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The Indian Air Force (IAF) crossed a significant milestone on April 30, 2024, with the release of the 2500th overhauled Viper 22-8 aero engine for Kiran MK I/IA aircraft. The landmark achievement was celebrated at the Base Repair Depot (BRD) located at Air Force Station (AFS) Kanpur.

Air Marshal Vibhas Pande, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of Headquarters Maintenance Command (HQMC), was present at the ceremony to recognize this accomplishment. He lauded the exceptional service rendered by the BRD Kanpur, which has been entrusted with the overhaul of Viper engines since 1974.

The Viper 22-8 aero engine engine is a vital component of the Kiran MK I/IA jet trainers, which have served as the backbone of IAF pilot training for several decades. The overhaul capability at BRD Kanpur ensures the continued airworthiness and operational readiness of these trainer aircraft.

Reaching the 2500th engine overhaul signifies the expertise and dedication of the personnel at BRD Kanpur. Their commitment to maintaining a high level of serviceability for IAF assets is a commendable feat. This milestone not only ensures the uninterrupted training of future IAF pilots but also reflects the IAF’s continued efforts towards self-reliance in aero-engine maintenance.