India Started Manufacturing Fifth-generation Fighter Jets

India started manufacturing fifth-generation fighter jets, so far only countries like America and Russia have this fighter jet.

The Defense Ministry has started the process of seeking approval from the Prime Minister-led Union Cabinet’s Committee on Security (CCS) for the design and prototype development of the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA).

Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt gave this information while answering a question about the project in Rajya Sabha on Monday.

To significantly increase its air capability, India is working on a project to develop a fifth-generation medium-weight fighter jet with advanced features.

The initially estimated expenditure on the project is Rs 1500 crore. At present, only a select few countries like America, Russia, and China have fifth-generation stealth fighter planes in the world.

India started manufacturing fifth-generation fighter jets: Bhatt told the Rajya Sabha that 42 defense personnel lost their lives in plane accidents during the last six years.

According to the details tabled in the House, during the last five years, 45 aircraft accidents took place, including 29 for the Air Force.

He said that since 2017, 156 Army personnel and three Air Force personnel have been sacrificed in terrorist attacks and counter-insurgency operations.

Responding to a question, the Minister of State for Defense said that since 2010, a total of 1080 cases of corruption involving defense personnel have been reported.

There have been 29 cases from the Air Force, five from the Navy, and 1046 from the Army between 2013 and 2021.

9600 schools got financial help from Atal Innovation Mission.

Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply that the Atal Innovation Mission of the government’s think tank NITI Aayog has so far provided financial assistance to 9,606 schools in more than 720 districts of the country for setting up Atal Tinkering Laboratories.

Only 87 foreign pilots were employed in India.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation, VK Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha said that out of around 9000 pilots, only 87 foreign pilots are working with various Indian airlines.

There is no dearth of pilots in the country. There is a shortage of commanders on certain types of aircraft.

2,657 Air India cases are pending in Indian and international courts.

The Minister of State for Civil Aviation, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, informed that 2,657 cases are pending against Air India in Indian and international courts.

Air India is under the control of Tata Group after its disinvestment last year. VK Singh said that the Center will not interfere in the cases against Air India.

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