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“Investigating every single angle” in chopper crash: IAF Chief Chaudhari

By Priyanka Verma 
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The Court of Inquiry being conducted by a tri-services inquiry team will be a fair process and mandate given to it is to investigate every single angle of the incident, Air Chief Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari said today.

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Delivering his address at the Combined Graduation Parade at the Air force Academy at Dundigal, Chaudhari said that he wouldn’t like to pre-empt any findings of Court of Inquiry as it’s a thorough process.

“It’s a mandate to investigate every single angle & look into every single aspect of what could’ve gone wrong&come out with suitable recommendations and findings,” he said.

A tri-services inquiry was set up by the Defence Ministry to probe the reasons behind the chopper crash wherein Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat and 13 others were killed.

The inquiry is headed by an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer and country’s best chopper pilot Air Marshal Manvendra Singh and one each Brigadier-rank officer from the Indian Army and the Indian Navy.

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‘VVIP protocols to fly to be reviewed’

IAF chief said after the chopper crash, the VVIP protocols to fly will be revised and reviewed.

“All these procedures will be reviewed based on the findings of the enquiry. We are continuously evaluating threats from Pakistan and China and are very well aware of it,” he said.

Expressing grief over the untimely demise of India’s first CDS General Bipin Rawat, he said the parade chose to cut down many events as a mark of respect.

‘Continuously evaluating threats from Pakistan, China’

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Chaudhari said India is continuously evaluating threats from Pakistan and China, adding that disengagement has taken place in certain areas in Ladakh but complete disengagement with Beijing has not taken place.

“We are continuously evaluating threats from Pakistan and China and are very well aware of it. The stand-off with China does continue, disengagement has taken place in certain areas in Ladakh but complete disengagement has not taken place. The Air Force will continue to maintain deployment. We are prepared to take on any challenge that we may face in that area,” the IAF chief said.

‘India’s security dynamics involve multifaceted threats’

Noting that the nature of warfare is undergoing fundamental changes, Air Chief Marshal said India’s security dynamics involve multifaceted threats and challenges which will require building multi domain capabilities.

The Air Force is on the cusp of transformation into a highly potent air force with many new injections such as Rafale jets, Apache helicopters and a wide variety of sophisticated systems, he said.

“The nature of warfare is undergoing fundamental changes. New technology and radically new doctrines have emerged in the last few years.

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India’s security dynamics involve multifaceted threats and challenges. It will require us to build multi domain capabilities and execute all our operations simultaneously and in shortened time frames” Chaudhari added.

‘Thankful to France for timely delivery of Rafale’

The IAF chief said that India is thankful to France for timely deliveries of Rafale fighter jets.

“You know that contract was for 36 aircraft,32 of which have been delivered. Out of the remaining four, 3 will arrive on time in February,” he said.

Meanwhile, the last aircraft which will have India-specific enhancements will be delivered after all its trials conclude.

Discussion over the future maintenance issues of Rafale & setting up of D-level maintenance in India has been done with the defence minister, he added.

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