'We need to be prepared to respond on short notice

‘We need to be prepared to respond on short notice,’ Rajnath says at IAF commanders conference.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday urged the country’s armed forces to be prepared to respond in the short term to “any contingency” and reiterated the importance of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in future conflicts.

Addressing the opening day of the Air Force Commanders Conference here, Rajnath said the IAF needs to take advantage of the capabilities offered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data and machine learning.

The second stage of the IAF’s biannual senior leadership conference is scheduled to conclude on November 12. Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari, Defense Chief of Staff General Bipin Rawat and Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar were among the senior officers at the meeting.

According to an IAF statement, Singh thanked the force for “maintaining a high level of preparedness, ability to respond on short notice and displaying high standards of professionalism in performing operational and peacetime tasks.”

“He also mentioned that efforts in the field of indigenization through the ‘Make in India’ initiative of the Government of India are paying off and the orders for LCA Mk-1A and C-295 will open up new opportunities in the indigenous aerospace sector. “he added. added statement.

Speaking on the subject of theater commands, Singh said that “improving articulation is essential and the structure should evolve after closely examining various options, and input from all stakeholders will be taken into consideration.”

His comments come amid the Air Force reserves on the current structures for joint theater commands that are being discussed.

During his speech, IAF chief Chaudhari emphasized the need to develop a “multidomain capacity to provide a rapid and adequate response to the misadventures of our adversaries” and the “need for joint training with the Army and the Indian Navy”, to allow the synergistic application of combat power in future conflicts ”. He also praised the top commanders “for maintaining a high state of preparedness despite the challenges posed by the pandemic.”