'Shortage of 274 pilots in Army, Navy'
New Delhi: There is a shortage of 274 pilots in the Army and the Navy, the government on Wednesday informed the Lok Sabha.
In a written response to a question, Subhash Bhamre, minister of state in the defence ministry, said the sanctioned strength of pilots in the Army is 794, while it has 192 vacant posts.
The Navy has a sanctioned strength of 735 pilot and has 82 vacant posts.
"There is a marginal shortage of pilots in Indian Air Force against the authorised establishment. However, the available strength in the IAF is sufficient to meet the current operational requirements," he said.
On a question whether the Navy has decided to increase its watch over Indian Ocean, Bhamre said the geo-strategic importance of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) has seen a gradual increase in the recent past.
"The Indian Navy closely monitors the maritime areas if our interest and regularly deploys ships for Presence and Surveillance Missions (PSM), off critical choke points/ sea lanes in the IOR," he said.