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Plane spotting photos: Indian Air Force MiG-27ML Bahadur upgrade

Last weekend, I managed to capture a very rare catch for Bangalore. It was the very first prototype of the upgraded MiG-27ML “Bahadur” (Valiant) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) tail number TU640 (originally TS640). Image © Devesh Agarwal. All rights reserved. The MiG-27 is a dedicated ground attack aircraft. Developed in the 1970s the MiG-27 shares the basic airframe …

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Images: Indian Air Force Lockheed Martin C130J makes first flight

KC-3801, the first of six stretched fuselage Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force, made its first flight, at Marietta, Georgia, USA on October 4th. Along with these pictures, Lockheed Martin released a simple statement The first of six C-130J Super Hercules for India took to the skies for its maiden flight yesterday. The aircraft …

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Eurofighter Typoons arrive in Bangalore for Indian Air Force MMRCA flight testing

Two Eurofighter Typhoons 30-24 and 30-42 accompanied by their Airbus A310-304 MRTT arrived at Bangalore’s HAL airport Thursday, February 18th afternoon at 15:40 (10:10Z). The three planes flew in over the airport in formation, and then peeled right. Great formation flying by all three. One Typhoon did a low pass over runway 09 to inspect and familiarise, after which the …

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Indian Air Force Antonov AN-32 transport successfully lands at 13,300ft high Nyoma field

An Indian Air Force (IAF) AN-32 transport aircraft landed at Nyoma Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) in Ladakh at the northern tip of India at 06:25 (00:55Z) today. View Nyoma Advanced Landing Ground, Ladakh in a larger map Group Captain SC Chafekar touched down on the Nyoma airstrip located at an altitude of 13,300 feet with Air Marshal NAK Browne, Air …

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Images: Boeing F/A-18s Super Hornets arrive in Bangalore for MMRCA test flights

On the eve of India’s Independence Day, the Indian Air Force’s multi-billion dollar medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) procurement moved up a stage this evening. A pair of the first of the contenders — the Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet arrived at Bangalore’s HAL Airport for the technical evaluations, along with their mother ship the McDonnell Douglas DC-10-40 Omega Tanker. The …

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Is India relying to heavily on the Indian Air Force Sukhoi Su-30MKI to counter China?

Defence minister A.K. Antony informed the Rajya Sabha that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is extremely happy with its front line air superiority fight, the Sukhoi Su-30MKI, and will increase its fleet to 230 aircraft by 2015, notwithstanding the recent crash of one. China has been increasing it’s belligerence over the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradhesh and has a …

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Official report of Presidential helicopter near miss at Mumbai in February

The Joint Investigation team constituted on February 19, 2009 to investigate the serious incident of a near miss between the Presidential Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopter and a Air India flight IC-866 on February 9, 2009 at Mumbai airport has submitted it report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. To translate the official findings (shown below), the Presidential formation called …

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Indian Air Force suffers first crash of Sukhoi Su-30MKI

The Indian Air Force (IAF) suffered the first crash its prestigious Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter earlier today when it crashed early this morning while on a routine training exercise. The pilot Wing Commander S.V. Munje ejected safely, but navigator Wing Commander P.S. Narah was unfortunately killed. The crash occurred at 1030 (0500 GMT), about 70 km south-east of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan …

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Boeing AH-64D Apache benefits as India cancels $550 million helicopter tender

Follow Bangalore Aviation on Twitter For quite some time the rumour mill had it that the Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) was going to scrap the $550 million tender for 22 attack helicopters. Earlier today this rumour was confirmed. According to a spokesman the tender had to be cancelled since ‘the remaining three companies still participating in the tender were …

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Tejas Light Combat Aircraft undergoing advanced weapon testing

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is carrying out a two-week second phase weapon testing trials of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at an Air Force base in the north-western sector. As per DRDO officials “The focus of the current phase of testing is safe separation and accuracy of weapon delivery. The results from the tests would validate …

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The Indian Air Farce – an update on the Mumbai Presidential helicopter near miss incident

On February 9th, there was a near miss incident at Mumbai airport which involved the President of India. The Indian Air Force is at the receiving end of an article by 737 instructor pilot Captain A. Ranganathan, who complains that poor navigation, lack of communication with the control tower and non-conformation with procedures on the part of the navy pilots …

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Air India flight in near miss incident at Mumbai airport with presidential helicopter – Update 4

Read the official investigation report here. February 9, 2009, 10:00 IST (04:30 GMT) TV channels are reporting that an Air India Airbus A321 performing flight IC866 was involved in a rejected take-off/near miss at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport earlier this morning. The flight had commenced its take-off run, when a helicopter which was given permission to land, strayed across …

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Indian Air Force objecting to BIAL’s second runway proposal

After reading the below story in The Mint, I can only shake my head and say …”oh no not again!!!”. Both Bengaluru International Airport (BIAL) and Air Force Station (AFS) Yelahanka are vital to Bangalore. AFS Yelahanka is the premier training facility for the Indian Air Force (IAF) transport wing, and home to the internationally renowned AeroIndia show, which brings …

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