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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Indian Air Force revitalizing up for long-range engagements: Tyagi

From: Raymond R Kharmujai - Asian Tribune

Shillong, 20 May, ( The Indian Air Force (IAF) is gearing up for long-range engagements in air, while considering India's long term security needs, said the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S P Tyagi.

"Our aim is not to engage in inter-continental warfare. But we do want to increase our operational capabilities to longer distances and we don’t wish to go and attack a different country", Air Chief Marshal Tyagi stated

The Chief of Air Staff, who was here on a two-day visit to the Eastern Command (EAC) Headquarters and addressed the annual EAC Station Commanders' Conference, which started on Thursday, revealed that steps have been taken like procuring mid-air re-fuellers and trying to increasing the endurance level of our pilots.

"Our objective is now to build a strong defence with the mechanism so that the hostile forces keep away from us", the Chief of Air Staff said in an interaction with newsmen here at EAC headquarters here on Friday.

With the country economic growth at robust 8 per cent, the Chief of Air Staff said the IAF power to safe guard and address larger issues which include energy security, strategic and trade security of the country to have a longer reach.

"India is a growing economic power. We are growing at a robust rate. The IAF will have to ensure energy, trade and food security for the country. Because no country in the world has grown economically without having the military muscle," stated Air Chief Marshal S.P.Tyagi.

The Chief of Air Staff, who reviewed the EAC Station Commanders' Conference with senior officials including EAC's Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Air Marshal F H Major said operational capability of the Eastern Air Command have improved manifold even with strategic security and threat perception looming large from hostile neighbors.

“The EAC is in a better shape and we are proud of the improved operational capacity to thwart any attempt of air space intrusion”, he stated.

- Asian Tribune -

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