The second batch of four Rafale jets is expected to arrive in India in the next four weeks.
In an address on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the IAF, RKS Bhadauria also assured the nation that the force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard India’s sovereignty and interests in all circumstances.
This year, a total of 56 aircraft, including 19 fighters and seven transport aircraft along with 19 helicopters, took part in the aerial show for the celebration on 88th Indian Air Force Day.
On the occasion of Air Force Day, President Ram Nath Kovind said the nation remains indebted to the contribution of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
Talking about future challenges, the IAF chief also said the space domain is likely to dominate in times to come and it is being given the required thrust.
Addressing a press conference ahead of Air Force Day on October 8, Bhadauria said Chinese air power can't get the better of India's capabilities but at the same time added that there is no question of underestimating the adversary.
Defence industry experts say, while there have been many changes to offset and defence procurement policies by the government, defence contractors themselves are unwilling to bear the additional cost of offsets.
The woman pilot has been flying MiG-21 fighters and was selected to join the Ambala-based Golden Arrows squadron operating the Rafale jets, official sources said.
Setting up facilities like air defence radars and an advance landing ground in Uttarakhand's hilly districts of Chamoli, Pitgoragarh and Uttarkashi will be of great help to the air force as they are in the country's northeast, the AOC-in-C said.
The Army and the Indian Air Force have increased their alert levels in all key bases along the nearly 3,400 km-long LAC following China's fresh attempts to change the status quo in the Southern Bank of Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher asked the Centre as to why it did not approach the court before release of the movie on Over The Top (OTT) platform, and said an injunction cannot be granted now as the film is already streaming.
Though no reason has been cited officially about India's review of the earlier decision, people familiar with the development indicated that China's participation in the exercise could be a factor in India deciding not to be part of it.
Here's what the pilots of Squadron 17, also known as Golden Arrows, wore when they landed at the Ambala air base in the new Rafale jets.
The modern fighter jets were flown-in by seven IAF pilots who were trained on the aircraft by the French Dassault Aviation company.The Rafales fighter jets was given ceremonial welcome by SU-30s.
The Rafale jets are India's first major acquisition of fighter planes in over two decades, and they are expected to significantly boost the Indian Air Force's combat capabilities.
With the induction of these nuclear-capable fighter jets, the IAF’s firepower and air superiority is set to increase multifold.
Five Rafale jets built by Dassault Aviation took flight from France for India on July 27 as part of the two countries' 36 fighter jet deal that was signed by the two countries in September 2016.
The fighter jets will be refuelled on the way by a French Air Force tanker aircraft and take a stopover at France's UAE airbase after which India will receive them on July 29.
Bhadauria commended the effort put in towards "integrated training of air warriors of all streams" to meet the present and future operational requirements.
The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
Addressing a combined graduation parade at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, IAF chief RKS Bhadauria said the air force will never let the supreme sacrifice made by our brave soldiers at Galwan in Ladakh go in vain.
The visit assumes significance as it came soon after the top brass reviewed the situation in Galwan Valley in eastern Lakdakh
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The aircraft is capable of carrying a range of potent weapons. European missile maker MBDA's Meteor beyond visual range air-to-air missile and Scalp cruise missile will be the mainstay of the weapons package of the Rafale jets.
India has been under a lockdown since March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus, which has infected more than to 28,000 people and killed 886 in the country till now.