Allahabad: Air Chief Marshal PV Naik on Tuesday
said the post of a Chief of Defence Staff in the country may
not be necessary for the next 5-10 years as there has been "an
excellent synergy between various wings of the armed forces"
during all military expeditions so far.
"Though I am not opposed to the institution of a Chief of
Defence Staff, I have doubts about the urgency for having such
an institution in India. We need not emulate other countries
as our requirements are different", Naik told reporters at
Central Air Command headquarters on the outskirts of the city.
He was replying to a query about a recent interview given
by him to a news channel, wherein he had expressed the opinion
that there would be no need for a Chief of Defence Staff in
the near future.
"We have fought several battles in the last five decades
and there has been excellent synergy between the various wings
of the armed forces. We are also not involved in military
expeditions in other countries like the US is in Afghanistan.
I don`t think a CDS is going to become indispensable for
India, at least not in the next 5-10 years", he said.
The IAF chief asserted that the Air Force was "alive to
changing threat scenario" that has emerged in the wake of
rapid changes in "regional and global geopolitcal dynamics"
and that the Air Force is likely to see a rise in the number
of squadrons across the country following a number of
acquisitions in the pipeline in the next couple of decades.
"Some major acquisitions and upgradations are already
progressing and some more are in the pipeline. Our response
mechanisms are being upgraded constantly, through the
induction of cutting-edge technologies and training of our
personnel," the IAF chief said.
The Air Chief Marshal also said that the IAF was
"actively involved in anti-Naxal operations", though its role
was "likely to remain limited to helping security forces in
carrying out accurate surveys of affected regions".
Replying to a query, Naik said the conferring of honorary
rank of Group Captain on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was
"part of a strategy to enable the country`s youths to identify
themselves better with the IAF which is always in need of
"I cannot say how much Tendulkar`s name may have already
inspired youngsters but there has been an undeniable increase
in the number of people from good educational and family
backgrounds who evince interest in joining the Air Force.
Now that the name of a youth icon like Tendulkar has come
to be associated with IAF, I am sure youngsters have one more
reason to feel motivated", the Air Chief Marshal added.