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The Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), which is an audit watchdog consisting of MPs, released a report on Friday (14 December) lambasting government-owned defence manufacturer Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), among other entities, for its lacklustre performance in delivering units of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas to the Indian Air Force, reports Livefist Defence.

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India and Russia’s joint air exercise, Aviaindra 2018 is on at Jodhpur and the air force personnel of both countries demonstrated their operational activities by hitting target at Pokhran field firing range in Jaisalmer.

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Stating that battle space in future will be dominated by Hi-Tech arms and Artificial Intelligence, Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, told the graduated engineers of Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering (MCEME), Secunderabad, to take the responsibility for sustenance of advanced weapon systems.

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The Supreme Court on Friday narrated how the UPA's deal for 126 Rafale jets, of which 18 were to come in flyaway condition and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) was to manufacture the rest under licence, got replaced in 2016 by the NDA government — which went for 36 fully-loaded jets with Reliance Aerostructure Ltd as Indian offset partner.

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A parliamentary panel headed by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge has expressed “serious concern” over Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd’s “failure” to provide the required number of Tejas aircraft to the Air Force, adversely affecting its combat potential and posing a security threat.

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The government has "not forgotten" the Indian Air Force or IAF's requirements and is already considering the bids received through a Request for Information (RFI) for procurement of 110 fighter jets, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in New Delhi on Friday.

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Dassault Aviation welcomes the decision of the Supreme Court of India rendered today dismissing all petitions filed on the Rafale Contract signed on 23rd September 2016 in the frame of an Inter-Governmental Agreement between India and France.

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As controversies over the Rafale refuse to die down, a delegation from the Indian Air Force is scheduled to head to France early next month to inspect two Dassault-made Mirage-2000 aircraft which will be France’s gift to India.

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The Supreme Court Friday gave the Narendra Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France and dismissed all the petitions seeking a direction to the CBI to register an FIR for alleged irregularities in the deal.

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully conducted an 11-day Combined Guided Weapon Firing’ exercise named CROSSBOW-18’ between December 3 to December 13 at the Air Force Station Surya Lanka. The exercise was conducted under the aegis of Southern Air Command.

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