Image of Asia: New officers join India's air force

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Posted: Nov 28, 2014 7:39 AM
Image of Asia: New officers join India's air force

In this photo by Aijaz Rahi, an Indian air force graduate is tossed in the air by his colleagues after their passing out parade ceremony in Bangalore, India. A total of 121 officers, including 45 women, who completed their initial 74 weeks of training were inducted into the air force at Friday's event. India has stepped up recruiting and training of military personnel in its efforts to modernize the armed forces and meet its growing security interests. The country has become the world's biggest arms and defense equipment buyer in recent years and is expected to spend $80 billion over the next eight years to upgrade its military.