IAF Current Affairs

IAF for first time successfully conducts online scheduled test for airmen recruitment

The Indian Air Force (IAF) for first successfully conducted scheduled test for airmen recruitment (STAR) online, taking forward Digital India Initiative of Government. This makes IAF first of any of three services to undertake selection tests online.

Key Facts

The first online examination of IAF was conducted successfully through computer based online tests in collaboration with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) Pune. It was conducted at 439 centres spread over 102 cities across the country. This included over 100 centres in the North Eastern states, J&K and states which have limited representation in IAF.

The online test made it easier for candidates across country to appear for selection accommodating wider choice of candidates, without having to apply for early filtration necessary in earlier selection process. By conducting online tests, IAF stands to gain from larger pool of candidates to choose from, while offering level playing field to all eligible candidates.


The initiative is part of IAF’s policy to reach out to best talent to man and service technology intensive platforms that equips it. It will increase transparency and cost reduction and help IAF to reach out to the youth in remote corners of the country and help them participate in the selection.

Month: Categories: India Current Affairs 2018


IAF successfully conducts development trials of Astra missile

The Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully conducted developmental trials of indigenously developed Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha.

Total of seven trials of Astra BVRAAM were conducted in various missions and two of them were against Pilotless Target Aircrafts (PTA) successfully fired from Sukhoi-30 MKI aircraft. They were final development flight trials of the missile, paving way for its early induction into IAF.

Astra Missile

Astra is air to air beyond visual range air-to-air indigenously developed by DRDO. It is one of the smallest weapon system developed by DRDO, having length of 3.8-metre and weighing 154kg. It is single stage solid fuelled missile and has payload capacity of 15 kg conventional explosives.

It can be launched from different altitudes and is capable of engaging targets at varying range and altitudes at both short-range targets (up to 20 km) in tail-chase mode and long-range targets (up to 80 km) in head-on mode. It is radar homing supersonic missile having maximum speed of Mach 4 (four times speed of sound).

It possesses high Single Shot Kill Probability (SSKP) making it highly reliable. It is all-weather missile with active radar terminal guidance, excellent electronic counter-counter measure (ECCM) features, smokeless propulsion and process improved effectiveness in multi-target scenario.

It has advance on-board electronic counter-measures that jam radar signals from enemy radar, making tracking of the missile difficult. It is fitted with terminal active radar-seeker and an updated mid-course internal guidance system that helps missile to locate and track targets.

The missile can be integrated with all fighter aircraft of IAF including Sukhoi-30 MKI, Mirage-2000, MiG-29, Jaguar and the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA).

Month: Categories: Defence Current Affairs 2018