Hindon airbase Current Affairs - 2020

IAF’s Shalija Dhami becomes India’s 1st female flight commander

Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Wing Commander Shalija Dhami scripted history by becoming country’s 1st female officer to be appointed as flight commander of a flying unit.  She took over as flight commander of a Chetak helicopter unit at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.

A Flight Commander post is 2nd in command of flight commander unit which means that Dhami is 2nd in unit after commanding officer. Therefore, her elevation in flying branch is moving a step closer towards women officers commanding units and formations in service.

About Shalija Dhami

She was raised in Ludhiana, Punjab.

She is the 1st woman officer of IAF to be given a permanent commission for a long tenure. She is a permanent commissioning officer of Flying Branch in Indian Air Force (IAF) and flies helicopters.

She is also the 1st women qualified flying instructors of Indian Air Force for helicopters. In her career of 15 years, Wing Commander S Dhami has flown Chetak and Cheetah helicopters.

Her promotion to Flying Branch is a step towards Commanding Unit of Women Officers.

On 26 August 2019 women in Indian Armed Forces set another milestone with appointment of Wing Commander Shalija Dhami who became 1st female flight commander of operations unit of Indian Air Force.

1st batch of Boeing AH-64E Apache helicopters reaches India

1st batch of Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian Attack helicopters arrived at Indian Air Force’s (IAF’s) Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The 1st batch consists of 4 out of 22 choppers ordered by India from United States.

In coming week 4 more Apaches will be arriving and thereafter, 8 will be moved to Pathankot Air Force Station for their formal induction in IAF in September 2019.

About AH-64E Apache

It is the world’s most advanced Multi-Role Combat Helicopter. It is used by US Army as well as by growing number of international defence forces.

Since the aircraft entered production Boeing has delivered over 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world so far. India is 14th nation to select Apache.

Features: Besides greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, cognitive decision aiding and improved survivability AH-64E Apache is uniquely suited to meet commander’s needs such as security, reconnaissance, peacekeeping operations as well as lethal attack in both land and littoral environments all without reconfiguration.

It is most modern variant of Apache and is also flown by U. S. Army.

It has latest technology insertions that maintain its standing as world’s best attack helicopter.

It is only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement.