It's been a while, but as they say, better late than never. We finally made some time to redesign our blog and soon we will have our own independent website. The blog helped us reach a huge audience and generate a lot of interest in this area. As a result, the format and (utility) of the blog seems overwhelmed, hence the transittion to the dedicated site. The URL for the new site and content will be disclosed soon. Till then, enjoy the blog and continue to contribute to our posts.
Fly high, but safely
The third crash of a Mirage 2000 fighter within a space of weeks is a matter of great concern. The delta- winged aircraft which joined service in 1985 has been a legend in the Indian Air Force for its ease of handling and reliability. Just three aircraft had been lost, all due to pilot error, till the recent series of mishaps. It could just be bad luck. With its excellent handling, the Mirage was, at one level, defeating the law of averages, and now the statistics seem to have caught up.
But other probable causes, too, need to be examined. The very reliability of the aircraft has encouraged a certain complacency, and even laxity, in maintenance standards in the service. There is also some suspicion that the field stations are not maintaining the documentation of their aircraft as they should. As per the requirements of this sophisticated aircraft, everything that is done to it — its flying time, the parts replaced during periodic checks and so on — are strictly logged. To get in some extra flying, there has been a tendency to underlog the aircraft or, in other words, understate the flying done in a sortie, say, reporting 35 minutes when the actual flight was for 45. But you can’t fool the airframe and the engine and the fatigue that builds up will eventually begin to tell on a 20-year-old fighter.
There are some larger lessons that need to be learnt as well — the need for much quicker decision-making. The IAF waited for more than a decade for the Advanced Jet Trainer, and in the meantime, it had to use its MiG-21 fleet to fill in as a trainer, resulting in their excessive use. Currently, the Air Force needs to replace its dwindling MiGs, as well as its medium transport aircraft, the AN-32. The decision-making process is on, but it is so interminably slow that it will probably take aircraft falling out of the skies to persuade the government and the Air Force to move with some dispatch.
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