Aircraft, Akash Missile, Advance Light Helicopters (ALH) have already been inducted, thus
      giving impetus to indigenisation. Further, IAF plans to induct more capable and potent LCA Mk-
      1A in the future. IAF is also actively supporting DoD of LCH, RPAs, Medium Power Radars,
      Low Level Tracking Radars and other systems. IAF is also closely coordinating with DRDO for
      development of various types of state-of-art-weapons. Modernisation plan is being pursued to
      beef up the defence manufacturing base and the eco system. IAF has already identified series of
      defence equipment that can be manufactured under ‘Make’ category. MoD has been striving to
      include the private sector in production of defence equipment. Various projects under ‘Strategic
      Partner’ model will give impetus to ‘Make in India’ initiative. This will not only generate
      employment, enhance skill level but also assist in harnessing key technologies for growth of
      aerospace sector in the country.
      Digital India Initiative
           IAF has established pan IAF captive 3 G WCDMA Mobile Network AFCEL. The network
      has been fully operational with voice call and data services. In-house initiatives have also seen
      development of the apps like: Instant Messaging App (AFCHAT); IAF Directory Search App;
      Conference Scheduler App; Caller-IDApp; Air Force Central Accounts Office (AFCAO) App
      and Website; Med Watch App.
      Women Empowerment
           Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh created history in 2016 by becoming
      the first women pilots to be commissioned into the fighter stream. These women pilots, now
      Flying Officers, have been posted to MiG-2 Bison and Hawk units as Sqn Pilots on successful
      completion of their fighter flying training. A second batch of women cadets also have been
      selected in fighter stream. Presently, they are completing Stage-II (Fighter) training at Air Force
      Station Hakimpet and are expected to be commissioned into the Fighter stream after successful
      completion of their training.
      Commissioned Ranks
           The following are the commissioned ranks in the three Services; each rank is shown
      opposite its equivalent in the other Service:
       Army                            Navy                                 Air Force
       General                         Admiral                             Air Chief Marshal
       Lieutenant General              Vice Admiral                        Air Marshal
       Major General                   Rear Admiral                        Air Vice Marshal
       Brigadier                       Commodore                           Air Commodore
       Colonel                         Captain                             Group Captain
       Lieutenant Colonel              Commander                           Wing Commander
       Major                           Lieutenant Commander                Squadron Leader
       Captain                         Lieutenant                          Flight Lieutenant