Shillong: Indian Air Force Vice-Chief
designate Air Marshal KK Nohwar on Wednesday said if any enemy
aircraft violates India`s air sovereignty, it will meet the
same fate as Pakistan Navy`s Atlantic patrol aircraft which
was shot down in 1999.
"Let me assure you, if any of our neighbours tries to
intrude into our air space, it will meet the same fate as that
met the Atlantic in the Rann of Kutch," Nohwar said, when
pointed to reports about Chinese air planes chasing an US spy
aircraft over Taiwan recently.
In 1999, a Pakistan Navy Atlantic was shot down by IAF
MiG-21s after they failed to force it to land at an Indian
base. Disobeying instructions from the MiG pilots, the
Atlantic manoeuvred to escape from them and was shot down by a
heat-seeking air-to-air missile over the Rann of Kutch region.
Nohwar, currently the AoC-in-C of Eastern Air Command,
said "between two nations, there is always a posture that is
"The military is prepared to ensure that there is no
violation of its territory. Every country has the right to
defend its own territory," the IAF officer said.
Nohwar will take over as the Vice Chief of Air Staff on
August 1. Once these ALGs are commissioned, fixed-wing aircraft
like AN 32 which can carry much larger load than choppers can
"There will also be an opportunity for military aircraft
to land there," Nohwar said.
On the inductions, he said two more Su30 squadrons would
be deployed in the region by 2014-15.
Chabua and Tezpur in Assam already have a squadron each
of the Sukhoi fighter jets.
Nohwar said once the medium multi-role combat aircraft
(MMRCA) deal was through, the Air Force would deploy some of
the squadrons in the eastern sector besides some medium lift
He said similarly old radars were being replaced with new
ones and that some more mountain radars would be inducted.
Keeping in mind the terrain, lots of places have been
identified for the purpose and a standard deployment pattern
is being followed.
"This will ensure best possible coverage to detect any
hostile threat," the Air Marshal said.
He said Remotely Piloted Aircraft (unmanned aircraft)
would also arrive in the sector in the next few years.
"The Mi21s have been phased out except for a squadron at
Kalaikunda. Most of the semi-permanent infrastructure is being
changed and developed keeping in mind the climatic condition
in the region," Nohwar, who will take over as the Vice Chief
of Air Staff on August 1, said.