Staff Correspondent

They will arrive here after going to several countries

‘It will bridge the gap between slow-speed training and frontline training’

Rs. 120 crore spent on upgrading facilities at Bidar Air Force Station

BIDAR: Air Force Station, Bidar, is all set to become the first station to impart advanced jet training for pilots, as two Hawk fighter aircraft from British Aerospace (BAE) will soon be part of it.

Incidentally, the arrival of Hawks to Air Force Station, Bidar, is at a time when the station is celebrating its platinum jubilee.

The two aircraft are scheduled to arrive at the Air Force Station on November 12 from British Aerospace (BAE). Air Marshall Bangalore G.S. Chaudhary will be receiving the Hawks at the Air Force Station, here.

In fact, two Hawks left the United Kingdom on November 7 to land in Bidar on November 12, after travelling to France, Greece, Egypt, Oman and a few other countries.

Air Officer Commanding, Air Commandore Ramesh Rai told presspersons that it was a dream come true, after the Hawk aircraft were proposed for training purposes some two decades ago.

Essential for training

“The Hawks are very essential for training pilots and that requirement is going to be fulfilled now,” he said.

On the specialty of the Hawk in training pilots, Mr. Rai said that “Hawk will bridge the gap between slow-speed training methods and frontline-training methods for pilots.”

Training for pilots through Hawk aircraft would begin from June next year and that every year about 35 pilots would undergo training, he said. Exuding confidence that pilots would be imparted quality training with the arrival of Hawk aircraft, Mr. Rai said that pilots would receive advanced jet training.

More facilities

Mr. Rai said the Centre spent Rs. 120 crore on infrastructure at the Air Force Station here to handle Hawk aircraft, including a hangar, runway had been lengthened, maintenance and service facilities had been advanced among other facilities.

In a phased manner, 66 Hawk aircraft would be added to the Air Force Station, Bidar, Mr. Rai added.