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    Hello Everyone.

    Creating this thread for the general news regarding IAF which get ignored in the midst of Rafales, MMRCA and S400 type of news items.

    Even if posted as a thread , that thread becomes a needle in hay.

    To make it easy for those who are interested to read about day to day happenings related to IAF , I am creating this thread.

    I will try to keep the thread updated regularly.

    Contributions are welcome and appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
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    Dealing with old scams biggest challenge: Manohar Parrikar

    By IANS | Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 21:49

    Mumbai: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said here on Wednesday that dealing with old scams has been the biggest challenge for him after he assumed charge of the post two years ago.

    He was responding to a question on the issue on completion of two years in office.

    "Some old scam comes into the picture; some company gets blacklisted... It is very easy to blacklist a company but there are very few arms companies to buy material from," the minister said.

    "I can't buy a gun required for a naval ship because the main company, subsidiary, or smaller company is involved in some sort of blacklisting procedure with the government of India. In Europe, there are virtually three or four groups... worldwide, arms suppliers to India are restricted to about 10 to 12, even though the number may appear to be about 30-40... many of them are linked with each other. It becomes almost impossible to navigate through all this," Parrikar said.

    He said a "mess was created", giving the example of the Rafale fighter jet deal with the French government.

    "Rafale deal... it started in 2000. (For) 16 years, the IAF (Indian Air Force) was trying to buy a fifth-generation fighter plane," he said.

    The minister said" "One gentleman had written on the file that the L1 (lowest bidder) procedure may be negotiated with Rafale; however, because some queries had been raised, the process of zeroing in on L1 should be redetermined.

    "L1 is the lowest bidder; it was finalised by a committee of three finance experts. They had given different opinions... They say complete the negotiation and come back and tell me whether the process for L1 was correct," the minister said.

    The IAF had opted for the twin-engined Rafale fighters in January 2012 after overlooking the claims of F-16 of American Lockheed Martin, F/A-18 of Boeing, MiG-35 of Russian United Aircraft Corp's and Swedish SAAB's Gripen in a global competitive bid floated in August 2007.

    France's Dassault Aviation had, in 2012, received the IAF nod for 126 Rafale jets in a $12 billion deal in the face of stiff competition from five other manufacturers.

    As the deal could not work out, another deal for purchasing 36 Rafale jets in fly-away condition was inked during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to France in April 2015.

    The deal was finalised in September 2016.
    http://www.newsx.com/national/43472-dealing-with-old-scams-biggest-challenge-manohar-parrikar
     
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    578 airmen inducted into Indian Air Force

    Saturday, 22 October 2016 NT Bureau

    Chennai: As many as 578 airmen were formally inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) after a passing out parade at the Air Force Station at Tambaram here on Friday.

    The airmen were were administered the oath of joining the air force fraternity by Air Commodore Kirti Khajuria, Air Officer Commanding of the Air Force Station, according to an official release.

    Urging new recruits to strive for ‘professional excellence’, Khajuria said with the induction of state-of-theart aircraft, equipment and weapon systems, IAF was witnessing major changes in its operational philosophy.

    "IAF today is on the path of transforming itself into a strategic force of great calibre, he said and urged the airmen to take sustained efforts towards continuous enhancement of their technical knowledge and skills. The parade followed a drill display by the airmen. The ‘Best All Rounder Trophy’ was awarded to Raju Yadav of Mechanical Training Institute and Vipin Yadav of Workshop training institute on the occasion," the release said.

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    IAF's new defence: Hack-proof smartphones for personnel
    Ajit Kumar Dubey New Delhi, Tuesday, October 25, 2016



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    HIGHLIGHTS
    IAF gets special smart phones for personnel to ward off hacks.
    The phones won't bother the personnel when they are on leave.
    The hack proof handsets connect only with the Indian Air Force internal network.
    When defence personnel are under constant attacks from hackers to steal classified information, the Indian Air Force is arming all its personnel with smartphones to protect them from offensives. These are special smart phones that the IAF is in the process of providing to all its 1.75 lakh personnel which are hack proof as they connect only with the Indian Air Force internal network.


