There is a need to augment the combat capability of Air Force through innovation, self-reliance and indigenisation, Indian Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria said during the Annual Commanders' Conference.

The Indian Air Force chief visited headquarters of the Central Air Command (CAC) at Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj on Thursday for its Annual Commanders' Conference.

He was received by Air Marshal R.J. Duckworth, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief (AOC-in-C) CAC.

A ceremonial Guard of Honour was presented to the Air Force Chief on arrival at the Command Headquarters.

In his address to the Commanders, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria emphasised the need for critical analysis to enhance operational preparedness, focus on maintenance practices and ensure robust physical and cyber security.

He directed the Commanders to ensure that the readiness of all platforms, weapon systems and assets are kept at the highest level. He appreciated the role of Central Air Command in the recent flood relief efforts and aid to the civil administration.

Indian Air Force chief urged the Commanders to continue their efforts in ensuring a safe operational flying environment and stressed on the need to augment the combat capability of the IAF through innovation, self-reliance and indigenisation.

Earlier this month, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria visited Air Force Chandigarh which also coincided with the 60th anniversary of the Air Force Station Chandigarh.

He had reviewed the ongoing capability enhancement and infrastructure upgradation initiatives in the Station.

He appreciated the role played by the personnel of the Station in accomplishing the heavy lift and air maintenance tasks in general and undertaking rapid air mobilisation during the Eastern Ladakh contingency.