On Air Force Day, IAF chief announces new weapon system: All you need to know | Latest News India - Hindustan Times
close_game
close_game

On Air Force Day, IAF chief announces new weapon system: All you need to know

Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
Oct 08, 2022 12:16 PM IST

Indian Air Force Day 2022: This is the first weapon system created since India's independence, Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari announced, adding that it can save the Air Force ₹3,400 crore in flying training.

As India celebrates the 90th anniversary of Air Force Day, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari on Saturday announced the creation of a new operational branch of weapons system for officers “the first time since independence”. The celebrations, being held at Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake complex, will showcase a grand air show later today with nearly 80 aircraft participating.

Image from the full dress rehearsal of 90th Indian Air force Day celebration at Indian Air force station in Chandigarh on Thursday, October 06. (Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Image from the full dress rehearsal of 90th Indian Air force Day celebration at Indian Air force station in Chandigarh on Thursday, October 06. (Ravi Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

“On this historic occasion, it's my privilege to announce that the govt has approved the creation of a weapon system branch for the officers in the Indian Air Force,” Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said during the ceremonial parade on the 90th anniversary celebration of the Indian Air Force, in Chandigarh.

All you need to know about the new weapons system:

  • The new weapon system branch will have four categories of sub-streams – flying, surface, remote, intelligence.
  • It aims to man the specialised streams of surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air-missiles, remotely piloted aircraft, and weapon system operators in twin and multi-crew aircraft.
  • This is the first time since India's independence that a new operational branch of the weapon system is being created, the IAF chief announced at the ceremony.
  • The branch will induct specialised cadre officers for handling the latest weapon systems.
  • The new branch will be able to handle all types of latest weapon systems in the force and will reduce the expenditure on flying training, resulting in savings worth 3400 crore of the air force fund.

Chaudhari made the announcement at the ceremonial parade ahead of the grand fly-past scheduled to begin at 2:45pm. Several made-in-India aircraft and choppers will participate in the show – including the newly inducted ‘Prachand’ light combat helicopters.

The IAF chief inspected the parade, which was followed by a march-past. Air-Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran was among senior IAF officers present on the occasion.

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crickit, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Infographics & much more. Explore now!

See more

Get Current Updates on India News, Budget 2024, Weather Today along with Latest News and Top Headlines from India and around the world.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Share this article
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
OPEN APP
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, July 18, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On