MIG-27 to be phased out in next couple of years: Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha
MIG-27 to be phased out in next couple of years: Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha

"Mig-27, specially the ones which have not been upgraded, are going to be retired from service," said Raha

Air Force Commanders' Conference begins
Air Force Commanders' Conference begins

Top commanders of the Indian Air Force will on Tuesday meet here to brainstorm on various matters including drafting of women as fighter pilots, serviceability issues plaguing the force, and induction of fighter aircraft like LCA Tejas and Rafale.

Rafale deal: France says no to offset, yes to Make in India

The French government has rejected Indian negotiators' demand for a 50 per cent offset clause citing sharp cost escalation but offered to participate in Make in India projects to carry forward the talks for 36 Rafale fighter jets that have hit turbulence.

India to get Rafale planes on IAF-approved configuration: Govt

The 36 Rafale combat planes and associated systems and weapons would be delivered in the same configuration as had been tested and approved by Indian Air Force, and with a longer maintenance responsibility by France, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Tuesday.

Three MiG 21, MiG 27 squadrons to be phased out this year

Three squadrons of the aging MiG 21 and MiG 27 fighter jets are set to be phased out this year even as Indian Air Force focuses on cannibalization to keep the serviceability rate of its aircraft high.

Swedish Defence Minister meets Parrikar in New Delhi

Sweden's Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist met his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar here on Wednesday.

Dassault Aviation upbeat on Rafale, rolls out Falcon 5X

The head of Dassault Aviation said on Tuesday he had not given up hope of selling extra Rafales to India on top of a deal for 36 aircraft being negotiated by the French government.

Rafale deal: Defence minister not kept in loop by PM Modi, says Congress

Congress on Monday hit back at Manohar Parrikar for attacking his predecessor A K Antony, alleging that the Defence Minister was not kept in the loop by Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he clinched the high-profile Rafale fighter jet deal with French President Francois Hollande last month.

Dassault CEO says to raise Rafale output if wins new order

"There is one production line but we will increase output if we sign a third contract," Eric Trappier told reporters, asked whether Dassault planned to add a second assembly line.

Rafale delivery in accordance with IAF's operational needs: Govt

The delivery of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France would be in a time frame compatible with the operational requirement of the IAF, the Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday.

Qatar inks deal for 24 French Rafale fighter jets

Qatar signed a multi-billion-euro deal with French defence group Dassault on Monday to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets, in a ceremony attended by the leaders of both countries in Doha.

Rafale deal: French Defence Minister likely to meet Parrikar next week

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is likely to arrive here next week to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar to carry forward the over USD 6 billion deal for 36 Rafale fighter jets.

Progress in Rafale jet talks with UAE, France says

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Thursday negotiations to sell its increasingly popular Rafale fighter jets to the United Arab Emirates were "going in the right direction."

MMRCA deal may be renegotiated through G2G route: Ex-IAF chief

Welcoming the government's decision to buy 36 Rafale planes, former Indian Air Force (IAF) chief P V Naik Tuesday said India should not throw the deal for 126 medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) into the trash and renegotiate it through Government-to-Government (G2G) route.

Significance of Rafale jet deal for India

India will buy 36 of Dassault Aviation's French-manufactured Rafale fighter jets, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday evening, after a meeting with President of France Francois Hollande in Paris.

Subramanian Swamy threatens to move court against Rafale deal

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday threatened to go to court against the deal to buy Rafale fighter aircraft from France if the government does not heed to his warning.

PM Modi pays homage to Indian soldiers martyred in World War-I

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle at the World War I Memorial near the northern French town of Lille.

PM Narendra Modi in France: As it happened on Saturday
PM Narendra Modi in France: As it happened on Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in the French city of Lille to pay homage to thousands of Indian soldiers killed during World War-I at a memorial.

India to buy 36 Rafale jets, France to invest 2 billion euros
India to buy 36 Rafale jets, France to invest 2 billion euros

Marking a breakthrough in the protracted talks in the French Rafale jet deal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that India will purchase 36 of these fighter planes that are ready to fly, citing critical operational requirement of the IAF.

France to invest 2 billion euros in India

France on Friday announced an investment of 2 billion euros (about USD 1 billion) in India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited French companies to pump in money in technology in the fastest growing economy.