“IAF Needs to Further Enhance its Operational Capabilities”: IAF Chief

“IAF Needs to Further Enhance its Operational Capabilities”: IAF Chief
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On Thursday, during the two-days conference of (SASOs) Senior Air Staff Officers, Air Chief Marshal, R.K.S Bhadauria said that the Indian Air Force needs to further enhance its operational capabilities and serviceability of its mission-critical systems. 

Further, the IAF Chief put some light on the “need for sustenance of existing fleets and optimum operational exploitation of new inductions in order to make the (IAF) Indian Air Force a formidable combat force.”

After the conference, the Chief released a PR (press release) stating- “The chief of the Air Staff (CAS) while addressing SASOs emphasized the need for further enhancing our operational capabilities as well as improving serviceability of mission-critical systems.

Apart from this, he appreciated the readiness of the IAF commanders and subordinate formations. 

Further, the PR stated- “The bi-annual conference of Senior Air Staff Officers is being held on Thursday and Friday, wherein pointed discussions would take place towards operational capability enhancements, focused training to tackle contemporary challenges with available assets and automation efforts in the IAF,”

Due to the current pandemic circumstances and predominant security reasons, the conference was conducted virtually. 

Witnessing the worsening conditions on the Indo-China border in Ladakh, the defense ministry of India approved the procurement of 33 fighter jets, missiles, and artillery at the whopping cost of INR 38,900 crores. 

According to the sources, 21 MiG-29 fighter jets will be obtained from Russia, and 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft will be brought from Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.  

To strengthen the Indian Army and Air Force, the ministry has given the nod to the 248 ASTRA BVR (Beyond Visual Range) air-to-air missile system procurement. This missile has been designed to destroy supersonic aircraft during any weather conditions. Also, the missile comes with a night capability too. 

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