"Current security scenario is like a volcano and may test your skills anytime without warning. These times require swift action," Air Chief Marshal Naik said while addressing the 78th Air Force Day parade here.
The Indian Air Force chief said that operational preparedness was important to meet the complex and intensive threat with speed of response, flexibility and precision.
Explaining the use of word volcanic for security situation in neighbourhood, Air Chief Marshal Naik told sources he used the word "volcanic" because it was not known when it would erupt.
Commenting on modernisation and new acquisitions, he said that the MMRCA (Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft) and fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) would help the IAF meet national aspirations.
The IAF celebrated its 78th anniversary held at the Hindon Air Force Base, near Ghaziabad.