IAF Chief reviews operational requirments for eastern skies

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Shillong, Nov 19 (UNI) Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshall F H Major today reviewed the operational requirements and infrastructure plans of the Eastern Air Command.

The three-day Eastern Air Command Station Commanders' Conference, which got started at Eastern Air Command headquarters' here today was attended by station commanders' from 12 Eastern states.

Air Officer-in-Commanding Eastern Air Command P K Barbora also attended meeting.

The Air Chief deliberated upon the challenges to external and internal securities and emphasised the vital role of the Indian Air Force to meet these challenges.

The Air Chief said the inherent flexibility of air power provides the unique advantage of adapting to known plethora of exigencies and at the same time aligning to un-chartered challenges of the future.

Talking of future conflicts, the Air Chief said,'' The offensive and defensive dominance of air power, not only against aerial threats, but also from land and sea, would be critical in the final outcome.'' He also said the quality of equipment and men behind the force would count and not numerical strength.

''The IAF is moving ahead vigorously with a clearly defined goal to modernise and equip itself to meet the challenges of the future,'' he added.

Besides acquisition of modern weapon systems, the Air Chief thrusted to improve conditions in the service to provide an optimised work ethos.

Eventually, it is the quality of men and women of the Air Force irrespective of their branch, who would shape the future of the service, he said.

UNI

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