Indian media: Indian Air Force Rafale fighter has arrived but faces a shortage of pilots

[global network reporter Xu Luming] in recent years, India has been continuously purchasing new fighter planes to improve the combat effectiveness of the air force. However, some Indian media said that the Indian air force is facing a shortage of pilots. Many pilots retired to work in private air companies for better welfare benefits. According to a report on the website of Eurasian times on August 23, the Indian Air Force has been promoting its combat effectiveness by purchasing Rafale, SU-30MKI and MiG-29 fighters. However, according to a survey report on India today website, the air force has retired 798 pilots in the past 10 years, and 289 of them have obtained the “no objection to join” certificate to continue flying with private airlines. According to the report, India has been committed to upgrading its military equipment and purchasing advanced fighters, and the first five Rafale fighters purchased from France have arrived. However, the Indian air force faces a shortage of trained pilots. In 2016 and 2017, the air force experienced a “worst” period, with 100 and 114 pilots retired from the IAF in the two years, respectively. In 2015, it was 37. At present, an average of 80 pilots retire each year, making the Indian Air Force likely to face a serious shortage of pilots. < / P > < p > on February 1, 2018, the Indian government informed the upper house of the Indian parliament that there were 3855 pilots in the Indian air force, instead of the previously approved 4231, and 376 pilots were missing, reflecting the shortage of pilots in the Indian air force. Most Indian pilots retire after 20 years of service, making them eligible for retirement benefits. < / P > < p > a former Indian Air Force officer who recently retired and worked for a private airline said: “life in the Indian air force is very good, with some intangible benefits in addition to salary. But as a pilot with a private airline, I had a much less workload and no complaints about my pay. As a captain, I need to be responsible for everything after the door is closed. Once the door is opened again, my work is over. ” < p > < p > < p > < p > < p > “Hindustan” website reported in February this year that the air force was taking measures to prevent pilots from leaving the army and joining private airlines with higher welfare benefits. Although the report at the time did not specify any specific measures, it said they would be implemented soon, possibly including “cooling off periods” and changes to pension plans. However, in response to relevant questions, the Indian Air Force said that there was no such plan or policy. According to the report, some experts say it is very important for the Indian air force to retain pilots. Air Force General KK nohwar, director of the Indian air force force research center, said: “a pilot can only enter the actual flight phase after 250 to 300 hours of training on different aircraft types. It costs a lot of money and trained people should not be allowed to leave. Air forces in other countries around the world are facing the same problem. ”