10 Facts About PM Modi’s New Official Aircraft, The B777 Plane

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Narendra Modi PM Flight Boeing 777

According to India Today, two custom-made B777-300ER airplanes will be used to fly Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top dignitaries from July 2020.

1. The two Boeing 777 airplanes will be used to fly the Prime Minister, President, and Vice-President. 

PM Modi landing

2. Just like the B747 aircrafts, B777 will have the call sign ‘Air India One’. 

Air India plane

3. The new wide-body aircrafts are being manufactured and customized at Boeing’s Dallas facility in the United States. 

Boeing facility in Dallas, Texas

4. The aircraft will be equipped with missile defence systems that will make it as secure as the Boeing 747-200B used by US President Donald Trump. 

Boeing 747-200B

5. This is the first time an Indian aircraft will be equipped with SPS (self-protection suites), which can effectively jam enemy radar frequencies and divert heat-seeking missiles. 

Self protection suites

6. The aircraft will also feature a Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure system (LAIRCM), a state-of-the-art missile defence system, purchased along with SPS for $190 million. 

Infrared Countermeasure system

7. Unlike Boeing 747 aircraft (used to fly dignitaries), the B-777s will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force (IAF) and not of Indian national carrier. 

Pilots selected from IAF

8. Apart from other features, the aircrafts can store food for over 2,000 people.

Representation of food served on airplane

9. The aircrafts can withstand grenade and rocket launcher attacks. 

Representation image of missile attack

10. Lastly, the new aircraft will arrive in India by July 2020. 

PM Modi

The President is designated VIP 1, The Vice President, VIP 2, and The Prime Minister, VIP 3 while on an official tour or journey to a country.

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