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    Gujarat: CBI arrests Indian Air Force officer for bribery

    Ahmedabad: The CBI has arrested an Indian Air Force officer for allegedly demanding and accepting a bribe from a Mumbai-based firm over a works contract, an official said Monday. Assistant Accounts Officer Pankaj Kumar, serving under the Integrated Financial Adviser in the Air Force Station at Jamnagar was arrested Thursday by the anti-corruption wing of the CBI, an official informed. Kumar had accepted a bribe of Rs 80,000 from JME Services Private Limited to help

  • AgustaWestland case: Delhi court grants bail to former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi and others

    New Delhi: Former IAF chief Air Chief Marshal S.P. Tyagi and others were granted bail by a court here on Wednesday in a money laundering case related to the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal. Special Judge Arvind Kumar asked Tyagi and others, who appeared before him, to furnish a personal bond of Rs one lakh and surety bond of like amount each.

  • Modi’s personal culpability in Rafale scam: Shourie, Sinha

    New Delhi : Alleging Narendra Modi’s “personal culpability” in the Rafale jet purchases, former BJP Ministers Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie on Tuesday accused the Prime Minister of “compromising national security” by unilaterally finalising the deal, shunning every rule of military procurement.

  • In a first, India refuels Tejas fighter midair

    Bengaluru : In a first, India’s defence behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on Monday refuelled a Tejas fighter aircraft midair over Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, said the company here.

  • IAF quietly preparing to welcome Rafale jets

    New Delhi : In the midst of a political  firestorm over the Rafale jet deal, the Indian Air Force is quietly making preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft, official sources said.

  • Rahul tears into PM Modi on Rafale deal

    New Delhi : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday asserted that Prime Minister Modi will never agree to a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Rafale purchase as it will expose his deal with a “crony capitalist” who he tried to benefit.

  • Telangana: Chetak helicopter makes emergency landing after technical snag

    Hyderabad: A Chetak helicopter of the Indian Air Force made an emergency landing at a village near Siddipet in Telangana today after it developed a technical snag, defence sources said. It was flown back after the problem was fixed, they said. The IAF helicopter took off the Hakimpet Air Force Station for a routine training flight, they said.

  • Armed Forces face shortage of over 9,000 officers: MoS for Defence

    New Delhi: The Indian Army, the Navy and Air Force are facing a shortage of more than 9,000 officers, the government said on Wednesday. The Indian Army alone is short of 7,298 officers, Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. He said the Army has an authorised strength of 49,933 officers but as on January 1, 2018 it had only 42,635.

  • Indian Air Force to join ‘Pitch Black’ warfare exercise in Australia

    New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is for the first time participating in the multinational “Pitch Black” warfare exercise in Australia. The IAF contingent for the July 24-August 18 biennial multi-national large force employment warfare exercise will consist of 145 air-warriors including Garud team, four Su-30MKI fighters, one C-130 special operations aircraft and one C-17 transporter, an IAF spokesperson said.

  • MoD panel to probe costlier Made-in-India equipment

    New Delhi : Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has constituted a committee headed by the director of costs in her ministry to examine the armed forces’ complaint that most of the military equipment procured from the Indian public sector companies are costlier than the prices quoted by the foreign makers.

  • India, Pak military drill in Russia to focus on anti-terror ops

    New Delhi : Boosting counter-terror cooperation and evolving a common strategy to deal with radicalisation and separatism will be the focus of a mega military exercise in Russia next month, in which India, Pakistan and other member-nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation will participate, officials said on Monday.

  • LCA Tejas introduced because of my efforts: Manohar Parrikar

    Panaji: The Tejas light combat aircraft (LCA) of the Indian Air Force has been introduced because of his efforts when he was Defence Minister, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday, stating that the project was “not going anywhere” before he assumed charge of the ministry in 2014.

  • Bhopal: HPT-32 trainer aircraft to stand proud near Gandhi Nagar

    Bhopal: After decommissioned MIG 21 fighter aircraft of prestigious Indian Air Force (IAF), it will be HPT-32 which will stand proud near Gandhi Nagar. The trainer aircraft, which was part of the IAF once, will be put on public display at the newly developed park to inspire people to join forces.