New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday, alluded to the ongoing efforts for de-escalation on Line of Actual Control along India-China border and urged the Indian Air Force (IAF) to stand ready to handle any eventuality. While appreciating the proactive response by the IAF in bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months, he said that the professional manner in which IAF conducted the air strikes in Balakot as well as rapid deployment of IAF assets at forward locations in response to the prevailing situation in Eastern Ladakh had sent a strong message to the adversaries.
“The nation’s resolve to defend its sovereignty stands firm on the faith its people have in the capability of its Armed Forces,” he said after inaugurating a three-day Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) here.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria said that the Indian Air Force was well prepared to counter short term as well as strategic threats and the units were evenly poised to counter any aggressive action by the adversary.
The CAS was speaking at the inauguration of a three- day Indian Air Force Commanders’ Conference (AFCC) here on Wednesday where commanders would be reviewing the current operational scenario and deployments before deliberating on building the IAF capabilities in the next decade to tackle all emerging threats. He noted that the response by all Commands in ensuring deployment and readiness of forces was “prompt and laudable”, and emphasized on the need to focus on the ability to handle situations at a short notice for ensuring a robust response.