IAF Chief RKS Bhadauria leaves for France

New Delhi, Apr 19  Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria on Monday left for France, a visit billed as a "significant step" in further enhancing mutual cooperation.

"The visit of Chief of Air Staff (CAS) from April 19-23 will enhance potential avenues for strengthening the level of interaction between the two Air Forces," the Indian Air Force said.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria is scheduled to hold talks with the senior military leadership of France and visit several operational facilities and air bases.

"The visit of CAS will be a significant step in further enhancing mutual cooperation," the IAF said in a statement.

Gen Philippe Lavigne, Chief of Staff of French Air and Space Force (FASF), visited India in February last year.

Last week, sources had said there is a possibility of Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria flagging-off a batch of five-six Rafale jets from the Merignac airbase in the French port city of Bordeaux for India.

Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafales, was scheduled to send six Rafale aircraft to India by the end of April.

The arrival of the new batch of the aircraft will pave the way for the IAF to raise a second squadron of the Rafale jets. The new squadron will be based in Hasimara air base in West Bengal.

The first Rafale squadron is based at the Ambala air force station. A squadron comprises around 18 aircraft.

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 for procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of around Rs 58,000 crore.

Dassault Aviation has delivered 14 jets to the Indian Air Force so far. The first batch of five Rafale jets arrived in India on July 29 last.

The cooperation between Indian and the French air forces have seen gradual expansion in the last few years.

Both the air forces have been carrying out exercise series 'Garuda'.

Glacier Burst Triggers Massive Flood in Uttarakhand

Victims or people stranded in the affected area are requested to call for help on the following helpline numbers: 1905; 1070; 9557444486

A glacier burst at the Reni village of Chamoli district in Uttarakhand has triggered a massive flood in the Joshimath area. Around 100-150 are feared dead due to the resultant flash floods, said the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash.

The water levels in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda rivers have reportedly crossed its regular flow suddenly on Sunday morning followed by an avalanche near a power project.

Remnants of the recent western disturbance affected the Western Himalayan region until very recently with moderate snow and rainfall in isolated areas. Overall Uttarakhand had received deficit rainfall since January 1 despite recurring western disturbances in the area.

Notably, breaking off of a portion of Nanda Devi glacier on Sunday morning is said to be the reason behind the current floods. However, no fresh rains have been reported in the area and the situation is likely to improve by Sunday evening.

The Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Plant under Rishi Ganga Power Project has been damaged and at least 150 labourers are feared missing. Authorities have sounded high alert from Chamoli to Haridwar.

At Reni village which is 26 km far from Joshimath, the Dhauliganga river got flooded and destroyed many houses situated at the river banksides. Reni village is said to be the epicentre of the popular forest conservation campaign called the 'Chipko Movement' in 1973.

Evacuation operations have started along the Dhauliganga and Bhagirathi river banks. Indian Air Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have rushed their teams and infrastructure for the rescue operations.

Though no major impact of the disaster may be felt in Rishikesh and Haridwar, the towns have been put on alert. A government spokesman said that there was not much human habitation at the site where the glacier broke but a number of power projects have been hit.

Residents are also requested to not believe in any rumours and not to circulated unverified/old videos on social media.

"If required, people will be evacuated to safe places. National Disaster Response Force, SDRF and Uttar Pradesh Provincial Armed Constabulary have also been put on highest alert," the spokesman said.

Source: The Weather Channel

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Air Commodore Dharmendra Singh Dangi takes over the Command of Air Force Station Tezpur

Air Commodore Dharmendra Singh Dangi Vayu Sena Medal took over the Command of Air Force Station Tezpur from Air Commodore Tejpal Singh Vayu Sena Medal on 21 Jan 2021.

Air Commodore DS Dangi was commissioned in the Fighter Stream of the Indian Air Force on 19 Dec 1992. The Air Officer has more than 3000 flying hours on various aircraft to his credit. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, a Test Pilot and an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and College of Air Warfare. The Air Officer has flown several aircraft in the IAF inventory, from the vintage Tigermoth to the mainstay MiG-21, MiG-27 and now the multirole SU-30 MKI. He headed the Rafale Project Management Team in France till its induction in the IAF.

During his career spanning over 28 years, he has held several significant fields and staff appointments. In recognition of his meritorious service, the Air Officer has been awarded Vayu Sena Medal and has been commended twice by the Chief of Air Staff.

The Air Officer is married to Gp Capt (Mrs.) Mona Dahiya and the couple are blessed with two daughters.

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Operation to douse off Dzukou fire continues

The operation to douse off the raging Dzukou range fire in Kohima District entered the seven day today.

In the Bambi Bucket Operation by the Indian Air Force, helicopters continued the task while the ground operation was carried out by 78 personnel from Police, Forest, NDRF and around 50 SAYO volunteers.

Informing AIR News Kohima this evening, Divisional Forest Officer, Rajkumar M said that the main valley is safe and the situation is under control however there is still fire.  OSD of NSDMA, Johnny Ruangmei also informed that the team could douse off some of the minor fires this morning. Ruangmei however, said the South-western side of the valley is still under fire and the operation will continue tomorrow.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh greets air warriors on 88th Air Force Day

Guwahati: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has conveyed best wishes to the air warriors and their families on the occasion of 88th Air Force Day-2020 of Indian Air Force (IAF) here today.

