Defence News: IAF may be looking to revive it’s number plated squadrons in the medium run. New aircraft, hopes for new production lines for single jet aircraft and growing threats has prompted IAF to look towards expansion of the force to full authorized levels. It may be noted that the air force is already running low on jets and retiring fleets pose a serious challenge. However new fighters will change this sooner than later. The government is moving but not at a pace that’s desired.
The Hindu reports (full article here): The Defence Ministry’s reported consent for handing over Secunderabad’s Bison Polo Grounds to the State Government for construction of State secretariat and other facilities has come as good news for the people living in villages surrounding the old aerodrome in far away Adilabad town.
They hope the development would lead to the Government giving its nod for acquiring their lands for establishment of an Air Force Station there, a proposal which has been gathering dust for over three years now.
Rumours were flying thick and fast that the State Government had linked the issue of giving clearance for land acquisition only if the Defence Ministry agreed to exchange Bison Polo Grounds for open land elsewhere. The Government is apparently of the view that the grounds will be conducive for its development plans, among which is the one to ease traffic congestion.
If things move in the right direction, the fortunes of the backward Adilabad district will change. A full-fledged AFS could mean healthy economic activity which can benefit the locals.
The Indian Air Force, which controls the 369-acre aerodrome just outside Adilabad town built by the Nizam of Hyderabad in in the 1930s, had urged the Adilabad district administration in April 2014 to identify sufficient extent of land for establishment of a full-fledged AFS.
In May that year, about 1,600 acres of land which is contiguous with the aerodrome was identified in the limits of Khanapur (481 acres), Anukunta (535 acres), Kachkanti (313 acres) and Thantoli (261 acres) villages.
In September, then incumbent Air Marshal Ramesh Rai, Air Officer Commanding in Chief, Bangalore, met Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao urging him to expedite parting of land through acquisition.
Later that year, the government department concerned in principle agreed to the proposal of the IAF to acquire the land in question and the file is reported to be with the Chief Minister since then.