Will the modernisation initiatives of Indian Air Force (IAF) have an impact on Hakimpet Air Force station?
If the plans fructify, the stage two training being given to trainee pilots in Hakimpet now could be shifted to Deesa in Gurajat.
“This is is a long term plan. Three to four years down the lane, the stage two training would be shifted to Deesa. The proposal is pending with the government for approval,” Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal N.A.K Browne said here on Saturday.
The IAF is also planning to set up an exclusive simulator building, modernise the hangers at the Air Force Academy in Dundigal, abutting Hyderabad.
“There is a need to increase the squadron strength from 34 to 42. We need more pilots, technicians and more officers to fly the new aircraft that would be inducted into IAF in the coming years. To achieve this, training facilities at Dundigal academy have to be improved,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after reviewing a passing out parade at Dundigal.
Recently, the government allotted Rs.130 crore for improving infrastructure and other facilities at the academy. Presently, the academy has a capacity to train 485 cadets and IAF plans to increase the capacity to 750 cadets very shortly, he said.