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Centre approves creation of a weapon system branch for officers in Indian Air Force

This is the first time since Independence that a new operational branch is being created: Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari
Indian Air Force Chief V R Chaudhari addresses during 90th anniversary celebrations of IAF, at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh.
Indian Air Force Chief V R Chaudhari addresses during 90th anniversary celebrations of IAF, at the Air Force Station in Chandigarh.
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PTI   |   Chandigarh   |   Published 08.10.22, 12:16 PM

The central government has approved the creation of a weapon system branch for the officers of the Indian Air Force, which would save it Rs 3,400 crore in flying training, Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari said here on Saturday.

This is the first time since Independence that a new operational branch is being created, Chaudhari said in his speech here on the occasion of 90th anniversary celebrations of the IAF.

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"On this historic occasion, it is my privilege to announce that the government has approved the creation of a weapon system branch for the officers in the IAF.

"This is the first time since Independence that a new operational branch is being created," he said.

The weapon system branch will essentially man the specialised streams of surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air-missiles, remotely piloted aircraft, and weapon system operators in twin and multi-crew aircraft, he said.

Creation of this branch would result in savings of over Rs 3,400 crore due to the reduced expenditure on flying training, the IAF chief said.

A ceremonial parade was held at the air force station here Saturday morning on the occasion.

Chaudhari inspected the parade, which was followed by a march-past.

Air-Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Air Marshal Sreekumar Prabhakaran was among senior IAF officers present on the occasion.



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