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The DRDO expects to complete the extension of range by May 2022. Astra is an indigenous beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile.
The petition appeals against CIC direction to IAF to provide certified copies of Special Flight Returns-ll to an RTI application regarding the prime minister's foreign visits.
The forces see leasing as a win-win situation because they are able to get past the long procurement process that moves at a snail's pace.
Pakistan claimed that there was 'no pressure' to release Varthaman, a day after Opposition leader said that FM Qureshi pleaded a meeting to release him fearing an attack from India.
Modern warfare is not just about boots on the ground. It encompasses new fighting capabilities that include cyber, psyops and space technologies among others.
Speaking on the occasion of Air Force Day, Bhadauria said IAF demonstrated its resolve, operational capability and the will to effectively engage the adversary.
The IAF pilots brave icing conditions, extremely low temperatures and mountain waves that can even break the aircraft mid-air.
During his annual press conference, Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria also announced that the 36 Rafale fighter jets will be operationalised completely by 2023.
The proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security by helping to strengthen US-India strategic relationship, US Defence Security Cooperation Agency said.
Defence spokesperson Ratnakar Singh said prior to his present appointment Air Marshal Dev was Air officer-in-charge of personnel at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan in Delhi.