Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Chief of Air Staff S.P. Tyagi has reiterated the potential of the southern region of the country in future development as one of the main trade and energy corridors.

The armed forces will have to increase its operations in these regions to provide more security as part of the development, he says.

He was talking to presspersons on Saturday after reaching INS Garuda on a one-day visit here.

His wife, Vandana Tyagi, accompanied him.

The Air Chief was received by Vice-Admiral S.C.S. Bangara, Flag officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Naval Command.

Energy consumers

Mr. Tyagi said India and China were poised to become the largest consumers of energy and with the country advancing in quick strides, the southern parts of it were becoming important in respects of trade and energy. Correspondingly, the security infrastructure and capabilities in the region needed to be enhanced, he said.

With the decision of purchasing six flight refuelling aircraft, the country was striving to attain the target of complete mid-flight fuelling capability soon, he said.

After touching down, the Air Chief was given a Guard of Honour. He arrived here after visiting Thiruvananthapuram and Lakshadweep.

He visited some of the training centres at the Naval Base and held discussions with Mr. Bangara.

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