Indian Air Force

Air warfare branch of India's military

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The Indian Air Force (IAF) is the air arm of the Indian Armed Forces. Its complement of personnel and aircraft assets ranks fourth amongst the air forces of the world. Its primary mission is to secure Indian airspace and to conduct aerial warfare during armed conflict. It was officially established on 8 October 1932 as an auxiliary air force of the British Empire which honoured India's aviation service during World War II with the prefix Royal. After India gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1947, the name Royal Indian Air Force was kept and served in the name of Dominion of India. With the government's transition to a Republic in 1950, the prefix Royal was removed after only three years.

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The sources said the IAF has briefed the defence ministry about the incident and that the Indian mission in Paris has been in touch with French authorities.
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The 2.5 tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability, military officials said.
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The IAF has transferred the Air Officer Commanding of the Srinagar base in the midst of a court of inquiry (CoI) probing the crash of an Mi-17 helicopter in..
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It is rare when commercial flights are allowed to land on IAF bases.
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The plot unravelled after they found a map, shared with DNA by security forces, on the person of a terrorist killed in an encounter in the state on Thursday.
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Singh, the minister of state in the Prime Minister's Office, said, that throughout the Lok Sabha election campaign, the Congress and its allies have been..
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The new patches brought out by the 51 Squadron of IAF depict a MiG21 in the foreground along with a red-coloured F-16 with 'Falcon Slayers' written on top and..
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