- Air Force chief, at 85th Air Force Day, says IAF can take on any threat
- Says IAF fully prepared to undertake full spectrum of air operation
- Also spoke about death of 7 personnel in air crash in Arunachal Pradesh
The Air Chief's remarks come three days after he said that the Indian Air Force has the capability of striking across the border but adding that any decision on a surgical strike would be taken by the government. He also asserted that India is prepared to effectively counter any threat from China while confronting a two-front war also involving Pakistan. The remarks drew attention amid China's muscle flexing in the Dokalam Plateau and continued cross-border terror activities by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Air Force was acquiring multi-spectrum strategic capabilities and remained committed to building a "joint manship" with the Indian Army and the Navy, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said today, in the presence of Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat.
"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," he said today.
In his address, the Air Force chief also talked about the death of seven security personnel in the chopper crash in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang on Friday.
"Notwithstanding the high intensity of our flying, we cannot afford to have accidents and lose valuable lives and assets. Our losses during peace time are a cause of concern and we are making concerted efforts to prevent accidents and preserve our assets," he said.