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Prepared to fight at short notice: Air Force chief Dhanoa

On 85th Air Force Day, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa says stations have been enhanced to combat any threat, including sub-conventional threats, after the Pathankot terror attack last year.

india Updated: Oct 08, 2017 11:15 IST
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Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.
Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa.(ANI)

The Indian Air Force is prepared to fight a war at a short notice, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said on Sunday.

Addressing IAF personnel on the Air Force Day, Dhanoa said the Air Force was fully geared up to face any security challenge to the country.

“We are prepared to fight at a short notice,” he said, talking about the security scenario.

The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating the 85th anniversary at Hindon Air Force base in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on Sunday where a series of scintillating air display will be organised.

He also said that the Air Force was acquiring multi- spectrum strategic capabilities and remained committed to building a “joint manship” with the Indian Army and the Navy.

Dhanoa said security of all Air Force stations have been enhanced to combat any threat, including sub-conventional threats, after the terrorist attack on the IAF base station in Pathankot last year.

In January last year, terrorists sneaked in from across the border and attacked the air base. The attack claimed the lives of seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed.

Modi, Kovind hail air warriors on Air Force Day

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the air warriors and extended greetings on the occasion of 85th Air Force Day.

“On Air Force Day, I salute the valour, commitment and dedication of our brave air warriors. They safeguard our skies,” Kovind tweeted.

In a tweet, Modi said: “On Air Force Day, best wishes to our courageous air warriors and their families. Their determination and prowess ensure that our skies are safe.”

Union minister of state for defence Subhash Bhamre also greeted air warriors and their families.