    SPECIAL SMART PHONES

    "All IAF personnel from airmen to officers are being provided these smartphones, which can protect our communication from getting intercepted and also prevents our data from being leaked to hackers who are always on the prowl for classified defence-related information," an IAF officer said here. The phones are equipped with facilities of video calling and voice calling but they do not have any apps like other general smartphones. "In future, we may develop and provide apps which can be of help for the air warriors like if they need any information immediately about their salary or any other issue," the officer said. The phones also provide end-to-end connectivity at all times and at all air bases - from the world's highest battlefield Siachen Glacier to Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

    The smartphone sets are being provided to the officers right after their commissioning, where the service number is put in as the last five or six digits of their official mobile number and "can be also be used to establish their identity". The phones won't bother the personnel when they are on leave as they can connect to the air force network only inside or near the air bases. "Even if some officer involved in the running of an airfield is not on seat, he can be contacted immediately at his location," the officer said.

    The IAF invested more than `300 crore for the creation of an exclusive mobile phone network.



    There have been cases where phones and computers of service personnel have been compromised by hacking groups backed by Pakistani spy agency ISI and Chinese hackers.

    Personal laptop of an Army officer posted under the Andaman and Nicobar Command was compromised and spy agencies were alerted after they tracked the source of the leakage. However, by then, classified information had already been compromised by hackers.

    http://m.indiatoday.in/story/indian-air-force-iaf-hack-proof-smartphones-smartphones/1/794730.html


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    Wow, now that is an acheivement by the IAF, very impressed by their foreward thinking and proactive approach here, hopefully the IN and IA will follow suit soon. Would also be good to see the IAF developing their own in house apps for these phones that will be of utility to their airmen and officers as mentioned.

    The IAF (with its AFNET) and IN (with GSAT-7) really are taking NCW to the next level (in the region). The IA is MIA as usual.

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    India to install modern avionics in Mi-17V5 helicopters

    India has decided to add some more strength in its Russian made military helicopters Mi-17V5.

    “Ministry of Defence intends to procure and install approximately 200 sets of Electronic Warfare Suite comprising Radar Warning Receiver (RWR), Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) and Counter Measure Dispensing System (CMDS) on Mi-17V5 helicopters,” reads a request for information issued by the Indian government.

    The system will provide self-protection to the helicopter against radar controlled weapons and IR seeking missiles by employing different counter measures such as chaffs, flares and directed infra-red. The Missile Approach Warning System (MAWS) is intended to provide the capability of detecting, identifying warning and prioritizing air to air and ground to air threat missiles to the pilot. Fifteen Mi-17V5 helicopters would also be integrated with Laser Warning Receiver (LWR) and Directed Infrared Counter Measures.



    India also wants to secure its helicopters against radar controlled weapons and IR seeking missiles. For this Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has design and developed the Counter Measure Dispensing System that will be integrated on to the platform.

    India plans to buy additional helicopters from Russia out of which more than a dozen will be made available to the BSF. India had already approved the purchase of 48 more Mi-17V-5 medium lift helicopters. Delivery of 151 Mi-17V-5 helicopters was made in February this year.


    https://in.rbth.com/economics/defen...modern-avionics-in-mi-17v5-helicopters_642275
     
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    IAF's mighty C-17 Globemaster makes maiden landing at Mechuka



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    ITANAGAR: In a major boost to the country's rapid airlift capability in Arunachal Pradesh, the mighty C-17 Globemaster aircraft today made its first landing at Mechuka Advanced Landing Ground, just 29 km from Sino-Indian border.

    At an elevation of 6,200 ft with a landing surface only 4,200 ft long, the plane landed, validating its short field landing performance at high altitude.


    The ALG at Mechuka in the Yargyap river valley of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh had been upgraded recently.

