Chinese aggression won`t be repeated: Air Chief
Air Chief Marshal PV Naik virtually ruling out a possible threat perception from China as of now.
Nagpur: Virtually ruling out a possible threat perception from China as of now, Air Chief Marshal PV Naik on Monday asserted that the 1962 Chinese aggression against India will not be repeated.
"No immediate aggression is in sight. It will not be repeated. We have the required air defence capabiliites to counter any eventuality and have certainly improved it over a period of time," Naik told reporters on the sidelines of Commanders` Conference of Maintenance Command here at Vavysena Nagar.
Admitting that China led in defence procurements, Naik said, "Now our economy is growing and so is the defence procurement to match other countries` capabilities. Strength is a matter of record."
"We have concentrated on improving on certain areas," he said.
Air Force was making efforts to make the unused airstrips in difficult terrain in North and North-east operationable for day and night use, he said.
Dismissing Chinese assertiveness, Naik said, "what you can do is to build up your own capabilities."
On upgradations and acquisitions by the Indian Air Force, the Air Chief said IAF has drawn up a strategy to upgrade its MiG 29, Mirage, Jaguars, Su 30, T-17 helicopters in its fleet, adding that IAF was on the verge of acquiring new fifth generation fighter planes, MMRC also.