Thursday, March 19, 2015

Air India One

 Currently, The Prime Minister of India travels on Boeing 747-400 aircraft owned by Air India and operated by Indian Air Force for overseas travel. Apart from this there is one more Boeing 747 as standby aircraft, four Embraer 135 aircraft and three Boeing Business Jet also in the fleet for VVIP flying movements which caters domestic and nearby country visits.

The image below shows the layout of Air India One.

  • There is a panel of eight pilots who are always prepared to fly the VVIP anywhere across the Globe.
  • Once, a flight is scheduled, one among it is pulled and configured with a VVIP type setting which includes a satellite phone, fax.internet etc and other necessities.
  • Once the configuration is complete, the plane is taken over by personnel from Special Protection Group (SPG) for security checking and safety purpose as each and every inch of the plane including the fuel and water   is scanned before being filled  . SPG is tasked with PM's security with the flight being monitored from Air Force Station in Palam.

As you know the security of the VVIPs is of the utmost importance, a civil pilot cannot be given this responsibility given the use of combat nature that may be necessary during a threat.

  • Just some additional info about the plane:

Security Features of Air India One :

These Boeing and Embraer aircraft are not ordinary aircraft. All these aircraft has the capability of self defence. Air India One is very advanced and has following capabilities :
  1. Radar Warning Receivers : When Air India One gets missile lock, it will give a aural warning in the cockpit similar to fighter aircraft.
  2. Missile Approach Warning System : It detects attacking missiles and warns the pilot for taking defensive maneuver
  3. Flares  & Chaff : Flares are high-temperature heat sources ejected from aircraft that mislead heat-sensitive or heat-seeking missiles.

4.Intruder Detection System : An intrusion detection system (IDS) inspects all inbound and outbound network activity and identifies suspicious patterns that may indicate a network or system attack from someone attempting to break into or compromise a system.

5.Automatic External Defibrillator :An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that automatically diagnoses the life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient.

Source: 1. Inside Air India One Aircraft - Aviator Flight
             2. Air India One

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