Indian Air Force Current Affairs - 2020

First Time India sends tri-services contingent to Russia’s Victory Day Parade

India is to send its tri-services contingent of all three services namely army, navy and air force to Russia. The contingents are to take part in Victory Day parade to be held in Moscow.

Highlights

Around 75 to 80 personnel are to reach Moscow to take part in the Victory Day parade. This is the first time all the three services of India are participating. Earlier, in 2015 the Indian Army alone took part in the parade.

Victory Day Parade

Every year, the Victory Day is celebrated on May 9. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis the parade was postponed. The parade is held every year to mark the surrender of Nazi Germany in 1945.

The military parade of Russia is held at the Red Square, Moscow with the President of Russia as the guest of honour.

India-China

China will also send its soldiers to the parade. With the face off in Ladakh, both Indian and Chinese soldiers are to participate at the parade together. India is to send 75 of its soldiers. 25 from Army, 25 from Navy and 25 from Air Force.

Indian Air Force shelves three main projects

On May 18, 2020, the Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria announced that it will shelve three main projects of worth Rs 8,000 crores. This is because the Central Government is pushing for Make in India. Currently, the Government of India is to focus on indigenization.

Highlights

Prime Minister Modi recently announced Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan under which the GoI has brought upon several reforms. This includes indigenization of defence produce as well. In order to achieve this, the government is to ban imports of certain products as well.

About the projects

The shelved project includes the plan to buy 20 additional Hawk Planes from the United Kingdom, 30 Jaguar fighter planes from the US and 38 trainer aircrafts.

Alternatives

Rather than getting these fighter planes abroad, the IAF is to support HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited). The IAF will take assistance from HAL for engine related upgrades.

Also, the plan to buy Pilatus basic training aircraft from Switzerland has also been scrapped. The project was worth Rs 1000 crores. It has been scrapped as the HAL has already developed the HTT-40 trainer planes.