Chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF) Air Chief Marshal V.R. Chaudhari said on Friday that IAF’s prompt actions in response to developments in eastern Ladakh in 2020 were a testament to the combat readiness of the force.
Addressing the Air Warriors on the 89th Air Force Day, the Chief of Air Staff also said the IAF must demonstrate to the nation that external forces would not be allowed to violate its territory.
“As our challenges continue to rise, so does our strength and resolve to ensure best possible application of air power. When I look at the security scenario that we face today, I am acutely conscious that I have assumed the command at a crucial time,” he said at the event held at the Hindon airbase, on the outskirts of Delhi.
“We must demonstrate to the nation that external forces will not be allowed to violate our territory. I pledge to do all I can to provide you with clear direction, good leadership, and the best of resources that I can muster,” the IAF Chief said.
Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said that the year gone by was ‘quite challenging yet extremely rewarding.’ “The prompt actions in response to developments in eastern Ladakh was a testament to the Indian Air Force’s combat readiness. Our efforts in completing all COVID-related tasks was also a major achievement in support of the national efforts,” he said.
The Chief of Air Staff said the security environment in the region and beyond was “impacted by a complex interplay of geopolitical forces”.
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“Moreover, the advent of new domains over and above the traditional ones of land, sea and air has resulted in a paradigm shift in the way military operations will be conducted,” the IAF Chief said.
Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari said that the ongoing capability enhancement in the IAF is aimed at providing the optimum means for employing air power, and achieving desired results ‘swiftly and decisively’.
“I will continue to rely on your skills, courage, determination and hard work in the years ahead. Remember that it is our sacred duty to protect the nations sovereignty and integrity at any cost and you are to do what it takes to ensure that we do not let the nation down,” Chaudhari said, addressing the IAF personnel.
(With inputs from Agencies)