Rajnath Singh to IAF: Make long term plans to counter future threats

Appreciating the role played by the Indian Air Force (IAF) during the standoff with China in eastern Ladakh last year, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday urged the IAF leadership to draw plans to counter future threats.

Addressing the opening day of the two-day biannual IAF Commanders’ Conference, Singh congratulated the Air Force for ensuring a “timely and befitting response to the sudden developments in Eastern Ladakh” and advised the commanders to “draw up long term plans and strategies for capability enhancement to counter future threats”.

“He appreciated the critical focus of IAF towards reorienting for the future,” the Air Force said in a statement.

Referring to changing international geopolitics, Singh observed the perceptible shift of focus from Trans-Atlantic to Trans-Pacific has become more obvious in the recent past.

“Changing dimensions of war would now include advanced technologies, asymmetric capabilities and info-dominance, and it was very important that the IAF’s preparations for the future must include these aspects,” he said.

He assured the Air Force commanders of the “wholehearted support” from the Ministry of Defence in achieving the goal of being a “potent Strategic Aerospace Force”.

Singh asked the commanders to “take stock and implement all directions” given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the Combined Commanders’ Conference of the three forces in early March. He also…

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