Strong measures in place to keep IAF bases in state safe


The security of air bases in Rajasthan especially along the international border districts of the state has gained importance in the recent past. The IAF has 60 operational bases across the country with 1,600 fighter aircraft of different types in various airbases. The airbases are located in Uttarlai, Jaisalmer, Nall (Bikaner), Phalodi, Suratgarh and Jodhpur in Rajasthan are of significance during a joint warfare scenario.

Besides, there are various surveillance systems placed along the international borders to detect enemy activities. The security audit-cum-existing security measures which are already instituted in the system of checks through the standard operating procedures, an Air Force official said.

“We have the latest security equipment and these have been installed for security checks in our airbases. We also train our personnel to keep abreast with the nefarious activities of anti-national elements,” said another air force official.

The Air Force bases in Rajasthan have trained their officers and airmen to be more vigilant and respond quickly whenever a threat emanates. To minimize the threats, imposition and restriction on use of cell phones or a minimum use of communication during working hours of the personnel is one of the methods implemented in most of the air basess. Also, declaration of SIM card details is an official requirement. The routine checks by intelligence and police representatives of the force keep the standing orders in place.

“By bringing in a sense of public awareness most of these problems can be handled is the general feeling among the people,” the official said.

According to him, to carry out the primary mission of making the airbases and the assets safe several measures have been taken up. Protecting personnel and property, reporting all violations and sounding the alarm in case of emergency were all part of the mission. He said the task “is challenging” because during peace time, lethargy and complacency sets in, due to which lapses on security took place. However, case studies on security lapses with lessons learnt were discussed in various forums to strengthen the existing security systems of air bases, he said.

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) have also been playing an important role in identifying many unauthorized activities like illegal mining and quarrying in and around air bases to make them safe. Area patrolling, random checks, police verification of civilian staff, laision with local police, fire brigades and state intelligence agencies are few of the common preventive methods implemented in all the air bases, the official added.

Defence spokesperson Col S D Goswami said, “Breaches of security would essentially take place under two circumstances. First would be unintentional, due to inadvertent slippages or carelessness, which could be exploited by an opportunistic group or miscreants. The second would be intentional, through malafide intent. While putting our security policies in place, we need to be aware of the distinct differences between these two, and the requirement for the policy to cater adequately for either of them.”

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