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Raksha Mantri Inaugurates IAF Commanders’ Conference
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The First biannual IAF Commanders’ Conference of 2018 was inaugurated today by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, welcomed Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Raksha Rajya Mantri Dr Subhash Bhamre and Defence Secretary Shri Sanjay Mitra. He introduced IAF Commanders to the Raksha Mantri.

CAS briefed RM on the current status of the IAF and on Exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’, which was conducted in April this year. CAS highlighted that the exercise was very fruitful in testing IAFs surge operations capability, logistics supply chain, rapid augmentation of personnel, inter theatre move of forces, communication network and reliability of equipment & systems. It would be pertinent to recall that Raksha Mantri had visited North Eastern Sector during the Exercise to witness Air to Ground weapon delivery by IAF fighters and helicopters, operation from ALGs, accelerated fighter operations and Garud Assault Drill.

While addressing the IAF Commanders, RM praised the exemplary conduct of IAF’s biggest exercise in the recent times. She complimented all personnel for sustaining round the clock operations in the most professional manner. She said that the focus of Exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ was to draw lessons for evolving the doctrinal loop which is an ongoing process. She mentioned that Exercise ‘Gagan Shakti’ was a landmark exercise for IAF. She complimented the IAF for a leadership role in jointmanship which was evident during the exercise and congratulated the Army and Navy for supporting the Air Force in achieving the objectives of ‘Gagan Shakti’.

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