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Air power will decide future conflicts: Antony
New Delhi, APR 26 (Agencies)
Published on 27 Apr. 2010 12:21 AM IST
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: Defence Minister AK Antony has said the Indian Air Force is transforming itself into a strategic aerospace power since it will be decisive in shaping the outcome of future conflict.
“In the years to come, aerospace power will prove to be the decisive factor in shaping the outcome of conflicts. Indian Air Force is in the process of transforming itself into a strategic aerospace force befitting our national growth and aspirations,” Antony said.
He was addressing the IAF Commanders’ Conference in New Delhi on Monday. Antony also said, “Combat units of the Indian Air Force have focused on precision capabilities to enhance their combat potential. These abilities were amply demonstrated at the recently concluded ‘Exercise Vayushakti’. The day, dusk and night operations with ‘Live’ firing, bore ample testimony to the nation’s capability to tackle any threat.”
Meanwhile the Defense minister, A. K Antony on Monday said that about two hundred and eight Indian Army personnel have been killed in anti-terror operations since 2007. He said this while speaking in the Lok Sabha. The Defence Minister said 83 army personnel were killed in 2007, while 64 had lost their lives in 2008. The casualty figure further dropped to 48 in 2009, while 13 lost their lives in the first four months of 2010, the minister added.
Delay in Scorpene won’t impact on force
The delivery of Scorpene submarines to the Indian Navy has been delayed by three years but this will not impact on its force levels, parliament was informed Monday.
‘A programme of construction of six Scorpene submarines is currently underway at Mazagon Docks Limited (MDL) under transfer of technology from a French company. As per the contract, the first submarine was scheduled to be delivered in December 2012 and thereafter one each every year till December 2017,’ Defence Minister A.K. Antony said during question hour in the Lok Sabha.
‘There has been a delay due to initial teething problems, absorption of technology and augmentation of MDL purchased material. The first submarine is now expected to be delivered in the second half of 2015,’ he added.
‘However, the gap in submarine capacity has been addressed by modernisation with the state-of-the-art weapon and sensor fit on the existing submarines which have significantly enhanced their combatworthiness against any eventuality,’ Antony pointed out.

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