IAF Chief Tells Officers:‘Be Ready for Action at Very Short Notice’

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New Delhi:Nearly 12,000 officers of the Indian Air Force are receiving personal letters from Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa asking them to be ready for operations ‘at a very short notice’.

The letter signed March 30 has given rise to speculation over the current situation in regards to security and conditions in Kashmir and along the Pakistan-India border.

The letter covered various issues, however, the focus of attention was the written statement to be “prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice.”

“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat,” he added. Dhanoa further told his officers that their “training needs to be focused towards this.”

The IAF chief asked officers to be professionals who are “combat-effective” and said that there was “no choice but to stay abreast of new technological advancements, both own as well as those of our adversaries. Only then will we come out with war-winning, out of the box solutions.”

This is a very unusual development for the Indian Air Force. No Air Chief Marshal wrote personal letters to the officers of the Indian Air Force. However, two Army chiefs had in the past shot off similar letters to the officers of the Indian Army.

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