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IAF grapples with obsolete inventory

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | RAJIB CHOWDHURI
Published Nov 16, 2019, 7:05 am IST
Updated Nov 16, 2019, 7:05 am IST
It is now looking for solutions from the private sector to take care of its vintage assets.
Air Officer-in-Charge (Maintenance Command) of the IAF, Air Marshal R.K.S. Shera during the inaugural session of national seminar in Kolkata on Friday. (Photo: PTI)
 Air Officer-in-Charge (Maintenance Command) of the IAF, Air Marshal R.K.S. Shera during the inaugural session of national seminar in Kolkata on Friday. (Photo: PTI)

Kolkata: The Indian Air Force (IAF) is facing a challenge in how to deal with its obsolete inventory at a time when it is inducting modern aircraft. It is now looking for solutions from the private sector to take care of its vintage assets.

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (Maintenance Command) of the IAF, Air Marshal R.K.S. Shera, highlighted the challenge while addressing a national seminar and exhibition on ‘Indian Aviation Sector: Opportun-ities and Challenges’ organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce here on Friday.

 

He said, “We have a challenge in the IAF. As you are all aware, we are operating a mix of inventory. We have legacy machines which are 60 years old and we have got state-of-the-art. For example, the Avro aircraft that fly are of ’60s vintage. Today we have also got the C-130 and C-17 aircraft.”

He added, “We have set up technology centres in our base repair depots. These centres are looking at obsolescence mitigation requirements.”

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