Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Defence
27-August-2012 15:35 IST
Training to Pilots
Acquisition of new platforms is part of the modernisation and upgradation of Indian Air Force's capabilities. The new combat aircraft would be manned by pilots of the existing older fleet, which are planned for replacement by the new aircraft.

Simulators for different trainer aircrafts like Advanced Jet Trainer, Intermediate Jet Trainer, Basic Jet Trainer, Kiran MK l/ll, HPT-32 have been contracted.

Concerted efforts have been taken by IAF to carry out a proactive publicity campaign including (i) participation in career training and exhibitions; (ii) advertisement in print and electronic media; (iii) motivational lectures; and (iv) visuals / signage at strategic locations to meet the shortage of pilots. Flying Branch has also been opened for men Short Service Commissioned Officers. Two Air Force Selection Boards are being set up to augment selection capacity.

This information was given by Minister of Defence Shri AK Antony in a written reply to Shri Vilas Muttemwar and Shri Jagdish Sharmain Lok Sabha today.