'Indian Air Force to be more lethal, flexible and agile'

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New Delhi, Dec 31 (ANI): Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Pradeep Vasant Naik said on Thursday that the need of the day is to be lethal, flexible and agile.

Conveying his warm greetings to all the Air Warriors on the new year's eve, the Air Force Chief said: "The IAF's task is to protect the nation from threats arising through the medium of air and space. Hence our focus is on acquiring a 'set of capabilities', which can be applied in any conflict scenario."

"The IAF is fast emerging as a strategic aerospace power. This achievement has been the result of the vision and effort of many generations of air warriors, past and present, and we will continue with this glorious legacy.

"The challenge before us is to operationalise our new equipment at the earliest and develop in-depth knowledge and competence, so that we can fully exploit the technological potential," he said.

"We need to be analytical and innovative in our approach so as to maximize our strengths. Our maintenance and administrative practices should meet our operational requirements and be constantly committed to produce more with a leaner force. The need of the day is to be lethal, flexible and agile," Air Chief Marshal Naik said.

"Though the task ahead is huge, I remain convinced that it is well within our reach through hard work and innovativeness. As air warriors, you are our true force enhancers and I have full faith in your commitment, professionalism and ability to steer our force through this process of transformation," he said.

"My aim is to maintain a potent reckonable force and a cohesive happy family. I am confident that whenever the nation beckons, we will rise to the occasion and justify the trust placed in us," Air Chief Marshal Naik added. (ANI)

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