Indian Air Force Current Affairs

IAF launches Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment

Indian Air force has formally launched web based e-billing system Aviation Turbine Fuel Digital Issue and Payment (ATF DIP).

It was unveiled by Chief of Air Staff (CoAS), Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa in New Delhi and it will be implemented from April 1, 2017. 

Key Facts
  • The web based e-billing system was launched in line with the Union Government’s flagship Digital India programme.
  • It has been developed for the speedy accounting and clearance of Aviation Fuel bills of Oil Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs).
  • The aviation fuel management in the IAF involves over 2 lakh transactions per year. The new platform will streamline the ATF bill payment system.

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Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa takes charge as new Air Force chief

Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa took charge as the 22nd Chief of the Air Staff (CoAS) of the Indian Air Force (IAF). He succeeded Arup Raha who retires from the service.

He is the third person from Sikh community to head the IAF after Arjan Singh and Dilbag Singh. Prior to this appointment he was Vice-Chief of IAF.

About Birender Singh Dhanoa

  • He is an alumnus of Rashtriya Indian Military College (RIMC) and National Defence Academy (NDA). He was commissioned into the fighter stream of IAF in June 1978.
  • Since then he has served in various squadrons, and in the Intelligence Directorate of Air Headquarters. Before being appointed as Vice Chief he was the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the South Western Air Command.
  • Earlier, he had served as Chief Instructor (Air) at the Defence Services Staff College, Wellington in Tamil Nadu, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Intelligence) at Air Headquarters and Senior Air Staff Officer of two operational Commands.
  • He had commanded a fighter squadron and had flown numerous night-strike missions during the Kargil operations in the mountainous terrain.
  • He is recipient of Presidential awards Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal and Vayusena Medal for his distinguished services.

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