Rakesh wrote:1) I am assuming the trainers will have a serial number of KH-T-20XX as in PV-5 and PV-6, which have the serial numbers of KH-T-2009 and KH-T-2010 respectively. Since I am unaware of the actual serial number, I have just left the last two numbers as XX. Now if my assumption is wrong, please do advise. Will it be KH-T-20XX or LA-50XX? See link below...
http://www.airliners.net/photo/India-Ai ... /4239705/L
The 'KH' is the short form of Dr. Kota Harinarayana kind of father of Tejas and used only for prototypes, so in service Tejas will be 'LA' for trainers many be 'LA-T' we will know only when it gets in the air
2) A conversion unit with 18 trainers would be nice! Get the rookie pilots to visit the conversion squadron, have them complete their basic conversion syllabus and then send them to their respective Tejas unit. Not a bad idea at all.
Tejas trainers are fully combat capable so the conversion squadron can also be used as a regular squadron as and when required. I will also be happy if IAF forms a minimum 3 aircraft acrobatic team to display Tejas around the world.
3) It is my understanding that the move to Sulur was to house two Tejas squadrons - at minimum. If that is true, what purpose would No 18 Sqn serve at Bangalore? I thought the move to Sulur was to move away to a less congested airspace. Am I incorrect?
They have created facilities like aircraft hangers & crew accommodation in Bangalore which is idle after No 45 Flying Daggers moves to sulur, which could be used to train manpower for No 18 Flying Bullets and move them to other base as soon as they reach the required strength. By man power i mean both ground staff and pilots
I wonder what would be the Group Captain Madhav Rangachari next assignment after he departed No 45 Flying Daggers, his experience with Tejas is immense
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