Air Chief B S Dhanoa writes to each officer: Be ready for operations at short notice

“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 20, 2017 7:15 am
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IN AN unprecedented move, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, the Chief of Air Staff, has written a personal letter to each officer of the Indian Air Force (IAF), asking them “to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice”.

The letter, signed March 30, also covers a range of issues from “favouritism” in the force to “sexual harassment”. Written three months after ACM Dhanoa took over as IAF Chief, the letter is being posted and delivered to each of the nearly 12,000 officers of the force.

This is the first time that an IAF chief has written a personal letter to all officers, although two Army chiefs — Field Marshal (then General) K M Cariappa on May 1, 1950 and General K Sundarji on February 1, 1986 — have penned similar missives.

“In the present scenario, there is an ever persistent sub-conventional threat. Therefore, we need to be prepared for operations with our present holdings, at a very short notice.

Training needs to be focused towards this,” says the letter.

The “sub-conventional threat” is said to be a reference to the ‘proxy war’ by Pakistan, which is reflected in the increasing number of terror attacks on military camps and the rising public unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

The mention in the letter of “our present holdings” is an indication of the severe shortfall in the number of fighter squadrons with the IAF.

The IAF is authorised 42 squadrons of fighter aircraft but its current holding is down to 33. A deal for 36 Rafale fighters, signed with France, and a decision to induct indigenous Tejas fighters will barely make up for the de-induction of the MIG series of fighters from the fleet.

Asking officers to be “combat effective professionals”, ACM Dhanoa writes that “there is no choice but to stay abreast of new technological advancements both own as well as that of our adversaries. Only then will we come out with war-winning, out of the box solutions.”

The letter also reminds officers that “in the recent past, there have been instances and occasions where lack of professionalism has shown the IAF in poor light”.

Indulging in uncharacteristic plainspeak, the IAF chief writes that “we have been witness to a few instances of ‘favouritism’ in selection of officers for prime assignments and promotions”.

“This is something we can ill afford,” the letter says.

Pointing out that “officers holding responsible appointments tend to display ‘Milk of Human Kindness’ while dealing with those involved in wrongful practices”, the letter warns that “abusive behaviour, resorting to physical intimidation and behaviour amounting to sexual harassment by seniors is not acceptable”.

The letter also lays to rest apprehensions about participation by the families of officers in activities of the Air Force Wives Welfare Association (AFWWA) and Ladies Club, calling them “voluntary”. The IAF chief wrote that “(IAF) stations are not judged by their performance in these activities but on operations”.

When contacted by The Indian Express, an IAF spokesperson described the letter as “internal communication” and refused to comment on its contents.

