A one day seminar on ‘Air Power in No War No Peace Scenario’ was organised by the Centre for Air Power to mark the anniversary of Balakote air strike. The seminar focused on employability of air power in situations necessitating exertion of national will against adversary in a ‘No War No Peace’ scenario. Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh while inaugurating the seminar paid rich tributes to the successful strikes carried out by Indian Air Force leading to destruction of terrorist camp of ‘Jaish-e-Mohammad’ in POK. He said, “India had been seen as a country that did not respond adequately to terrorism despite grave provocations. The surgical strike of 2016 and air strike of 2019 at Balakot changed that perception once and for all”. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat delivered the keynote address.
Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria addressing the gathering said, in 2019 the Government took bold decision to strike at the heart of terrorist training camps inside Pakistan. Use of air power in a sub-conventional scenario was a paradigm shift. He lauded the political and diplomatic efforts to quickly deescalate the situation. He described Pakistan’s response after 30 hours as an effort to satisfy the domestic audience. Appreciating the coordination among various organisations in carrying out the successful air strikes, he said there was a calibrated effort to ensure that there were no civilian casualties.
ARMY RESCUES STRANDED CIVILIANS
Upholding the best traditions of Indian Army, troops of Indian Army at ‘Se La’ in Arunachal Pradesh rescued 111 civilians and 70 vehicles stranded in snow at an altitude of 14000 feet on the night of February 29 to March 1, 2020 in sub zero temperature.
UPGRADATION OF VINTAGE SCHILKA AIR DEFENCE SYSTEM
The Indian Army and Bharat Electronics Limited, in a joint venture, have been upgrading the 1980 vintage Schilka Air Defence system to a modern weapon system. The last upgraded Schilka System was rolled out from 510 Army Base Workshop of Indian Army this week.
EXERCISE ‘MILAN’ POSTPONED
Media reports indicate that the Indian Navy has postponed its multilateral naval exercise ‘Milan’ planned from March 18 to 28, 2020 in view of various travel restrictions imposed for the safety of citizens due to the coronavirus threat. Indian Navy has indicated that the exercise will be re-scheduled at a later convenient date. Theme for this year’s Milan was ‘Synergy Across the Seas’.
Navy had invited 42 countries for the exercise. More than a dozen foreign ships along with delegations from over 20 other nations were expected to participate in the exercise. The exercise was planned to include a wide range of exercises at sea in multinational groupings with seamanship drills, simulation of complex operational scenarios, tactical manoeuvres and others.