IAF marks 85th anniversary; PM Modi, Prez Kovind hail air warriors
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent their best wishes and also hailed the air warriors.
"On Air Force Day, I salute the valour, commitment and dedication of our brave air warriors. They safeguard our skies," Kovind tweeted.
Addressing the occasion of 85th Air Force day at the Hindon Air Force base, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal B. S. Dhanoa said that the Indian Air Force (IAF) is prepared to fight at any time.
"Notwithstanding the pace of ongoing acquisition, modernisation, indigenisation effort and our desire for peace, we are prepared to fight at a short notice should the need arise," Dhanoa stated.
The IAF chief also said losses during peacetime is a cause of concern.
It may be mentioned that Dhanoa made the remark two days after five air force personnel and two army personnel were killed when the IAF helicopter Mi-17 V5 crashed in Tawang near the India-China border on October 6.