Air Chief Marshal (ACM) B.S. Dhanoa said on Monday that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will continue to fly AN-32 transport aircraft in the mountains till new aircraft under procurement are inducted.
Addressing a press conference in Gwalior, Dhanoa said, “AN-32 aircraft will continue to fly in mountainous areas, we don’t have any replacement.”
IAF has expedited the process to acquire new equipment including advanced line of aircraft, following which they will not be used in a critical role. It would then become just a routine aircraft that would be used for training, he added.
Indian Air Force An-32 jet with 13 personnel went missing in Arunachal Pradesh on 3rd June. After eight days of a massive search operation, the wreckage of the plane was spotted.