New search and res­cue sys­tems for In­dian mil­i­tary air­craft

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Trou­bled by the in­or­di­nate time it takes in de­ter­min­ing the lo­ca­tion of a crashed air­craft, some­times with a po­ten­tially hu­man cost as well, the IAF has de­cided to go in for a large num­ber of search and res­cue sys­tems. A global bid is be­ing for­mu­lated at this time, and is likely to be a large tri-ser­vices ef­fort for all air­craft in ser­vice.

Re­ports sug­gest that the equip­ment be­ing scouted will in­volve a search and res­cue mod­ule on all fight­ers, trans­ports and he­li­copters of all three ser­vices, and will also in­clude por­ta­ble mod­ules that will be part of all units, al­low­ing for quick re­ac­tion dur­ing an emer­gency or ac­ci­dent. Sources say the equip­ment will in­clude the now-stan­dard abil­ity to de­tach and float to the sur­face in the event of an ac­ci­dent over water—a manda­tory re­quire­ment for naval air­craft. In the last two years, on two oc­ca­sions, the IAF has had to spend days, if not weeks, hunt­ing for crash sites, forced to keep the sta­tus of crew ‘miss­ing’ since their fate could not be con­clu­sively es­tab­lished.

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