Air Chief Marshal Naik to deliver Katre memorial lecture
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 17:52
Bangalore: Air Chief Marshal P V Naik, Chief of Air Staff would deliver the "Air Chief Marshal L M Katre Memorial Lecture" here on January 22, dwelling on IAF's capability-based approach to modernisation.

A special souvenir on Katre's life would be released at a function organised to commemorate the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal B U Chengappa told reporters here.

Katre was appointed Chief of Air Staff of IAF on September 1984 and had an untimely demise in July 1985, he said.

Recounting Katre's contributions, Chengappa said it was during his tenure as Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited that the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) and Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) projects were conceptualised.

During his career in IAF, he commanded with distinction, operational squadrons, stations and the Air Force Academy. In the 1971 war, his meticulous planning and foresight saw him successfully conduct uninterrupted operations from one of the forward airfields of IAF that came under constant attacks by the Pakistani Air Force, he said.

Katre also headed the Eastern Air Command and subsequently the western air command as Air Officer Commanding-in-chief.

The function is being jointly organised by the Air Force Association, Karnataka Branch, and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Society of India, Bangalore Branch.


First Published: Wednesday, January 20, 2010, 17:52

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