    Situated along the international border, Mechuka was one of the strategic locations during the India-China war in 1962.

    The IAF had started its operations with Dakota and Otter in 1962 in the area and subsequently the Antonov-32, popularly known as AN-32, was operated till October 2013 before the upgrade work was started.

    The road connectivity to the nearest air/rail head at Dibrugarh, about 500 km away, is generally two days of travel, unless the roads get damaged due to frequent landslides.


    "This is a quantum jump from the existing capability of An-32 and C-130J aircraft. Such airlift capability facilitates speedy transfer of men and material in this rugged terrain, interspersed with valleys and high mountain ranges that inhibit road connectivity," a statement by the IAF said.

    In the event of a disaster in the region, C-17 operations to the remote ALG can enhance the speed and quantum of national relief effort.


    IAF has plans to validate airlift operations to and from various ALGs in the region that would usher in a new dimension in enhanced disaster response.

    This trial landing is expected to pave the way for operation of civil flights operating to and from the newly upgraded ALGs, which has an enormous potential to boost tourism by improving connectivity to remote locations in the North East.


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    Its a shame, we didnt go for more of this!! :disagree:
     
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    Air Cdre Choudary takes over Srinagar Air Force station

    Posted at: Nov 10, 2016, 12:43 AM
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    Srinagar, November 9

    Air Commodore VS Choudary took over command of the Air Force Station, Srinagar, as the Air Officer Commanding (AOC) from Air Commodore Manoj Marathe during an impressive ceremonial parade held at the Air Force station, Srinagar, today.

    Srinagar-based defence spokesman Col NN Joshi said Air Commodore VS Choudary was commissioned into the Indian Air Force as a fighter pilot on December 17, 1988. “He has served with various fighter squadrons and has a vast experience in fighter operations. He is a qualified flying instructor and a fighter strike leader. He has undergone the prestigious Defence Services Staff College course.

    “During his illustrious career, Air Commodore Choudary has held many important assignments and staff appointments,” he said. eena Rawat took over as the president of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Local) from Manjiri Marathe. — TNS
     
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    Boeing in fray for Indian Air Force's tanker contest
    Ajai Shukla | Everett (USA) Nov 15, 2016 03:50 PM IST
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    Boeing KC-46A Pegasus tankers The Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) withdrawal of a tender earlier this year for the $2 billion purchase of six multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft has set the stage for the entry of Boeing into this contest. The American company had not responded to two earlier tenders, since it did not have a suitable aircraft to field. Now, having developed a brand new MRTT for the US Air Force (USAF), Boeing is poised to compete with Airbus and Ilyushin, the two vendors who have.....

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    @PARIKRAMA Any fire/spark for this smoke or its regular Shukla Ji Stuff ?
     
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    As of now its IL76/78MKI but yes KC46 interest is not new.. In our old forum i have said that almost 2-3 months back. Boeing due to having its MRO facilities in civilian side feels its in a optimum position to respond to military side needs. Whether KC46 is finally bought will depend on fleet commonality, cost of acquisition, cost of operation and overall benefits via this deal.

    If an American fighter comes then yes, there is a good chance the KC46 might be seen in Indian colors but as of now i dont think there is a standlone deal being negotiated.
     
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    When A Fighter Jet 'Landed' On the Highway In Uttar Pradesh
    Reported by Sudhi Ranjan Sen, Edited by Deepshikha Ghosh | Updated: Nov 18, 2016 18:42 IST

    New Delhi: An Indian Air Force (IAF) jet practised landing on a highway in Uttar Pradesh today as part of a plan for emergencies when military air fields are not available.

    Visuals from the highway between Lucknow and Agra showed scores of bystanders taking mobile phone videos as a jet flashed past them, barely skimming the road before taking off again.


    An accident that took place after the test, in which a bureaucrat was injured, was not linked to the highway landing at all, said officers.

