Modernisation process in the Indian Air Force will turn it into even more potent and strategic force which can take on all future challenges, President Pranab Mukherjee said in New Delhi on Friday. In his message to the IAF on the eve of its 84th anniversary, the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces said the nation is proud of the capability and competency of the IAF. “Over the last eight decades, the IAF has emerged as an immensely professional and combat-ready force. It has achieved distinction in defending our skies and delivering vital humanitarian aid and disaster relief,” Mukherjee said.
Greeting the force, the President said the brave men and women in blue have displayed incredible courage and determination in the discharge of their duties, acquitting themselves with great élan. “I am confident that the ongoing process of modernisation will transform the IAF into an even more potent and strategic force that can take on all future challenges. I am sure the IAF will remain ever vigilant in protecting our skies and continue to maintain its cherished standards of excellence,” he said.
Mukherjee extended his greetings and felicitations to all personnel of the Indian Air Force, civilians and their families.