Aircraft and Armament Testing Unit


Date Raised : 1957-06-01 Disbanded : 1969-12-31 Location : Kanpur
Aircraft & Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) is unique in Asia. As its name implies, ASTE evaluates aircraft and systems for induction into user organisations. Most new aircraft types and major airborne systems must have ASTE's stamp of approval to be considered fit for service in India. While many countries have testing facilities of one kind or the other, training of flight test personnel is not often imparted in them. ASTE's Air Force Test Pilots School (AFTPS) is only the fifth such institution in the world. This is not surprising for the world's fourth largest air force. The combination of flight testing and training makes ASTE Indian Air Force's mini-Edward's Air Force Base (USA) or Boscombe Down (UK)
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DatesRank & NameNumberRemarksLocationPhoto
01 Jun 57 to 01 Nov 59Squadron Leader Bhopindra Singh3025 GD(P)COKanpur
01 Nov 59 to 01 Jun 61Squadron Leader Suranjan Das3175 GD(P)COKanpur
01 Jun 61 to 01 Jan 64Wing Commander John Jasper Bouche2938 F(P)COKanpur
01 Jan 64 to 01 Jun 68Wing Commander Bikash Kumar Ghosh3132 GD(P)COKanpur
01 Jun 68 to 01 Dec 69Wing Commander Karan Yadav4200 F(P)COKanpur