Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Air Force Commanders’ Conference – Oct 2015

Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) – 2015 commenced at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan), New Delhi on 13 Oct 15. Shri Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Raksha Mantri inaugurated the bi-annual conference. 

Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) welcomed Shri Parrikar, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri, Shri G Mohan Kumar, the Defence Secretary and Shri AK Gupta, Secretary Defence Production. He then introduced the Air Force Commanders to the Hon’ble RM. 

CAS updated the RM on operational status of the IAF and also highlighted the efforts put in to enhance the serviceability of aircraft, especially the combat fleet. The Air Chief lauded the efforts put in by air-warriors in extending humanitarian assistance to Nepal following the devastating earthquake. Operation carried out by the IAF during Yemen evacuation also found praiseworthy mention during the Chief's address. The Air Chief also stated that after the successful landing of the Mirage-2000 fighter on the Delhi-Agra Expressway, the Air Force was looking to expand its range of operations from such surfaces in the near future. He maintained that high morale of the air warriors was an absolute essential for conduct of successful operations. It was therefore imperative that development of Human Resources & welfare of air warriors be given top priority. 

The Hon’ble RM complimented the IAF for professional conduct during relief and rescue operations, especially after the Nepal earthquake and Yemen evacuation. He appreciated the efforts made by the IAF in assisting the Civil Aviation sector in meeting their operational requirements. 

The aim of this bi-annual Conference is to discuss issues that impact on the operational capability of the IAF. Prominent issues that were discussed include induction plans for the LCA, helicopters and other combat systems being procured. Infrastructure creation and enhanced Training aspects were deliberated during the conference. 

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