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New Delhi. 11 April, 2016. Top commanders of Indian Air Force are meeting to deliberate on issues pertaining to air operations, maintenance, human resources and administration.

The bi-annual conference was inaugurated by  Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of  State for Defence. He complemented the IAF for professional conduct during various exercises like Ex Livewire & Ex Iron Fist and for its contribution towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations. He emphasised on aviation safety, infrastructure development and the IAF’s role towards indigenisation.

During this conference, senior leadership of the IAF will also brainstorm on aspects of support provided by Defence PSUs through indigenised production of prime equipment with high level delegation from HAL, BEL and BDL.

The aim of this bi-annual conference is to enhance the operational capability of the IAF. The CAS updated  on operational status of the IAF, security measures in vogue and the progress on infrastructure development. He highlighted the efforts made to increase the aircraft serviceability and the corresponding increase in flying task of the IAF as compared to the previous years. Achievements of the IAF during recently conducted Air Force level and international exercises were also covered by the CAS. He further elaborated on the IAF’s Focus Areas and the future road-map for the IAF. He dwelt upon the efforts initiated for the well-being, morale and enhancement of physical fitness of air-warriors.

Also under discussion would be IAF’s plan to induct 120 indigenously-developed Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, the slow pace of Rafale induction, pending Apache and Chinook helicopters.