"No other air force has attempted to modernize at such a fast pace in such a short span of 15 years" said Air Chief Marshal Norman Anil Kumar Browne.
INDIA is facing challenges form both Pakistan and China and to keep the country in pace to tackle with them we need to have a good Air force. Hence our Air force is strengthening it self with eastern and western fronts are being strengthened.
"We are not going to fight other people's wars. But yes, IAF must have the wherewithal to meet the requirements wherever India's strategic interests lie" Air Chief Marshal said.
As for the two-front challenge, apart from progressively basing Sukhoi-30MKI fighters and missile squadrons in the two theatres, the plan also includes upgrading the Nyoma advanced landing ground in eastern Ladakh, located 23km from the LAC with China at an altitude of 13,300 feet.
"We want a 12,000-feet runway capable of handling fighters as well as transport aircraft at Nyoma. It will give us both defensive and offensive options. After being cleared by the defence ministry, it's now going to the Cabinet Committee on Security," said Browne
Source: Economics times