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Mirage pilots were initially trained in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: The fighter pilots of Mirage squadrons who hit terror camps in Pakistan on Tuesday had been to begin with educated at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal.

They attended the basic flying direction as flight cadets while carried out flying direction within the fighter training wing was finished at Hakimpet in Hyderabad.

Dundigal academy was founded in October 1967 and has finished greater than 50 years of giving the nation’s the finest fighter pilots.

Retired wing commander T J Reddy of the Air Force Association (Telangana and Andhra Pradesh) advised TOI, “All fighter pilots commissioned by means of Indian Air Force move out of the Dundigal Air Force Academy. Basic and carried out training is given here at Dindigul and Hakimpet. Operational training is given in puts like Adampur and Pathankot for fighter pilots for Mirages.”

Dundigal Air Force Academy is spread over 7,000 acres the place three stages of coaching from pre-flying training direction to degree 2 training is given. After six months of pre-flying training, they move on degree 1 with the simulator and dual flying after which to degree 2 the place Kiran Mark1 and Kiran Mark 2 fighter training is given. Close formation and night flying are taken up within the next degree.

KS Nair, noted defence and aviation historian, advised TOI, “Mirage is maximum versatile and dependable in IAF among the fleet. However, they are decades old, and do need alternative. IAF has a cast, decent operational historical past in India-Pakistan wars together with Kargil. IAF didn't fly battle missions all through the 1962 battle with China; they just flew a handful of high-risk reconnaissance missions by means of a single unarmed Canberra. The pilot on the ones missions, then-Squadron Leader JM Nath, was adorned with an MVC (and gained a bar to the MVC in 1965), and continues to be alive, in his overdue 80s.”

Nair added that skilled battle pilots undergo specialized training, as fighter battle leaders (for interception and air battle), or fighter strike leaders (for flooring assault).

“Nowadays, there may be a helicopter battle leader specialisation, for battle helicopter pilots.”

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