Have more Indian components in aircraft: IAF officer

By S Vishnu Sharmaa Published on Jul 16, 2018 05:39 PM IST

Air Marshal Hemant Sharma interacting with personnel at 5 Base Repair Depot at IAF base in Sulur in Coimbatore recently.

Chennai: Ensure highest operational preparedness of the assets of IAF, said Air Marshal Hemant Sharma, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Maintenance Command, Indian Air Force.

He said this during the maiden visit to 5 Base Repair Depot at Indian Air Force base at Sulur in Coimbatore. He was accompanied by his wife Kusum Sharma, president of Air Force Wives Welfare Association (Regional) when he visited 5 Base Repair Depot for three days, from 11 to 13 July.

Taking note of the progress made by the Depot in indigenising aircraft components, he urged the personnel to be determined and strive to indigenise more of such components, for greater self-reliance of the country in defence products and to save foreign exchange.

Air Marshal Hemant Sharma inspected various sections of the Base Repair Depot and expressed his appreciation over the high standards of professionalism displayed by each personnel.

In the years 2015 and 2017 the Depot was appreciated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for noteworthy accomplishments in indigenisation of aircraft components, which were being previously imported at higher costs. The AOC-in-C also visited the facilities put in place at 43 Wing, Air Force, for operating the Light Combat Aircraft procured by the IAF from HAL.

Kusum Sharma interacted with the families of the Depot personnel and reviewed the welfare activities undertaken by the local body of Air Force Wives Welfare Association. Highlighting the importance of apt support of the family in a soldier's life, she lauded the social harmony and sense of togetherness prevailing amongst families of air warriors.