New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated today the bi-annual Indian Air Force (IAF) Commanders’ Conference 2022 at Air Headquarters Vayu Bhawan in New Delhi.
The conference is attended by the Air Officers Commanding-in-Chief of all Commands of IAF, all Principal Staff Officers and all Director Generals posted at Air Headquarters.
Speaking to the senior commanders, the Defence Minister stated that the topics being discussed in AFCC were relevant and contemporary in the-present context, and covered the entire canvas of issues/ challenges that are being faced by the Nation. He covered the challenges being faced on the Northern and Western borders and expressed his satisfaction in the way Indian Armed Forces have been able to respond to emerging situations.
Mr Singh praised the Indian Air Force‘s evacuation effort in Operation Ganga which has been appreciated by the Country. He brought out that the current geopolitical situation has again highlighted the need for indigenisation.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, asked commanders to be ready to meet all challenges and enhance capabilities for responding in multiple domains at short notice. He also emphasised the need for conserving assets, optimally utilising resources and the need for joint-manship to enhance National Security.
To provide a boost to the growing indigenous drone industry, the Defence Minister launched the “MEHAR BABA COMPETITION – II” which is aimed at developing technology for a “Swarm Drone based system to detect Foreign Objects on Aircraft Operating Surfaces”.
During the three-day conference, the Air Force Commanders will discuss important issues related to future challenges in a Hi-tech and evolving operational scenario. The theme for this Conference is ‘Optimising human resources’ and the focus will be on the conduct of operations in a smart and efficient manner. Mitigation of threats posed by drones will also be brainstormed during the conference.
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