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IAF upgradation along LAC not against China: Air Chief

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NEW DELHI (PTI): Indian Air Force chief P V Naik has said upgradation of air-field infrastructure along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China is not “adversary specific”.

“....I have been trying to address this particular issue that our capabilities are not adversary specific. We are capability-based. We need to upgrade the existing air-field infrastructure in the East, long overdue. It is not adversary specific. It is long overdue.

“We should have done it earlier. Now that we have got the go-ahead, we are going ahead with that,” Naik told a news channel here.

The IAF is strengthening its air defence in Ladakh along the LAC with China by putting in place a series of special mountain and light-weight radars.

The Air chief also said the IAF is going to strengthen the runways whenever required, strengthen the existing infrastructure, in terms of accommodation and many other things which are required for modern aircraft.

“It also follows that we are going to base modern aircraft like the SU-30s there. That is also long overdue,” he said.

“There are mountain radars which have been planned for both Eastern and Western sectors. So, all these things are to build a certain set of capabilities,” the IAF chief said.

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