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In a significant move towards environmental sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is set to explore the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for its Airbus A321 Netra MkII Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) platforms. This initiative, in collaboration with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS), marks a pioneering step towards greener aviation practices.

The IAF, in its quest to promote eco-friendly aviation, has embarked on the “Commercial to Green Aircraft Conversion of Six Airbus A-321 Aircraft” project. This endeavour aims to transform conventional aircraft into what is commonly known as “Green Aircraft.” These aircraft are designed and operated with a strong emphasis on reducing their environmental impact, particularly in terms of carbon emissions.

A “Green Aircraft” embodies a commitment to environmental sustainability within the aviation sector. It is characterized by its efforts to minimize carbon footprint and other detrimental environmental effects. This holistic approach involves various measures to make air travel more environmentally friendly.

The IAF has already taken steps towards greener aviation by operating AN-32 transport aircraft modified to utilize 10% blended biodiesel. This initiative is a testament to the IAF’s dedication to environmentally conscious aviation practices. The AN-32 fleet alone consumes over 3,000 kiloliters of blended biofuel, highlighting the substantial impact of such efforts.

Building on its initial success with blended biofuels, the IAF is now poised to extend its green initiatives to its entire fleet of helicopters, transport aircraft, and fighter jets over the coming years. This strategic move reflects the IAF’s commitment to exploring sustainable aviation fuel alternatives and reducing its overall carbon footprint.

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