Two special Boeing 777 aircraft equipped with missile defence systems that will serve Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind and his deputy Venkaiah Naidu is likely to reach India in June next year.
According to a report published in The Hindustan Times, the two long-haul plans will be part of 'Air India One' fleet and will come with special configurations such as generous office space, meeting rooms and a wide array of communication systems.
The 'Air India One' fleet planes will have Self-Protection Suites (SPS) used in the US President’s Air Force One, the report said. The SPS protection system is highly advanced defence system. It will have large aircraft infrared countermeasures, integrated defensive electronic warfare suite and counter-measures dispensing system.
The 'Air India One' aircraft will be able to jam enemy radar and divert heat-seeking missle. The warning and countermeasures system of these aircraft will require no action from the crew and will automatically counter advanced intermediate range missile systems.
In February 2019, the White House administration, in a special measure, had announced to give India access to the advance defence system used in US President' aircraft. These new plans of Modi's are estimated to cost the exchequer a whopping Rs 13,612,550,000 (USD 190 million).