Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne has said that the IAF will be sending pilots and other technical staff to Switzerland to undergo the three-month training on the aircraft as the 'Pilatus-PC 7' is expected to join the fleet from January 2013.
"We will be sending our pilots and about 75 technicians to Switzerland for training. They will be coming back after three months of training there. And from January (2013) onward the PC-7 aircraft will start to join in the academy," he said, adding the entire delivery of the aircraft is expected to be completed by July 2014.
The IAF had inked the deal with the Swiss firm Pilatus to buy new basic training aircraft two months back.
The IAF had in 2009 grounded the HAL-manufactured HPT-32 aircraft for basic training purpose on variety of reasons.
Air Marshal Browne said the IAF Academy here will increase its capacity to train cadets to 750 by 2016 from current capacity to train 465-485 cadets.
According to him, the Centre has allotted Rs. 130 crore to improve the infrastructure at the Dundigal academy.
The IAF chief said that the stage-II training facility at Hakimpet airfield will be shifted to Deesa in Gujarat in next four to five years.
The Air Chief also stated that the on-going modernisation of Indian Air Force will be accomplished by 2022.
"All the contracts which are signed during the 11th plan are about Rs.1.12 lakh crore and they will be executed till 2017. At least 65 to 70 per cent of modernisation will be accomplished by 2017, and the rest by 2022....So 12th and 13th Five-Year plans are very crucial for IAF," Air Force Marshal Browne said.