India is not far behind in the purchase of many types of defense equipment and modern fighter planes to strengthen its air force. Are we lacking trained pilots in IAF (Indian Air force)? this is the must to be asked question which is certainly not taken up the course.
This is an example of the first batch of Rafale Jets arriving from France to India after the situation on the border between India and China. But, the point to think now is that the Indian Air Force does not have such trained pilots to fly specific aircraft like Rafale?
The first consignment of Rafael which has reached the Indian Air Force's Ambala airbase and soon to be inducted into the army after a ceremony in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French Defense Minister Florence Parley. Preparation is in full swing. However, in the meantime, the shortage of pilots has become a serious issue.
With the addition of Rafale jets, MiG-29 and Sukhai-30 aircraft are leaving no stone unturned to strengthen the Indian Air Force. In response to an RTI application filed by India Today, it was found that in the last 10 years, 798 pilots of the Air Force resigned, out of which 289 have been given a No Objection Certificate, i.e., they now serve in private airlines. Can.
With two pilots leaving the air force in 2016 and 114 in 2017, these two years proved to be the worst phase for the army. In contrast, in 2015, 37 pilots left the army. In total, 80 pilots are leaving the Air Force on an average every year. This simply means that the possibility of a huge shortage of pilots in the Air Force cannot be ruled out.
In February 2018, in response to a question in the Rajya Sabha, the government stated the figures saying that 3855 pilots were in service in the Indian Air Force, while the total sanctioned strength was 4231 pilots. This means that even then there was a shortage of 376 pilots. According to the Eurasian Times report on this issue, one-third of the pilots who leave the army get NOC to work in private airlines.
According to the reports, an Air Force pilot gets a salary of up to 2 lakh rupees every month, while if the same pilots provide services for private airlines, then they get four times salary. However, most army pilots leave the service after serving 20 years so that they can be eligible for a pension. An unnamed pilot was quoted as saying
The life of the Air Force is very good and there are many benefits, not just about salary. But the workload in being a private airline pilot is greatly reduced. In the private sector, the pilot's job is only to fly the aircraft.
In February this year, HT's report said that the Indian Air Force was considering salary and other facilities to prevent its pilots from leaving jobs and going to private airlines. However, no timeline report was given about how long and what kind of reforms the army is going to make.
While denying this report, IT has written that in response to the RTI application, the Army said that the Air Force has no such plan or policy. On the other hand, experts believe that stopping the pilots is really important and a challenge for the Air Force.
After 250 to 300 hours of training on many types of aircraft, a pilot is prepared in the Air Force. That means a lot is spent on a pilot. You can't afford to lose a pilot after spending so much. However, air forces around the world are struggling with this kind of crisis.