Bipin Rawat says ‘very difficult’ to predict scenario of war with Pakistan, asserts preparedness of defence forces for any situation

  • The top general, who inducted the Sukhoi-30 MKI squadron in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur, was responding to a question about any possibility of a war emerging between India and Pakistan

  • 'All the defence services are tasked to be prepared for any option that may emerge,' Rawat said

  • The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) said his new role was aimed at integrating defence systems and the three services (the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force)

Thanjavur: Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday said it was very difficult to predict if a scenario of a war with Pakistan would emerge or not, but that all the defence services were prepared to take on any challenge.

 Bipin Rawat says ‘very difficult’ to predict scenario of war with Pakistan, asserts preparedness of defence forces for any situation

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat at the induction ceremony of the first Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft squadron. PTI

The top general, who inducted the Sukhoi-30 MKI squadron in Tamil Nadu’s Thanjavur, was responding to a question about any possibility of a war emerging between India and Pakistan. "All the defence services are tasked to be prepared for any option that may emerge. It is very difficult to predict a scenario. But, we are always prepared for any task that may be assigned to us," Rawat said.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) said his new role was aimed at integrating defence systems and the three services (the Army, the Navy and the Indian Air Force). It was for this reason the post of CDS was created, he said.

"...we will keep moving towards better integration and unity," Rawat, who was appointed as the country's first Chief of Defence Staff on 30 December last year, added. On strengthening the Air base, Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Kumar Singh Bhadauria said it will undertake the role of the southern peninsula's air defence.

The Indian Air Force commissioned a squadron of Sukhoi-30 MKI at the Air Force Station here, the first such base in south India for the high profile fighter jets, seen as a game-changer in guarding the strategically important Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

The 'Tigersharks' squadron of Sukhoi 30 MKI jets integrated with the BrahMos cruise missiles was inducted in the presence of the Air Chief and top officials.

The Su-30 MKI is a state-of-the-art all weather multi-role fighter aircraft capable of undertaking varied air defence, ground attack and maritime missions.

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Updated Date: Jan 20, 2020 23:03:17 IST