Indian Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa said in a press conference that Indian Air Force is ready to fight a short notice. He also warned of a possibility of a short war looking at the present geo-political scenario.
Dhanoa said in his address on the occasion of the 85th Air Force Day at the Hindon Air Force base. “Notwithstanding the pace of ongoing acquisition, modernisation, indigenisation efforts and our desire for peace, we are prepared to fight at a short notice should the need arise”.
“It’s the duty of each one of us to remain combat worthy, whether on ground or in the air, and also maintain our combat system operational for any contingency at short notice.”
The Air Force chief also said that Indian Air Force is fully confident for any threat and respond to any challenge in befitting manner.
“The uncertainties in the present geo-political environment may require IAF to act in varied challenging situations. Our foremost responsibility is to protect our country from foreign aggression. The nature of conflict in the present geo-political environment may require us to fight a short and swift war for which we need to be alert and prepared to fight at short notice,” Dhanoa said.
“We also face with the daunting challenge of sub-conventional threats on our assets by terrorists. To counter such threats our Coot Camp at Naliya and Young Officers Courses at Bhatinda and procurement of state of art equipment have bolstered the security of our bases,” he said.
Chief also stressed on modernization of weapons and it said many necessary measures were taken to establish a strength of fighter fleet. In his speech, he also paid tribute to Marshal of Air Force Arjan Singh.
“Notwithstanding our high intensity of flying, we cannot afford to have accidents and lose valuable life and assets. Our losses during peace time are a cause of concern and we are making concentrated efforts to prevent accidents and preserve our assets,” he added.