus on product ionisation at a fast pace."

Mr R Madhavan, CMD, HAL, thanked the Air Chief and said that HAL is geared up for product ionisation of LCH to meet all the requirements of the Air Force.

#IndianAirforce #HAL

Air Officer Commanding-In-Chief, Training Command visits Air Force Station Pune

Air Marshal RD Mathur, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Training Command, Indian Air Force visited Air Force Station, Pune today as a Chief Guest for the Valedictory Function of 50th Air Crew Course.

On arrival, he was received by the Air Officer Commanding, Air Commodore H Assudani. Group Captain MK Labroo, Commanding Officer of Technical Training Institute apprised him of the various technical training activities being conducted.

This milestone event marks over two decades of aircraft training by the SU-30 TETTRA School. The occasion is also very significant as the first woman fighter pilot passed out and now would fly the SU-30 MKI.

The Air Marshal addressed the graduates and shared his operational experiences. He met senior faculty members who briefed him on various aspects of technical training and innovations done by the School. In his interaction, the Air Marshal emphasized on the need to keep pace with evolving technologies and of the importance of maintaining proficiency in all roles. He lauded their focused efforts and exhorted them to keep performing their duties to the best of their abilities.

#IndianAirforce #RDMathur

Second batch of Rafale arrive in India

The second batch of IAF Rafale aircraft arrived in India at 8:14 pm today after flying non-stop from France, the Indian Air Force informed through a tweet.

The Rafale jets took off directly from Istres in France, accompanied by French Air Force mid-air refuelling aircraft. 

The first fleet of five Rafale fighter jets landed at Haryana's Ambala airbase on 29th of July and was formally inducted in 17 Squadron "Golden Arrows" at the Air Force Station, Ambala on 10th of September. 

#IndianAirforce #Rafale

IAF conduct sorties in Leh

Indian Air Force conducted sorties from its Leh airbase today. 

MIG29 and Chinook Helicopter conducted sorties at the Leh airbase. Air Force's C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft also landed at the Leh airbase in Ladakh with supplies for troops deployed in the forward areas. 

With the troops stationed at the borders, these sorties have huge significance. 

#IndianAirforce #Leh

IAF creates new record

Indian Air Force celebrated its 88th Anniversary on 8th of October 2020.  

To commemorate this event, the Indian Air Force achieved a new record of the highest Skydive Landing at Khardungla Pass, Leh at an altitude of 17,982 ft breaking its own earlier record, an official release said today. 

Wing Commander Gajanad Yadava and Warrant Officer A K Tiwari carried out successful skydiving jump from C-130J aircraft and landed at Khardungla Pass, Leh on Thursday (8th of October).  

The landing at such an altitude is extremely challenging due to low oxygen levels combined with low air density and rough and inhospitable hilly terrain. Both the Air Warriors have shown excellent professionalism, grit and determination in overcoming adverse conditions and achieving the grand success of setting a new IAF record, the release stated. 

#IndianAirforce #KhardunglaPass #Leh

Another feather in DRDO's cap

New generation Anti-Radiation Missile (RUDRAM) was successfully Flight tested today onto a radiation target located on Wheeler Island off the coast of Odisha.  

The missile was launched from SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft, a government release informed. 

The RUDRAM is the first indigenous anti-radiation missile of the country for Indian Air Force (IAF), being developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile is integrated on SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft as the launch platform, having the capability of varying ranges based on launch conditions. It has INS-GPS navigation with Passive Homing Head for the final attack. The RUDRAM hit the radiation target with pin-point accuracy.  

The Passive Homing Head can detect, classify and engage targets over a wide band of frequencies as programmed. The missile is a potent weapon for IAF for Suppression of Enemy Air Defence effectively from large stand-off ranges.  

With this, the country has established indigenous capability to develop long-range air-launched anti-radiation missiles for neutralising enemy Radars, communication sites and other RF emitting targets, the release added.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and other stakeholders for this remarkable achievement. 

#IndianAirforce #RUDRAM #RajnathSingh #DRDO

India celebrates Warriors of the Sky

The Nation today celebrated the 88th Indian Air Force Day.  

The Royal Indian Air Force was established on 8th October 1932. After India became a Republic, the word 'Royal' was dropped off in 1950 and the name Indian Air Force came into being. 

Indian Air Force has been instrumental in safeguarding the nation both in the times of war and peace, may it be enemy attacks or natural disasters. On one hand, they are capable of vanquishing the adversaries with their prowess, while on the other hand, they come to the aid of those in distress during floods and other natural calamities. 

To make the Indian Air Force day even more special a stunning air show was held at the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad near Delhi. The spectacular air show left everyone spellbound. 

Wishes poured in for the Indian Air Force on the occasion, as all expressed their admiration for the Air Warriors. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his tweet, said, "Many congratulations to all the brave warriors of the Indian Air Force on Air Force Day. You not only keep the skies of the country safe but also play a leading role in the service of humanity in times of disaster. Your courage, valour and dedication to protecting Maa Bharati is inspiring everyone."  

In his message, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, "The Nation is proud of its men and women in blue and salutes the prowess of the Indian Air Force as it stands ready to face challenges and deter adversaries." 

#IndianAirForceDay #IndianAirforce

Advanced Light Helicopter of Indian Air Force develops snag

An Advanced Light Helicopter of Indian Air Force, airborne from Air Force Station, Sarsawa in Uttar Pradesh developed a technical snag and made a precautionary landing today.

The helicopter was on a routine training mission and developed snag  approximately 30 NM out of Sarsawa, near Saharanpur. According to an official release issued today, the pilots carried out precautionary landing South of the airfield. 

The actions taken by the pilots were prompt and correct. No damage to any property has been reported, the release said.

Recovery team was launched immediately from Air Force Station, Sarsawa.


AIR Marshal Vikram Singh Takes over as SASO HQ WAC IAF

Air Marshal Vikram Singh has taken over as Senior Air Staff Officer, Headquarters Western Air Command, Indian Air Force, a government release stated. 

He was commissioned into the fighter stream on 21st December 1984. The Air Marshal flew MiG-21 and Mirage-2000 aircraft before undergoing the Flying Instructor's Course, Experimental Flight Test Course and Staff Course at Pretoria, South Africa. 

He has performed Flight Test duties at the National Flight Test Centre, commanded an Air Force Station, served in various staff appointments in Air Headquarters and has been the Air Attache at Moscow, Russia. 

He has also served at the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters and was Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans) at Air Headquarters before taking over the present appointment on 1st of October 2020, the release said. 

#IndianAirforce #VikramSingh

Air Marshal RJ Duckworth takes over as AOP at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan

Air Marshal RJ Duckworth took over as Air Officer in charge Personnel at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan, Indian Air Force today, an official release issued today stated. 

He was commissioned into Fighter Stream of the IAF on 29 May 1983 as a Fighter Pilot. 

In a distinguished career spanning nearly 38 years, the Air Officer has flown wide variety of fighter and trainer aircraft in the inventory of IAF.