Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa says Indian Air Force is prepared to fight at a short notice.


Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa on October 8 expressed at the loss of lives during peacetime even as he said the Indian Air Force (IAF) was prepared to fight at a short notice if needed.

“Notwithstanding the high intensity of our flying we cannot afford to have accidents and lose valuable lives and assets. Our losses during peacetime are a cause of concern and we are making concerted efforts to prevent accidents and preserve our assets,” Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said paying homage to the seven personnel. He was addressing the Air Force on the occasion of the 85th anniversary after reviewing the parade at Hindon Air Force station.

Elaborating on the measures taken to improve safety, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said state-of-art flight simulators have been inducted for training air crew. “To ensure a flying devoid of bird strikes we have enhanced out capability of conducting bird surveys by induction of micro-light aircraft,” he said.

On October 6, a Mi-17 V5 helicopter on an air maintenance mission crashed in Tawang killed five IAF personnel and two Army personnel.

Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa said according to preliminary assessment, the accident was caused as the helicopter’s tail rotor dis-engaged and added, “The exact cause will be known latter. Will not speak more on the issue as the court of inquiry is on.”


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