NEW DELHI: The Indian Air Force has “clearly” demonstrated its resolve, operational capability, and will to effectively engage with the adversary when the need arises, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said on Thursday, referring to his force’s combat readiness in eastern Ladakh. In an address on the occasion of the Air Force Day, the Chief of Air Staff also commended the air warriors for their “prompt response” in the recent standoff on the northern frontiers and talked about the deployment of combat assets at short notice to handle any eventuality. IAF chief said that the Indian Air Force will be ever ready to safeguard India’s sovereignty and interests in all circumstances
“As we enter the 89th year, the IAF is undergoing a transformational change. We are entering an era which will redefine where we employ aerospace power and conduct integrated multi-domain operations,” he added. Bhadauria further stated that this year has indeed been an unprecedented one. As COVID-19 spread across the globe, our nation’s response was firm.
The Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a five-month bitter standoff in eastern Ladakh. The IAF has made significant deployment in the region to deal with any eventuality.
“I would like to commend all air warriors for the prompt response in the recent standoff on the northern frontiers when we deployed our combat assets at short notice to handle any eventuality and provided proactive support to all the requirements of deployment and sustenance for the Indian Army,” he said at the event in Hindon”.
“The tenacity and resolve of our air warriors ensured that IAF continued to retain its capability to undertake full-scale operations throughout this period,” said IAF Chief.
“We have clearly demonstrated our resolve, our operational capability and the will to effectively engage the adversary when the need arise,” the IAF chief added.