India to get ‘flying Oval Office’ with rocket shield

Headline : India to get ‘flying Oval Office’ with rocket shield

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The News

  • India is all set to its own version of ‘flying Oval Office’ with advanced self-protection suites.
  • Air Force One or Flying Oval Office as it is called, is the most famous aircraft that the US President travels in.

Desi Air Force One

  • India will get its own version of Air Force One to ferry the President and Prime Minister on long-haul flights.
  • The Indian version, soon-to-be “Air India One” or “Indian Air Force One”, will be a Boeing 777 aircraft retrofitted with some of the world’s most advanced security features, on par with US President’s plane.


LAIRCM self-protection suites:

  • On India’s request, the US state department has now approved the sale of two B777 large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) self-protection suites (SPS) to India.
  • The aim of the LAIRCM programme is to protect large aircraft from man-portable or shoulder-fired missiles.
  • It can protect from an infrared missile attack by automatically detecting a missile launch, determining if it is a threat, and activating a high-intensity countermeasure system to track and defeat the threat.
  • LAIRCM consists of missile warning sensors (MWS), a laser transmitter assembly, control interface unit (CIU) and processors to detect, track, jam and counter incoming infrared missiles.
  • Components:
    • It has “radar warning receivers” which basically sound an alert if a hostile radar identifies the aircraft.
    • Advanced electronic counter-measures on board the aircraft will be able to jam enemy radars.
    • The LAIRCM suite directs an infrared beam onto the incoming missile’s infrared seeker.
    • Then the advanced electronics in the aircraft activates various jamming algorithms in order to divert the path of the incoming missile.


Communication systems:

  • The advanced encrypted satellite communication centre on board the aircraft is shielded from electromagnetic interference from nuclear explosions.
Section : Defence & Security