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Jaitley meets top IAF commanders, promises to speed up modernisation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Defence Minister top brass on Wednesday, as a three-day Commanders' Conference commenced here, and promised expediting the force's modernisation.

The Minister was updated on the IAF's operational status and the progress in infrastructure development by chief, Air Chief Marshal B.

S. Dhanoa, an official statement said.

The chief highlighted the efforts made to enhance aircraft serviceability so as to maintain operational preparedness.

Achievements made during the pan-and international exercises with friendly foreign countries were also discussed by Dhanoa.

He also elaborated on the actions initiated to enhance operational effectiveness and IAF's future road map.

Jaitley, meanwhile, deliberated on the challenges to the Indian defence forces due to rapidly changing geo-political situation in the world and uncertainties in the region.

He also commended the for the success of various military exercises and operations towards humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, both within and outside the country.

Acknowledging IAF's capability as the first responder, especially in the face of a natural calamity, Jaitley emphasised the government resolve to hasten the pace of approved modernisation programmes of the air force.

During the three-day conference, senior leadership will deliberate on issues pertaining to enhancement of combat effectiveness and development of human resource and infrastructure.

To encourage indigenisation and enhance self-reliance in defence manufacturing, a day long interactive session has been planned with delegations from Hindustan Aeronautical Limited, Bharat Electronics Limited and other defence public sector undertakings.

At the conference, the chief will present trophies for excellence in various domains, including cyber, communication, sports and welfare activities.



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First Published: Wed, April 19 2017. 19:14 IST