We are ready to deal with any challenge, says Air Chief

RSTV Bureau
Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha addresses the annual press conference ahead of Air Force Day function in New Delhi Photo-PTI

Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha addresses the annual press conference ahead of Air Force Day function in New Delhi
Photo-PTI

Speaking at the 84th anniversary celebrations of Indian Air Force, Chief of Air Staff Arup Raha said IAF is operating the most modern weapon and equipment is ready to take on enemies.

“The Indian Air Force is prepared to deal with any challenge in most befitting manner,” said Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.

Addressing on the annual event after the attack on Pathankot Airbase, Chief said ‘ attack on Pathankot airbase is a stark reminder of the times we live in.’

Raha said threats are no longer easy to predict and after the recent incidents at Pathankot and Uri, government has instituted new security measures to tackle modern day war fare.

“Induction of state-of-the-art equipment is also on the fast-track. Acquisition of 36 Rafale aircrafts in next few years could greatly enhance our operational capability in near term,” said Air Chief Marshal.

Emphasising on jointness among armed forces at the back drop of surgical strikes in Pak occupied Kashmir- Air Chief said Brigade-level para-drop was done in the night for the first time ever

“Joint exercises among the Services help to synergise the competences,” he said.

The Chief said with the induction of Light Combat Aircraft Tejas in Bengaluru, the IAF is on track in supporting the home-grown programme.

 IAF personnel perform with their guns during the Air Force Day function at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad  Photo-PTI

IAF personnel perform with their guns during the Air Force Day function at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad
Photo-PTI

Highlighting on the operational preparedness of IAF, he said around 2,70,000 flying hours was logged by various assets last year, making it the highest ever.

The IAF Chief also promised support to the families of the missing AN-32 aircraft on the occasion.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the Indian Airforce on its 84th Air Force Day.

“The IAF has achieved distinction in defending our skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief,” Mukherjee said in a tweet.

 IAF personnel perform with their guns during the Air Force Day function at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad  Photo-PTI

IAF personnel perform with their guns during the Air Force Day function at Air Force Station Hindon in Ghaziabad
Photo-PTI

Prime Minister Modi extended his greetings on the 84th anniversary of the Air Force Day and thanked the force for protecting skies.

“Saluting all air warriors and their families on the Air Force Day. Thank you for protecting our skies. Your courage makes India proud,” Modi tweeted.