The B777 planes may have state-of-the-art missile defence programs known as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) costing $190 million
New Delhi: A custom-made B777 plane, which might be used to fly the president, vice chairman and prime minister, has arrived in Delhi from the US on Thursday, stated authorities officers.
#WATCH: VVIP plane Air India One that might be used for President, Vice President & PM arrives at Delhi International Airport from US.
It is supplied with advance communication system which permits availing audio & video communication perform at mid-air with out being hacked. pic.twitter.com/4MtXHi8F9O
— ANI (@ANI) October 1, 2020
The aircraft was scheduled to be delivered by plane producer Boeing to Air India in July however its supply was delayed twice — as soon as in July for a number of weeks attributable to COVID-19 pandemic after which in August for a number of weeks attributable to technical causes — the officers famous.
Air India One, which is the decision signal of the plane, landed on the Delhi airport from Texas at round three pm on Thursday, they acknowledged.
Senior officers of the nationwide service had reached the US throughout the first half of August to obtain the aircraft from Boeing, the officers stated.
Another custom-made B777 aircraft for the journey of VVIPs is prone to be acquired from Boeing throughout a later date, they famous.
These two plane had been a part of Air India’s business fleet for a number of months in 2018 earlier than they had been despatched again to Boeing for retrofitting them for VVIP journey.
Officials stated the whole value of buy and retrofitting the 2 planes has been estimated to be round Rs 8,400 crore.
The B777 planes may have state-of-the-art missile defence programs known as Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
In February, the US agreed to promote the 2 defence programs to India at a value of USD 190 million.
During the journey of the VVIPs, the 2 B777 plane might be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and never of Air India, an official stated.
Currently, the president, vice chairman and prime minister, fly on Air India’s B747 planes, which have the decision signal Air India One.
Air India pilots fly these B747 plane for the dignitaries and the Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) maintains them.
When these B747 plane usually are not flying the dignitaries, they’re utilized by the Indian nationwide service for business operations.
The custom-made B777 planes might be used for journey of the dignitaries solely.
The Centre has already initiated the method of divestment of its stake in Air India, which has a debt of over Rs 60,000 crore. However, the method has been postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
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