IAF alive to new security challenges: Naik

Bagdogra: IAF is alive to security challenges thrown up by rapidly changing regional and global political dynamics and is fast emerging as a strategic aerospace force, Air Force chief P V Naik said on Wednesday.

"The regional and global political dynamics are changing rapidly. This needs greater vigil and preparation by the defence forces to neutralise a variety of security challenges. The IAF is alive to the changing threat scenario and is fast emerging as a strategic aerospace force," Air Chief Marshal Naik told a press conference here in north Bengal.

Naik said that IAF's response mechanism was being upgraded constantly through the induction of cutting edge technologies and training of personnel.

Some major acquisition and upgradation programmes were already in progress and some more were in the pipeline, he said.

Earlier, addressing the annual Station Commanders' Conference of the Eastern Air Command, Naik outlined the internal and external security scenarios and emphasised that a large number of inductions were taking place.

These needed enhanced infrastructural development and training facilities for faster adoption of newly inducted equipment, he said.

On modernisation plans in the EAC area, Naik said an empowered committee under the chairmanship of the vice-chief of air staff is continuously monitoring the upgradation of facilities, creation of new infrastructure and induction of assets in the region.

Stating that the EAC shouldered a big responsibility, considering that it shared the maximum borders with other countries, he said, "The Eastern Air Command had always played a pro-active role in defending our skies."

He informed the commanders that the IAF was moving forward to be totally net-centric and stressed the need for achieving an accident-free environment while exhorting the top officers to put in their best to safeguard operational areas concerned and the air space.