Govt approves creation of new Weapon Systems branch in Indian Air Force

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On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on 8 October, the Centre has approved the creation of a weapon system branch for IAF officers.

Important facts

  • This branch will enhance the war capability of the Indian Air Force.

  • Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal VR Choudhary said that this is the first time after independence that a new operational branch has been created in the Indian Air Force.

  • The Weapon Systems Branch will work to strengthen the branches dealing with Surface-to-Surface Missiles, Surface-to-Air Missiles, Remotely Operated Aircraft and Special Weapon System Operators in twin and multi-crew aircraft.

  • The establishment of this branch will save Rs 3,400 crore by reducing the expenditure on flight training.

  • The Indian Air Force is also planning to induct women Agniveers from next year.

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