PM Modi’s new “Air India One” will have advanced defence systems— that and other features of the aircraft

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PM Modi’s new “Air India One” will have advanced defence systems— that and other features of the aircraft
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  • The new aircraft will be used to fly Prime Minister and President of India and other top Indian dignitaries.
  • The new Boeing 777-300ERs are being fitted with advanced defence systems and will be operated by the IAF pilots, according to reports.
  • The Indian government has opted for the state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) to be fitted into the aircraft.
India is set to receive two wide-bodied Boeing 777-300ERs to serve as “Air India One.” The new aircraft will be used to fly Prime Minister and President of India and other top Indian dignitaries from July, this year.

The highly customised Boeing 777-300ERs will be the replacement to the current Air India One planes of Boeing 747 fleet. Indian officials currently fly on the Indian Air Force (IAF) plane for domestic travel and Air India’s Boeing 747 for international travel.

IAF pilot to be on the driver seat

The new Boeing 777-300ERs are being fitted with advanced defence systems and will be operated by the IAF pilots, according to reports. Traditionally, the 747 fleets of Air India were flown by the most senior pilots of the flag carrier.

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The new B-777 planes are being sourced from US-based Boeing company and will cost around ₹1200 crore to India.

The aircraft outstands the current aircraft used by the US president— which is regarded as one of the safest planes. The US has two identical aircrafts named Air Force One, which are highly customised Boeing 747-200B series aircrafts, designed for the transportation of the US president.

Self-protection suites

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The new aircraft of the Indian dignitaries will have advanced defence systems similar to Air Force One. According to reports, the new plane will have military defence systems and a reconfigured cabin. For the security of its diplomatic dignitaries, the Indian government has opted for the state-of-the-art missile defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS) to be fitted into the aircraft.

The Air Force One of the US is also equipped with advanced secure communications equipment and allows the aircraft to function as a mobile command centre if an attack happens on the United States.

Capabilities to fend off an attack

The new Indian aircraft for the President and Prime Minister will feature Advanced Electronic Warfare Suites. These suites will enable the plane to not only fend off an attack but also take countermeasures in case of an attack. The new aircraft will be the first Indian aircraft which will be equipped with SPS (self-protection suites), which can effectively jam enemy radar frequencies and divert heat-seeking missiles.
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Unlimited range

Similar to the Air Force One planes the new aircraft have unlimited range and can travel around the world in one go. The plane will also be capable of mid-air refuelling in case of an emergency.

Twin GE90-115 engines vs GE CF6-80C2B1 engines

Air Force One, also known as ‘flying Oval office’ has four General Electric CF6-80C2B1 jet engines on each plane, which provide 56,700 pounds of thrust a piece. The top speed for Air Force One is between 630 and 700 miles per hour at a maximum height of 45,100 feet.
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However, the new Air India one will have twin GE90-115 engines, a variant of the engine made for the -300ER and can fly at 559.33 miles per hour.

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