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More spy drones to IAF for secret operations

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: With armed forces around the world getting more advanced and equipped, defence ministry has decided to provide more spy drones to Indian Air Force (IAF) for executing secret or private operations. Sources at ministry on Monday said that the recent Rs 27-crore deal for acquiring 65 UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for IAF’s Garud Commando Force is just an initial step in the direction of strengthening country’s defence wing.

Till now the armed forces have introduced more than 200 such drones. Most of which comes from Israel. One such drone named ‘killer’ is being used by IAF which detects and explodes like a cruise missile in to specific targets. Earlier also, the Indian Navy had requested construction of two midget submarines or “chariot” for its navy commandos. The Rs 2,017 crore deal has already got approval from defence authorities.

For now the government is indeed focusing more on sorting out basic structure for the proposed tri-service commandos in cyberspace, special operations and space troops, but they have not stopped the equipment and weaponry expansion in IAF. Although at a moderate speed in comparison to Army battalions, IAF’s Garuds are equally being geared up for secret operations.

The new spy drones with a range of 5 km, will be mainly used to monitor movement around important airbases and during counter terrorism operations. These mini-drones are very lightweight and possess 30 minute of operational endurance.

Garuds in IAF itself carry significant importance for the Indian armed forces. They were first spotted in action while tackling terrorists on different IAF airbases like Awantipora, Srinagar and Guwahati. They are highly trained for rescue operations and combating enemy. They are well-equipped to thrash enemy’s aircraft and radars while supporting friendly fighters.

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7 killed, after Mi-17 V5 an IAF Chopper Crashed in Arunachal

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IAF chopper Mi-17 V5, at Yelhanka, Air Force Station. Wikimedia

Tawang, October 6:  Seven Indian Air Force personnel were killed after a Mi-17 V5, IAF Chopper Crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday.

Tawang district Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Meena said the IAF Chopper Crashed around 6.30 a.m. killing all the seven people on board.

The chopper was on a routine Air Maintenance Mission, Meena quoted a Defence officer as saying.

The crash site is located at some four-to-five hours drive from Tawang. “It is a forested area,” Meena said adding that the bodies are being brought to the helipad near Tawang.

“We are told that there were no civilians and all were defence personnel,” he said.

Earlier in July an Indian Air Force chopper engaged in a flood rescue mission crashed near Papum Pare district in the hill state killing four persons including three IAF crew and one India Reserve Battalion (IRB) personnel.

The frequently changing weather condition in Arunachal Pradesh makes flying of choppers difficult in the area and there have been several incidents of crashes in the hill state in the past.

The then Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Dorjee Khandu, and four others also died in an IAF Chopper Crashed in the hill state in 2011. (IANS)

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India has ‘Plan B’, ready for any challenge from China, says Indian Air Force Chief B S Dhanoa

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New Delhi, Oct 5: Indian Air Force Chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on Thursday said India is prepared to counter any threat from China and was also ready to face a two-front war.

Addressing the annual press conference of the IAF ahead of Air Force Day, the Indian Air Force Chief said they have a ‘Plan B’ to cater for the shortage of strength if there is a situation of war on two fronts.

“We need a strength of 42 squadrons to carry out full spectrum operations, but it doesn’t mean we can’t fight a two-front scenario. There is a Plan B,” he said when asked about being prepared for a two-front war.

He also said the possibility of a two-front war in the current geopolitical scenario is low.

He said “our capability is adequate” to counter any threat from the Eastern side — China.

The Indian Air Force Chief also said more than assets, the question was what China can and cannot do operating from Tibet against India.

He also said that Chinese troops are still stationed in the Chumbi valley, of which Doklam is a part, and hoped that they return soon.

Dhanoa said: “We are not in physical face-off but in Chumbi valley their troops are still deployed.”

“Hope they will withdraw in future after their exercises are over,” the IAF chief said.

He also said that there was no face-off in the air during the over 70 days long standoff and there were no air violations.

“I take this opportunity to assure the nation of our sacred resolve in defending the sovereignty of our skies,” he added.(IANS)

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IAF trainer aircraft crashes in Telangana

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New Delhi, Sep 28: IAF’s intermediate trainer aircraft- Kiran, crashed in Telangana on Thursday morning, but the pilot and another person on board ejected out safely.

The aircraft got airborne from Hakimpet Air Force base on Thursday morning for a routine training sortie and crashed around 11.45 a.m.

The aircraft was being flown by a trainee pilot.

IAF sources added that a Court of Inquiry has been ordered to look into the cause of the accident.

According to police, the aircraft caught fire and was gutted after the crash near Ankireddypalli village in Keesara ‘mandal’ (block) of Medchal district.

Minutes after taking off from Hakimpet Air Force Station, the aircraft developed some technical snag and crashed in the fields.

Eye-witnesses said they heard a huge thud and soon flames engulfed the aircraft.

The pilot and another person accompanying him ejected out with parachutes before the crash, police said.(IANS)