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  • India to buy 36 French Rafale fighter jets

    NEW DELHI: India will only buy 36 Rafale fighter jets as they are “way too expensive”, the defence minister said on Sunday, dashing lingering French hopes of a larger deal that has been years in the making...

    Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the previous government’s plans to buy 126 of the fighter jets from French firm Dassault were “economically unviable and not required”...

  • India signs $8.8bn deal to buy 36 French Rafale fighter jets

    NEW DELHI: India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault for a reported $8...

    Explore: India needs more than Rafale jets to match China: expertsDefence experts say it will bring a much needed boost to India's air force as it tries to renew its dwindling fleet of Russian MiG-21s ? dubbed “Flying Coffins” because of their poor safety record...

  • US to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan: report

    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration is preparing to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan in an attempt to bolster the two countries' relationship despite Washington's reservations about Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal, said a report published on The New York Times (NYT) website...

    The aircraft sales, which the United States (US) Congress could block, would be a symbolic step given Pakistan's current large fleet of fighter...

  • Pakistan may buy used F-16 jets from Jordan

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is considering a Jordanian offer to buy sixteen used F-16 jets in lieu of the eight advanced fighters it could not buy from the United States because of a financing row, but officials fear Washington could still throw a spanner in the works...

    The fiasco over procurement of F-16s, which started with Congress blocking the funding of the sale from the US government’s Foreign Military Financing Programme, brought into...

  • Pakistan in talks with US to procure latest F-16 jets: Air chief

    ISLAMABAD: Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman on Monday said Pakistan is in negotiations with the United States to procure the latest F-16 fighter jets, but did not specify an exact number...

    “We are in talks with US defence officials to get some latest F-16s but the deal may take some time,” the Air chief said while talking to reporters after the rolling out ceremony of the 16th JF-17 Thunder aircraft at the Pakistan...

  • Drones, fighter jets on agenda as Mattis arrives in India today

    NEW DELHI: Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanistan’s security look set to dominate the agenda when US Defense Secretary James Mattis visits India this week...

    India has long vied with Pakistan for influence in Afghanistan, building dams, roads and a parliament building in the troubled country...

  • Lockheed Martin agrees to build F-16 fighter jets in India

    Lockheed Martin has agreed to jointly build F-16 fighter planes equipped with new-generation electronics in India with Tata Advanced Systems Ltd, both companies said on Monday...

    “The F-16 Block 70 is ideally suited to meet the Indian Air Force's single-engine fighter needs and this unmatched US-Indian industry partnership directly supports India's initiative to develop private aerospace and defense manufacturing capacity in India,”...

  • Rafale fighter jets deal between India and France in jeopardy: sources

    NEW DELHI: India's order of 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets has run into trouble with government officials struggling to agree sales terms, sources said, four months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened to break a logjam in previous commercial negotiations...

    Military officials have warned of a major capability gap opening up with rivals China and Pakistan without new Western warplanes or if local defence contractors...

  • Indian air force opens the way for women to pilot fighter jets

    NEW DELHI: India is opening the way for women pilots to fly fighter jets in combat, its air force chief said, as one of the world's biggest military forces shakes off its reluctance to give greater responsibilities to women...

    Several countries, from the United States (US) to Israel, and even neighbouring Pakistan, have women flying their fighter planes, but India's military has kept them out of that role, as well as frontline...

  • US issues ‘national interest’ certification for fighter jets sale

    WASHINGTON: The US Defence Security Coopera­tion Agency has issued a certification saying that it’s in US national interest to sell eight F-16 fighter jets and related equipment to Pakistan...

    “The proposed sale improves Pakistan’s capability to meet current and future security threats…and enhance(s) Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations,” the agency informs the lawmakers...

  • PAF wants to upgrade fighter jets for ‘prolonged fight against militants’

    PARIS: Pakistan wants to upgrade its ageing fleet of fighter jets in anticipation of a prolonged battle against militants, although the purchase of fifth-generation planes would only be a last resort, a senior air force official said...

    Pakistan, fighting a Taliban insurgency in the tribal areas, a separatist insurgency in Balochistan along its Iranian border, also has a heavily militarised and disputed border with India in the...

  • US approves nearly $2bn in weapons for Iraqi F-16 fighter jets

    WASHINGTON: The United States government has approved the probable sale to Iraq of smart bombs, AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles and other munitions for use on its fleet of 36 F-16 fighter jets in a deal valued at up to $1...

    It said the deal would contribute to US national security by giving Iraq the additional weapons, munitions, and technical services it needs to maintain the operational capabilities of its fleet of F-16 fighter jets... ...

  • UAE says Qatari fighter jets 'intercept' passenger plane

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) accused Qatari fighter jets of “intercepting” a passenger plane en route to Bahrain on Monday, in an ongoing row over alleged airspace violations...

    “Qatari fighter jets intercept an Emirati civilian aircraft during a routine flight to Manama in a flagrant threat to civil aviation safety and in a clear violation of international law,” the UAE General Authority of Civil Aviation said...

  • India offers to buy 200 foreign combat jets — if they're made in India

    India is offering to buy hundreds of fighter planes from foreign manufacturers - as long as the jets are made in India and with a local partner, air force officials say...

    After a deal to buy high-end Rafale planes from France's Dassault was scaled back to just 36 jets last month, the Indian Air Force is desperately trying to speed up other acquisitions and arrest a fall in operational strength, now a third less than required to face...

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