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10th October 2022 (8 Topics)

IAF chief announces creation of new weapon system branch

Context

Recently, Indian Air force day (8 October) has been celebrated as completion of 90 years of the Air force foundation. The IAF chief has announced to create a new weapon system branch for the first time since Independence.

  • The theme for the year 2022 was “IAF: Transforming for the Future”.

About the new Branch

  • Though a major reorganisation of the branch system was last done in 1971. This new branch represents a much-needed reform. 
  • The new Weapon Systems branch will combine four streams –
    • Surface-to-Surface Missiles
    • Surface-to-Air Missiles
    • Remotely Piloted Aircraft (drones)
    • Weapon System Operators
  • The creation of this branch would result in savings of over Rs.3, 400 crore due to reduced expenditure on flying training.

Major Branches: The IAF has nine branches that officer cadets can join – Pilots, Navigators, Technical Officers, and Ground Duties (Administration, Logistics, Accounts, Education, and Meteorology).

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