Top IAF commanders will get together this week to discuss operational capabilities, strategies and challenges, even as India maintains military preparedness while keeping a hawk-eye on Chinese deployments, missile batteries and airbases amidst the continuing troop confrontation in eastern Ladakh.
“The apex-level IAF leadership will meet for three days at the bi-annual commanders’ conference, which will be inaugurated by defence minister Rajnath Singh on April 15. They will address strategies and policies related to capabilities that would give IAF a significant edge over its adversaries,” said an officer on Monday.
The conference comes soon after the 11thround of corps commander-level talks between India and China failed to register any progress on April 9. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was obdurate about even completing the stalled troop disengagement process at Gogra, Hot Springs and Demchok in eastern Ladakh, let alone the blocking of Indian patrols in the strategically-located Depsang Plains.
“China has not reduced its troop deployments, heavy weaponry and missile batteries along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). Chinese airbases facing India also continue to have additional deployments of fighters and other aircraft,” said another officer.