Indian Air Force Prepared For Any Challenge, Says AF Chief Dhanoa

News World India | 0
| October 8 , 2017 , 14:58 IST

Days after five air force personnel and two army personnel were killed in a chopper crash in Arunachal Pradesh, Chief of Air Staff Marshal B. S. Dhanoa has assessed that the Air Force is ready for any challenge and is prepared to fight on a short notice.

Address the media on the occasion of 85th Air Force Day at the Hindon Air Force base, the Marshal said that the Air Force was fully geared up to face any security challenge to the country.

"Notwithstanding the pace of ongoing acquisition, modernisation, indigenisation effort and our desire for peace, we are prepared to fight at a short notice should the need arise," Dhanoa said.

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

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.

ALSO READ: 7 Killed As Air Force Mi-17 V5 Helicopter Crashes In Arunachal Pradesh

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, Dhanoa said.

The Air Force Chief's statement comes in a much-needed relief for the people of India given the country's recent international dealings. Less than a month ago, India got out of a two-month long stand-off with another superpower and its not-so-friendly neighbour China over a border dispute.

Ever since the stand-off, talks of India facing a two-front battle have been in the news. The talks come from the speculation of India's neighbours taking advantage of its clash with the other to advance on the country.

While Pakistan is already known for its all-time anti-India sentiment, China has also been proving its disconcert towards the country.