He said in a message, “Eighty-eight years of dedication, sacrifice and excellence mark the journey of the IAF which is today a lethal and formidable force to reckon with.”

Defence Minister expressed that the Nation was proud of its men and women in blue and salutes the prowess of the IAF as it stands ready to face challenges and deter adversaries. “We remain committed to the enhancement of IAF's combat capability through modernisation and indigenisation, Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Defence Minister also expressed confidence that the IAF would always guard the Nation's skies, come what may, adding, “Here's wishing you blue skies and happy landings always”.

Eastern Air Command, Shillong of Indian Air Force (IAF) also celebrated 88th Air Force Day 2020 today.

Air Marshal Amit Dev AVSM VSM, AOC-in-C, (EAC) administered oath to all the personnel & awarded commendations to Air Warriors.

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Rafale touchdown heralded as a ‘Game Changer’

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has heralded the touchdown of Rafale fighter jets on Indian soil as a “game-changer”.

“Rafale touchdown is a historic day for our vigorous Indian Air Force and a proud moment for India!” said Amit Shah in a tweet soon after the five Rafale aircrafts flying Indian colours landed at the IAF airbase in Ambala.

Calling it a momentous day for the entire country, the Union Home Minister said: “Induction of these next-generation aircraft is a true testimony of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to make India a powerful and secure nation. Modi Government is committed to build on India’s defence capabilities.”

“These are the world's most powerful machines capable to thwart any challenge in the sky,” the Union Home Minister said.

Congratulating the Prime Minister, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, IAF and the entire country, Amit Shah thanked the Prime Minister for providing this unprecedented strength to the IAF.

“From speed to weapon capabilities, Rafale is way ahead! I am sure these world-class fighter jets will prove to be a game-changer,” said Amit Shah. “I am sure Rafale will help our Air warriors to safeguard our skies with its mighty superiority in the air,” he added.

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Fleet of five Rafale jets enter Indian Airspace, makes safe landing at Ambala

MUMBAI: The first batch of five Rafale fighters has landed at the Ambala airbase. The fighter jets earlier entered the Indian airspace at about 1.30 pm and were greeted by an Indian Navy Warship, INS Kolkata, deployed in the western Arabian Sea.

The Rafales reached Ambala, their home base, at around 3.10 pm. They will officially be inducted into the Gloden Arrows No 17 squadron of the IAF. The defence ministry has tweeted saying that the five Rafale jets have entered Indian airspace and are being escorted by two Su-30MKIs.

Section 144 has been imposed in Haryana's Ambala ahead of the arrival of the much-awaited jets, even as Jodhpur has been kept on standby in case weather conditions in Ambala worsen.

The first squadron of the Rafale jets will be stationed at the Ambala airbase. The five Rafales are scheduled to be inducted into the IAF on Wednesday, though a formal induction ceremony would be held later. No 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, has been resurrected at the Ambala base to operate the Rafale aircraft. The resurrection ceremony in September 2019 was presided over by then Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who had commanded the 17 Squadron during the Kargil conflict in 1999.

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Rafale likely to reach India by July 29

Mumbai: Most awaiting fighter jet for Indian Air Force ‘Rafale’ takes off from France and might reach India by 29 July. The first batch of five jets will reach India which will officially join the Haryana’s Ambala Indian Air Force fleet. Rafale jets are manufactured by France-based Dassault Aviation and are twin-engine multi-role fighter aircraft. These are nuclear-capable and can engage in both air-to-air and air-to-ground attacks.

The flights will travel 7,000 kilometre to reach India from France. However, they have a stopover at UAE’s Al Dhafra Air Base. The jets will be refueled in the air to air mode. Reports suggest that the Rafale jets are likely to be deployed in the Ladakh sector on the Eastern Border with China in view of the border row with the country.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh received the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets and flew a sortie in the MMRCA fighter jet from a French airbase in Paris to gain the first-hand experience of the aircraft. Rafale was handed over to Singh on the foundation day of the Indian Air Force. The first Rafale bears a tail number ‘RB 01', where 'RB' stands for Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria, who played an important role in negotiations for procuring 36 Rafale jets in the flyaway condition.

The first Rafale fighter jet was delivered in October last year, Ajay Kumar, secretary to the department of defence production, said. French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler had then said all the 36 Rafale jets will be delivered to the Indian Air Force within the next two years.

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Indian Air Force Committed To Defend Nation: IAF Chief

 

DEHRADUN: Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria has stated that the IAF would not let the sacrifice made by the solders of the Indian Army at Galwan in Eastern Ladakh to go in vain.

Addressing a Combined Graduation Parade (CGP) at Air Force Academy (AFA) in Dehradun on Saturday, the IAF Chief said, ““We are well prepared and suitably deployed to respond to any contingency. I assure the nation that we are determined to deliver and will never let the sacrifice of our brave soldiers in Galwan to go in vain."

Commenting on the Galwan development, Bhadauria further said, "The security scenario in our region mandates that our armed forces remain prepared and vigilant at all times,” while adding “all efforts are made to ensure that the current situation at the LAC is resolved peacefully".

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