IAF prepared to fight at short notice if need arises: Air Chief

RSTV Bureau

Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa on Sunday said that Indian Air Force is ready to fight at a short notice if the need arises.

“We are prepared to fight at a short notice,” he said, talking about the security scenario.

Speaking at the special parade on Air Force Day at Hindon air base located east of the national capital. On the occasion, the IAF chief paid homage to the seven military personnel who died in a helicopter crash near Tawang on October 6.

He also spoke on issue of fighter jets and said an early decision on the Make in India project (for some 120 single-engine jets) will help matters.

The IAF, he said, was progressively reaching network-centric warfare. “We have maintained operational readiness by way of exercises.”

He also said that the Air Force was acquiring multi- spectrum strategic capabilities and remained committed to building a “joint manship” with the Indian Army and the Navy.

Dhanoa said security of all Air Force stations have been enhanced to combat any threat, including sub-conventional threats, after the terrorist attack on the IAF base station in Pathankot last year.

In January last year, terrorists sneaked in from across the border and attacked the air base. The attack claimed the lives of seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed