Indian Air Force has a shortage of 405 pilots: Centre

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Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the number of pilots in the Indian Air Force at present is 3,834 as against the sanctioned strength of 4,239.

 
Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said the number of pilots in the Indian Air Force at present is 3,834 as against the sanctioned strength of 4,239.

Had we inducted the Pilatus as previously planned we'd probably have a surplus of pilots. @Milspec
 
So no real shortages for the operational squadrons, the above number is for approved. Fighter alone there is a gap of 10 squadrons thus if you multiply by 1.2 (Which is approved strength per aircraft) its 200+ pilots not needed.

Had we inducted the Pilatus as previously planned we'd probably have a surplus of pilots. @Milspec
Pilots here mean every platform not only fighters.
 
So no real shortages for the operational squadrons. Fighter alone there is a gap of 10 squadrons thus if you multiply by 1.2 (Which is approved strength per aircraft) its 200+ pilots not needed.

Pilots here mean every platform not only fighters.
Did I mention the type of pilots we would have turned out or did you assume I assumed the Pilatus is exclusively for training fighter pilots?