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IAF Firmly on the Path to Enhancing Operational Potentia

By Defence Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 15, Oct 2011, 10:38 am IST | UPDATED: 15, Oct 2011, 10:51 am IST

IAF Firmly on the Path to Enhancing Operational Potentia

A three day Air Force Commanders’ Conference commenced at Air Headquarters, Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi on 12th October. The conference is being attended by the Air Force Commanders of all the Operational Commands as well as the Training and Maintenance Commands besides the Principal Staff Officers at the Air Head Quarters.

The Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, exhorted all Commanders to uphold the ‘People First Mission Always’, vision of the IAF. He also complimented them for their excellent professionalism and responsiveness during the recent Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations undertaken in Sikkim and Orissa.

Addressing the Commanders, the Air Chief said, “The IAF is witnessing an unprecedented phase of modernization and capability enhancement and can effectively respond to any attempts at undermining India’s national security. The transformational change can be witnessed in all facets of capability building that include not only combat platforms, but also induction of force multipliers and air mobility platforms to provide strategic reach and operational flexibility”.

Over these three days, the Commanders would discuss key issues relating to Operations, Maintenance and Infrastructure development and most importantly, the HR issues relating to the training of the air warriors.

The key focus is likely to be on strategizing various aspects related to training and development of air warriors with special emphasis on consolidating flying training and development of air warriors to cope with the depletion in trainer aircraft resources. An emphasis would be seen to be laid on the infrastructural development in the North and North Eastern areas to improve response time through forward basing of armed forces’ assets and supporting the Indian Army in challenging conditions.

Amongst other issues, the discussions would also range from pace of progress in platform and weapon inductions and various processes to the effective integration of modern air defence radars and weapon systems to maintain requisite combat potential.

Various maintenance issues like the life cycle philosophies and modernization of maintenance practices to enable a more inclusive role for the Base Repair Depots in maintaining legacy systems would also be deliberated upon. Based on the valuable insight gained during the successful induction of C-130 J aircraft, Commanders would also review the processes of the Foreign Military Sales(FMS) to ensure smooth induction of the C-17 aircraft.