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De­fence Min­is­ter Arun Jait­ley in­au­gu­rated the bian­nual Air Force Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence on April 19, 2017. Air Chief Mar­shal B.S. Dhanoa, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), wel­comed Arun Jait­ley. Also

present were G. Mo­han Kumar, De­fence Sec­re­tary, and A.K. Gupta, Sec­re­tary (De­fence Pro­duc­tion). The CAS also in­tro­duced the Air Force Com­man­ders to the De­fence Min­is­ter. The con­fer­ence be­gan with the CAS up­dat­ing De­fence Min­is­ter on the op­er­a­tional sta­tus of IAF and the progress on in­fras­truc­ture de­vel­op­ment. He also high­lighted other key is­sues in­clud­ing ac­tions ini­ti­ated for en­hanc­ing op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness of the IAF. Jait­ley de­lib­er­ated on the chal­lenges to the de­fence forces due to the rapidly chang­ing geopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the world and the un­cer­tain­ties ex­ist­ing in the re­gion. He com­mended the IAF for hav­ing suc­cess­fully con­ducted var­i­ous mil­i­tary ex­er­cises and op­er­a­tions to­wards hu­man­i­tar­ian as­sis­tance and dis­as­ter re­lief both within and out­side the coun­try. Ac­knowl­edg­ing the IAF’s ca­pa­bil­ity as the first re­spon­der es­pe­cially in a nat­u­ral calamity, he em­pha­sised the re­solve of the gov­ern­ment in ex­pe­dit­ing ap­proved mod­erni­sa­tion pro­grammes of the Ser­vice.

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