THE CONGRESS’s ONLY AGENDA IS TO HAVE THE RAFALE DEAL CANCELLED

For more than four years, the Narendra Modi government has had a monopoly on political messaging and perception management. The Rafale controversy, triggered this time by former French president Francois Hollande’s comments that the French government had no say in selecting Reliance Defence as Rafale…

Rafale deal was to make squadrons leaner and meaner Instead, it will add to worries

As the dogfight over the Rafale fighter deal rages across the political skies, worry lines are appearing over the security horizons. China and Pakistan are “not sitting idle”, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa recently told a gathering of strategists and aviation experts at the Centre…

ACTUALLY, THE INDIAN AIR FORCE HAS NEVER BEEN WITHOUT A DASSAULT AIRCRAFT

As the Rafale deal comes under intense political scrutiny, history tells us that the Indian Air Force (IAF) has never been without a Dassault aircraft since 1953. A look at some of the IAF’s flagship fighter planes over the years suggests that Dassault Aviation has…

Rafale contract or not, HAL not qualified to make state of the art Fighter Jets

That the Rafale aircraft contract wasn’t awarded to Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has led to much political mud-slinging. But it’s not just missing that contract that’s plaguing the company. HAL is beset by execution delays. Despite a gigantic order book, its revenue in the previous…

Fan Contest Winners: Political Cartoons

Today we announced the winners of the China Uncensored Political Cartoon fan contest! 1st place: “I have a Dream” by Cup Pusta 2nd place: “Debt Trap Saps” by A. K. Miller 3rd place: “Saving face” by Frank Tamura Learn more about the Oslo Freedom Forum…

IAF Quietly making preparations to welcome Rafale jets

In the midst of a political firestorm over the Rafale jet deal, the Indian Air Force is quietly making preparations, including readying required infrastructure and training of pilots, to welcome the fighter aircraft, official sources said. They said the IAF is sending a batch of…

1st Rafale Fighter Jet for India starts flight test in France in IAF Colours

As the Rafale deal continues to be at the centre of a political maelstrom, The Indian Express has learnt that only one of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft will be supplied from France to India until the end of the contract period in April 2022 with…

Low key presence of French Rafale at IAF Gwalior Base

The ongoing political slug-fest on the Rafale fighter jet deal has turned three of the jet’s brief stay at Gwalior this week a low key affair with the two governments not even releasing a single photograph of the aircraft. The jets belonged to the French…