Doklam standoff: Air Force prepared to face any eventuality, says Dhanoa
Bengaluru, August 25: In the wake of a standoff between the Indian and Chinese troops in the Doklam sector in Bhutan, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa on Saturday asserted that the Indian Air Force (IAF) was prepared to tackle all contingencies.
Dhanoa was replying to a query on the preparedness of the IAF to face any eventuality.
The Air Chief Marshal was in the city to inaugurate the 56th Annual Conference organised by the Indian Institute of Aerospace Medicine. Dhanoa had, in a media interview in July, said there had been a tremendous jump in the capabilities of the Air Force from the time of the 1999 Kargil war and the ability to operate day and night and in all weather conditions had shown a significant increase in the last 18 years.
He had also said the ability to keep a vigil along the border had increased, as had the IAF's reconnaissance capabilities.
In a message to his men, Dhanoa had said they should be ready to execute operations in a very short time with whatever they had and not with what they were supposed to have.
Earlier, addressing the gathering, Dhanoa said grounding of pilots on medical grounds was a tremendous loss to the IAF and also adversely affected the morale of the individuals concerned.
Dhanoa further said that scientific work might provide hope to the aviators, who have overcome medical ailments, to return to active flying duties.