In his New Year message to personnel of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne has said bigger challenges await the force that could stretch both physical and mental abilities.
"Bigger challenges await us as we step into the New Year; challenges that will stretch our physical and mental capabilities," the air force chief said.
"The timely integration of the new inductions with the existing legacy systems, while ensuring a high combat potential and addressing all aerospace safety concerns will be our key operational challenges," he said, adding that "towards this, Exercises-'Iron Fist' and 'Live Wire' are planned early this year."
"We must capitalise on this opportunity for revalidating and fine-tuning our operational employment philosophies in a near real-time op scenario," Air Chief Marshal Browne said.
He also commended them for their calibre, competence and professional commitment and wished them continued success in all their endeavours.
"The year gone by has been busy as also challenging; we faced many new challenges and we also achieved significant milestones. While these challenges tested our collective competence and resolve on one hand, they also served to reinforce our commitment and sense of pride in the values which the IAF represents. Despite facing various operational and maintenance challenges associated with the transformation phase, we continued to maintain a high combat potential," said Air Chief Marshal Browne.
"Our air warriors always remained at the forefront of all important nation building tasks be it executing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, supporting anti-naxal operations or while providing aid to civil authorities by undertaking support missions in the remote and inaccessible regions of our country," he added.
"In addition, we have also put into place many new initiatives in the areas of infrastructure upgradation, training, empowerment of our air warriors and institution of a Directorate of Air Veterans, which will have long term implications for the IAF," Air Chief Marshal Browne said.
"Looking back today, we can justifiably take pride in our collective achievements and contribution towards the growth of IAF," he said.
"I strongly believe that more than any of the high technology acquisitions in the future, our air warriors would be the real enablers of our growth story," Air Chief Marshal Browne said. (ANI)