The Defence Minister said IAF’s order for LCA would result in a substantial boost to the domestic defence industry

Congratulating Indian Air Force for ensuring a timely and befitting response to the sudden developments in Eastern Ladakh, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday asked air force personnel to draw up long term plans and strategies for capability enhancement to counter future threats. He was speaking at the April 15-16 biannual IAF Commanders’ conference.

He appreciated the critical focus of IAF towards reorienting for the future. In the presence of Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria and other senior officials from the Ministry of Defence, Rajnath Singh talked about changing international geopolitics. He said 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,” the Defence Minister said.

Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Self Reliance’, he stressed on the need to promote Atmanirbharta in defence infrastructure.

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.

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

In his closing remarks, the Defence Minister assured the air force 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.