Extending IAF`s role against Maoists is Govt decision: Naik

Last Updated: Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 20:42

Hyderabad: Air Chief Marshal P V Naik on Saturday
said that IAF has engaged helicopters in transportation of
security forces and surveillance purpose in some Maoist-hit
areas and it was up to the Government to decide on its further
role against the rebels.

"Four IAF helicopters have been doing the job for the last
6-8 months in some of the Maoist-infested areas after the
Ministry of Home Affairs asked us in this regard," he told
reporters on the sidelines of the Combined Graduation Parade
of flight cadets of IAF at the Air Force Academy at Dundigal
here.

"We have been carrying out casualty evacuation,
observation, recee and transfer of troops in forest areas near
Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh. These are some of the roles IAF is
doing in the Maoist-hit areas and at present we don`t envisage
undertaking any other roles.

"It is up to the government and they will decide on what
(more) roles to undertake," Naik, said when asked if IAF had
any plans to actively participate in the operation against the
Naxals.

Earlier, he asked the newly commissioned officers to
acquire full understanding and knowledge of application of new
technology to exploit the true potential of Aerospace Power.

"The coming decade is likely to see even more rapid
changes in weapon technology and its delivery which is going
to determine the security of skies of our country," he said.

A total of 171 flight cadets comprising 39 women cadets
passed out of Air Force Academy and joined the mainstream of
IAF in their respective branches. Four officers from Indian
Navy and one officer from Indian Coast Guard also received the
flying brevet at the Combined Graduation Parade.

Flying Officer Nandeep CS, who commanded the parade was
awarded the President`s Plaque and Chief of Air Staff Sword
of Honour for standing first in overall order of merit in
Pilot Course.

Flying Officer P Radhakrishnan was awarded the President`s
Plaque for standing first in overall order of merit in Ground
duties branch. Flying Officer Satish Kumar J was awarded the
President`s Plaque for standing first in overall order in
merit in Navigation branch.

The Parade was followed by a traditional fly past by
Chetak helicopters, Kiran-Mk I, An-32, Dornier and newly
inducted Hawk Aircraft besides acrobatic manoeuvres of Sarang
Aerobatic team and outstanding display by Sukhoi-30 Fighter
Aircraft, that kept the audience spell-bound.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 20:42

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