IAF to Procure 'Green' Multi-Role Fighter Aircraft
(Source: ddi Indian government news)
12:00 AM, October 14, 2008
Indian Air Force's (IAF) 126 multi-role combat aircraft, planned to be procured around 2012, would not only be lethal, but environment-friendly as well.>> IAF has specifically stated in its Request for Proposal (RFP) that aircraft should be free of ozone depleting substances (ODS) like Halon gas, which is widely used as a fire extinguisher in aircraft and other military applications.>> "We have specified in all our RFPs that include the 126 MRCA and next-generation helicopters that we want more efficient fire extinguishers that do not use Halons. Any new equipment or aircraft will not use Halon-based fire extinguishers. I think we will have an eco-friendly substitute of Halon," IAF's Assistant Chief Of Air Staff - Operations (Space) Air Vice Marshal D C Kumaria told the news agency on the sidelines of a workshop in New Delhi.>> India is one of the signatories to the Montreal protocol, which specifies that production of all types of Halon gas would be stopped after 2009 and only recycled Halon would be used.>> It also restricts the use of Halon on new equipment or putting it on some other equipment. India had only two facilities which were producing Halon but they have been shut down recently.>> Participants in workshop organised jointly by Centre for Air Power Studies (CAPS) and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) on 'ODS phaseout in military applications' discussed problems that will arise out of scarcity of Halon after its production is stopped next year.>> Halon is used as fire extinguishers in aircraft engines.