Be ready to respond at short notice: Rajnath Singh tells IAF commanders


New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised Indian Air Force’s role in Ladakh and instructed the brass to continue with the high-level of preparedness to ensure swift operations at a short notice, if required, at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) amid the ongoing India-China tussle.

The IAF has pressed into action its fighter jets and attack helicopters like Apache that have been carrying out drills to ready for offensive operations. The Air Force has also airlifted troops and material including critical weapon systems since the standoff started in early May.

The defence minister addressed the inaugural session of the Air Force Commander’s Conference on Wednesday.

The defence minister complimented the Indian Air Force for maintaining the highest levels of readiness and responding pro actively to multitude of security challenges that have emanated from across the borders.

His message to the Air Force Commanders was that that the armed forces need to be prepared to respond both at a short notice as well as build and sustain military capabilities to deter any adversary in the long run.

Also in his address to the Air Force Commanders, Rajnath Singh appreciated the proactive response by the IAF in bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months.