INDIAN AIR FORCE COMMANDERS’ CONFERENCE
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.