The Indian Air Force on Friday said there was no need to worry over reports that China was selling advanced fighter planes to Pakistan.

“There is nothing to worry. Do not worry and do not make people worry. Our country is strong enough. Our Army, Navy and Air Force are capable of looking after the interests of our country,” Air Chief Marshal P.V. Naik said here.

In interactions between two sovereign countries there was no issue over selling weapons, he said replying to a question about the impact of China’s decision to sell 36 J-10 fighter aircraft.

As to China’s plans to launch satellites for intelligence gathering, the Air Chief said that already several countries had such satellites in space now. However, India did not favour militarisation of space.

He was speaking to journalists after inaugurating the Indian Society of Aerospace Medicine seminar.


Meanwhile, the three-day annual conference on “Military and Civil Aviation Medicine – Current Challenges” began here. It is being attended by delegates and scientists from national and international aviation authorities of countries including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, and senior medical officers of the armed forces.

Welcoming the delegates, Air Marshal P. Madhusoodanan, president of the society, underscored the progress made by it in promoting research on current problems in civil and military aviation covering areas such as high altitude physiology, aerospace physiology, aviation psychology and its impact on the health and fitness of aviators, a Defence Ministry release said.

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