Posted: 02 Sep 2013 02:29 AM PDT
Bolstering the Indian Air Force’s capability to swiftly transport combat troops and equipment such as tanks to the front, Defence Minister A K Antony will formally induct its biggest 70-tonne C-17 heavy-lift transport aircraft today into service at the Hindon Air Base near Delhi.
Mr Antony will formally induct the aircraft procured from the US under a deal expected to be over 20,000 crore into the newly-formed 81 ‘Skylord’ Squadron in Delhi, IAF officials said.
The American C-17, with a capability to carry around 80 tonnes of load and around 150 fully geared troops, will replace the Russian Il-76 as the biggest aircraft in the IAF inventory till now.
The IAF has placed orders with the US for ten such aircraft under the deal signed in 2011 and three of them have already been delivered.
The US Air Force will complete the delivery of all the 10 aircraft by the end of next year.
The aircraft is expected to enhance the operational potential of the IAF with its payload carriage and performance capability and would augment the strategic reach during disaster relief or any similar missions.
After the completion of the 10 aircraft, the IAF may also exercise the option of procuring six more planes for its fleet.
In recent times, the IAF has shifted its dependence from the Russian-origin aircraft towards the American ones with the induction of the C-17 and the C-130J Super Hercules transport
The IAF operates six C-130Js and has plans of procuring six more for operations on small and unpaved runways alongside routine transport missions.
The IAF also has the Russian Antonov-32 in its inventory.
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Posted: 28 Aug 2013 09:46 PM PDT
State-owned Airports Authority of India will develop 50 new low cost airports across 11 states.According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the decision was taken at a meeting held by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to finalise infrastructure project targets for 2013-14.
Apart from 50 new low cost airports, the government has decided to go ahead with eight greenfield airports which will developed under public private partnership (PPP) mode.
The eight new greenfield airports will come up at Navi Mumbai, Juhu (Mumbai), Goa, Kannur, Chakan (Pune), Sriperumbudur, Bellary and Raigarh.
Two new international airports at Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and Imphal, Manipur, will also be taken up in the current fiscal.
The government also gave its nod to a proposal to hand over airport operations and maintenance through PPP contracts at various AAI-owned airports.
“Airports being considered are Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Guwahati, Jaipur and Ahmedabad,” the PMO said in a statement.
State-wise list of the 50 new low-cost airports:
–Andhra Pradesh: Vijayawada, Nellore, Kurnool, Kadapa, Nizamabad, Tirupati, Anantapur, Karimnagar
–Jharkhand: Dhanbad, Bokaro, Hazaribagh
–Bihar: Muzaffarpur, Chapra, Sasaram
–Punjab: Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Firozpur
–Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Allahabad, Moradabad, Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Azamgarh
–Arunachal Pradesh: Tezu, Momdila, Along
–Assam: Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur
–Madhya Pradesh: Gwalior, Singrauli, Burhanpur, Khandwa, Jabalpur, Sidhi, Shahdol
–Odisha: Brahmapur, Raurkela, Kendujhar
–Rajasthan: Ajmer, Kota, Bhilwada, Alwar
–Maharashtra: Kolhapur, Nasik, Jalgaon, Solapur, Amarawati. (IANS)
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