In the last week of Aug 2020, India was likely to receive the first of two VVIP business jet that will be used to fly India’s Prime minister, President, and Vice- President. These planes are closely modeled after famed US Air Force One which flies the President of United States and taking a cue from US design the Indian versions will be called Air India One. Thus, Team Guarding India brings you the story of new high-tech planes of Indian PM Narendra Modi that has just arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport Today.
Earlier, the Indian Prime Minister had two types of planes to fly him abroad. For flying inside India and to its neighboring countries, Indian VVIPs used to fly in Boeing 737 jets held by Indian Air Force. For international visits, Indian VVIPs used to fly in regular planes of national carrier Air India which use to fly civilians while not employed on VVIP duties. These planes lacked any defensive features and had limited communication capability which was considered a drawback as Indian PM also holds India’s nuclear button and he must always be connected to India’s Strategic Forces Command (SFC) which controls Indian nuclear launch platforms.
The Air India One is based on Boeing 777-300ER (Extended range) versions that can be continuously airborne for 17 hours and India has purchased two such planes. The appearance of these planes will be majestic as they will be painted white with Indian Tricolors painted on tail with Indian Air Force roundels on wings. Additionally, India and Bharat will be written on both sides of new Air India One that will give a distinctive look to these planes. These jets will be equipped with cutting edge self-defense technologies in form of Self Protection Suit (SPS) that were ordered at cost of USD 190 million for two SPS system resulting in defensive systems costing 95 million USD on each Air India One.