Air Chief Mar­shal Arup Raha Mes­sage

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As the In­dian Air Force com­pletes 84 years of il­lus­tri­ous ser­vice to the Na­tion, the proud men and women in blue deeply cherish IAF’s glo­ri­ous past while they pre­pare to em­brace an ex­cit­ing and yet chal­leng­ing fu­ture. It is a mo­men­tous day as we cel­e­brate our achieve­ments while pay­ing rich tributes to our vet­er­ans who laid the strong foun­da­tion of our for­mi­da­ble force.

In the year gone by, the IAF has con­tin­ued to grow from strength to strength and it achieved a num­ber of op­er­a­tional mile­stones. The suc­cess­ful con­duct of one of the largest Domon­stra­tion at Pokhran Range aptly show­cased the op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity and readi­ness of the IAF. IAF’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in In­ter­na­tional Exercises demon­strated our grow­ing strate­gic reach and power pro­jec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The IAF’s swift and prompt re­sponse dur­ing var­i­ous con­tin­gen­cies in Aid of Civil Au­thor­i­ties both within In­dia and abroad was in­dica­tive of the

The In­dian Air Force to­day stands at the thresh­old of ac­quir­ing mul­ti­spec­trum strate­gic ca­pa­bil­i­ties, syn­ony­mous with In­dia’s grow­ing re­gional stature and ex­pand­ing na­tional in­ter­ests. The chal­lenges of trans­for­ma­tion in terms of in­duc­tion of new air­craft and weapon plat­forms, cre­ation of op­er­a­tional in­fra­struc­ture and training of our air­war­riors are be­ing met through fo­cussed plan­ning and im­ple­men­ta­tion so as to en­sure timely op­er­a­tional­i­sa­tion.

al­ready un­der way and early in­duc­tion of Rafale air­craft would greatly C-130 Spe­cial Ops air­craft, Apache At­tack He­li­copters, and Chi­nook Heavy Lift He­li­copters would bol­ster our op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Our in­duc­tion and in­te­gra­tion of mod­ern sen­sors, weapon sys­tems and com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works and we are pro­gres­sively near­ing our goal of trans­form­ing into a true Network Cen­tric Aerospace Force.

To at­tain true strate­gic au­ton­omy, the IAF is fo­cussing on in­dige­nous ac­qui­si­tion of air­craft, radars, mis­siles and other avi­a­tion equip­ment in con­so­nance with the ‘Make in In­dia’ ini­tia­tive. The in­duc­tion of the in­dige­nous Light Com­bat Air­craft ‘Te­jas’ into the IAF and place­ment of orders for 120 Te­jas air­craft is a tes­ti­mony to the IAFs com­mit­ment for fur­ther­ing in­dige­nous ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

My best wishes to In­dia Strate­gic team for their in­for­ma­tive and cred­i­ble re­portage on de­fence is­sues. On be­half of the air-war­riors, I com­pli­ment In­dia Strate­gic team for this spe­cial is­sue on Air Force Day and wish them suc­cess in all their fu­ture en­deav­ours.

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