Indian Air Chief to fly Russian YAK 130 Trainer cum Light Attack Aircraft
Ministry of Defence press release reported that Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff is embarking on a bilateral goodwill visit to Russia from 09 to 12 July 2019.
The CAS is scheduled to visit various operational and training units as well as fly a sortie in the Russian Trainer aircraft YAK-130. He will interact with senior functionaries of the Russian armed forces amongst others.
The visit would provide further impetus towards defence cooperation as well asstrengthen relationships and enable engagement in productive exchanges between the two Air Forces.
Sputnik News Reports that the development holds much importance for the IAF, which has been struggling to fill the gaps of trainer aircraft for years.
The IAF has 310 trainer aircraft — more than 100 less than the sanctioned number of 432 quoting a parliamentary panel report revealed earlier this February.
Indian Air Force has 75 Pilatus trainers and an order for the HTT-40 trainers at least 60, the review of Yak means that the HAL trainer programme could be behind schedule.