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The Flying Daggers or the No. 45 Squadron which operates the indigenously developed supersonic fighter aircraft Tejas will be shifted from Bengaluru to the Sulur Air Force station based in Coimbatore in July.

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Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa struck a nostalgic chord, recalling he was among the 35 flight cadets who earned their ‘prestigious wings’ after passing out from the Air Force Academy at Dundigal, near here, 40 years ago even as he heaped praise on 13 women cadets for successfully completing the course in flying colours.

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Global aerospace major Boeing announced its expansion of engineering and technology centre here and said it would accommodate another 1,000 new employees to drive aerospace innovation.

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With its powerful MiG-29s swatting away Pakistani F-16s, the Indian Air Force’s MiG-21, MiG-27 and Mirage-2000 jets were able to devastate Pakistani military positions with impunity during the 1999 conflict.

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The US state department has approved the direct sale of powerful stinger missiles to India, along with six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and Hellfire missiles.

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Adding muscle to the Indian Army’s aerial firepower, the US government has agreed to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India. According to a statement issued by the US State Department on Tuesday, Washington has approved the deal worth $930 million to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters.

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At least 27 doppler radars would be soon commissioned across the country covering coastlines and major cities which would provide severe weather warning to stake-holders as much as six hours in advance, an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said in Panaji today.

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A $9-billion deal to codevelop a next-generation fighter aircraft with Russia fell through after Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) shot it down saying it either had all the technologies such a project would bring to India or was in the process of developing these indigenously.

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At a time when the Russians have offered to sell 40 more Sukhoi-30 combat aircraft to India, it seems that the Air Force is not keen to add more of these heavy weight and expensive to maintain fighter jets in its inventory.

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The U.S. State Department approved the sale of equipment including Hellfire and Stinger missiles, supporting a proposed direct commercial sale of six Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a release.

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