IAF reviews threats & plans to counter them

Top commanders began their bi-annual review of the security challenges, plans to counter threats.

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 23:17 PM IST

New Delhi: Top commanders of the Indian Air
Force today began their bi-annual review of the security
challenges, plans to counter these threats and modernisation
programme of the force here.

Addressing the four-day meet`s inaugural ceremony, IAF
Chief Air Chief Marshal P V Naik spelt out his vision for the
IAF`s future and elaborated on the roadmap set forth to
achieve the objectives, an IAF press release said here.

In the context of the present day security scenario, he
mentioned the threats that could manifest in unpredictable
ways and the "need to maintain" a constant vigil to counter
the threats.

He also chaired a review of the overall progress of the
IAF on achieving its modernisation plans, which include
acquisition of latest, potent fighter plane, transport
aircraft, helicopters, apart from radars and force
multipliers.

The four-day conference, attended by the IAF Vice Chief,
Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) of IAF`s seven
Commands, Principal Staff Officers (PSOs) at Air headquarters,
will discuss and debate key issues encompassing IAF`s
operational, maintenance and administrative aspects, the
release said.

"The IAF is vigorously pursuing its modernisation plans to
enhance its strategic capabilities. The conference will also
introspect on the progress made in key spheres and outline
future plans of action for the IAF," the release added.

The IAF is in the process of finalising a contract for
126 medium multi-role combat aircraft, estimated to be worth
USD 11 billion, apart from looking at buying attack
helicopters and heavylift helicopters, more airborne early
warning and control systems.

-PTI