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Indian Defence Minister asks military to stay prepared to respond at short notice


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Defense minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the armed forces need to stay prepared to respond to any contingency at short notice, given the volatile situation on India’s borders. Singh’s comments came while addressing the Indian Air Force’s top brass at the opening day of the three-day bi-annual commanders’ conference.

The remarks come at a time when India and China have hardened their stance on the Line of Actual Control in Ladakh, and also in the eastern sector, with increased military activities on both sides of the boundary, infrastructure development, surveillance, and combat maneuvers by their armies. The two countries have been locked in a border standoff in Ladakh for over 18 months.

Singh lauded IAF for its high level of preparedness and ability to respond to any situation at short notice.

Addressing the commanders, IAF chief Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari stressed the need to develop the multi-domain capability to give a “swift and befitting response” to any misadventures by India’s adversaries. The air chief also highlighted the need for joint training with the army and the navy for synergized application of combat power in future conflicts.

 

Source: HT

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