Indian Air Force (IAF) celebrated its 85th anniversary today as the air battling unit of the nation saw the Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa, who is the 25th chief of the IAF address an event at the Hindon Air Force Station in Ghaziabad. Amid growing tension with neighbour’s Pakistan and continuous movements from China the Air Chief Marshal released a strong statement stating that the Indian Air Force is ready to battle with any security threats in short time. He assured that the forces are ready to retaliate strongly and counter any security challenge posed to the country.

“We are prepared to fight at a short notice should the need arise,” said Dhanoa referring to the ongoing tension indicating a war between India and the neighbouring countries.

As the IAF displayed its prowess with a brilliant parade giving glimpses of the air power the force has at its bay, Dhanoa talked proudly about his officers and said that they are in a strong position to befittingly respond to the challenges, “I assure my countrymen that these men and women under my command are confident to take on any threat and fully prepared to undertake full spectrum of air operation and respond to any challenge in the most befitting manner,” said the IAF chief in presence of the Army chief Vipin Rawat and former Indian cricketer and IAF Captain Sachin Tendulkar.

He also paid tribute to the late Air Force Chief Marshal Arjan Singh who passed away on 16th September, 2016 calling him a tragic loss for the forces. Emphasising on the value of the force personnel and why events like the Pathankot Air Base attack should be prevented, Dhanoa said that IAF has improved at all fronts to counter any such threatening move in near future.

Earlier BS Dhanoa had said that the Air Force was ready to respond favourably to China and Pakistan. He also added that if the Indian government decides then the Air Force will also be involved in a surgical strike. Air Chief Marshal said that if there is a fight on the two fronts, then we will need 42 squadrons. We have Plan B ready for rivals China as well in case of a double faced attack.

Indicating towards technological refurbishing of the battle crafts, Dhanoa said that the Indian Air Force is fully committed to bring in the best of the battle gears and equipments for the forces and the Make in India program by PM Narendra Modi is further sponsoring the plan. In recent times few advanced aircraft including the advanced light helicopter Akash has strengthened the metal of the forces writing great success stories.

First Published | 8 October 2017 8:12 PM
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