New Delhi: Having nine percent of its aircrafts lost merely by bird-strikes in last four decades, the Indian Air Force (IAF) has opted for technical ways to avert such tragedies. For this the Defence Ministry is preparing to install bird detection and vigilance radars.

According to IAF, the bird detection radar will prove helpful in reducing the number of air crashes caused by bird-strikes. IAF has invited applications from radar making companies from all over the world.

Earlier, in a Parliamentary Committee report related to the Defence Ministry, plans have been mentioned to equip 41 IAF stations with such bird detection radars which would help in assessing the height of the bird presence.

The committee report has said that IAF has lost its 999 aircrafts since 1970 among which nine percent were caused by bird-strikes whereas 39 percent crashes were man-made, the report said.

It should be noted that rising number of birds near air stations because of lacking garbage management, is a constant threat to IAF. The IAF stations in Hindon of Ghaziabad, Pune’s Lohegaon and of Agra have been facing crash threats because of rising number of birds near it.

(JPN/Bureau)