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Government tells Air Force, Navy to complete airbase fencing before deadline

New Delhi, Aug 16, 2017: Seeking to prevent another Pathankot-type attack, the defence ministry has asked the navy and the air force to hasten and complete the three-layer perimeter fencing around their air bases before the timeframe set by them.

Updated:Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 23:44

Government tells Air Force, Navy to complete airbase fencing before deadlineNew Delhi, Aug 16, 2017: Seeking to prevent another Pathankot-type attack, the defence ministry has asked the navy and the air force to hasten and complete the three-layer perimeter fencing around their air bases before the timeframe set by them.

In the aftermath of the January 1, 2016 attack on Pathankot air base, the defence ministry had cleared a proposal for the navy and the air force to immediately provide a three-layer security system around their bases housing high value assets such as fighter and transport aircraft.

"During a recent presentation to the ministry, the navy had given a timeframe of 2019 but the ministry was of the view that the project should be completed at an earlier date to cut down the possibility of terrorists attempting any such attack in the future," government sources told Mail Today.

Under the project, the air force and navy would be providing perimeter fencing security to around 29 of their air bases, including 23 of the IAF and remaining of the navy.

The IAF is set to release the tender for the project by next month and expects to complete the work by the end of next year.

To empower the services in completing their base security projects, the defence ministry has also delegated substantial financial powers to the armed forces for undertaking works for perimeter security of sensitive military installations.

As per the decision taken by the ministry, each of the three services vice chiefs will be able to spend at least Rs 800 crore annually in strengthening perimeter security at the sensitive bases.

Source: India Today

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