PM Modi gets a cool new mode of travel
As you all must have seen in many movies, the leaders of a country travel in a special plane. Like the president of the United States travels in Air Force One. Till now India’s three highest dignitaries used to travel on Air India’s Boeing 747 planes, which have served for nearly 25 years. Now the country has procured one of the two Boeing 777 aircraft for the three highest posts of the country.
The new aircraft will have the call sign ‘Air India One’, and these planes have cost Rs4,632 crore to the exchequer.
The first custom-made Boeing 777 aircraft, part of the two-aircraft Air India One fleet, will be used by the President, Vice President and Prime Minister. The VVIP Air India One is equipped with an advanced communication system which allows audio and video communications to function in mid-air with top-tier security against hacking.
The modified B777 plane comes fitted with sophisticated defence systems called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Self-Protection Suites (SPS). It is fully loaded with systems like missile warning sensors, Guardian Laser Transmitter Assemblies and Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS) for maximum security.
It has sophisticated protection arrangements, as well as comfort inside. It is owned by the Indian Air Force after the handover, and will have a military classification.
The Air India One would be operated by Indian Air Force pilot and not by Air India pilot.