Most airbases have boundary walls but not every yard of these is monitored 24×7. Sentry posts are 300 to 400 metres apart. Electronic surveillance has come into in vogue but is still not employed across all airbases.
Defence Ministry is in the process of setting up a committee to review security at all armed forces facilities based on the “risk factor”, besides the audit undertaken by the individual services themselves.
More Quick Response Teams have been rushed to the Pathankot Air Base.
Ten security personnel remain in hospital at the base, many of them in serious condition, according to military sources.
The gunshots and blast were heard this morning during search and combing operation inside the base, IAF and Punjab Police sources told IANS.
The Indian Express had earlier reported in July 2015 that the Military Intelligence had sounded warnings that fake profiles of women were being used on social networking sites in order to extract confidential information relating to the ORBAT of various military units.
The Commission wants the Chief Information Commissioner to device a mechanism to handle applications appearing to be ‘vexatious’ even as it highlighted that RTI Act has not defined the term.
The first batch of women officers will start piloting fighter jets by mid-2017. Even though women officers have been flying transport aircraft and helicopters for many years, this goes a step further.
Unlike the earlier Hawks, the current order will have Hawk AJTs with smoke pots and liveried in the colours of the Surya Kiran team. The order is estimated to be worth more than $500 million.
The real challenge is not teaching women in the air force to fly. It is bringing about a shift in thinking. Women in the forces need to be made equal contributors to strategy, future-planning.
In March last year, Raha had said that women are physically not suited to fly fighter planes. On Thursday, however, Raha said he had “no doubt” that women could become fighter pilots.
Indian air force has dented the brass ceiling. The other armed forces must follow suit.
The Defence Ministry spokesperson said the fighter aircraft had taken off from Srinagar airfield on a routine training sortie; a court of inquiry has been ordered into the cause of the accident.
Talking about the new developments in bilateral military ties, the American Ambassador here, Richard Verma, noted that India faces a critical shortage of front-line fighter aircraft for keeping India’s air space safe.
The court has given time until August 27 and directed the Additional Solicitor General of India to apprise it of the steps taken and the progress made.