PRESS INFORMATION BUREAU (DEFENCE WING)
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
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AIR FORCE COMMANDERS’ CONFERENCE NOV 2021
Wednesday, 10 Nov, 2021
The Second bi-annual IAF Commanders’ Conference was inaugurated by Hon’ble Raksha Mantri on 10 Nov 21 at Air Headquarter (Vayu Bhawan). Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM ADC, welcomed Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh, CDS General Bipin Rawat PVSM UYSM AVSM YSM SM VSM ADC and Secretary Defence Production Shri Raj Kumar. CAS introduced the IAF Commanders to the Hon’ble Raksha Mantri.
The Hon’ble Raksha Mantri addressed the Air Force Commanders on the inaugural day of the conference. In his address, the Raksha Mantri appreciated the IAF for maintaining a high level of preparedness, ability to respond on a short notice and displaying high standards of professionalism in carrying out operational and peace time tasks. The Raksha Mantri remarked on the volatile situation on our borders and said that the Armed Forces need to be prepared to respond at a short notice for any contingency. He brought out that the role of IAF in future conflicts is crucial and it needs to harness the capabilities and opportunities offered by AI, Big Data Handling and Machine Learning. He also mentioned that the efforts in the field of indigenization through ‘Make in India’ initiative of Govt of India is showing results and the orders of LCA Mk 1A and C-295 will open new opportunities in the indigenous aerospace sector. Expounding on theaterisation, he mentioned that enhancing jointness is essential and the structure should be evolved after closely examining various options, and inputs from all stake holders would be taken into consideration. The RM concluded by exhorting the commanders to brainstorm to evolve viable solutions towards the conference theme of, “Ensuring Certainty amidst Uncertainities”. The CAS thereafter briefed the Raksha Mantri on the current status of the IAF.
The CAS addressed all Commanders and emphasized on the need to develop multi-domain capability in order to give a swift and befitting response to any misadventures by our adversaries. He also emphasized on the need for joint training with the Indian Army and Indian Navy to enable synergized application of combat power in future conflicts. The CAS complimented all the commanders for maintaining a high state of readiness despite challenges posed by the pandemic.
The Commanders’ Conference is being conducted from 10 Nov 21 to 12 Nov 21. Uncertainty in the geo-political landscape makes it an imperative for the armed forces to train, equip and adapt to rapid changes. During the Conference, commanders will discuss and brainstorm situations which may affect National Security and focus on measures to enhance operational capability. Issues pertaining to strengthening training and optimising HR policies for effective utilization of manpower will also be discussed.
Friday, 22 Oct 2021
Hon’ble Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh ji, CDS General Bipin Rawat, Revenue Minister Karnataka R Ashoka Ji, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar AOC-in-C TC Air Mshl Manvendra Singh, Veterans from the Armed Forces, Eminent speakers, Military experts, distinguished guests, members from the media, Ladies and Gentlemen.
On behalf of the Indian Air Force, I welcome each one of you to Chandan Singh Convention Centre at Air Force Station Yelahanka for the Swarnim Vijay Varsh conclave being hosted by the IAF to commemorate 50 years of India’s greatest military triumph against Pakistan in 1971 that led to the creation of Bangladesh.
I would like to begin by conveying my sincere gratitude to our distinguished speakers for having taken time off their busy schedules and for having accepted our invite to grace today’s inaugural session.
The genesis of the 13-day military conflict emanates from 1970 elections in East Pakistan, wherein Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujibur Rehman’s Awami League party secured a clear majority. Pakistani military tried to scuttle the election results by a brutal crackdown and imposing martial law resulting in mass flow of refugees to India. Such large influx of almost 10 million refugees, over a year put immense strain on Indian resources. This posed a huge economic burden, social stability and integrity problems and above all, a security dilemma for India.
Our nation explored all possible approaches at the global and diplomatic level to secure a peaceful solution to the problem and to ensure constitutional rights of Bengalis in East Pakistan.
Eventually, the situation escalated due to Pakistani politico-military establishment’s attempt to hold on to power at any cost. The events leading up to the war saw India supporting the ‘Mukti Bahini’ which represented the voice of Bengali people who were waging an armed struggle for liberation of Bangladesh.
The conflict mobilized all sections of Indian government and military to generate clear understanding of national objectives and was backed by robust decision making at national level. Clear mandate, highlighting the underlying intent of the national leadership was provided to the Indian Armed forces. The Forces, on their part translated the mandate to efficient operational plans and executed these with resolve and determination.