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    arun kumar
    May 24, 2017 at 10:55 pm
    Shame on asians always fighting cant stay like europe. Problem starts with family then neighbours then state then nation then religion. Gods infrastructure test them and act.
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      SQN LDR ZULQADAR RASHID PAF
      May 21, 2017 at 7:43 pm
      A professional and much required gesture..for any AIR CHIEF... pletely normal and no cause for any alarm or media hype.Brings to mind Marshal of the IAF ARJAN SINGH AND AIR CHIEFMARSHAL DILBAGH SINGH..
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        Tariq Nazir Syed
        May 21, 2017 at 4:55 pm
        The Indians are acting in a very "jingoistic" manner, especially since Modi took over. So much money is being wasted on armaments. Over 60 of Indians don't even have toilets. Under these and other dire social shortcommings, it is sad that the leadership cannot move beyond confrontation and adopt a mature and constructive at ude in order to resolve problems through result orientated dialog, instead of opting for war as a means of achieving objectives. War will only destroy and depleat resources and push the sub continent decades back. And if conflicts escalate into nuclear war, then one can only see the massive destruction that may result. To think that a couple of million, or some hundred million could die in such a confict, is " acceptable", is absolutely criminal. This does not take into account of the devastation to industry Therefore, any talk about war is insane and reflects the thinking of a criminal mind. STRIVE FOR PEACE AND PROSPARITY OF OUR REGION. THE OMLY SANE WAY
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          sanjeev kr.verma
          May 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm
          KEEPING QUIT AND RISK'S TO OUR SOLDIER'S LIFE WILL DICREASE OUR STRENGTH TO FIGHT. A WARRIOR SHOULD ALWAY'S BE PREPARED TO CLINCH HIS DESTINATION. BSF, CRPF AND PARAMILITERY ALL DONE AND WE HAD LISTEN TO THEIR GREAT COMMENT'S ABOUT OUR 3 NATIONAL PILLER ARMED FORCES AND MADED DECISSION TO DEFFENCE FORCE'S I.E AIR,ARMY NEAVY. WE STRIKE THEM OUT HARDER THEN THEY BELEIVE..JAI HIND TIGER BRACTA.
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            Basit
            May 21, 2017 at 1:48 am
            So funny letter And funny chief You guys are blessed you have comedian in yoir ranks I hope fighting flyers are fed well in messes unlike soldiers Lovly joke
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              freethinker
              May 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm
              The India army also faced the Chinese in 1962 with their then "present holdings". They fought very bravely but what was the result? The Air Chief should tell his pilots that they should be ready to take heavy losses when war comes.
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                Michelle:Vedic:human
                May 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm
                Indian army are not living in 1962 era
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                  Adnan
                  May 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm
                  So the CHinese and stani forces.
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                Danish Tahir
                May 20, 2017 at 3:16 pm
                mark my words... you filthy stinky hindu's...!
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                  DILIP
                  May 20, 2017 at 3:34 pm
                  Looks like the perverted mullha has mutilated your bibi by performing FGM on her and you are unable to climax because her muzzie c l i t is missing. So frustrated Islamo Fascist sc u m , are jake moot maro.
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                    Michelle:Vedic:human
                    May 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm
                    All these just for 72 HOURIES as per Koran: "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them." Koran 2:191 "Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood." Koran 9:123 "When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them." Koran 9:5 "Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable." Koran 3:85 "The Jews and the Christians are PEVERTS fight them."... Koran 9:30 "Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam" Koran 5:33 "Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boi water melt their skin and bellies." Koran 22:19 "The unbelievers are stupid urge the Muslims to fight them." Koran 8:65 "Muslims must not take the infidels as friends." Koran 3:28 "Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur''an." Koran 8:12 "Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels." Koran..
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                      Michelle:Vedic:human
                      May 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm
                      Sunan Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2166:Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri: “A man said: Apostle of Allah, I have a slave-girl and I withdraw the pen-is from her (while having inter-course), and I dislike that she becomes pregn-ant. I intend (by inter-course) what the men intend by it. The Jews say that withdrawing the pe-nis (azl) is burying the living girls on a small scale. He (the Prophet) said: The Jews told a lie. If Allah intends to create it, you cannot turn it away.” Muhammad AKA Allah created the following Quranic verse allowing for the owning and rap-ing of s-ex slav-es as a divine right: If you fear that you will not act justly towards the orphans, marry such women as seem good to you, two, three, four; but if you fear you will not be equitable, then only one, or what your right hands own; so it is likelier you will not be partial. (
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                        Michelle:Vedic:human
                        May 20, 2017 at 4:05 pm
                        MUHAMMAD OWNED AND RAP-ED HIS SE-X SLAVE-S Enjoying Special Bo-oty (Ga-ni-maat er-maa-l): Muhammad Takes Safiya As Boo-ty To Be His S ex Sl-ave Safiya bint Huyai/Huyayy was a captive Mohammed married after slaughteri ng her father, brother, husband and the men at Khai-bar, according to Bukhari vol.2 book 14 ch.5 no.68 p.35; vol.4 book 52 ch.74 no.143 p.92; vol.4 book 52 ch.168 no.280 p.175 and Tabari vol.39 p.185.i
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                        Danish Tahir
                        May 20, 2017 at 3:15 pm
                        You Indians dont have balls!!! Stfu s... Dare to come along... this time their will be no more hindu left on this planet earth!!!
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                          DILIP
                          May 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm
                          This time we will shove pigs b ull 0cks up your muzzie butt h00les. Islamo Fascist cr a p ba gs.
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                            DILIP
                            May 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm
                            Will shove Pigs bu ll 0cks up your muzzie azz you Islamo fascist butcher.
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