    Last year, a Mirage 2000 fighter jet test-landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Delhi. The fighter plane flew down from Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh and maneuvered an almost-landing.

    Officers say the landings are always simulated and the jets don't actually touch the road as the wheels would be damaged.

    Several highways across India have been identified for IAF landings. Two have been tested so far, including the Lucknow-Agra highway today.

    The drills involve much coordination between the IAF and government agencies, a makeshift Air Traffic Control and fire engines, rescue vehicles and bird-watchers on stand-by.

    Defence experts say landing fighters on roads is common across the world and comes into play during wartime when airbases are first targets of bombs or missiles. In India, very few roads are available for such landings because of traffic, people and even animals on the highway.

    http://m.ndtv.com/india-news/watch-...e-landing-on-highway-in-uttar-pradesh-1627166
     
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    IAF plans to map data on first three female fighter pilots
    Rahul Singh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi| Updated: Nov 18, 2016 01:00 IST

    The first three women fighter pilots of the Indian Air Force --- (from left) Mohana Singh, Avani Chaturvedi and Bhawana Kanth --- pose for photographs after the graduation parade at the Indian Air Force academy in Dundigal, on the outskirts of Hyderabad, in June 2016.(AP)

    The Indian Air Force is examining a proposal to gather data on the performance of its first female fighter pilots, potential difficulties due to physiological attributes and cultural issues in the male-dominated military, HT has learnt.

    The proposal, made by a leading woman aviation psychologist and accident investigator in the IAF, is under consideration of the force’s crucial inspection and safety wing, sources said.

    Three women are currently taking a shot at becoming fighter pilots after the government approved a plan in October last year.

    “We propose to carry out a longitudinal study capturing every aspect of fighter flying,” said Kuhu Ganguly, a senior scientist in the inspection and safety directorate.

    “The idea is to track how well they are progressing as they break into a male bastion,” she said. Such studies can stretch for years as subjects are repeatedly observed on specific parameters.

    The three women are in the final stage of their training on British Hawk advanced jet trainers at an IAF facility in Bidar, Karnataka. The trailblazers — Bhawana Kanth, Mohana Singh and Avani Chaturvedi — will begin flying supersonic fighter planes from June 2017, considered a watershed in the IAF’s 84-year history.

    Several IAF officers said the performance of the women during their training was on a par with their male colleagues.

    Such gender-specific studies are not uncommon. Aviation medicine wings of international air forces, including the US and Australia, have researched women pilot programmes. Research has been done in areas such tolerance to gravitational forces, disorientation and motion sickness, pregnancy, use of “piddle packs” and ejection safety. Ganguly, whose rank is equivalent to an air commodore’s, said, “The fighter jet doesn’t know gender and it will behave as it will. The study could also help the

    IAF resolve problems, if any, for future women fighter pilots.”

    The IAF has advised the women trainees to put off motherhood for at least four years after they are commissioned as fighter pilots so that their flying schedule is not disrupted. No woman trainee from the next batch has opted for the fighter stream.

    “Fitness norms for flying duties are clearly laid down and both men and women will have to maintain those standards,” said Air Marshal Pawan Kapoor, who heads the IAF’s medical wing.

    http://m.hindustantimes.com/india-n...hter-pilots/story-svYdO3U0qPoSvwTdVhhlxM.html
     
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    IAF responds to Pak muscle flexing by moving combat aircraft to border areas in Punjab and Rajasthan
    Ajit Kumar Dubey New Delhi, Saturday, November 19, 2016



    IAF sources say that such forward deployments are required as Pakistan army has kept the situation hot and alive by frequently violating the ceasefire on the Line of Control.
    HIGHLIGHTS
    IAF is maintaining "high operational tempo" by packing the western front with its lethal combat aircraft.
    This comes as a response to Pakistani muscle flexing along the Punjab border.
    India has 250 Su-30MKI squadrons which are far superior to the F-16s and Chinese JF-17s in the Pak air force.
    Even as Pakistan is flexing its muscles along the Indian border near Punjab, the Indian Air Force is maintaining "high operational tempo" by packing the western front with its lethal combat aircraft.

