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Rajnath asks IAF to be ready for any eventuality

NEW DELHI, JUL 22 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 2:06:35 PM IST

In a significant message to the Indian Air Force, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday alluded to the ongoing efforts for military de-escalation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and urged the IAF to be ready for any eventuality.

Singh was addressing the Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) at the Air Headquarters here.
In his address, Singh praised the rapid deployment of IAF assets at forward locations in response to the prevailing situation in eastern Ladakh, saying it had sent a strong message to the adversaries.
On the IAF bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months, Singh said the nation’s resolve to defend its sovereignty stands firm on the faith its people have in the capability of its armed forces. 
Chief of the IAF, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, assured that the IAF was well prepared to counter short-term as well as strategic threats. “(We are) evenly poised to counter any aggressive action by the adversary,” said the IAF chief. 
He emphasised the need to focus on the ability to handle situations at a short notice for ensuring a robust response. All commands were praised in ensuring deployment of force and the IAF chief termed it as “prompt and laudable”.
During the three-day conference, commanders will review the current operational scenario and deployments before deliberating on building the IAF capabilities in the next decade to tackle all emerging threats, a spokesperson of the Ministry of Defence said.
Meanwhile, Singh acknowledged the IAF’s role in adapting to changes in technology and adopting emerging capabilities in nano technology, artificial intelligence, and cyber and space domains.
He assured the commanders that all requirements of the armed forces, whether financial or otherwise, would be fulfilled.
He asked the IAF to achieve self-reliance in defence production and noted that the theme chosen for this AFCC – ‘IAF in the Next Decade’- was apt for enhancing efforts towards indigenisation in the days to come. 
He lauded the progress made towards enhancing synergy and integration within the three services since the appointment of Chief of Defence Staff and creation of Department of Military. 
The IAF’s role in supporting the nation’s response to COVID-19 pandemic was also lauded by Singh.

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