Sick Jaguars to be back
The seven Jaguar fighter aircraft, which were sent to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for repairs, are likely to be returned to the IAF in a week.india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 02:05 IST
The seven Jaguar fighter aircraft, which were sent to the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for repairs, are likely to be returned to the IAF in a week.
The Jaguar aircraft had been recently upgraded at HAL and handed over to the IAF. "But some of the upgraded components did not meet our standards. They are now being changed and we are likely to get them back in a week or so," said Air Marshal AK Singh, air officer commanding in chief, western air command.
Singh said a team from the Nasik unit of HAL was conducting a joint inquiry with the IAF into the crash of an upgraded MiG 21 (called Bison after upgradation) at Jamnagar last week. A majority of the upgraded MiG 21 aircraft is with the Western Air Command. Singh said it would be premature to ground the aircraft without proper enquiry.
"The fuel pump of the Bison had developed a snag. The pilot said the engine had failed. We are investigating,'' Singh said.
Air Marshal Singh was in Jammu to receive the Mahatma Gandhi Service award on behalf of the IAF for the relief operations the WAC carried out during last year's earthquake and flash floods.
Jammu & Kashmir governor, Lieutenant General Sudhir Sharma (retd), presented him the award. J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad was present on the occasion.
Singh said that IAF pilots operate 26 types of aircraft. “Many pilots can fly more than one type of aircraft. Sometimes it can be a logistical nightmare because of all the things like training, maintenance and inventory that are involved. But we are comparable to the best in the world,” Singh said.