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Current security situation like volcano: IAF chief

IAF chief P V Naik Friday described the current security scenario in
India’s neighbourhood as a “volcano” that may erupt anytime and asked
the air warriors to be prepared to meet both internal and external
challenges.

“Current security scenario is like a volcano and may
test your skills anytime without warning. These times require swift
action,” Naik said addressing the Air Force Day parade here.

The
Air Chief Marshal said that operational preparedness was the key to
meet the complex and intensive threat with “speed of response,
flexibility and precision”.

Noting that the Air Force would turn
itself into a potent aerospace power within the next five to seven
years, he said the future inductions such as the 126 MMRCA, flight
refuelling aircraft, AWACS and other platforms would pose technological
challenges that need to be met by imbibing new skills.

Pointing
out that the new communication network, ASNET, had changed the way the
Air Force conducts its operations, Naik said the Air Force was moving
quickly to become a network centric aerospace power.

“We have
the responsibility to absorb the new technology and operate all systems
effectively to secure, protect and to preserve Air Force’s ground and
air assets with diligence and utmost prudence,” Naik said.

Later,
interacting with the media, Naik said he had described the security
situation as “volcanic” because it was not known when it would erupt.

On
modernisation and new acquisitions, the Air Force Chief said that the
MMRCA and fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) that would join the
fleet in the next decade would help the IAF meet the national
aspirations.

Asked about the FGFA, Naik said he expected it to
be inducted in the Air Force by 2017 and equated it with the F-22
Raptor of the US Air Force which is already operational.

“I wish I could join the Air Force again to fly these modern aircraft,” added Naik, who will reach superannuation next year.