The Raksha Mantri, Shri Arun Jaitely visited Southern Air Command (SAC), Trivandrum, on August 6, 2017.
Air Marshal RKS Bhadauria, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Southern Air Command briefed the Minister on Operational plans, issues of strategic importance in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and his vision to develop the operational preparedness of SAC. He also briefed the Defence Minister about the assistance provided by the aircraft of SAC towards humanitarian assistance required during natural calamities like flood and forest fires.
The Minister interacted with all the Principal Staff Officers and addressed the staff of the Command Headquarters. In his address the Defence Minister stressed upon the growing importance of the IOR and displayed his confidence in the future plans of the SAC to counter any threats in the region. He also mentioned that in future warfare, air assets would play a vital and decisive role. He emphasised the need to go indigenous towards acquisition of military assets is the way head.