Air Marshal Jagjeet Singh, Air Officer Command In Chief, Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force, has said the IAF was going through a transformational phase, where it was acquiring new aircraft and systems.
The first of the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter planes, overhauled within the country, was on Friday handed over to the Indian Air Force by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar here, making India the only nation to re-do the Russian-made aircraft.
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Wednesday approved proposals worth Rs 4,444 crore, including the purchase of four helicopters for survey vessels at Rs 2,324 crore, but deferrred a decision on a joint bid of Tata Sons Ltd and Airbus for replacing IAF's Avro transport fleet.
India has grounded its entire Sukhoi-30 fleet and each aircraft is undergoing a thorough technical check following a recent crash near Pune. The fleet of about 200 twin-engine Su-30s would be back in air only when they are cleared by the technical review.
Former IAF Chief S P Tyagi on Thursday said he expects the Indian investigation agencies to come to the same conclusion as the Italian agencies which found no evidence of any bribery in the controversial VVIP Helicopter deal involving AgustaWestland.
Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, the first sportsperson to be made honorary Group Captain in the Indian Air Force, on Wednesday attended the Air Force Day parade and the at-home function hosted by the IAF chief at his official residence here.
Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha on Wednesday said that the government is taking the recent instances of ceasefire violations at the border “seriously” and efforts are being made to resolve the situation.