The very first part of Air India One fleet and specially modified Boeing 777 aircraft for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to arrive on Thursday in New Delhi. The delivery of the Boeing 777 aircraft was delayed due to some ‘operational issues’.
Delivery of Boeing-777 was set for August 25 but got delayed due to some ‘operational issues’
The first of the two Boeing 777 aircrafts will arrive in New Delhi on Thursday at 3:00 pm as reported by top aviation ministry official. The Boeing 777 aircrafts were set to be delivered on August 25 but due to some operational issues were delayed.
The Centre has sent a team of some senior officials who are part of Indian Air Force and Air India to escort the aircraft back to India after assessing every technical requirements. The Boeing 777 aircrafts were sent to Boeing facility in Dallas by Air India to equip them for VVIP travels.
Newly modified aircrafts will have their own missile defence system to counter attack any missile threats
The Central Government planned to use two of such specially modified aircrafts which are capable to counter the missile threats on their own with the help of their own missile defence system. These are called Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) and Self-Protection Suites (SPS). The modified pair of Boeing 777 are set to match the United States President’s Air force One in every term of security and safety measures.
Will be used by Prime Minister, President and Vice-President
The newly modified aircrafts Boeing-777 will be exclusively used by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. The modified aircrafts will also have ‘Bharat’ and India written on it along with the Ashoka emblem. The modified Boeing 777 can fly between Iida and United Sates without having to stop for refuelling.