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Antony highlights threat from LTTE, Pakistan to top Air Force commanders

The recent air raids carried out by the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and the deteriorating situation in the island nation have become an issue of concern for the Indian establishment and the Indian Air Force in particular.

New Delhi, May 21 : The recent air raids carried out by the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and the deteriorating situation in the island nation have become an issue of concern for the Indian establishment and the Indian Air Force in particular.

Defence Minister A K Antony, who inaugurated the three-day Air Force Commanders' Conference here today, said that the armed forces in the country should remain vigilant and continue to safeguard country's security concerns from both LTTE and Pakistan.

Expressing disappointment over Pakistan not matching its words with actions on dismantling the terrorists and 'jehadi' infrastructure, Antony told top Air Force commanders: "Though we deserve peace with Pakistan and want to continue talks with Pakistan on various issues, it is imperative for us to maintain eternal vigil all along our borders."

He also called for developing asymmetric capabilities against "superior forces."

Describing IAF as a "technology intensive force", the Defence Minister assured the force of all cooperation and assistance for it to enlarge as a dominant aerospace power of the world.

"Our attempts should be to enhance the strategic reach of IAF and integrate potent capabilities in air defence surveillance, space based assets and advance weapon systems to develop it into a dominant aerospace power," he said, adding, in the next three years there would be more acquisition of new systems.

He also stressed upon indigenisation process and said both the public as well as the private sector should contribute to it.

Antony complimented the IAF for its excellent flight safety record as the number of air crashes in the country in last one year has reduced.

In this context, he stressed upon the need of training and strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures relating to flight safety.

ANI

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