New Delhi [India], July 22 (ANI): The Indian Air Force (IAF) sent a strong message to the adversaries through rapid deployment of its assets at forward locations in response to the situation in eastern Ladakh and earlier the manner in which it carried out the airstrikes in Balakot, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Wednesday.
"Defence Minister stated that the professional manner in which IAF conducted the airstrikes in Balakot, as well as rapid deployment of IAF assets at the forward locations in response to the prevailing situation in Eastern Ladakh, has sent a strong message to the adversaries," said Government of India.
The Defence Minister's remarks come in the backdrop of the ongoing disengagement process between India-China at friction points between the two armies in eastern Ladakh.
In the address to Air Force Commanders, the Defence Minister appreciated the proactive response by the IAF in bolstering its operational capabilities over the past few months.
Singh said that IAF's role in some of the most challenging circumstances was well regarded by the nation. He also said that IAF's contribution during the nation's response to COVID-19 pandemic has been highly praiseworthy.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Air Force had transported medical supplies to the states and supporting agencies to combat the situation.
The Indian Air Force on Monday had said that the first batch of IAF Rafale is likely to arrive in India by the end of July and the fighter jet is slated for induction at Air Force Station Ambala on July 29.
"First batch of five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale is likely to arrive in India by the end of July 2020. The aircraft will be inducted at Air Force Station Ambala on July 29 subject to weather. The final induction ceremony will take place in the second half of August 20,"a Defence Ministry release said.
It said post-arrival, efforts will focus on operationalisation of the aircraft at the earliest.
"IAF aircrew and ground crew have undergone comprehensive training on the aircraft, including its highly advanced weapons systems and are fully operational now," it said.
The Air Force Commanders' Conference will be held from July 22 to 24 at Air Headquarters in Delhi.
The conference will be chaired by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria. (ANI)