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Ten years ago, a prototype of Russia’s Sukhoi Su-35 multirole fighter jet performed its debut flight on February 19, 2008. The Su-35 is Russia’s generation 4++ multirole supersonic super-maneuverable fighter jet developed as a follow-up of Su-27 one-seat planes.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in Bengaluru on Sunday that the Inter- Government Agreement for the Rafale fighter jets deal did not name HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) or any other company as partner of Dassault Aviation.

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Tejas, India’s home-grown Light Combat Aircraft (LCA), has emerged among the best in class aircraft, providing flight stability even under extreme unstable conditions says S Christopher, Chairman, Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO).

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In what could be viewed as a strategic counter to China, the Indian Air Force (IAF) will operate a detachment of two Sukhoi Su-30 MKI aircraft from the Jolly Grant Airport in Dehradun for two days (19 and 20 February), reports Zee News.

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Flexibility, concentration of effort & centralised control are essential for best utilisation of the IAF. These could be compromised under theatre commands.

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The Siachen Pioneers undertook an evacuation of a three-month-old pregnant woman, suffering from eyesight loss and dysphagia (blockage of throat causing inability to swallow), from a remote village called Kurgiak located in a valley of Shinkun La pass beyond Padam in Ladakh on Friday.

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China’s first fifth-generation aircraft is having a major issue. As Dave Majumdar previously covered, China recently declared that its J-20 fighter jet had attained initial operational capability.

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The Indian Air Force is activating civil airfield of Jolly Grant airport in Dehradun. A detachment of two Sukhoi (Su-30 MKI) aircraft will operate from the airport for two days – February 19 and February 20. This is being seen as a strategic move to counter China.

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For the first time in the Indian history, as a major boost to defence manufacturing and government's 'Make-in-India' initiative, the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has offered the indigenous 'Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH)-Dhruv' (Civil version) for manufacturing to potential Indian private companies through transfer of technology.

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Much of the recent Rafale controversy seems to hinge around three things: price, propriety and workshare. On price, two questions arise: one, about a significant escalation in the final agreed price; two, about GoI’s claim that this final price saved the taxpayer quite some money.

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