New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on July 22 appreciated the proactive response by Indian Air Force (IAF) in bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months.
Inaugurating the three-day IAF Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) in New Delhi, he said the professional manner in which IAF conducted the air strikes in Balakot as well as rapid deployment of IAF assets at forward locations in response to the prevailing situation in Eastern Ladakh has sent a strong message to the adversaries.
Singh said that the nation’s resolve to defend its sovereignty stands firm on the faith its people have in the capability of its Armed Forces. He alluded to the ongoing efforts for de-escalation on LAC and urged the IAF to stand ready to handle any eventuality.
He praised the stellar contribution by IAF in supporting the nation’s response to COVID-19 pandemic and the role played during several HADR missions. He highlighted the need to achieve self-reliance in defence production and noted that the theme chosen for this AFCC – ‘IAF in the Next Decade’ – was very apt for enhancing efforts towards indigenisation in the days to come. He lauded the progress made towards enhancing synergy and integration within the three services since the appointment of CDS and creation of DMA.
Acknowledging IAF’s role in adapting to changes in technology and emerging capabilities in Nano Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber and Space domains, the Minister assured the commanders that all requirements of the Armed Forces, whether financial or otherwise, would be fulfilled.
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said the IAF was well prepared to counter short term as well as strategic threats and the units were evenly poised to counter any aggressive action by the adversary. He noted that the response by all Commands in ensuring deployment and readiness of forces was prompt and laudable. ACM Bhadauria emphasised on the need to focus on the ability to handle situations at a short notice for ensuring a robust response.
During the three-day conference, commanders will review the current operational scenario and deployments before deliberating on building the IAF capabilities in the next decade to tackle all emerging threats.