|PAF Saffron Bandit 2012-13|
Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt on Thursday said that readiness and war preparedness have attained enhanced significance in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing environment.
Speaking as a chief guest on the inaugural ceremony of Exercise Saffron Bandit 2012-13 held at an Operational Base of Pakistan Air Force, he said that PAF is, indeed, the most potent element of state defence and as always, has to maintain its posture to thwart any threats to our motherland.
“As all of you are aware, that while the traditional threats have not disappeared, new challenges with much uglier faces have surfaced. Therefore, besides evolving new and consolidating the established employment concepts, we have to keep this non-traditional adversary in our sights as well”, he added.
While advising the members of participating units at the ceremony, the Air Chief said the Exercise is aimed to enhance the war preparedness of PAF combat elements by providing role oriented training in near realistic but controlled environment.
The environment will be created by integrating and synergizing all available and futuristic capabilities and weapon systems for practicing, evolving and validating current and modern tactical concepts in a near war like environment.
“This time the environment is unique as all of the PAF's latest assets would be made to operate under one umbrella. Hence, through this Exercise, the PAF would be stepping into the future with all its modern capabilities in action”, he concluded.
Earlier, the Officer Commanding Combat Commander School, in his welcome address, apprised the details of scenario to the august gathering that Exercise Saffron Bandit is a triennial exercise that was initiated over 20 years ago.
"It is conducted under the auspices of the elite Combat Commanders School (CCS). This is the 6th such exercise that is being conducted in PAF", he said.