Saturday, October 05, 2019

Buying sensors to thwart drone attacks: IAF Chief

New Delhi: Amidst rising tension between India and Pakistan and reports indicating that the Balakot terror camp, which was destroyed by the IAF aerial strikes on February 27 and other such launch pads have become active again, IAF chief RKS Bhadauria said here on Friday if the Government decides they will carry out the necessary action.

Asked about the threat potential of drones especially in the aftermath of such an attack on oil refineries in Saudia Arabia recently as part of the new way of asymmetric warfare, the IAF chief had anticipated such a challenge and we are also procuring sensors and other equipment to thwart any attack. He said the IAF is also aware of incidents in Punjab where drones were used to drop weapons by Pakistan.

Sounding this warning to Pakistan without naming it, the IAF chief, however, said it is not the IAF strategy to use such strikes as the first step but if any incident takes place, in obvious reference to Pulwama attack, the Service is ready if the Government decides.

 He also said it was wrong to assume that despite the Balakot air raids, terrorist camps were now thriving. If Balakot strikes had not taken place, the level of terrorism would have been much more, he pointed out.  The Air Chief was addressing the annual Press conference ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8 and responding to Army Chief General Bipin Rawat's recent statement about Balakot reviving.

 On China rapidly ramping its infrastructure especially along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and modernising its air force, he said, "We know what exactly is happening there(China)."
05/10/19 Pioneer
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