Hon’ble RRM’s interaction with IAF Commanders during Air Force Commanders’ Conference – April 2016

The Minister of State for Planning (Independent Charge) and Defence, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh with the Air Force Commanders, at the Air Force Commanders’ Conference, in New Delhi on April 11, 2016. The Defence Secretary, Shri G. Mohan Kumar and the Secretary (Defence Production), Shri A.K. Gupta are also seen.

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The bi-annual conference Air Force Commanders’ Conference commenced at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi on 11 Apr 16. Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri inaugurated the conference.

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha PVSM AVSM VM ADC, Chief of the Air Staff welcomed Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri G Mohan Kumar, Defence Secretary and Shri AK Gupta, Secretary (Defence Production). He also introduced the Air Force Commanders to the Hon’ble RRM.

The aim of this bi-annual conference is to enhance the operational capability of the IAF. The CAS updated the Hon’ble RRM on operational status of the IAF, security measures in vogue and the progress on infrastructure development. He highlighted the efforts made to increase the aircraft serviceability and the corresponding increase in flying task of the IAF as compared to the previous years. Achievements of the IAF during recently conducted Air Force level and international exercises were also covered by the CAS. He further elaborated on the IAF’s Focus Areas and the future road-map for the IAF. He dwelt upon the efforts initiated for the well-being, morale and enhancement of physical fitness of air-warriors.

The Hon’ble RRM complemented the IAF for professional conduct during various exercises like Ex Livewire & Ex Iron Fist and for its contribution towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. He emphasised on aviation safety, infrastructure development and the IAF’s role towards indigenisation.

During this conference, senior leadership of the IAF would deliberate on issues pertaining to air operations, maintenance, human resources and administration. Aspects of support provided by Defence PSUs through indigenised production of prime equipment would also be discussed in a daylong session on 13 April 2016 with high level delegation from HAL, BEL and BDL. The CAS presented trophies to various Command Headquarters for excellence in sports and welfare activities.