Indian Armed forces fought synergistically on both Western and Eastern fronts and demonstrated their prowess in air and over land and on the sea. Indian Army, Navy and Air Force dominated all domains of warfare to compel Pakistani forces to surrender in the shortest time. The political support and diplomatic efforts complemented the whole of nation’ approach in ensuring an all round victory.
1971 war is one of the shortest and swiftest victories ever recorded in the history of military warfare. Surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops represents largest ever surrender by an Army after WW-II. We proudly celebrate 16 December as ‘Vijay Diwas’ to mark this momentous victory.
Two important aspects emerge out of the analysis of 1971 war. Firstly, it demonstrates the excellent synergy in Indian politico-military setup and the trust placed in the capabilities of our armed forces by all sections of Indian society.
Secondly, it brings forth professionalism, jointmanship, operational readiness, innovative planning and execution capabilities of the Indian Armed Forces. All concepts of warfare were employed and effectively executed by Indian forces to achieve the desired objectives.
In spite of winning the war, we showcased our national character, principles and morals by treating the 93000 POWs with dignity and returning all the POWs to Pakistan. We also demonstrated our astute diplomatic character to the world wherein we helped Bangladesh build itself as a nation with its own ethos, culture and values.
1971 war shall always be remembered for the national effort and precise application of military capabilities wherein the Indian officers and men exhibited exemplary leadership, courage and nationalistic spirit, as also for the tenacity and fortitude of the Indian Armed Forces.
This conclave is aimed at revisiting the situation, analyzing the responses and learning useful lessons for the future of politico-military arrangement in India. I am sanguine that there will be a healthy exchange of thoughts during the course of this event that will ignite the minds of each one of us present here and attending online. The conclave shall also be a platform that will draw inspiration and pay homage to the heroes of the war who made it all possible.
I thank the accomplished armed forces veterans for making it convenient to attend this conclave. I also convey my gratitude to the distinguished speakers who have given their time and are here to share their views.
I complement AOC-in-C Trg Cmd and his entire team for having organized this conclave and wish all its participants the very best.
Friday, 09 Oct 2021
As a part of Swarnim Vijay Varsh celebrations, the Indian Air Force (IAF) organized an all women joint Service Cycling expedition from War Memorial, Longewala to National War Memorial, New Delhi. The expedition was flagged off on 25 Sep 21 by Air Vice Marshal Rohit Mahajan VM, Senior Officer-in-Charge Administration (SOA), HQ SWAC.
The 14 member team comprised of Sqn Ldr Snehal Satija (Team Leader), Sqn Ldr Suzata Yadav, Sqn Ldr Kritika Pande, Sqn Ldr Samidha Sharma, Sqn Ldr Misha Purshothaman, Flt Lt Megha Sharma, Flt Lt Shweta Priya, Capt Swati Rai, Capt Shivani, Capt Sonali Upadhyay, Lt Rajlakshmi Rathore, Lt Kirti Shukla, Flt Lt Nagma Parveen and Fg Offr Komal Rani.
In a span of 12 days the team covered a distance of 1009 km. The members of the team interacted with college students and school children enroute motivation them to join the armed forces. The team also interacted with villagers during these twelve days and spread awareness amongst them about women empowerment.
The team was received by Director General (Administration) Air Marshal K Anantharaman VSM at National War Memorial, New Delhi where they paid tribute to the fallen heroes. The team was later flagged in at Air Force Station, New Delhi by Air Officer-in-Charge Administration Air Marshal VPS Rana VSM. He congratulated the team for their determination and dedicated efforts ensuring completion of the expedition in stipulated time.
The organisation structure for indigenous development activities is in three levels as below:-
ROLE OF BASE REPAIR DEPOTS
The Base Repair Depots (BRDs) of the IAF are under functional control of HQ MC. Each BRD is assigned a specific role. They are also the designated indigenisation agency, for all range of spares for their assigned role.
All maintenance requirements of the BRDs, in addition to items specially tasked by HQ MC/Air HQ would be taken up for indigenisation. The indigenisation process as given below will be progressed by Indigenisation Squadron of the BRD.
PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT
The BRDs develop the parts in accordance with the relevant standards on material, component drawing, process and acceptance testing. The Self Reliance Committee of the BRD issues certification for such items after carrying out tests indicated in the drawing and/or carrying out end use functional checks. The Items for which Technical Information is not available requires major effort from all agencies concerned. The procedure for indigenisation of such parts is as follows :-
INDIGENISATION FOR INDIAN AIR FORCE
It is also considered reasonable to inform vendors that the requirements of IAF are maintenance requirements. Also there are no technology transfers/original designs. All the information available in the maintenance/overhaul manuals as also available with the experienced personnel of the Base Repair Depots will be made available to the vendors along with the samples. These details may be inadequate and detailed studies by a knowledgeable person from the concerned field to derive some more information will be required. Special test rigs may have to be developed for the extensive testing required.
