“IAF continues to monitor all Chinese activities along the LAC”: IAF Chief

He also mentioned that recent events on the international scene demonstrate the need for a robust military to meet any challenge when speaking at a press conference ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8.

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On Tuesday, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said that the Indian Air Force had responded to Chinese actions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh with the proper “non-escalatory” tactics.

He also mentioned that recent events on the international scene demonstrate the need for a robust military to meet any challenge when speaking at a press conference ahead of the Air Force Day on October 8.

The Indian Air Force (IAF), according to Air Chief Marshal Chaudhari, has been readying for every conceivable security threat, including the “worst-case scenario.”

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“We continue to be operationally deployed and ever vigilant,” he said, adding the IAF continues to monitor all Chinese activities along the LAC.

He responded that suitable non-escalatory actions have been implemented and a message has been delivered to the neighbouring countries over recent cases of Chinese fighter jets flying close to the LAC.

“Our overall preparation is a continuous process irrespective of Chinese belligerence”, he said.

He responded to a query by saying the completion of disengagement at all locations of friction will be the baseline for the situation in eastern Ladakh to return to normal.

The Air Chief Marshal stated that the IAF realises the necessity of collaborative planning and execution with sister forces for future wars in reference to the ambitious theaterisation plan.

We are not opposed to tri-services integration; our reservations are relating to only certain structures, he said.

The IAF and the government share the same view on the need for self-reliance in the production of defence, according to the chief of air staff.