Air Marshal Vivek Ram Chaudhari will take charge as the chief of the Indian Air Force after the incumbent, Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria, retires on September 30.
The Chief of Air Staff also talked about the need for developing asymmetric capabilities to bolster the IAF's overall strength in view of challenges from China.
The IAF also tweeted the pictures and said Bhadauria flew a sortie in a Tejas MK1 aircraft.
Airpower will remain crucial to deal with any future security challenge: Air Chief Marshal RKS Bhadauria
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria suggested that work has been underway for ensuring integration among the three services.
Air Chief Marshal Bhadauri's visit to the UAE comes nearly eight months after Chief of Army Staff Gen MM Naravane travelled to that country.
Even the UK faced similar problems, with services on divergent paths having tussles, arguments and counter arguments.
The formation of the Chief of Defence Staff in December 2019 was to integrate and synergise the armed forces to prepare them to meet the requirements of modern warfare.
Bhadauria's comments on air power came soon after Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat talked about the IAF's air defence charter as well as its role as a supporting arm to the ground forces.
At the CGP, which saw the commissioning of 161 new officers, Bhadauria conferred the ‘President’s Commission’ to the graduating officers.
The Air Chief was presiding over the Passing Out Parade at the Air Force Academy, Hyderabad. A total of 161 officers got commissioned into various branches and services on Saturday.
In 2016, India had signed an inter-governmental agreement with France to procure 36-Rafale jets at a cost Rs 59,000 crore.
The recent crash of a MiG-21 Bison-- that took life of a pilot, in Gwalior has turned the spotlight on India’s longest-serving fighter plane.
The IAF Chief, who reviewed the parade earlier, also spoke about the crucial role played by IAF in the national fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
This statement comes after defence forces received an overall hike of around 7.4 per cent over last year as Rs 3.62 lakh crore were provided to them excluding pensions amid the China military standoff