India — IAF Procures Four Simulators For AJT Aircraft

The Indi­an Air Force has pur­chased four sim­u­la­tors for Hawk Advanced Jet Train­er (AJT) air­craft and more such machines have been con­tract­ed by the force for sim­u­lat­ed train­ing. The aim is to enhance the train­ing cur­ricu­lum of it’s rook­ie pilots.

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Defence Min­is­ter A. K. Antony in a writ­ten reply to the Rajya Sab­ha said, “IAF has already pro­cured four sim­u­la­tors for Hawk AJT air­craft. Fur­ther, eight sim­u­la­tors of IJT air­craft, have also been con­tract­ed for.”

Acqui­si­tion of more such train­er plat­forms is a part of the over­all mod­erni­sa­tion process of the armed forces. The new com­bat air­craft which the IAF is con­stant­ly acquir­ing will be manned by pilots using old­er fight­er jets which are due to be phased out in a time­ly fash­ion.

The IAF is fac­ing a short­age of pilots and the gov­ern­ment has tak­en a num­ber of steps to check that. Improve­ment of job pro­file of IAF pilots is a con­tin­u­ous process in view of the job spe­cif­ic require­ments and oper­a­tional neces­si­ty. Besides, the Short Ser­vice Com­mis­sion for fly­ing branch has been mod­i­fied to make young men eli­gi­ble for induc­tion in the fly­ing branch.

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The Defence Min­is­ter also said that chop­pers are being pur­chased to replace the age­ing Mi-8 air­craft of IAF’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Squadron. Also a con­tract for pro­cure­ment of AW-101 heli­copters was signed with Agus­ta West­land in Feb­ru­ary 2010 to replace the age­ing Mi-8 heli­copters.

With more and more heli­copters, planes and fight­er jets set for induc­tion in the com­ing years, the IAF is gear­ing up to hire more pilots and pre­pare the nec­es­sary infra­struc­ture to sup­port these sophis­ti­cat­ed weapon sys­tems.

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