New Delhi, Feb 4: A security upgrade at 54 air bases at Rs 8,000 crore is on the cards. This decision to upgrade the security at these bases was taken following an audit conducted in the aftermath of the Pathankot attack.
The Indian Air Force has decided to re-look into its entire security mechanism after terrorists from Pakistan managed to infiltrate the Pathankot air base and carry out an attack in which seven security personnel died.
Once the proposal gets a clearance from the union government it would be implemented in one shot, a source informed OneIndia. The audit was conducted at 54 vital bases and it was decided that security had to be upgraded urgently. The cost of this project would be an estimated Rs 8,000 crore, the officer also informed.
Security upgrade and modern technology
Post the Pathankot attack, a review of the security was conducted. It was found that several areas are vulnerable and since it is not possible to man each and every inch there needs to be technology introduced. Among the suggestions made by the committee which conducted the audit, it was proposed to install smart fences.
Further it was also proposed that thermal imagers, night vision technology, vibration detectors and mini drones need to be introduced to up the security.
The committee also recommended a quick response team at the vital bases. In the Pathankot attack despite having concrete or specific intelligence, there was a slight delay in reacting as teams had to be sent to the air base.
If a quick response team is in place at all these bases, then an attack can be thwarted immediately the committee felt.