He is the first Air Chief Marshal who is not a fighter pilot, yet he probably is one of the first ones to start talking of taking the Indian Air Force, given India’s space capabilities, to the NEXT level – Aerospace Defense. Of course, given the old planes we have in our kitty, we need to improve that as well.. so the discussion has started.. hopefully they will be better than the flying coffins that Indian pilots have been given for so many years now!
Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major became the first helicopter pilot to don the mantle of Chief of the Air Staff after which he said his thrust would be on shoring up the falling fighter strength of the country and pushing up the pace of modernisation in the force.
In this context, the international tenders for purchase of 126 Medium Range Combat aircraft would be "out soon", he said.
Taking over the reins of the Air Force from Air Chief Marshal SP Tyagi, who retired today after 43 years of illustrious service, Major in his opening message to air warriors asked them to work towards transforming the IAF into an "aerospace force".
"It is only through the employment of space based application that we can be more effective beyond our shores" Major said in his ‘order of the day’.
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