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On 88th Air Force Day, Air Chief Praises IAF’s Efforts During China Conflict

The IAF is undergoing a transformational change, he said, adding, “We are entering an era which will redefine where we employ aerospace power and conduct integrated multi-domain operations.”

Indian Air Force (IAF) chief Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria, speaking at the 88th Air Force Day ceremony on Thursday, said the Indian Air Force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard the country’s sovereignty.

“I want to assure the nation that the Indian Air Force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard our nation’s sovereignty and interests in all circumstances,” Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said at the Hindon airbase in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, while addressing the gathering.

The IAF is undergoing a transformational change, he said, adding, “We are entering an era which will redefine where we employ aerospace power and conduct integrated multi-domain operations.”

Bhadauria, while praising the efforts of the air warriors during the border standoff with China, said: “I commend all air warriors for a quick 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 requirements of deployment and sustenance for Indian Army.”

Stressing how the year had been an “unprecedented” one, Bhadauria said that India’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was firm. “The tenacity and resolve of our air warriors ensured that the IAF continued to retain its capability to undertake full-scale operations throughout this period,” he said.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army chief General MM Naravane and Navy Chief Admiral Karambir Singh were also present at the ceremony.

 

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