The outgoing commander of the WAC also said that after the Mumbai attacks, India also beefed up its operations in the Jammu and Kashmir region. "As our response we had started night operations of transport aircraft from Udhampur (air base in Jammu and Kashmir) and the main thrust was on night operations," Barbora added. He handed over charge as the chief of the Western Air Command, the largest operational command of the IAF.
Barbora will be taking over as IAF's vice Chief on Monday, Jun 1. During his tenure, the IAF for the first time operated its frontline combat jets Sukhoi Su-30MKI from Leh of Jammu and Kashmir. The move was seen as IAF's strategy to counterbalance Chinese infrastructure advancement in the region.