India is all set to receive its new Plane (Air India One) Boeing 777-300ERs which will be used to fly VVIPs including Prime minister, President, and Vice- President of India,
The new plane will be equipped with most advance sophisticated technologies, military defence systems and a reconfigured cabin which includes Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS).
The plane will also feature Advanced Electronic Warfare Suites which will not only protect aircraft from any kind of attack from the surface to air but also will be able to take countermeasures in case of an attack.
The plane’s advance defence systems will call for training of pilots under Indian Air Force instructors.
The New Boeing 777-300ERs will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Air India, as earlier.
The planes manufactured at Boeing’s facility in Dallas (USA) are retrofitted with advanced military defence systems and a reconfigured cabin
The plane will feature twin GE90-115 engines, a variant of the engine made for the -300ER. It can fly at 900kmph.
Indian government has opted for state-of-the-art military defence systems to be fitted into those planes
One of the systems is the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS)
These systems will protect the aircraft in case of an unfortunate event of it suffering damage in the air.
The planes cost $190m purchase and were customised only after a nod from the US State department approval due to its military nature.
The planes will feature Advanced Electronic Warfare Suites. This feature enables the plane to not only fend off an attack but also take countermeasures in case of an attack.
The 747-400 which currently serves as Air India One only has retrofitted security measures and otherwise serves commercial flights.
Prime Minister, President, or Vice-President sometimes have to travel long hours in 747 Boeing. However, it is not capable to fly more than 10 hours without refueling,
Top government officials told PTI that a team of senior officials of the central government have gone to the United States to receive the delivery of Special Extra Section Flight (SESF) or VVIP aircraft ‘Air India One’.
The officials added that another custom-made B777 plane is likely to be received from Boeing in September.
The new aircraft can fly over 17 hours continuously without landing in between for refueling.
Due to the advanced communication system fitted in the aircraft, Prime minister or the President will be able to communicate with the relevant ground staff through video or audio conferencing without a trap.