    IAF MOVING ASSETS TO BORDER AREAS

    Several units of the Su-30MKI, Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft and other front-line planes have been moved to forward areas in Punjab and Rajasthan and have been retained there, a senior IAF source told Mail Today . "Though the situation has improved from what it was post the Uri attack in September, we are still keeping ourselves ready for meeting any situation," the officer said. Mail Today is withholding the exact locations of deployment of these aircraft squadrons and their home bases for security reasons.

    After India carried out surgical strikes on terror launchpads in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir on September 28, retaliatory action by Pakistan was anticipated. All the three services were maintaining high operational readiness. Pakistan has also started a major military drill along the Indian border - Exercise Raad ul Barq (Strike of Thunder) - through which it wants to warn India against any ambitious and reckless move, Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif has said.

    ARMY PREPAREDNESS

    "These exercises reflect the preparedness of our armed forces to respond to any threat to national security," he had said. Frontline Pakistani aircraft, including its latest chinese import JF-17 Thunder fighter jets and helicopter gunships along with Al-Khalid tanks took part in the military drill. IAF sources felt that such forward deployments were required as Pakistan army has kept the situation hot and alive by frequently violating the ceasefire on the Line of Control and the international border. It has also been making false claims about killing Indian troops which has been vehemently denied by the Indian Army.

    India has close to 250 Su-30MKI squadrons that have been deployed across the country from Tezpur in Northeast to Jodhpur in the West. The heavy air superiority aircraft is the biggest stay of the air force and is considered far superior than the inventory of F-16 and Chinese JF-17 in the rival air force. Just before the tensions broke out on the border, the Air Force was busy in drills code-named Exercise TALON. The drill was called off after a minor mishap but after the attack on Uri, they were restarted with IAF deploying all its major assets in it. The IAF also focused on improving perimeter security of its bases as part of lessons learnt during the Pathankot air base attack by deploying UAVs in the drill.

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    Time to transport cash to banks cut from 21 to 6 days

    NEW DELHI: The government has managed to cut down the transportation time of cash from printing to the main distribution centres from 21 days to six and is using all modes of transport, including helicopters and Indian Air Force planes, to move the cash quickly.

    The government is hopeful that the situation will improve over the next week. With availability of cash improving in urban areas, the government is concentrating on rural areas+ .

    Senior government sources said the level of economic activity should climb back to normal levels by January 15. Referring to any "windfall" from the decision to demonetise 500- and 1,000-rupee notes, sources said any gains could be used for recapitalisation of banks, building infrastructure and purchasing advanced weapons systems for the armed forces.

    "RBI may transfer higher dividend or there could be a special dividend," the sources said. There is a probability of the government getting a "windfall" as a significant portion of the notes may not come back. This will reduce the liability of RBI and increase its ability to pay higher dividend. "Even in 1978 when the government resorted to demonetisation, 20% of the notes did not come back," the sources said.

    They said they would not like to speculate about the number of notes that may not come back into the system.


    Reacting to the talk that the government may use a part of the funds to put in Jan Dhan accounts+ , the mood in government is uncertain about such options. The tentativeness is due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's known aversion to giveaways. He is of the view that giveaways achieve little for the economy and carries the risk of breeding dependence.

    The sources said Rs 2,000 notes could not be put in the tray meant for Rs 1,000 notes as the recalibration+ required both hardware and software changes


    They said that the swelling of deposits with banks would translate into better lending capacity for banks.

    "The SME sector will benefit as the banks will lend more," the sources said adding that earlier the SMEs were borrowing from the informal agents paying 18-20% interest rate and now the banks would be able to lend at significantly lower rates. They said that the move to scrap the high value notes will lead to a cleaner and transparent economy.


    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...ut-from-21-to-6-days/articleshow/55532197.cms
     
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