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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Commanding Officers


01 Jun 57 - 01 Nov 59
Squadron Leader
Bhopindra Singh
3025 GD(P)
CO
Kanpur

01 Nov 59 - 01 Jun 61
Squadron Leader
Suranjan Das
3175 GD(P)
CO
Kanpur

01 Jun 61 - 01 Jan 64
Wing Commander
John Jasper Bouche
2938 F(P)
CO
Kanpur

01 Jan 64 - 01 Jun 68
Wing Commander
Bikash Kumar Ghosh
3132 GD(P)
CO
Kanpur

01 Jun 68 - 01 Dec 69
Wing Commander
Karan Yadav
4200 F(P)
CO
Kanpur

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