NEW DELHI: Lack of timely decision making in the last decade resulted in gaps in the Indian Air Force and the Government is committed to fill them, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today.
In an address at the bi-annual conference of IAF commanders, the Defence Minister Sitharaman also said that the budgetary allocations should not be viewed as a constraint and should be looked at to acquire what is “absolutely necessary,” the IAF said.
Inaugurating the three-day conference, she also said that the powers given to the service chiefs should be “fully utilised” in achieving required capabilities of the forces.
“She said that the Government is committed to fill the gaps which have arisen due to lack of timely decision making in the last decade,” the IAF said in a statement.
Currently, the IAF has 33 fighter squadrons against the authorised strength of 42 squadrons. The IAF has been pressing the Government to expedite acquisition of combat jets to overcome the shortage. (AGENCIES)