Indian Intelligence secrets safe in military expedition

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Salua Military Airbase, Kharagpur, Sep 29 (UNI) Senior IAF Eastern Air Command Officer-in-charge(Administration) Vice-Air Marshal Jagjit Singh Gandyok today maintained that Indian Intelligence secrets will not be exposed through joint air exercises with foreign countries such as the US and Singapore.

The Vice-Air Marshal Gandyok said this at the 30-member motorcycle expedition 'Ride East: Salua to Dinjan Airbase'.

While responding to a question, standing on the tarmac of the airbase, the Vice-Air Marshal told newspersons here that there is no fear of our nation's military secrets being revealed or its integrity being compromised through these expeditions.

The second phase of joint air exercise with Singapore Air Force will be held in neighboring Kalaikunda Airbase in November.

''Through these excercises, we are learning from each other. We have already held a joint exercise with the US and French Air Forces in Kalaikunda earlier,'' he said.

Referring to the Salua Airbase as a very important Radar Staion, he said the Airbase is being modernised for supplementing the activities of Kalaikunda. He talked to his officers in Kalaikunda Airbase also and enquired about the preparations of the base for holding the next joint exercise with Singapore in November next.

Referring to the present motorcycle expedition as being a part of IAFs ongoing Platinum Jubilee celebration, he said the expedition will cover a stretch of 2,000 kms and traverse through Panagarh, Pakur, Kisangange, New Jalpaiguri, New Alipore, Guwahati, Digaru, Tejpur, Jorhat, Mohonbari and Chabua. The expedition is scheduled to culminate on the Air-force day on October 8 this year to Mark a Grand finale to the platinum jubilee celebration.

Referring to the objectives of the expedition, he said this will help promote IAF's image and increase transparency in the remote areas of West Bengal and Assam so as to encourage and attract the youth to join the Air Force.

UNI

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