IAF to procure 66 Hawk aircraft from Britain
As part of its mission to train its personnel in modern aircrafts, the Indian Air Force is procuring 66 Hawks aircraft from the United Kingdom, a senior defence official has said.india Updated: May 11, 2006 17:26 IST
As part of its mission to train its personnel in modern aircraft, the Indian Air Force is procuring 66 Hawks from the United Kingdom, a senior defence official has said.
The aircraft would be delivered in batches from October 2007 and the Advanced Jet Trainers programme would begin from June 2008, senior Air Force official Air Marshal BN Gokhale said.
MIG series 21, 23, 27, 29 and HTD 32 and Kiran aircraft were at present used for training the personnel, Gokhalesaid, adding that over 10,000 personnel were trained by the command.
The MIG series would be gradually phased out, he said.
Gokhale also inaugurated a Rs 12 lakh employees contributory health scheme to provide medical assistance for ex-servicemen and their families.
As far as accident involving training aircraft were concerned, it was minimum during 2005, he said, adding that the college had started a distance educational programme for its personnel and would offer e-learning programme very soon.