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A MiG-21 Bison armed for ORP duties( will generally also carry a centerline supersonic DT)
From one of the oldest Squadrons of the IAF: No.3 Cobras
Stood up in Peshawar in 1941.
 

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Graduation Parade at the Air Force Academy Dec 2020
The Pilatus PC-7 Mark II doing superb aerobatics
Air Chief also flew the trainer this year

Star of CGP was still the Su-30 MKI
Piloted by the CO of "The Rhinos"
 

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IAF and French Air Force's 'Exercise Desert Knight '21' to begin today January 20, 2021.

IAF deploying Mirage-2000s, Su-30MKIs and Rafales along with AWACS and Il-78MKIs, while French AF has brought Rafales, A400M and A330 MRTT.

Meteor BVRAAM tactics will get a thorough workout during this exercise for sure. IAF will also probably simulate R-77, R-27 and Astra Mk1 on the Su-30MKIs and MICA BVRAAMs from the Mirage-2000s.

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Air & Cosmos is reporting that the French Elysee (Presidential Palace) is pushing a "package deal" for 5 billion Euros, including 36 Rafales, 6 A-330 MRTT and 100 Panther helicopters for the Indian Navy's NUH requirement.

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And the files for the procurement of 21 MiG-29s to be upgraded to MiG-29UPG standard and an additional 12 Su-30MKIs to be built by HAL, are also moving forward.

After Tejas, India moves ahead to procure more MiG-29s, Su-30MKIs

NEW DELHI: India is now formally moving ahead to procure 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30MKI fighters from Russia, along with upgrades of their existing fleets, after the Cabinet Committee on Security approved the production of 83 indigenous Tejas jets last week.

For starters, the RFP (request for proposal) for the 21 MiG-29 fighters, whose bare airframes are lying in a mothballed condition in Russia since the later-1980s, will soon be issued to Russian state-run defence export arm Rosoboronexport, said defence sources on Sunday.

The acquisition of these MiG-29s at “relatively lower prices” will add to 59 such jets already with IAF. The 12 Sukhoi-30MKIs, in turn, will add to the 272 such jets already contracted from Russia for about $15 billion, with the bulk of them being licensed produced by Hindustan Aeronautics. IAF has so far inducted 268 of the original 272 Sukhois, with at least nine of them being lost in crashes over the years.

The defence ministry in July last year gave the initial nod for the acquisition of the 21 MiG-29s with the latest avionics and electronic warfare suites, and further upgrade of the 59 existing jets to “ensure commonality across the fleet”, at a cost of Rs 7,418 crore.
So $1 billion for 21 stored MiG-29s with UPG upgrade kits plus EW upgrades to the existing 59 MiG-29UPG fighters to bring the entire fleet to the same level.
 

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And the files for the procurement of 21 MiG-29s to be upgraded to MiG-29UPG standard and an additional 12 Su-30MKIs to be built by HAL, are also moving forward.

After Tejas, India moves ahead to procure more MiG-29s, Su-30MKIs



So $1 billion for 21 stored MiG-29s with UPG upgrade kits plus EW upgrades to the existing 59 MiG-29UPG fighters to bring the entire fleet to the same level.

"files are moving forward"!? What does that even mean? This was an "emergency buy" straight after Feb 27th.
 

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another brilliant video by Abhishek Singh
The Mirage 2000I with the Remora ECM pod, the Crystal Maze ASM and what looked like an Ehud ACMI pod
 
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IAF at the Republic Day 2021 rehearsals

Rafale and Jaguar

C-17 Globemaster III flanked by MiG-29Upg and Su-30 MKI
Special attraction for the flypast will be the beautifully restored Douglas C-47 Dakota VP905 "Parashurama"
 

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Just some spectacular images from AdA
@MirageBlue thanks for the thread updates on sticky threads

The truly special A-330MRTT(IAF Vs. Finance Minstry :P for over a decade) image with Umaid Bhavan in the background
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