New Delhi: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated the second bi-annual Indian Air Force (IAF) Commanders’ Conference at Air Headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. The minister was welcomed by Chief of Air Staff (CoAS) Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Secretary Defence Production Subhash Chandra.
While addressing the gathering on the occasion, the minister said, “The nation is proud of the Indian Air Force. I praise the IAF for its professionalism and laud all air warriors and their families for giving us the most competent and combat-worthy force. The IAF has proven itself time and again. It has earned the respect of foreign Air Forces who are eager to cooperate as well as exercise with us. We are strengthening our defence capability through increased domestic production and reduced dependence on import of military hardware. We have to seize new opportunities for indigenous design and development and I appreciate the IAF’s effort in this regard. I urge the Air Force Commanders to use the Conference for developing strategies against future challenges and enhancing IAF’s capability. The IAF is growing steadily towards becoming a truly strategic aerospace power.”
‘Need to forge greater synergy between Army and Navy’
Bhadauria emphasised on the need to further enhance operational capabilities to deter any misadventure by adversaries. He highlighted the need for continuous enhancement of in-house maintenance capabilities and optimum utilisation of new inductions in order to make IAF a formidable combat force. He also emphasised the need for enhanced joint training with the Indian Army as well as the Indian Navy for fostering joint manship and ensuring national security.
The two-day Commanders’ Conference is being organised from November 25 to November 26.
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In this conference, discussions will take place on joint operations, anti-drone operations, countering asymmetric warfare and further strengthening precision targeting, cyber and information warfare capability. Issues pertaining to indigenisation, streamlining procurement of equipment, strengthening training and optimisation of HR policies would also be discussed.