Thus, for complex items, vendors are expected to be familiar with design and testing aspects of products. To ascertain this, two bid system is followed. The vendors are expected to develop engineering drawing / circuit diagrams, select appropriate materials and come out with a design. This along with the test schedules is to be approved by appropriate airworthiness approval authority. Ability to achieve this, is in fact one of the yardstick for IAF to assess vendors capabilities. However, in last few years IAF has taken up numerous studies, which have brought out details on ranges of spares. We willingly share all these details and whatever information is available.
No formal registration is required for participation in indigensation development activities of IAF.
Potential vendors identified form the following sources :-
The aim of the above elaborations was to give an insight of technology intensiveness of the IAF. The Indian Industry is certainly very capable. Our aim is only to prepare you for what you are in for. The requirements of airworthiness cannot be diluted. Nor can the fact, that aviation and aerospace are the most technologically advanced industries.
Our efforts are continuously on to simplify our procedures and share the hardships with our partners in the industry. We invite those of you, who have the capabilities, expertise, infrastructure and the willingness to contribute and prosper with us.
Friday, 01 Oct, 2021
Air Marshal Sandeep Singh AVSM VM took over as Vice Chief of the Air Staff (VCAS) on 01 Oct 21. An alumnus of National Defence Academy, the Air Marshal was commissioned in the flying branch of IAF in Dec 1983 as a Fighter pilot. The Air Officer is an Experimental Test Pilot and a Qualified Flying Instructor. He has rich and diverse experience in operational and experimental test flying on various types of fighter aircraft and has flown about 4400 hours.
During his nearly thirty eight years of service in the IAF, the Air Marshal has held numerous important command and staff appointments. He has commanded Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment, a frontline air base and an operational fighter squadron. He has held the appointments of Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Plans), Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command and Deputy Chief of the Air Staff at Air Headquarters. Prior to assuming the current appointment, he held the appointment of AOC-in-C South Western Air Command.
The Air Marshal is a recipient of Ati Vishisht Seva Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.
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AIR CHIEF MARSHAL VR CHAUDHARI TAKES OVER AS THE CHIEF OF THE AIR STAFF
Thursday, 30 Sep, 2021
Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari PVSM AVSM VM ADC took over as The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS) at a ceremony at Air Headquarters (Vayu Bhawan) today.
An alumnus of NDA, the CAS was commissioned in Dec 82 in the fighter stream of the IAF. He has flown more than 3800 hours on multiple fighter and trainer aircraft.
During his career spanning almost four decades, the CAS has tenanted many significant command and staff appointments. He has commanded a MiG-29 Squadron, two Air Force Stations and Western Air Command. His staff appointments include Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Senior Air Staff Officer at HQ Eastern Air Command, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Air Defence), Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Personnel Officers), Deputy Commandant of Air Force Academy and Air Assistant to Chief of the Air Staff.
A Cat 'A' Qualified Flying Instructor, he has served as an instructor at Flying Training Establishments and has also been an Air Force Examiner. He was a pioneer member of the Suryakiran Aerobatic Display Team. An alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, he has served as a Directing Staff there. He has also served as Directing Staff at DSCSC in Zambia. Prior to assuming the present appointment, he was the Vice Chief of the Air Staff.
CAS is a recipient of Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM), Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM), Vayu Sena Medal (VM) and is honorary ADC to the President of India.
In his address to the IAF, Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari said that he was honoured and privileged to have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Indian Air Force. Extending greetings to all Air Warriors, Non Combatants (Enrolled), DSC personnel, civilians and their families, CAS expressed absolute faith and confidence in their ability to accomplish all assigned tasks with resolute dedication while maintaining IAF's operational capability at an all-time high.
Outlining the focus areas for Commanders and personnel, CAS said, “Protection of our Nation's sovereignty and integrity is to be ensured at any cost". He added that enhancement of operational capability through integration of newly inducted platforms, weapons and equipment with existing assets and dovetailing the same in concepts of operations would remain a priority area. He spoke on aspects of acquisition of new technology, promotion of indigenization and innovation, strengthening of cyber security, rapid adaptation of training methods to meet future demands and sustained work to nurture human resources. CAS urged all to "always uphold the ethos and credo of the 'Air Warrior', and strive to be an asset to the IAF in any role tasked for".