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    India Facing Threat Matrix from Non-State Actors, says Air Chief Marshal


    From a service with a strength of six Royal Force officers and 19 air soldiers established on 8 October 1932 in British India, the Indian Air Force today is a formidable group to be reckoned with, ranking fourth in the world in terms of personnel and assets.

    Indian Air Force Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria on Thursday cautioned that the evolving threat matrix in the region is becoming complex.

    Addressing the 88th anniversary celebrations of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria said the “Indian Air Force will evolve and be ever ready to safeguard our nation's sovereignty and interests in all circumstances”.

    The air force chief cautioned that disruptive technologies and easy options like low-cost drones now demand greater attention in the sub-conventional domain.

    Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria claimed the Indian Air Force was able to deploy its assets at short notice in the northern region during the recent standoff with China, in support of the army to handle any eventuality.

    Without naming any country, the air chief said his force has clearly demonstrated its resolve and operational capability to effectively engage an adversary, should the need arise.

    After the recent standoff between the Indian and Chinese armies, Delhi adequately deployed its air assets within the easy reach of its borders.

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