Defence Minister Arun Jaitley has emphasised the resolve of the Government in expediting approved modernisation programmes of the Indian Air Force.
Deliberating on the challenges to Defence Forces due to the rapidly changing geo-political situation in the world and the uncertainties existing in the region, the Defence Minister commended IAF for having successfully conducted various military exercises and operations towards Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief both within and outside the country.
Jaitley acknowledged IAF's capability as the first responder especially in face of a natural calamity.
The minister was inaugurating the biannual Air Force Commanders' Conference in New Delhi yesterday.
During the three day conference, senior leadership of the IAF would deliberate on issues pertaining to enhancement of combat effectiveness and development of human resources and infrastructure.
To encourage indigenisation and enhance self-reliance in defence manufacturing a day long interactive session has been planned with delegations from HAL, BEL and other Defence PSUs, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.