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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses IAF Commanders’ Conference

Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh and Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria with Senior Officials of Ministry of Defence and Indian Air Force at the Air Force Commanders’ Conference
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the biannual IAF Commanders’ Conference (AFCC-21) today at Air Headquarters. Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria PVSM AVSM VM ADC Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) welcomed the Defence Minister, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff and other senior officials from the ministry.

During his address, he expressed happiness that the conference coincides with the birth anniversary of the Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh, DFC. He also congratulated IAF for ensuring a timely and befitting response to the sudden developments in Eastern Ladakh. He advised the commanders to draw up long term plans and strategies for capability enhancement to counter future threats. He appreciated the critical focus of IAF towards reorienting for the future.

Speaking about the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, he appreciated the role played by the IAF in assisting other government agencies in their task. Referring to changing international geopolitics, he observed that the perceptible shift of focus from Trans-Atlantic to Trans-Pacific has become more obvious in the recent past. Changing dimensions of war would now include advanced technologies, asymmetric capabilities and info-dominance, and it was very important that the IAF’s preparations for the future must include these aspects.


Hon’ble Raksha Mantri, Shri Rajnath Singh addressing the IAF Commanders at the Air Force Commanders’ Conference at Air Headquarters, New Delhi on 15 Apr 21.

Reiterating Prime Minister Modi’s vision of ‘Self Reliance’, Rajnath Singh stressed the need to promote the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ in Defence Infrastructure as well. He added that the IAF’s order for LCA would result in a substantial boost to the domestic defence industry and will be a game-changer from the indigenisation perspective. He urged the Commanders to continue their efforts for achieving even greater results in the field of indigenous defence production and aircraft maintenance. He added that national security and economic development are complementary aspects of national policy. The IAF’s support for the indigenous industry would result in the development of MSMEs in this field which will simultaneously serve the cause of self-reliance and socio-economic development of the country.

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He urged the Commanders to take stock and implement all directions issued by PM Modi during the Combined Commanders’ Conference. He stressed the need to continue to work proactively towards the integration process currently underway, implementation of the joint logistics plan and enhance synergy in areas of joint planning and operations.

In his closing remarks, the Defence Minister assured the IAF Commanders of the wholehearted support from the Ministry of Defence in achieving the goal of being a potent Strategic Aerospace Force. He expressed confidence that important decisions taken during the conference would enhance the combat potential of the IAF.

The Commanders’ Conference will conclude on 16 Apr 21. The status of strengthening current combat capabilities and the action plan for making IAF a future-ready combat force would be examined. Issues pertaining to systems, reforms and restructuring for ensuring more efficient processes across all domains and optimised operational training will also be discussed.

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