Thick security cover for Delhi

With fighter aircraft on the ready-mode at nearby bases, unmanned aerial vehicles in the sky, anti-aircraft guns at strategic locations and heavy-lift helicopters for casualty evacuation in case of an emergency, IAF has not left any stone unturned to make Delhi absolutely secure.

The Sukhois and MiG 21 Bisons fighter jets at Bareilly, Sirsa, Srinagar and Adampur have been kept on a ready-mode to deal with any eventuality such as a hijacked plane or a fast flying aircraft. Two UAV will watch Delhi from the altitude of 6,000-10,000 feet during the CWG.

The IAF will place its anti-aircraft surface-to-air weapons such as Pechora, OSA-AK and IGLA at strategic locations to deal with aerial threats, said an official.

“We have put in place a comprehensive air defence over a 60-km radius in Delhi. The air defence plan will cover all conceivable threats – be it hijacked planes, low-speed and high-speed aircraft, para gliders, balloons, UAV and aero-models,” said an official.

Mi-17 helicopters would be on standby for casualty evacuation while Chetak and Cheetah helicopters are undertaking reconnaissance and surveillance flights. Radars will also scour the Delhi sky round the clock.

Garud commandos and a Nuclear-Biological-Chemical (NBC) specialist team from the Army would be on standby to deal with any emergencies.

IAF will be the lead agency in the air defence with agencies from the Home Ministry and Delhi Police supporting the effort to secure the CWG from any threats from the skies.
“We trained Delhi Police personnel in the last three months in aerial observation and interception activities to observe, report and target the sub-conventional threats in urban areas,” said an IAF official.

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