IAF fo­cuses on main­te­nence and train­ing


The sec­ond bian­nual Air Force Com­man­ders’ con­fer­ence 2013 was held at Air Head­quar­ters, Vayu Bhawan, New Delhi. The four-day con­fer­ence was in­au­gu­rated by Air Chief Mar­shal N.A.K. Browne, Chair­man Chiefs of Staff Com­mit­tee (COSC) and Chief of the Air Staff.

IAF chose “air­craft and sys­tems main­te­nance and op­er­a­tional and train­ing is­sues” as its theme for the cur­rent Com­man­ders’ Con­fer­ence in the back­drop of IAF’s on­go­ing mod­erni­sa­tion drive, chal­lenges of main­tain­ing legacy sys­tems along with new in­duc­tions and op­ti­mi­sa­tion of re­sources.

Com­pli­ment­ing the Com­man­ders’ for an out­stand­ing ef­fort in the last one year, Air Chief Mar­shal Browne said, “While ex­er­cise ‘Iron Fist’ and ex­er­cise ‘Live Wire’ clearly il­lus­trated our pro­fes­sional com­pe­tence and team­work, Op Ra­hat re­con­firmed the na­tion’s faith in IAF’s ca­pa­bil­ity and re­solve of our men and women. Th­ese en­hanced our col­lec­tive con­fi­dence in em­ploy­ing new ca­pa­bil­i­ties in con­for­mity with our con­cept of op­er­a­tions. Now, it is all the more im­por­tant for us to carry for­ward the lessons learnt from them and con­tinue to re­fine our meth­ods.”

Em­pha­sis­ing on en­hance­ment of op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity, the IAF Chief said, “We must con­sol­i­date our newly ac­quired air­craft and equip­ment to­wards main­tain­ing a high op­er­a­tional sta­tus at all times.”

“Since lead­er­ship flows from a sense of own­er­ship, we must en­cour­age own­er­ship at all lev­els. When, Air War­riors, our most im­por­tant as­set, are happy and mo­ti­vated, it clearly in­di­cates that we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion,” he fur­ther added.

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