Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal S.Krishnaswamy on Wednesday said that the concept of air power is being misunderstood, and added that it should not only be seen as the prerogative of the Indian Air Force, but as the right of every citizen of the country.
Addressing a seminar on the air power challenges facing the IAF in the coming millennium, Krishnaswamy said: " "Air power should not be viewed as being synonymous with the Air Force. The Air Force is an armed service, but air power is something, which is a privilege for every citizen. It belongs to every citizen. It does not belong to you and me."
"Countries that are short in manpower relative of the enormity of the task of guarding its interests, where human lives are seem to be most precious, it is the right environment for growth of air power. Such countries facing a threat to their peace and stability or its perception on its use of military force, where it visualises that force must be used effectively, that is another rightful environment," he added.
India has been upgrading its air force in recent years. The world's fourth largest air force badly needs trainer jets, and in this regard, the Indian Government recently inked a 1.7 billion dollar deal to buy Hawk trainer jets from Britain's BAE Systems Plc.
The IAF has also inked a deal with Israel for sale of three Phalcon early warning radar systems in a package estimated to be worth around 1.1 billion dollars.
The Indian Air Force was officially established on October 8, 1932.