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IAF chief on Agnipath, India-China border row, Chinook and MiG-21 | Exclusive

Speaking on the Agnipath recruitment scheme, IAF chief VR Chaudhari said, "It's a game changer and also very important for our training. Our training was very long earlier."

Reported By : Manish Prasad Edited By : Shashwat Bhandari | New Delhi
Updated on: December 15, 2022 16:01 IST
Indian Air Force chief VR Chaudhari
Image Source : INDIA TV Indian Air Force chief VR Chaudhari

Highlights

  • Agnipath recruitment scheme is a game changer, says IAF chief
  • Our fighters are currently deployed on the forward bases, IAF chief on China situation
  • Chinooks in IAF have modified engines unlike the United States, he said

Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhari shed light on the Agnipath scheme, Line of Actual Control (LAC)-India's counter plan to China, the China-Pakistan relation, US grounding of Chinook Helicopters among various other issues in an exclusive conversation with India TV.

IAF chief on Agnipath recruitment scheme

Speaking on the Agnipath recruitment scheme, IAF chief said, "It's a game changer and also very important for our training. Our training was very long. Earlier the training of airmen used to last two and a half years but through this opportunity, we have made it reviewed and the new man is also eager to join this. About 19,000 people have passed the star examination."

IAF chief on Line of Actual Control (LAC), plan to counter China

Speaking on the situation with China, VR Chaudhari said, "We are closely monitoring their movements and we know that on this occasion they are coming near the border, we are watching them and when we feel that they have come near in the last days, we immediately place our fighters within eight minutes through scrabble in front of them. Our fighters are currently deployed on the forward bases."

On Chinook Helicopters

IAF chief Air Marshal VR Chaudhari further spoke about Chinook choppers which are being grounded by the US Air Force. He said, "Our Chinooks are new compared to the 20-25 years old choppers in the US air force. They (US) have unmodified engines but our engines are modified and don't have the shortcomings the US choppers have. If there were any then Boeing would have given the advisory.

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