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Have procured counter equipment to foil drone challenges: IAF

Ready to deal with any threat, situation; no plans with air force yet to take over Kashmir under Pakistan

Srinagar, October 27, 2021: Starting that the required counter steps have been initiated well in time, the Indian Air Force Wednesday termed the drone threat in J&K a “very little challenge” saying that it can cause less damage while the more counter equipment has been procured more.

These remarks were made by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command Air Marshal Amit Dev at Budgam where the re-enactment program was held on Wednesday to commemorate the 75 years of independence.

Talking to reporters on the side-lines of the event, the Air Marshal said that in the years to come, Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) will be part of India fully while as of now there are no plans with them on this front.

About PaK, the Air Marshal said that “History is witness—The nation lives together. People from both sides have similar lifestyles”.

“We don’t have a plan as of now but it will happen one day as the people of Kashmir from another side of the border are not being treated fairly”, the Air Officer Commanding in Chief said in response to a query related to plans aimed at taking over part of Kashmir under Pakistan’s control.

He praised the Indian Air Force saying that they have always been there even during the wars like 1947, 1965, 1971, and the Kargil war. “In every war, we have made a difference and we have become a very capable force and in years to come we will continue to serve the nation”, the Air Marshal said.

About the challenges faced by the Indian Air Force, the top officer said that they face many challenges and the main challenge is technology since the rate of change of technology is so fast in the world today and “we have to keep pace with that.”

“If any nation which is to grow economically has to have a strong military. We will fulfil our obligations to the nation in the years to come”, he said. “We are always ready for the challenge.”

Asked about drone attacks, the top Air Force officer said that drone attacks are very small and can cause very little damage but the counter equipment has been prepared for the same which was already deployed here. “The deployment has been further extended to different places and more equipment has been procured”, he said.

He maintained that the drone threat is a “very little challenge and we will be able to deal with that when such a challenge comes.”

The Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief termed the day as a historic occasion saying that the Budgam landing was saved after the instrument of accession was signed and the Pakistani military in kabyali guise was further pushed pack by the Indian troops who were moved in quickly and the Srinagar Airfield was saved—(KNO)

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