IAF demonstrated operational capability along northern border, says IAF chief
   Date :09-Oct-2020

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Commends air warriors for quick response in Ladakh row 
 
THE Indian Air Force has clearly demonstrated its resolve, operational capability and will to effectively engage with the adversary whenever the need arises, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Thursday, and commended the air warriors for their prompt response in the recent stand-off on the northern frontier in view of the bitter border row with China.
 
In an address on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Bhadauria also assured the nation that the force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard India’s sovereignty and interests in all circumstances. Talking about security challenges in eastern Ladakh, the Chief of Air Staff commended the air warriors for their prompt response in the recent stand-off, and talked about rapid deployment of combat assets at short notice to handle any eventuality.
 
“We have clearly demonstrated our resolve, operational capability, and the will to effectively engage the adversary, should the need arise,” he said after inspecting the Air Force Day parade at the Hindon air base . “I would like to commend all warriors for the quick response, in the recent standoff on our northern frontiers, when we deployed our combat assets at short notice to handle any eventuality, and provided proactive support to all the requirements of deployment and sustenance for the Indian Army,” Bhadauria said. The Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a bitter border row for the past five months in eastern Ladakh and the IAF has made significant deployment in the region.
 
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh greeted the IAF on its foundation day, and said the Government is committed to enhance its combat capability of the force. “The nation is proud of its men and women in blue and salutes the prowess of the IAF as it stands ready to face challenges and deter adversaries. We remain committed to enhancement of IAF’s combat capability through modernisation and indigenisation,” he said. In his address, the chief of Air Staff also cautioned of the evolving “threat matrix” in the region, and said it mandates a greater need to have a strong Air Force to fight across domains and the entire spectrum of warfare.
 
“The evolving threat matrix in our region is becoming complex, ranging from aspirational adversaries with huge investments in military arsenal, to those collusively supported by nonstate actors, apart from growing sub-conventional threats emanating from terrorism and cyber space,” he said. Bhadauria said disruptive technologies and easy access to low cost options like drones are increasingly demanding greater attention to the sub-conventional domain.
 
The IAF also carried out a spectacular air display at the event, showcasing its vintage aircraft and modern fleet including the recently-inducted Rafale jets. The IAF chief said notwithstanding the coronavirus pandemic, the force has maintained its capacity to undertake full scale operations as it took proactive measures to counter the spread of COVID-19. “The tenacity and resolve of our air warriors ensured that the IAF continued to retain its capability and capacity to undertake full scale operations, throughout this period,” he said.
 
 

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PM greets IAF on foundation day
 
NEW DELHI,
 
Oct 8 (PTI)
 
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the Indian Air Force on its foundation day, saying the courage, valour and dedication of its soldiers to protect the country inspire everyone. In a tweet, he lauded the force and said its brave soldiers do not only protect Indian skies, but also play a leading role in serving humanity during any crisis. The Prime Minister also posted a brief video in which he speaks of the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) beginning in 1932 as a force of six pilots and 19 airmen and its rise to become one of the strongest forces in the 21st century. It is a memorable journey, Modi said, as he praised the IAF and noted the pride and respect it commands from people.
 
 
Modernisation will transform IAF: President
 
NEW DELHI,
 
Oct 8 (PTI)
 
PRESIDENT Ram Nath Kovind said the process of modernisation with induction of Rafale, Apache and Chinook will transform the IAF into an even more formidable strategic force. He said the nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. “The ongoing process of modernisation with induction of Rafale, Apache and Chinook will transform the IAF into an even more formidable strategic force. Confident that in the years to come, the Indian Air Force will continue to maintain its high standards of commitment & competence,” Kovind tweeted. “On Air Force Day, we proudly honour our air warriors, veterans, and families of the Indian Air Force. The nation remains indebted to the contribution of the IAF in securing our skies and assisting civil authorities in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief,” the President said in another tweet.