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Frontline air base in West Bengal likely to house Rafale squadron

Frontline air base in West Bengal likely to house Rafale squadron

Rafale is a multi-role combat aircraft built by Dassault Aviation of France.

Congress attacks BJP for buying only 36 Rafale jets

The Congress on Saturday attacked the BJP-led central government for buying only 36 Rafale fighter jets from France instead of the 126 finalised during the UPA era, saying the situation for the Indian Air Force (IAF) was becoming "critical and volatile".

Russia says won't hold joint military exercises with Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan; drill begins today

Russia says won't hold joint military exercises with Pakistan in Gilgit-Baltistan; drill begins today

India and Russia yesterday kicked off the eighth edition of their joint military exercise in Vladivostok with a focus on counter-terror operations.

DNA: How will Indian defense gain strength after multi-role combat aircraft Rafale?

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India's Rafale vs Pakistan's F-16: Why the French fighter jet is the best choice for dogfight

India's Rafale vs Pakistan's F-16: Why the French fighter jet is the best choice for dogfight

The Rafale significant deal was signed by French Defence Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Pakistan left nervous by India? `F-16 fighter jets fly over Islamabad`

Pakistan left nervous by India? `F-16 fighter jets fly over Islamabad`

India on Thursday claimed diplomatic victory over Pakistan at the United Nations amid deteriorating bilateral ties following the killing of 18 soldiers in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

Rafale contract on verge of finalisation: Govt sources

During his visit to France in April last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would purchase 36 Rafale jets in a government-to-government contract.

Rafale deal: France offers to help revive Kaveri engine for Tejas

France has offered to help India revive the unsuccessful Kaveri engine project for indigenous Tejas aircraft and a host of other high-end collaboration as part of the offsets in the multi-billion Euro Rafale fighter plane deal which is now in the final stages.

With Rafale deal in limbo, India may buy American F/A-18 fighter jets

With Rafale deal in limbo, India may buy American F/A-18 fighter jets

A report said on Wednesday that the jets may be supplied to the IAF under the Make in India programme.

France delivers 3 more Rafale fighters to Egypt

Egypt received three Rafale fighters from France on Thursday, the military said, six months after Paris delivered the first three of a consignment of 24 of the warplanes.

India, France take a step on Rafale, want Pakistan to curb terror

India, France take a step on Rafale, want Pakistan to curb terror

The two countries also decided to bolster cooperation against terrorism, and told Pakistan to bring to justice those responsible for terror strikes in Gurdaspur and Pathankot.

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.