The Indian Air Force has issued shoot at sight orders against anyone trying to scale the walls of the bases under the sensitive Western Air Command. The order comes in the backdrop of the terror attck on Pathankot air base in Punjab. It has also asked the government to strictly impose the ban against constructions within 100 metres of ant air base and within 900 metres of its ammunition depots.

“All bases in the Western Air Command have been put on high alert. Shoot-at-sight orders have been issued against anyone attempting to enter the base by scaling the perimeter wall or through unauthorised access,” a senior IAF officer said.

While describing the Pathankot attack as a “learning experience”, the official said that IAF is in the process of finalising a Rs 8,000-crore comprehensive security proposal for its 54 main flying bases in the country. That will include smart perimeter intrusion system, CCTVs, motion detectors, quadro drones, among other things. The cost will come to about Rs 100-150 crore per base.

The officer said that these proposals were already in the pipeline and only  because of financial constraints, they are doing it in a phased manner. IAF’s first focus was to protect the main assets and then move to the perimeter wall. The oficial also added that they are fast tracking the process.

IAF has completed a special audit of all its 950 flying and non-flying establishments. He said that two teams from the Directorate of Air Staff carried out the audit of the bases.

“No major weaknesses were found in the audit,” he said, adding that similar audits are conducted every six months