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More spy drones to IAF for secret operations




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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A Health Application Launched By The Indian Air Force

The 'MedWatch', is first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces.

FILE - A woman poses for a photograph next to an Indian Air Force (IAF) light utility helicopter on display at Yelahanka air base in Bengaluru, February 18, 2015. Image source: Reuters

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has launched a mobile health app to provide health information to the users, including first-aid and other health and nutritional topics, Ministry of Defence said on Tuesday.

The ‘MedWatch’ was launched on Monday on the occasion of IAF’s 86th anniversary and was conceived by the the doctors of IAF and developed in-house by Directorate of Information Technology (DIT) “with Zero financial outlay”.

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IAF jet crashed in West Bengal. Image Source: Hindustan Times

“‘MedWatch’ will provide correct, Scientific and authentic health information to airwarriors and all citizens of India.

“The app is available on and comprises host of features like information on basic First Aid, health topics and nutritional facts; reminders for timely Medical Review, vaccination and utility tools like Health Record Card, BMI calculator, helpline numbers and web links,” the ministry said in a statement.

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The ‘MedWatch’, it added, is first such health app to be built by any of the three armed forces. (IANS)