AJT 1st batch to be inducted to IAF base in fortnight: Major

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Bangalore, Oct 30 (UNI) The first batch of the Advanced Jet Trainer Aircraft HAWKS will join the Indian Air Force (IAF) within two weeks and would be placed at IAF base Bidar in Karnataka, Chief of Air Staff F H Major said today.

Speaking to newspersons, after inaugurating a seminar on 'Helicopter Technology' organised by Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies and Industries (SIATI) here, he said the state-of-the-art multi-role trainer aircraft would replace Kiran aircraft.

Mr Major said IAF would receive first four AJT among the 66 new Hawks and the rest would be inducted in a phased manner. The delivery of the first batch of AJT to IAF would help to enhance the capability of the force, in meeting advanced jet training requirements.

The first batch of 24 aircraft would be built at BAE Systems, facilities in Brough and the remaining 42 aircrafts manufactured under license in India through a partnership with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Mr Major said the induction of Medium Multi Role Combat Aircraft (MMRCA), would expected to be inducted into force by 2012. The proposal for MMRCA was placed to induct fifth-generation fighter aircraft by phasing out the MIG version, he added.

''Acquisition of new version of combat aircraft was nothing but a global phenomena and IAF was not an exception to it'' he said.

He said establishment of Joint Aerospace Command comprising all the three wings of the forces was needed, Aerospace power covers both sea, surface and air defences.

UNI

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