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Mirage pilots were initially trained in Hyd

HYDERABAD: The fighter pilots of Mirage squadrons who hit terror camps in Pakistan on Tuesday were initially educated on the Air Force Academy at Dundigal.

They attended the fundamental flying course as flight cadets whilst carried out flying course within the fighter coaching wing used to be completed at Hakimpet in Hyderabad.

Dundigal academy used to be founded in October 1967 and has completed 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) informed TOI, “All fighter pilots commissioned by means of Indian Air Force move out of the Dundigal Air Force Academy. Basic and carried out coaching is given here at Dindigul and Hakimpet. Operational coaching is given in puts like Adampur and Pathankot for fighter pilots for Mirages.”

Dundigal Air Force Academy is unfold over 7,000 acres where three phases of coaching from pre-flying coaching course to level 2 coaching is given. After six months of pre-flying coaching, they move on level 1 with the simulator and twin flying and then to level 2 where Kiran Mark1 and Kiran Mark 2 fighter coaching is given. Close formation and night flying are taken up within the next level.

KS Nair, famous defence and aviation historian, informed TOI, “Mirage is most versatile and dependable in IAF among the fleet. However, they're decades outdated, and do need replacement. IAF has a solid, first rate operational historical past in India-Pakistan wars together with Kargil. IAF did not fly battle missions throughout the 1962 struggle with China; they simply 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, used to be decorated with an MVC (and received a bar to the MVC in 1965), and is still alive, in his late 80s.”

Nair added that skilled battle pilots undergo specialised coaching, as fighter battle leaders (for interception and air battle), or fighter strike leaders (for ground assault).

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

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