Security environment in neighbourhood a serious cause for concern: IAF Chief

Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria addresses a press conference in New Delhi, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (PTI Photo: Vijay Verma)

Indian Air Force Chief RKS Bhadauria Tuesday said the present security environment in the neighbourhood was “a serious cause for concern”, reported news agency ANI. In an interaction with the media in New Delhi, he added that the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 was a “stark reminder” of the “persistent threat” to India’s defence.

Bhadauria said India’s Balakot airstrikes were a “major shift” in the government’s method of handling terrorists attacks. “The strategic relevance of this is the resolve of the political leadership to punish the perpetrators of terrorism and the capability of the IAF to execute a strike inside Pakistan. This has been a major shift in the government’s way of handling terrorists attacks,” he said, reported PTI.

Bhadauria took charge as Chief of Air Staff on September 30 as Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa retired.

At the event, Bhadauria decorated two squadrons, the 51 Squadron and 9 Squadron, for their role in the Balakot airstrike.

Speaking at Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad, where the IAF celebrated its 87th founding day, Bhadauria referred to Balakot again as he said it was important to be “ever prepared to meet…

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