‘Modern warfare a by-product of tech advancement’

Mubarak Ansari
Friday, 31 May 2019

“The improvement in the range and power of firearms and combat gear, the introduction of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and the advent of sophisticated electronic and night-fighting capabilities have transformed the range and tempo of warfare,” the IAF chief said. 

Pune: Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa said that modern warfare has become the by-product of modern technological advancement. Dhanoa, who was the reviewing officer for the Passing Out Parade (POP) of 1 the36th course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) at Khadakwasla, said this during his address to the passing out cadets.

“The improvement in the range and power of firearms and combat gear, the introduction of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, and the advent of sophisticated electronic and night-fighting capabilities have transformed the range and tempo of warfare,” the IAF chief said. 

“Extensive use of digitised communication and high-tech sensors at the operational level, real-time battle-field surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance have made it complex and multi-dimensional. Eventually, you have to imbibe the skills and face this techno-driven warfare squarely and effectively,” he added.

Marching to the tune of Auld Lang Syne in the background and with Sukhoi-30 fighter jets thundering overhead in a formation, a total of 291 cadets graduated from the academy as they passed through the portals of the prestigious Khetarpal Parade Ground. 

There were 218 cadets from the Army, 34 cadets from the Navy and 39 cadets from the Air Force. These included 15 Army cadets from friendly foreign countries. The foreign cadets belonged to Afghanistan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tajikistan, Maldives and Papua New Guinea.

Divisional Cadet Captain Sandeep Koranga won the President’s Gold medal for standing first in the overall order of merit. Battalion Cadet Adjutant Divyam Dwivedi won the Silver medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and Battalion Cadet Captain SKS Chauhan won the Bronze medal for standing third in the overall order of merit. ‘Kilo’ Squadron bagged the prestigious ‘Chiefs of Staff Banner’, for being the Champion Squadron, which was presented during the parade.

The scintillating display of the Sarang Helicopter Aerobatic team mesmerised the audience with their aerial manoeuvres at the end of the passing out parade.

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