The PC-7 Mk. 2 aircraft will be used for the basic training of all IAF pilots, in addition to the pilots of the Indian navy and coast guard. The first batch of flight cadets will start their training on the aircraft in July.
The IAF has lost 33 combat jets and 12 helicopters in the past four years. Thirty-five defense officials, including 13 pilots, have lost their lives in these accidents.