Air force commanders' 3-day conference begins in Delhi

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New Delhi, April 19: Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday inaugurated the bi-annual Air Force Commanders' Conference at the air headquarters in New Delhi.

Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed Jaitley, G Mohan Kumar, Defence Secretary and A K Gupta, secretary (defence production). He also introduced the Air Force commanders to Jaitley.

Here are some pics of the Indian Air Force commanders' conference. Let's take a look.

Air Force Commanders' Conference

Air Force Commanders' Conference

The CAS updated Jaitley on the operational status of the Indian Air Force and the progress on infrastructure development. He highlighted the efforts made to enhance aircraft serviceability towards maintaining operational readiness of the IAF.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley interacting with senior Air Force officers

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley interacting with senior Air Force officers

Achievements during the recently conducted pan IAF and international exercises with friendly foreign countries were also covered by the CAS. He further elaborated the actions initiated for enhancing operational effectiveness and the future roadmap of IAF.

Jaitley commended IAF for conducting military exercises

Jaitley commended IAF for conducting military exercises

Jaitley deliberated on the challenges to defence forces due to the rapidly changing geo-political situation in the world and the uncertainties existing in the region.

He commended IAF for having successfully conducted various military exercises and operations towards humanitarian assistance and disaster relief both within and outside the country.

Acknowledging the IAF's capability as the first responder especially in face of a natural calamity, he emphasised the resolve of the government in expediting approved modernisation programmes of the Service.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley with Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley with Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa

During the three-day conference, senior leadership of the IAF would deliberate on issues pertaining to enhancement of combat effectiveness and development of human resources and infrastructure.

To encourage indigenisation and enhance self-reliance in defence manufacturing a day long interactive session has been planned with delegations from HAL, BEL and other Defence PSUs.

The CAS would also present trophies for excellence in various domains including cyber, communication, sports and welfare activities.

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