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A war of words has broken out between the Congress and the BJP on the Rafale aircraft deal, even sucking in the air force chief, who felt it essential to clear the air. It has led to press conferences from both sides, with each blaming the other for dragging its feet on defence procurements and kickbacks, including favouring Reliance Defence.

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Much before the government finalised the new "strategic partnership" policy six months ago to boost the Indian private sector's role in defence production, the country's first major military aircraft manufacturing project for domestic firms with foreign collaboration was initiated over six years ago.

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Beyond the politics of last week’s Congress-BJP squabble over the deal to purchase Rafale fighters for the IAF lies the grim reality of an emaciated force that is well short of the strength required to face up to a two-front threat.

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A soldier from the Indian Air Force's Garud Commando Force single-handedly shot down three terrorists during the recent encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Hajin, in which the nephew of the Mumbai terror attack plotter Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi was also killed.

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Russia’s Kamov Ka-226T helicopters assembled in India may be supplied to third countries after Russia fulfils the basic contract for the delivery of 200 such rotocraft to that country, Rostec Corporation Director for International Cooperation and Regional Policy Viktor Kladov told TASS on Monday.

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The indigenously developed Tejas Light Combat Aircraft is a world class fighter jet and can effectively play its "defined" role in securing Indian skies, its manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) said today as the Indian Air Force looked at acquiring a fleet of foreign single-engine jets.

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The Indian Air Force's C-130 Super Hercules plane has set a new record for longest non-stop flight, the IAF said. The Hercules carried out a grueling 13-hour-31-minute non-stop flight, setting not only an IAF record but also globally, it said in a tweet.

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French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Saturday said the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets would bolster India's security and it was a "win-win partnership" for both the countries.

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Underlining the Bharatiya Janata Party's unease at the Congress party's allegations of wrongdoing by the National Democratic Alliance government in the Rs 58,000 crore (Rs 580 billion) purchase last year of 36 Rafale fighters from the French company Dassault, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman led a counterattack on Friday.

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France has pitched for selling more Rafale aircraft to India, but the defence ministry is yet to take a decision.

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