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IAF reported 31 aircraft accidents in last four years: Govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Thirty-one aircraft of the have been involved in accidents in the last four years, the government informed the today.

In a written reply to a question, for Defence said 10 accidents had taken place in 2014-15 while the number was six in 2015-16 and 10 in 2016-17.

The number of accidents reported in 2017-18 was five.

"Every aircraft accident in the is investigated by a (CoI) to ascertain the cause of accident," Bhamre said.

He said phasing out of the aircraft and their replacement with new generation aircraft depends upon national security, strategic objectives and operational requirements of the defence forces.

On a question about whether some political experts have asked the government to issue a white paper on the fighter jet deal, Bhamre said no such proposal has been received.

The has been attacking the government over the deal, claiming that the deal negotiated under its rule was much cheaper than the contract signed by the to procure 36 fighter jets from at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore.

Replying to a separate question, Bhamre said the government bas sanctioned enhancement of production rate of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas from eight aircraft annually to 16 aircraft.

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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:15 IST