Hyderabad: Air Marshal HS Arora Param, the Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) visited the College of Air Warfare (CAW), Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex, DRDO Hyderabad and Air Force Academy on January 22.
MSR Prasad, Distinguished Scientist and Director-General, Missiles and Strategic Systems, along with Dr. Dashrath Ram, Director DRDL, and BHVS Narayana Murthy, Director RCI, briefed him about the progress on DRDO projects related to IAF.
During his visit to the various technology centers at RCI, Air Marshal undertook a review of the MRSAM system which is soon to be inducted in the IAF. He interacted with senior scientists of RCI and DRDL. He emphasized the need for indigenous and mission mode development of missiles and weapon systems. He also assured scientists of full cooperation and support from IAF for the indigenous R&D efforts by DRDO.
At Air Force Academy, the VCAS was received by Air Marshal IP Vipin, Commandant Air Force Academy. He was given a detailed presentation on the training activities being undertaken at the Academy.
During his visit to AFA, the VCAS inspected and reviewed the progress of various critical infrastructure projects being developed at AFA. He also flew a sortie on Pilatus PC-7 Trainer Aircraft and Hawk Aircraft. Pilatus PC-7 trainer and Hawk aircraft have significantly transformed ab initio and intermediate flying training of Pilots in the Indian Air Force. Apart from imparting training to the fighter pilots of IAF, Hawk aircraft is also used by 'Suryakiran' the aerobatic team of IAF.
The Air Marshal lauded the relentless efforts and sincere hard work of the Officers and Airmen of Air Force Academy in the process of transforming young Cadets into professional competent Military Officers.