Thiruvananthapuram: Air Chief Marshal VR Chaudhari PVSM, AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) visited Headquarters (HQ) Southern Air Command (SAC) at Thiruvananthapuram. He was at the HQ from 07 – 09 Feb 2024 for the Annual Commanders’ Conference.
The Chief of Air Staff apprised on the operational preparedness of Southern Air Command including enhanced capability in Maritime Air Operations & Air Defence. During the conference, the CAS interacted with the commanders and highlighted the impact of emerging technologies, the need for capability enhancement and harnessing the full potential of human resources. The CAS complimented SAC for maintaining a credible operational posture, undertaking missions in the Indian Ocean Region to enhance maritime security and for its invaluable contribution to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief across southern peninsula.
In his address, the CAS reiterated that future wars would be hybrid in nature and the spectrum of conflict would spread across all domains. He emphasized on adopting innovative measures to counter new age security challenges. He exhorted the commanders to keep pace with global technological developments, especially in the domains of space, cyber and electronic warfare.
The CAS also awarded trophies to the stations for achieving excellence in the field of operations, maintenance and administration. Prior to his departure, the CAS virtually inaugurated the Air Force Centre of Excellence for Maritime Survival and Air Rescue (AFCEMSAR) at Kappil Lake, Kollam, which will be the nodal centre for training of air and ground crew of IAF in maritime survival and air rescue operations.