The second bi-annual Indian Air Force (IAF) Commanders’ Conference was inaugurated by the Defence Minister on November 25, 2019. Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria welcomed the Defence Minister, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Yesso Naik, Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Secretary Defence Production Subhash Chandra. The Defence Minister addressed the Commanders and said, “The Nation is proud of the IAF. I praise the IAF for its professionalism and laud all air warriors and their families for giving us a most competent and combat worthy force. It has earned the respect of foreign Air Forces who are eager to cooperate as well as exercise with us. We are strengthening our defence capability through increased domestic production and reduced dependence on import of military hardware. The IAF is growing steadily towards becoming a truly strategic aerospace power”. The CAS briefed the Defence Minister on the current status of the IAF.