New Delhi, Feb 15 : The Indian Air Force (IAF) and Pawan Hans Helicopter Ltd (PHHL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at Vayu Bhawan enabling IAF to share its expertise in operations with Pawan Hans.
The MoU was signed by Air Vice Marshal LK Malhotra, Assistant Chief of Air Staff on behalf of IAF and GP Srivastava, GM (P and HRD) for Pawan Hans.
"The MoU will enable IAF pilots to get opportunity for growth and a longer, fruitful second career upto 65 years of age. Similarly Pawan Hans would also be benefited by augmenting their strength of qualified pilots. The inclusive HR policies of IAF would yield positive results for over all growth of aviation in the country," AVM Malhotra said.
Present during the signing of MoU, Air Chief Marshal Fali Major said, "The signing of this MoU is indicative of IAF's commitment to growth of aviation in the country, be it civil or military."
"The MoU will not only promote mutual benefits to both organizations but will prove to be a milestone for Indian Aviation as such," he added.
RK Tyagi, CMD, Pawan Hans Ltd mentioned that the organisation was looking forward for a massive fleet expansion as well as to enter new areas of operation such as inter and intra city transportation besides setting up a state of art maintenance center and also new helicopters at Delhi, Mumbai and other viable areas.
Under the agreed terms and conditions, helicopter pilots nearing the end of their flying career in IAF could be inducted into Pawan Hans.
This would ensure Pawan Hans, benefits from the extensive operational experience of IAF pilots.