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LFOs remain biggest threat: Nohwar
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 7:
Published on 7 Jan. 2010 11:09 PM IST
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With Low Flying Objects (LFO) continuing the biggest threat to any defence strategy, the Indian Air Force is utilising human chains to report on LFOs which may pose a threat to India’s defences. Air Marshal Kishan Kumar Nohwar who took over as the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern Air said, “military thinkers” around the world considers LFO as a threat to any country’s sovereignty. “The radars are not only the advance warning system, but human chains too are assisting to forewarn any air space violation by LFOs,” Eastern Air Command Chief Air Marshal Kishan Kumar Nohwar said. Human chains, he said, are personnel equipped with advanced communication devices and are the “mobile observatories” to report about any infiltration of flying objects into Indian air space. He added: These human chains help the Indian Air Force to get prepared if there is any infiltration by any flying objects. This information gives the Indian Air Force an edge over the hostiles in the event of any infiltration. On the radar here in Upper Shillong that detects any intrusion in the eastern sector, he said, the process was on to upgrade it. Air Marshal Nohwar said China was adept in “reverse engineering” to build Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which can fly low. China, he added, has got hold of UAVs and was reverse engineering to get into the bottom of the technology. “These UAVs that China is building is of stealth nature,” he informed. The EAC chief said, it was high on IAF’s priority list to stop any infiltration of Indian air space by such UAVs and India too is trying to develop such stealth assets. Simultaneous war with Pak and China remote Echoing the Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor’s about simultaneous two full war’s, the Indian Air Force today said that India is ready to battle Pakistan and China at the same time if “pushed to the wall” through a “defense-offensive” strategy. “Although, a war simultaneously with China and Pakistan are far remote, but if we (India) are pushed back to the wall we are fully ready to battle it out,” Eastern Air Command (EAC) chief, Air Marshal Kishan Kumar Nohwar told journalists here. However, he said international diplomatic pressure would ensure that India did not engage in a war with China and Pakistan. Indian Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor’s had said that Indian Army, Navy and Air Force are effectively ready to face Pakistan and China at the same time. According to the Army chief, India, if attacked simultaneously by Pakistan and China would launch self-contained and highly-mobile “battle groups’’ backed by superior air cover and artillery fire assaults to penetrate into enemy territory within 96 hours. General Kapoor was backed by head of IATC, Lt-General AS Lamba who said that India’s next war India would be a twin battle with Pakistan and China and so India’s defense force has prepared itself to meet such challenges with the new doctrine. “The chances of such a war on the two fronts are remote due to international diplomatic pressure. But if such a situation arises we have force multipliers which can be swung into action from one theatre to the other and defend one sector and attack another to safeguard the nation,” Air Marshal Nohwar stated. He, however, raised concern regarding China building anti-satellite missiles and stealth Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. “India is not in competition with China, but India too is in the process of developing new technologies,” he added.

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