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SC rejects PIL seeking fresh probe into Rafale deal
India

SC rejects PIL seeking fresh probe into Rafale deal

A bench comprising Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and S Ravindra Bhat considered lawyer M L Sharma's submission that a direction for issuing a letters rogatory to collect fresh evidence relating to the deal be issued.

Rafale vs Super Hornet: Which fighter plane will the Indian Navy pick?
India

Rafale vs Super Hornet: Which fighter plane will the Indian Navy pick?

Boeing’s F/A-18E Super Hornet and Dassault Aviation’s Rafale M aircraft earlier this year completed a series of demonstration flights to show adaptability to Indian conditions. A detailed report on their performance is being prepared, a source said

Defence Ministry imposes fine on MBDA for delay in fulfilling offset obligations under Rafale deal
India

Defence Ministry imposes fine on MBDA for delay in fulfilling offset obligations under Rafale deal

India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France in September 2016 to procure 36 Rafale jets at a cost of Rs 59,000 crore, and the offset obligations were part of the contract.

IAF gets two more Mirage 2000 jets: How Dassault Aviation-made jets are adding to India's air power
India

IAF gets two more Mirage 2000 jets: How Dassault Aviation-made jets are adding to India's air power

The aircraft will be upgraded to the latest standards under a programme that has been undertaken by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited.

Rafale 'kickback' controversy: How jet deal exposes the dirty hands of Congress
India

Rafale 'kickback' controversy: How jet deal exposes the dirty hands of Congress

There are umpteen reports in the public domain which suggest in no uncertain terms that it is just not the Congress but it is the very Congress culture that is most decadent. For decades the party made the defence sector a den of brokers and middlemen

France probe of Rafale deal reignites political row in India; from Rahul Gandhi to Sambit Patra, what politicos said
India

France probe of Rafale deal reignites political row in India; from Rahul Gandhi to Sambit Patra, what politicos said

The development has prompted Opposition parties and critics, who had earlier alleged wrongdoing in the 59,000-crore defence deal, have begun to target the Union government again

Book excerpt: In The Tejas Story, a retired air marshal chronicles his experiences of test flying the LCA jets
India

Book excerpt: In The Tejas Story, a retired air marshal chronicles his experiences of test flying the LCA jets

The story that comes to life through his book is that of his team of pilots and of the LCA programme itself, how it was commissioned, the challenges in the development phase and the pressure of realising the dream of domestically developing a fighter plane.

CAG says offset obligations under Rafale deal yet to be fulfilled; 'opening can of worms?' asks Congress' P Chidambaram
India

CAG says offset obligations under Rafale deal yet to be fulfilled; 'opening can of worms?' asks Congress' P Chidambaram

The Dassault Aviation is the manufacturer of the Rafale jets while MBDA supplied the missile systems for the aircraft

From Rajnath Singh's stern message to China to Smriti Irani's 'defining day', how politicos reacted to Rafale induction
India

From Rajnath Singh's stern message to China to Smriti Irani's 'defining day', how politicos reacted to Rafale induction

Rajnath Singh, who was at Thursday's induction ceremony along with Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, said national security is a major priority for India and it is determined to protect its territory

Rafale Induction Ceremony: First batch of fighter jets inducted to IAF's 'Golden Arrows' squadron at Ambala airbase
India

Rafale Induction Ceremony: First batch of fighter jets inducted to IAF's 'Golden Arrows' squadron at Ambala airbase

A traditional water cannon salute was given to the Rafale fleet before its ceremonial induction into the 17 Squadron of the IAF

Rafale jets, in ode to former Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, to have tail numbers with BS initials
India

Rafale jets, in ode to former Indian Air Force chief BS Dhanoa, to have tail numbers with BS initials

Six Rafale trainer aircraft will carry RB series tail numbers which stand for Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, the current Chief of Air Staff who played a key role as lead negotiator for the mega deal.

'We would have eliminated terror camps in Balakot sitting in India if we had Rafale jets', claims Rajnath Singh in poll-bound Haryana
Politics

'We would have eliminated terror camps in Balakot sitting in India if we had Rafale jets', claims Rajnath Singh in poll-bound Haryana

Rajnath Singh took a thinly veiled jibe at Pakistan, claiming that if India had gotten the Rafale jets sooner, then India would not have gone to Pakistan for conducting the Balakot airstrike

Rajnath Singh faces heat for 'Shastra Puja' of Rafale jet: Besides India, Russia also performs religious ceremonies to inaugurate weapons
India

Rajnath Singh faces heat for 'Shastra Puja' of Rafale jet: Besides India, Russia also performs religious ceremonies to inaugurate weapons

Defence minister Rajnath Singh came under fire for performing ‘Shastra puja’ while inducting the first of the 36 Rafale jets in the French port city of Bordeaux

Rajnath Singh flies sortie after receiving first Rafale jet in France, says India to receive 18 aircrafts by February 2021
India

Rajnath Singh flies sortie after receiving first Rafale jet in France, says India to receive 18 aircrafts by February 2021

Defence minister Rajnath Singh flew a sortie in the Rafale jet after receiving a symbolic handover of the aircraft at Merignac in the Bordeaux province of France

Defence minister Rajnath Singh to leave for two-day France visit today; will meet President Emmanuel Macron tomorrow
India

Defence minister Rajnath Singh to leave for two-day France visit today; will meet President Emmanuel Macron tomorrow

Union Defence minister Rajnath Singh will embark on a two-day visit to France on Monday. During his visit, he will receive the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets manufactured for India.

Rajnath Singh to perform 'Shastra Puja' on Dussehra after receiving first Rafale jet at France's Bordeaux
India

Rajnath Singh to perform 'Shastra Puja' on Dussehra after receiving first Rafale jet at France's Bordeaux

Though Singh will receive the first of the 36 Rafale jets on Tuesday, the first batch of four aircraft will come to India only by May next year.

IAF demand for 200 more planes rendered redundant by fall in conventional war, rise of cyberspace conflict
India

IAF demand for 200 more planes rendered redundant by fall in conventional war, rise of cyberspace conflict

The fighter plane is a 100-year-old technology, having been first used in World War I in 1914.

Days after taking to the sky in Tejas aircraft, Rajnath Singh to fly sortie in Rafale fighter jet on 8 Oct during France visit
India

Days after taking to the sky in Tejas aircraft, Rajnath Singh to fly sortie in Rafale fighter jet on 8 Oct during France visit

Top military brass of France as well as senior officials of Dassault Aviation, the makers of Rafale, will also be present at the handing over ceremony.

Rajnath Singh to take delivery of first Rafale jet: Modi govt nails messaging, optics by picking defence minister for France visit
India

Rajnath Singh to take delivery of first Rafale jet: Modi govt nails messaging, optics by picking defence minister for France visit

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flying to France to oversee thee handing over of the first lot of Rafale fighter jets on 8 October to the Indian Air Force has special significance.

IAF's 'Golden Arrows' 17 Squadron to be resurrected today, set to be first unit to fly multi-role Rafale jets
India

IAF's 'Golden Arrows' 17 Squadron to be resurrected today, set to be first unit to fly multi-role Rafale jets

The Indian Air Force on Tuesday is expected to resurrect its 'Golden Arrows' 17 Squadron which will be the first unit to fly the multi-role Rafale fighter jets